Blue Mango Lodge & Okapi a la Carte restaurant

Blue Mango Lodge & Okapi a la Carte restaurant

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+27 79 512 6364+ Add website
Hours
Sun
8:00 - 22:00
Tue
7:30 - 22:00
Wed
7:30 - 22:00
Thu
7:30 - 22:00
Fri
7:30 - 22:00
Sat
7:30 - 22:00
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5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
R 351.00 – R 602.00
CUISINES
African, Grill
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
meals, features
Can a gluten free person get a good meal at this restaurant?
About
Fabulous local food, wines & beers in a relaxed and informal setting. Specializes in food tourism, with award-winning local dishes and game meats in the eclectic, laid back tranquil setting of Blue Mango Lodge.
PRICE RANGE
R 351.00 – R 602.00
CUISINES
African, Grill
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants
5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles85 reviews
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Margot P
Korora1099 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 none
Travelling from Australia, we always stay Blue Mango, flying in and out of Johannesburg, it's convenient, and value, and management go the extra bit for clients. But also, the food at Okapi is always exciting and innovative, prepared by a chef who obviously enjoys making eating for his guests a special occasion. Recently had delicious zebra, crocodile and giraffe dishes, all cooked in his unique recipes. (And the meat sourced responsibly) Thanks, and glad you weathered the disastrous Covid years!
Written 14 November 2022
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Blue Mango Lodge
Hi Guys, Thank you for the kind words. It was so nice hosting you twice on your latest trip to our shores, I think the last time we hosted you was five or more years ago. Glad that we hit the spot with the game meats, it really was good seeing you again. Until the next time. Stevie
Written 16 November 2022
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Alexander O
Uganda1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 solo
Looking for places to eat can be tricky especially when you are new to a place or country. Most of the time I tend to lean towards a Kfc or McDonald's just to save me the stress and time but I suppose this time I wanted something "different" .I guess I got more than I bargained for when I came across this fantastic establishment . Whilst scrolling through the endless catalogs of been there , done that restaurants on trip advisor, something stopped me when I set my eyes on the okapi restaurant. I contacted the listed number on whatsapp and got a reservation in quick succession . The person I talked to who I later found out was the owner, Yess the exuberant stevie himself gave me the necessary details and assurances on that covid guidelines were being followed and before I knew it I was at the venue. Before I even get to the food the place is absolutely fanatastic. I'm talking a real world class garden, beautiful decor and lighting which left me wondering why this place doesn't have michelin stars already. I met stevie at the door, most polite of a man who makes me feel comfortable and offers me a pint "as if I have ever refused one" 😂 and somehow we end up in dialogue over how we think the English national football team arent any good😂. One hour just flew by and I hadn't even ordered yet. The starter menu was precise but boy was it a banger. Totally blown away by the flavours and presentation of it all. I then had the oxtail as the main, grant it I had never had oxtail before but if I knew it tasted like that, it's all I would ever eat. Please don't take my word for it this food is goddamn fanatastic . I'm no food critic and couldn't fry an egg but as I said before this food is gorgeous . Congs to stevie and the entire crew back there it's really a fine place and I would recommend everyone reading this to not pass this place up. Thanks Stevie for the experience and I will be back soon.
Written 6 August 2021
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DisEkHier
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 family
Stevie went out of his way to provide the perfect birthday brunch for my wife. The special request for crocodile meat took some doing to source (I contacted some time before with this request) but made with a special recipe absolutely delivered in expectation. All the other food was hearty and excellent, all served outside in their lapa. This was rounded off with a birthday cake which Stevie sourced to our specifications. Overall an excellent experience which we will repeat.
Written 24 April 2022
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MK Gugs
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
Okapi restaurant is amazing. Stevie and staff prepare wonderful versions of local dishes with fresh ingredients from the farms around the lodge. We had grilled zebra with a super fresh organic salad and amazing homemade potato wedges. Also had lamb potjie in the Cape Malay style--delicious and tender. We were too full for dessert, but those sounded great as well. Wonderful meal in a great place!!
