Restaurants in Nelspruit

Traveling to new places is all about experiencing the culture, there is no better way than to do that than by trying out local restaurants in Nelspruit. Although Nelspruit may not be the biggest city, the Nelspruit food scene is one for the books. Nelspruit offers a wide range of restaurant choices, all from different origins, some Greek, some Italian and some 100% South African. The “where are we eating” question can sometimes be a tricky one, that’s why we have put together a Top 10 list (in no specific order), to make that decision just a bit easier.

1. Cicada

Cicada is a modern and trendy hotspot for locals, and international visitors. Cicada is well-known among locals for their delicious Sushi, although not always authentic Japanese sushi; you can always expect a tasty dish! Cicada has some promising items on the menu for tourists wanting to try some of the local cuisine. The drinks list is quite impressive, featuring some refreshing cocktails, beers, liqueurs and some local wine.

A recent Google Review from Celeste Grobler:

“Cicadas have a great vibe. Their portions are generous and as always, they have the best sushi in town. Do try their Zulu sushi and Bali rolls for a taste explosion.
PS: The new plants are an awesome addition to the tables ”

Sushi from Cicada - Restaurants in Nelspruit - Shandon Lodge

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2. Turn ‘n Tender

This is one of those restaurants that is always a good option, no matter the time of day. Turn ‘n Tender are well-known for their prime steaks cooked to perfection and exceptional wine taste. Their stylish and sophisticated restaurant redefines the term “steakhouse”. Turn ‘n Tender is the perfect venue for those special occasions, as well as an everyday restaurant. The waiters are very well trained and have extensive knowledge about the wine-list and different steak cuts, ensuring you an unforgettable experience with your steak just the way you like it.

A recent Google Review by Gerrit Marais:

Best steakhouse by far in Nelspruit. Prices are steep, but we’ve never had a bad steak at T&T. Staff are exceptionally well train and understand the concept of ‘customer service’. We go there without a second thought if we wish to have steak.”

Delicious steak from Turn and Tender - Restaurants in Nelspruit - Shandon Lodge

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3. Orange Restaurant

Orange Restaurant sets the bar high when it comes to Restaurants in Nelspruit, situated on top of a hill, with a breath-taking view of the Nelspruit city. This luxurious restaurant has received more than 12 awards for excellence and has the most unique and intriguing interior décor. The Orange restaurant is by far the most romantic restaurant Nelspruit has to offer, making it the perfect proposal spot. The service and cuisine here are of the highest standard, ensuring an unforgettable experience for visitors.

A recent Google Review from Rianza Anderson:

“Beautiful setting. Romantic atmosphere with a breath-taking city view. Excellent service. Friendly, well presented waiters making you feel like a VIP! The food was delicious. We had chocolate chilli fillet, duck risotto, profiteroles tower and some cocktails. All items on the menu were reasonably priced. Would recommend the Orange Restaurant for anyone looking for fine dining, breath-taking views and a night to remember!”

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4. The Jock Pub & Grill

The Jock Pub & Grill is about as ‘Nelspruit’ as it gets, this has always been THE spot, the spot where old friends meet and new ones are made. Offering a large open outdoor seating area under large indigenous trees, giving visitors such a relaxed atmosphere, they might forget they are in the middle of town. The Jock has some of the best local cuisine, ranging from biltong pizza to dynamite peri peri chicken. Established in 1995, The Jock grew up with Nelspruit and is now considered a Lowveld legend. If you are looking to get to know the Nelspruit culture, The Jock Pub & Grill is the best place to be.

A recent Google Review:

“Actually 3 bars in ‘one’ serving a great menu, excellent Steaks, craft beer, pizzas with a few gambling machines for the more adventurous. Also featuring local musical talent as well as national stars in the garden area of the bar with children’s play area and jumping castle over weekends. A great place for the whole family.”

Delicious burger and Beer at The Jock Pub and Grill - Restaurants in Nelspruit - Shandon Lodge

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5. Sophies Bistro

Sophies is a small owner run bistro located just outside of Nelspruit city, at the picturesque Halls Farmstall. They offer a wide variety of cuisine from not only South Africa, but some dishes from Mozambique as well.  This little bistro makes you feel right at home with its relaxing atmosphere and great customer service. Sophies locally source all their produce to get it as fresh as possible in order to get some of the best tasting local dishes possible.

