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.

“Underwhelming ”
Review of Sec Restaurant

Sec Restaurant
Ranked #16 of 1 587 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Price range: R 1 357 - R 4 615
Description: The exciting addition to Clico was the new restaurant opened in April 2024. Off-street parking accessible from Jellicoe Avenue allows for easy access to Sec. Clico has become renowned for being an intimate establishment, offering personalised service, and Sec retains this theme. The space is a unique architectural design – a metal structure, triple volume ceilings and a flooding of natural light through the glass stack doors. What truly sets Sec apart is its culinary philosophy—a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation, wellness and indulgence. Chef Dario de Angeli’s menu transcends mere sustenance, offering bespoke dishes and drinks crafted from cold-pressed, fermented, and ethically sourced ingredients.
Restaurant details
Description: The exciting addition to Clico was the new restaurant opened in April 2024. Off-street parking accessible from Jellicoe Avenue allows for easy access to Sec. Clico has become renowned for being an intimate establishment, offering personalised service, and Sec retains this theme. The space is a unique architectural design – a metal structure, triple volume ceilings and a flooding of natural light through the glass stack doors. What truly sets Sec apart is its culinary philosophy—a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation, wellness and indulgence. Chef Dario de Angeli’s menu transcends mere sustenance, offering bespoke dishes and drinks crafted from cold-pressed, fermented, and ethically sourced ingredients.
Reviewed 16 July 2023 via mobile

Very pleasant, great service but too rushed. Cold plates with the starter, Asian style vegetables prevalent in all courses. Waiter served across diner to serve other guests. Not quite up to 5 star boutique hotel dining.

Date of visit: July 2023
Thank Nigel M
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2023

Dear Valued Guest
Thank you for the valuable feedback provided through your review. We have taken this under consideration and will ensure that additional training measures are in place both in the kitchen and with the service team to avoid a recurrence.
The Clico Team take pride in their work with the aim of a great Clico experience for our patrons. We didn’t achieve that with you, and for this, we are disappointed.
Regards
The Clico Team

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviews (315)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

5 - 9 of 315 reviews

Reviewed 20 June 2023 via mobile

The most special night. We came here for our anniversary and just had the most amazing time, honestly the most incredible service we have ever received. Thank you so much Sibusiso for making our night so wonderful. We will be back for sure!

Date of visit: June 2023
Thank shanmaygerbz
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2023

Dear Valued Guest

Thank you for that amazing feedback!
Chef Dario de Angeli and his kitchen team are creating the most delicious food and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your anniversary celebration. The service team led by Sibusiso, are offering wonderful guest experiences through their incredible service and attention to detail.
We are thrilled that your celebration was such a great one and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Regards
The Clico Team

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 June 2023

the food was absolutely great props to chefs and team service was good and nice music seems every posh but pizza was a harm embrace

Date of visit: June 2023
    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Seaside05707614451
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2023

Dear Valued Guest
We are so thrilled that you loved your pizza’s at the newly established 400 Degrees at Clico! Chef Dario has created a more relaxed menu and introduced a totally new offering to Clico through 400 Degrees! The balance of the sophisticated style of Clico’s cuisine is taken through the 400 Degree menu but in a relaxed and incredibly delicious way.
We hope you will join us again soon, and try out some of the other dishes on the 400 degree menu.
Regards
The Clico Team

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 May 2023

Nice cosy setup but not enough parking,takes about 10 cars. They don't have ciders, they could not make any cocktails as there were no ingredients. I'm not a beer person unfortunately. Im black and at first I used racially profile my customers as a waiter. I learnt a hard lesson when my table pointed out how I seemed to be more focused on other tables and didn't treat them the same. The customer still tipped me way over 10% to teach me not make assumptions. Our waiter sadly has the same bias as I had. Having black people should not be reason to lower your service.
It was a surprise engagement for our friend and even she was told to hurry up and make a menu selection as the Waiter said he had other tables. When the food arrived everyone got their food and our pizzas were about 15min late. It was awkward as our friends insisted on not eating till our food came.
Honestly the food was great. I was disapointed with the parking situation ,lack of ciders or cocktails ,and the service was par at best.

Date of visit: May 2023
    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Climber32823094789
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2023

Dear Valued Guest
Thank you for your review and feedback. We have investigated the matter as we take your comments seriously. Our waiter, Spencer, was extremely concerned about your experience of his service. It wasn’t possible to bring the food out at the same time based on the staggered arrivals of the guests at your table. Spencer’s motivation to request the late arrival guests to order promptly was so that the table could eat together. His intent was to ensure a positive Clico experience and by no means intended as typecasting.
Your comments on ciders and cocktails are noted and measures will be put in place to ensure stock of both are on hand even in situations where other guests may have depleted the stock.
Regards
The Clico Team

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 15 April 2023

My fiancé and I came to Clico for our anniversary and we were blown away! Not only was our 5 course meal absolutely exceptional, our waiter was simply superb! Keep up the fantastic work Sibu!!!! Overall we had a wonderful, enjoyable night.

Date of visit: April 2023
Thank GrandTour29079643467
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Jeanette Schwegman, Owner at Sec Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2023

Dear Value Guest
We are so pleased that your anniversary celebration was a great one! Congratulations from the Clico Team!
Chef Dario de Angeli is creating exceptional food across the board and your waiter, Sibu, is such an asset. The combination of great food and outstanding service is what we strive to achieve, and we are thrilled that this was your experience. We hope to welcome you back soon!
Regards
The Clico Team

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Sec Restaurant also viewed

Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg
Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg
 
Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg
Johannesburg, Greater Johannesburg
 

Been to Sec Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
© 2024 Tripadvisor LLC All rights reserved.

This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in South Africa. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu.