We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


63 OR O R Tambo Parade | Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Durban 4001, South Africa
+27 31 362 1300
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good30%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“curries” (6 reviews)
“lamb” (4 reviews)
“seafood” (4 reviews)
Closes in 5 min
18:30 - 22:30 Hours
African, International, Vegetarian Friendly
63 OR O R Tambo Parade | Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Durban 4001, South Africa
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (62)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 61 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was amazing!!! Everything made to perfection! One of the very few buffets in Durban that’s well worth it ! Friendly and efficient staff. Keep it up 👌🏻

Thank sumesha89
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Four years in a row, I stay at Maharani and visit the Lingela restaurant. They’ve got a variety of food, but I think they need to change their options. The food items I like at the buffet - prawns dipped in lemon butter, calamari steaks...More

Thank itguyjhb
Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

We thought the price was a bit steep, but decided to splash out before leaving on a month long cruise. Well, it was worth every cent! The choices were wide, the quality magnificent, and the taste exquisite! We will be back!

Thank LindaRenecle
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

We booked a family lunch for Mother’s Day at Lingela. Firstly Zama was amazingly warm & efficient in making our reservation. Then the food: Wow! The variety was extensive & the taste was divine. We had such a lovely dessert variety & were spoilt for...More

Thank Nellandran
Reviewed 10 April 2018

This is the main restaurant of the hotel and only does buffets although they offer a large, varied and excellent selection of hot and cold food and indeed food cooked to order from self selected items on display. I ate here on three nights during...More

1  Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

We just got back from dinner and the experience was not pleasant. The food I ate was lovely but the service on the floor left a bitter taste in my mouth. We've had to ask for spoons and wait forever to receive them, water for...More

Thank Martha M
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

This buffet place must be one of the favourite places for dinner in Durban with a huge variety of meat ( and some sea food + salad ). My 1st visit was in 1989 and it is still so popular! However, the quality is now...More

Thank Ianfung
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Went for the evening buffet. Great food, lovely setting. Prawns done while you wait. Wide variety of dishes including starters, mains and dessert.

3  Thank Lucyg444
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Booked in advance, arrived on time and restaurant still closed. Then shoved in a tiny inaccessible corner. Not a very good start. Wide variety of food but layout is odd. Cold plates. Cold veg. Seems the roasts etc not under heat. And R70 for a...More

6  Thank Sylvia P
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Great way to host a family function. Booking is essential for larger groups. We were a party of 11 (including a 4yr old), celebrating three birthdays, the same weekend. Selection and choice of dishes to please any appetite, from roasts, stir fry, prawns and tuna,...More

Thank NivyB
Nearby HotelsSee all 46 hotels in Durban
Gooderson Tropicana Hotel
137 reviews
.01 km away
Garden Court South Beach
1 416 reviews
.05 km away
Durban Spa
71 reviews
.10 km away
Gooderson Beach Hotel
124 reviews
.14 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Surf Riders Food Shack
188 reviews
.96 km away
Afro's Chicken Shop
263 reviews
.40 km away
Roma Revolving
512 reviews
.95 km away
Vasco's Restaurant
62 reviews
1.09 km away
Nearby Attractions
uShaka Wet 'n Wild
321 reviews
1.27 km away
Golden Mile
754 reviews
.79 km away
Natural Science Museum
56 reviews
1.20 km away
The Spice Emporium, Durban
35 reviews
.42 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Annah C
5 January 2018|
Response from Miguel_de_Sousa | Property representative |
Hi Annah C. Thank you for your enquiry, we most certainly do take bookings for 20 guests. Please could you call the hotel directly for further information Regards Miguel de Sousa F&B Manager
Nomfundo Thobek... C
12 December 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Ianfung | Reviewed this property |
it is part of southern sun so should open for biz on Christmas day. it is OK for kids too...
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, 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
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
18:30 - 22:30
18:30 - 22:30
18:30 - 22:30
18:30 - 22:30
18:30 - 22:30
18:30 - 22:30
18:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 63 OR O R Tambo Parade | Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Durban 4001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban
  • Phone Number: +27 31 362 1300
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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing