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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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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good32%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“prawns” (10 reviews)
“curries” (5 reviews)
“lamb” (4 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 2 weeks ago

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

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

5  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
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Look for the best Buffet in the city, this is the place. Good food and excellent quality. Big space, nice corners for couples to dine. In the day a good romantic slip away.

Thank 798joeyv
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Lingela really has it going for itself. The food is beautifully laid out and fresh & tasty. They make a huge spread and it consist of lots of yummy dishes. Each meal is deliciously prepared and it really is something for the palate. The desserts...More

1  Thank delaine c
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Nothing much to say, expect that this should be added as one of the wonders of the world. The variety is brilliant. I've only seen a buffet with such variety in Las Vegas. The chefs and the waiters are extremely friendly, helpful and accommodating. The...More

1  Thank Jeremy D
Reviewed 2 May 2017

They have the best buffet in Durban. Quality and variety is excellent and covers a decent variety. You basically a little bit more than other buffets, but well worth the while. Highly recommended.

Thank Ralph P
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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|
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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
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.
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