Lingela

Lingela

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Hours
Sun
18:30 - 22:30
Mon
18:30 - 22:30
Tue
18:30 - 22:30
Wed
18:30 - 22:30
Thu
18:30 - 22:30
Fri
18:30 - 22:30
Sat
18:30 - 22:30
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.1 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
African, International
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
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About
Open 7 days a week for dinner, The Lingela is one of the top traditional buffet restaurants in the country that offers a variety of dishes to suit every palate. From live-action cooking of the most delectable meat cuts, seafood and stir-fry to a palatable range of roasts from the carvery, Durban curries and casseroles, the choice is exceptional and the quality superb.
CUISINES
African, International
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles81 reviews
Excellent
33
Very good
27
Average
11
Poor
7
Terrible
3
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Sweepking277
London96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 family
One of the best kept secrets in Durban. Great buffet with lots of choice. Curries, carvery, stir fry station, deserts. All to great quality. The curries are to die for. Amazing. Good service as well, with reasonable pricing.
Written 15 February 2020
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Stanton G
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 none
if you are a buffet person, very few match Lingela. Good value for money as well. All dishes are of a high standard
Written 14 February 2023
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Roxanne R
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 none
The food is the best here , everything is flavoured with its own unique taste , the prawns are amazing
Written 2 June 2021
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clivecowan
45 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 couples
As we were staying at the Maharini we made a booking. The food was average to say the least. Although the meat station/carvery seemed to be in demand there wasn't a single veg to be found. There was one tray marked butternut but was empty for the whole time we were there. Trying to locate our waiter for a drink was a real mission and it took forever. The worst past was trying to get the bill and eventually when it arrived the guy was in such a hurry that he bordered on straight rudenes. The printer on the card machine was slow for some reason and although the payment had come through on my phone he insisted that I re swipe my card. "Swipe it, swipe it, swipe it! When the receipt then did print no apology, he just threw it on the table and stalked off. Not at all what we expected on my wife's 75th birthday treat. The only redeeming feature was breakfast the next morning at the same venue. It was all that one could expect.
Written 23 September 2021
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ashley
Pietermaritzburg1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 family
Thank you so much Nontando for your warmth you really took care of my family and I,food was good but the service exceeded our expections
Written 14 March 2021
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AJM123@
Durban14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 family
Went for birthday dinner with family and friends. This place never disappoints. Really tasty and wide variety of dishes to choose from.. grills, curries, Chinese, roasts etc
Written 24 November 2019
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Koketso Selebalo
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 none
The restaurant is exactly as it looks on the pics. Friday evening buffet was excellent, we had everything we needed, I wish they could increase the variery of their selective meat and have a 3 types of game meats. In overall the restaurant is excellent
Written 26 September 2019
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Randolph Perera
Yangon (Rangoon)374 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 business
During the INDABA in Durban, I always have a traditional dinner with my partners. By popular choice be decided to make a reservation at the Lingela Restaurant. As we were six we have made a reservation in advance. A very friendly supervisor showed us to our table and explained how the buffet works. It was definitely a very nice buffet with a massive spread and selection of food items. You had very thing you could think and imagine was available. The food was excellent and very tasty. We all had a great evening. Suggest you go on a empty stomach in case you want to enjoy all the goodies. Worthwhile a visit whenever they have a buffet dinner. Looking forward to our the next INDABA. Thanks to all the wonderful staff members. Warm regards, Randolph Perera
Written 19 September 2019
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Veschini M
Sandton197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 couples
We are not fans of buffet meals but we are glad we tried the food at Lingela. We really appreciate fresh seafood and Lingela offers delicious prawns, calamari steaks and fish. The Indian dishes on offer were on point, tasty and beautifully spiced, served with all the accompaniments. The stir fry section seemed quite popular. I am very ambivalent about the grilled food. All the meats are cooked on the same grill. This is problematic if you don’t eat pork or beef. Dessert is very underwhelming. I found most dishes were some sort of mousse. I did try an eclair which I did not enjoy. Ice creams were very artificial tasting. Unfortunately the cheeses were a little dry and very limited. While the buffet does offer some superlative dishes, some were quite mediocre. With rising food costs, Lingela is still value for money.
Written 25 June 2019
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Mala P
Durban54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 family
Oh my word, I don't usually like buffets, but this place is something else. Everything from starters to grills, to stir fry to curries and roasts and desserts. There are not enough words to express just how good these people are. The chefs and waitering staff are hands on deck and serve with a smile. Professional, clean, good quality of food. Everything was WOW. I will go again, in fact, I cannot wait to go again. I highly recommend this place.
Written 5 May 2019
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MsimangaMR
Harrismith134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 couples
The food served was fresh and delicious. The buffet had a variety of dishes. Guest were cramped in the restaurant and we could not move freely to access buffet. Service was good.
Written 1 March 2019
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Pat G
Gaborone172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 business
This buffet was amazing what a spread of food. The desserts were also good. The grills were good but as I have spoken to the chef not to use too much of sauce because it kills the actual taste of the prawns or calamari . These were calamari steaks and they tend to be a bit hard .I think the size should be a bit smaller . The curry was okay nothing to rave about. the roast lamb was soft and tender as well as the chicken. I liked the desserts because they had what I liked. The chefs were very friendly in assisting us. We had lots of the chats with the staff. My assumption is the spread was huge that why it was very steep. I did enjoy the evening as I was leaving the next day to Johannesburg.
Written 14 February 2019
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afzale
Gauteng62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 family
A friendly warm atmosphere. Good food served here. Welcoming staff. Nice selection of dishes. Parking is a issue.
Written 16 January 2019
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Candice P
Durban211 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 family
The selection is great if you eat are not a vegetarian. The freshly prepared seafood cooked to your orders, was divine, the calamari streaks were fantastic. The roast lamb and beef we had was tender and tasty. Curries were good, the bread an dips specially the Pesto was to die for. I usually skip the desserts and head for the cheeses, but i opted for desserts and they were OK. the brownies were good. The only down side is the queues for the seafood and grills. i would recommend coming at about 7/7h30pm to avoid the rush at the buffet. waiters i found tended to stand and lean on the counters and chat, instead of offering drinks etc, hey never replenished out cutlery. we had to ask. Also the parking was an issue, with a wheel chair person in our party, the entrance to drop off was blocked by an inconsiderate person that had left their vehicle and blocked the entrance. As well as the small taxis were parked in the wheelchair parking in the entrance. Having said all that, the food was tasty and a wide variety. We will definitely be going back later in the year. It is expensive, but the buffet has loads of seafood and lamb which makes it understandably expensive.
Written 7 January 2019
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Raganie M
Durban18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 business
The buffet was simply amazing. exactly like the pictures advertised. staff was very friendly and accomadating.
Written 12 December 2018
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