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63 OR O R Tambo Parade | Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Durban 4001, South Africa
+27 31 362 1300
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good29%
  • Average17%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“prawns” (9 reviews)
“curries” (5 reviews)
“bread” (2 reviews)
Open Now
18:30 - 22:30 Hours
African, International, Vegetarian Friendly
63 OR O R Tambo Parade | Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

the one thing that impressed me even more was the fact that their food look exactly like the pictures i saw on the internet. their buffet is perfectly displayed, you find yourself drooling and wanting to taste every single thing that is displayed especially desserts,...More

1  Thank pretty s
Reviewed 11 September 2018

Came on a Friday night as a group and couldn't book a table til quite late, but on arrival there was loads of space in this huge restaurant. It was mostly filled with big groups taking advantage of the well priced buffet. The venue itself...More

Thank Hannah75
Reviewed 18 June 2018 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 17 June 2018 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

1  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 MarthaM2847
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
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16 July 2018|
Response from sumesha89 | Reviewed this property |
I’m sure they wouldn’t mind but call the restaurant to make sure 😊
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
12 December 2017|
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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...
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, 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.
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