A recent Google Review:

“Serving traditional South African cuisine, the curry tripe served in a “potjie” is to dream of, we also had snoek garnished with fresh salad the portions are huge to say the least and well-priced. Excellent service!”

The entrance to Sophies Bistro - Restaurants in Nelspruit - Shandon Lodge

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6. The GlassBar

The GlassBar is a trendy, up-beat meeting place serving light meals and some of the best cocktails in town. Not only do they have good cocktails, but they have good views; the GlassBar has windows from the floor to the ceiling, giving you the best view of the city possible. The GlassBar is the perfect spot for sun-downers after work or some pre-concert drinks with friends. Their menu consists of a selection of Mini Burger sliders, a range of platters and home-made pizza. The bar also offers Free Wi-Fi for those interested.

A recent Google Review from Leroy Varona:

“Great service!
Staff very friendly and polite.
Best place to have a nice cocktail.”

The inside of The GlassBar - Restaurants in Nelspruit - Shandon Lodge

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7. Rocomamas

Rocomamas is a very casual burgers, ribs and wings restaurant, the type of place you go to when you are extremely hungry. The vibe is great with a really open and airy restaurant, topped with great customer service. If you do plan on going to Rocomamas, make sure you’re really hungry as they offer customers the opportunity to build their own burger, or pick something else from the menu instead. Rocomamas like to indulge in the extravagant side of life with their “freak-shakes” featuring flavours such as “slow death by chocolate”, “Candyliscous”, “Peanutology” and “Surprise Me!”. Rocomamas are sure to deliver an unforgettable experience.

A recent Google Review from Hugo Swanepoel:

“The food was really fantastic. I had a nice lunch here. Staff was really friendly and food was served really quick! Would definitely recommend trying this place out. You can build your own burger if you do not like what’s on the menu, and their milkshakes are absolutely crazy!”

A massive burger from Rocamamas - Restaurants in Nelspruit - Shandon Lodge

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8. Stefanos Pizzeria

Stefanos is an Italian pizza restaurant located right in the middle of the bustling City. Many people in Nelspruit consider Stefanos to have the best pizzas in town, cooked to perfection in a wood-fired pizza oven. Stefanos offers not only pizzas but a variety of other dishes, such as seafood, lamb shank and Mozambican peri peri chicken. The ambiance is on point with laid back and relaxed vibes, making it the perfect all-round spot to grab some pizza.

A recent Google Review from Aurelia Lambrechts:

“Stefano’s pizza has blown me away since 2003. It’s like no other pizza you’ve EVER had! It’s utterly DELICIOUS and consistently amazing. This family cares so much about the quality of their food and your experience of their restaurant. I’m a Stefano’s fan for life.”

Delicious pasta meals from Stefanos Restaurant - Restaurants in Nelspruit - Shandon Lodge

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9. Adega

Adega is well-known for its authentic Portuguese cuisine and warm hospitality. With have a wide variety of dishes on offer, Adega are known for their red meat, chicken and sea food dishes. The restaurant offers an elegant dining area which can seat 180 people and playroom with activities for the kids. Adega boasts an impressive wine selection of almost 80 different wines on offer.

A recent Google Review from Brendon Peter:

“Great food, and greater service. Never a bad experience at Adega”

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10. Feast the Handheld Food Company

The feast is a popular little shop in the middle of it all, offering customers an array of delicious dishes. They are known for their classic grills and light meals, such as toasted sandwiches and classic burgers. The feast has a laid back, relaxed atmosphere with great customer service, making it the perfect place to take a break and grab some quick lunch before continuing your journey.

A recent TripAdvisor review from Melvdwalt:

“Awesome and good food, Very friendly and helpful staff. Great atmosphere. Will definitely be going back.”

A quick breakfast from The Feast - Restaurants in Nelspruit - Shandon Lodge

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We hope this list has made the “Where are we eating?” question a bit easier, and if you ever need to ask the “Where are we staying?” question – Shandon Lodge is known as one of the best Guest Houses in Nelspruit, with quality accommodation at an affordable price.