Written 22 February 2020
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Ruth S
Chicago170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 none
We stayed in Joburg for several days and found this wonderful place. As it is a little ways outside Joburg, we took an inexpensive Uber to and from the restaurant. Okapi is located in the Blue Mango Lodge and Stevie is the chef. He offers a very unusual menu and it is prepped ahead of time, so it is essential that you make a reservation. Stevie will ask what you would like to eat and what time you will be there. The first night we had zebra and ostrich and even though I had a little misgiving about the zebra (too close to horse) I found it to be delicious. My ostrich was cooked to perfection and so we made reservations for the next night. We both had the ox tail and were very happy with it. On our third visit, we tried the steak and the crocodile (tastes like chicken). So there is something for the traditional eater as well as the more adventurous diner. Stevie is a great chef and a fascinating host, and we felt like we were dining in his home, not a restaurant. We got to meet his wife, who is a lovely person, and his daughter, who loves to talk about her pets. This is a truly unique dining experience. WhatsApp Stevie at +27 79 512 6364 to book your table. Reservations are a must.
Written 30 May 2022
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Arnold M
Harare2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 none
The lunch, breakfast and dinner I had was out of this world. From organic chicken to a succulent steak and a blend of locally sourced vegetables, it was an unbelievable experience. To top off, a wealth of knowledge shared by the chef/host on South African wines (over a bottle of wine of course!) made the final dinner memorable. Truly remarkable food!
Written 5 December 2022
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Blue Mango Lodge
Thanks so much for your kind review, it really is appreciated , I am so happy that you enjoyed your experience. Kind regards Stevie
Written 11 December 2022
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Mark
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 none
Stevie, the chef and our host for the evening, went out of his way to give my wife a most memorable dinner to celebrate her birthday. His mushroom starter was the best I have ever tasted! A superb dinner was followed by a chat in the well stocked bar as Stevie shared his love for music with us. Okapi a la Carte restaurant is truly a hidden gem and well worth a visit!
Written 6 September 2022
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Blue Mango Lodge
Thank you so much for your kind words Mark, it was an absolute pleasure hosting you, and we are happy to have made your wife's birthday special.
Written 7 September 2022
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Sara G
Naples29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
Not conventional, organic foods well cooked and combined to a good wine. Informal ambient to relax, and Steve was very friendly and helpful and kind with us to make dinner special and confortable. Excellent quality /price ratio. We recommend!
Written 2 January 2020
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Hendri1
Bela Bela17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 business
Had to take some North American business partners out for a dinner. Did not want to do the typical around the airport. Found Stevie's place. It worked out perfectly. Stevie was a great host and made the evening very memorable. The food was exceptional. They people I took out had a great time and had a unique south african experience. I will be back again.
Written 16 November 2022
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Blue Mango Lodge
Dear Hendri, Thank you very much for putting your faith in us to impress your business associates, we are glad to hear that everyone had a good time and enjoyed the experience. We look forward to hosting you again. Stevie
Written 16 November 2022
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Laura D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 none
Stevie the chef made a me a stew for dinner and the food was amazing. Wine was also well chosen and the place Blue Mango lodge is a beautiful place!
Written 2 July 2022
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annesM89IA
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 none
I ordered the fillet of zebra and roasted potatoes. It was fabulous! I can't wait to eat there again!
Written 28 May 2022
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Vanessa
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 family
My Father-in-Law made a dinner reservation for us as a family at Okapi, to Celebrate my Mom-in-law’s birthday. Our host and chef Stevie prepared a beautiful three course dinner, served to us in the private dining room. What an exceptionally enjoyable experience - a warm homely feel, good wholesome food, prepared with love. What an interesting place. We would love to visit again during the day to experience the beautiful gardens and spa. Our host Stevie entertained us with the photo gallery of music and movie artists in the bar area, his life story of how he ended up in this part of the world and his talented wife. Thank you for a great culinary experience. We will be back. VK
Written 2 May 2022
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LAETITIA french
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 solo
The Okapi restaurant give delicious food made by Stevie. It's original, very good, The restaurant is beautiful! Come to visit this restaurant and eat some delicious food!!!!
Written 11 February 2022
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Lyn C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 couples
Lovely location, fantastic hosts, best food I’ve ever had - such attention to detail! Well worth making a reservation!
Written 17 January 2022
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Chenoa Lake
Managua8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 none
I've enjoyed more than a dozen excellent meals at the Olkapi. They serve an excellent hot breakfast, one of the best I've had on the continent, and delicious dinners. Meticulous attention is made to fresh ingredients, freshly prepared, and freshly served. The chef is self-taught, so don't expect a sous chef; but some top-notch African-English fusion with sesame and ginger? You bet!
Written 12 December 2021
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