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For more than two decades, Pappas has been dishing out Mediterranean taste sensations and memorable dining experiences. Pappas has been in the family since the 80s and is now run by the second generation of restaurateurs.We are conveniently situated in the heart of Sandton on Nelson Mandela Square, a hop, skip and jump away from the Sandton Gautrain station. Our extensive menu consists of delicious Mediterranean fare combined with traditional Greek tastes and flavours that will take you on a culinary journey fit for royalty. All our meals are homemade daily to ensure the freshness and quality you deserve and expect. We look forward to welcoming you and your guests to Pappas so you may enjoy
US$5 - US$20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Greek, Mediterranean, European, Grill
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 8 April 2021

Experience a taste of Greek hospitality at Pappas. What was meant to be a quick bite turned into a leisurely lunch at Pappas On The Square. I didn't have much time for a sitdown meal but the grim prospect of eating a drive-thru burger in...my car was too much to bear. I like Pappas. The food is always fresh and flavourful- and I love their tapas-style selections that can be ordered according to appetite and mood. I also knew that I wanted a schwarma, so Pappas it was. I was distracted by the calamari starter so I decided to order that as a starter before having a yiro for lunch. I'm so glad that I did because the calamari stole the show: delicate calamari heads and tubes seared to achieve a perfect caramelized crust while still being tender. So generously flavoured with garlic and lemon that you're going to wish that you'd ordered a bigger portion. The yiro was also a hero with crispy shavings of beef on a bed of tzatziki wrapped up in a flatbread. It was generously packed with fillings and served with chips. It's messy and delicious so roll up your sleeves - or use cutlery if you must! What really impressed me the most were the complimentary tapas served before my meal- creamy taramasalata and an earthy hummus served with hot Greek flatbread. Restaurants are under so much strain during COVID- just like their customers, so anything complimentary is great added value. Especially when it tastes delicious. My meals were served in rapid succession without feeling rushed which made Pappas a perfect restaurant to grab a quick bite during my lunch break. #DineJoziStyle #DinePappasStyle #DineSandtonStyleMore

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 28 March 2021 via mobile

Food and service are phenomenal. Lamb Klefiko is next level. Cold draught beer and very good wine list. Vibe especially on Saturday is nice with belly dancers!

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 7 March 2020 via mobile

We had lunch in Pappas and it was really tasty. The portions were BIG! Service was really fast and friendly. Nothing to complain and would return to this place.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 6 March 2020 via mobile

I have visited Pappas on many occasions, and I can honestly say that I have never had a bad experience. The food is of top quality and very tasty, the people are welcoming and service is excellent. There wine selection is absolutely awesome. Definitely one...of my favourite restaurants.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 3 March 2020 via mobile

Food was good service not the best as we had a doddery old waiter. What spoilt the evening was the rip off price of a 750cl bottle sparkling water. Be warned the price is not on the menu so if you just ask for sparkling...water as we did they charge 55 rand - a rip off - also check the bill as they over charged for our pepper sauce the price of which was on the menu.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 10 February 2020

Dinner on a Sunday evening. The covered deck was very noisy due to a (birthday?) party but that can happen anywhere. Food (preceded by free pita and dips) and service were very good, definitely recommendable on both counts. Kleftiko was outstanding. Not totally convinced by...the authenticity of some of the dishes, but that does not take anything away from the quality. At 9pm a belly dancer (is that really Greek?) appeared and a lot of plates were smashed: a fun few minutes' entertainment! Prices are probably about par for the location, although I'm not sure why they should charge 50% more than our 4* hotel nearby for a tap beer.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 25 January 2020

We had a great meal,here. The food was plentiful and delicious. The service was very good and we really enjoyed the experience.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 1 January 2020 via mobile

Great welcoming atmosphere. The ambiance is extremely good, so is the menu. Had an enjoyable time at this restaurant. Definitely recommended as a spot to dine in Sandton.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 20 December 2019

This was our very first meal in South Africa and strolling down from our Sandton Hotel we were presented with an abundance of different eateries which had great appeal. However, Pappas and the splendid Greek menu with plenty of vegetarian options quickly became our preferred...choice for the evening - and what a gem this eatery is ! Firstly, as we entered we were most warmly greeted and taken to a nice table on the balcony area overlooking Nelson Mandela Square - superb. It quickly became apparent that many 'locals' were dining here too which is always a good sign. One table near to us had the largest plateful's of meat - I think it was a rack of something which they struggled to eat completely, defeated taking the remainder home for supper. My wife wasn't too hungry and ordered a light bite whilst I went for something more substantial. We ended up having a feast of a Greek veggie meal with the restaurant unexpectedly providing complimentary side dishes - we were well and truly full at the end of a seriously well presented array of food, tasting as if you were on a Greek island and with the best service we have received for some time - a memorable dining experience. What made the whole thing special however were the staff who were really helpful to us in making our menu choices, being attentive and approaching us with a genuine smile and desire to make our meal enjoyable from start to finish - they succeeded. What also surprised us was the value for money - the bill being much less than we would have expected to pay for the quantity and quality of the same food in the UK. Loved it. Efharistó polí!More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 14 December 2019 via mobile

Tasty Greek fare in a pleasant atmosphere. Wait staff friendly and professional/experienced. Started with a mixed meze and others had lamb, I had fish and chips. Solid value for the money.

Date of visit: December 2019
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17 June 2019|
Response from niiamahd | Reviewed this property |
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3 November 2016|
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Response from life_of_rushni | Reviewed this property |
Good Day, Park in the Sandton City Mall or in Nelson Mandela Square and ask anyone where the Nelson Mandela Stature on the square is located. The restaurant is located up the stairs from the stature. Kind regards Rushni
30 March 2016|
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pappas on the Square

Yes, Pappas on the Square offers takeaway services.

Pappas on the Square is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4