Top 10 restaurants in Sasolburg, South Africa

April 1, 2018 Karren Gelb

Sasolburg is a large industrial town within the Metsimaholo Local Municipality in the far north of the Free State province of South Africa. Sasolburg is further sub-divided into three areas: Sasolburg proper, Vaalpark (a more affluent cluster of suburbs located about 5 km north of the Sasolburg CBD) and Zamdela (a 'township' or area formerly reserved for Black people). Most white residents of Sasolburg speak Afrikaans as a first language, while most black people speak Sesotho as a first language. The Sasol corporation has sponsored infrastructural developments in Sasolburg, such as an Olympic size swimming pool.

1. Stonehaven on Vaal

Vaal River, next to Baddrift Bridge, Vanderbijlpark 1900, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$24 - HK$78 +27 16 982 2951
Excellent
34%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 253 reviews

Stonehaven on Vaal

Stonehaven is owned by the Cloete-Anderson Family and is the Vaal River’s social centre, a natural interface between locals and visitors. Here you will find the largest alfresco Garden Restaurant in South Africa. You will enjoy being greeted by the relaxed and charming ambience as you meander through Stonehaven’s cobbled pathways that lead you through the quaint herb garden, over 1000 rose bushes and the mature Gardens and lawns that sweep down to the Vaal River. You have a variety of dining options at Stonehaven on Vaal. The Dining Terrace provides an attractive spot for summer meals overlooking the river as does the garden and lawns where you can enjoy dining under a gazebo. Dining around the swimming pool while your children enjoy a dip is also a perfect way of enjoying relaxed family dining. The Wine Cellar and River Pub have a friendly atmosphere which makes the conversation flow naturally and easily. You will enjoy experiencing winter in the sanctuary of Stonehaven’s cosy River Pub with its roaring and crackling fireplaces enhanced by Stonehaven’s many antiques and nautical ornaments and memorabilia. Stonehaven‘s fare is hearty in quantity and freshly prepared from local produce. Menus range from light pub meals to a more serious restaurant menu with a mix of classic and modern dishes. Homemade puddings are a particular treat at Stonehaven.Besides the 10 acres of beautifully tendered Gardens, there is the busy Stonehaven Harbour with a selection of Cruisers to choose from for your sized function – from 2 to 200. Full onboard dining is catered for from breakfasts, brunches, braais, spits, smorgasbords, picnics, buffets, seafood extravaganzas and cocktail snacks. Stonehaven also hosts a regular Sunday Cruising Buffet every Sunday aboard one of the luxurious cruisers or floating restaurants - “The Spirit of Jen”.Stonehaven on Vaal hosts many different kinds of functions, such as 21st Birthday Parties, Stork Parties, Kitchen Teas, Engagements, Weddings, Christenings, Anniversaries, Children’s Parties, Corporate conferences, Corporate Team Building and Year End FunctionStonehaven on Vaal won several Sedibeng Tourism Awards. The awards cover all establishments in the greater Vaal area. Stonehaven took first place for the Outdoor and Leisure Category, which covers all aspects including River Cruises, Team Building and Leisure. Stonehaven was also voted one of the top 3 Conference Venues and one of the top 3 Restaurants in the whole of the Vaal area.

Reviewed By NikTav1988 - Johannesburg, South Africa

Started the process with a lovely lady called Wendy, who assisted in every way possible. On the day we were greeted by the friendliest security guards, signs everywhere telling us where we needed to go for Sabrina bachelorette, great photo opportunities along the way. Once we boarded The Royal Stonehaven we were all blown away at the table decor, the little prayer and note for our Bride to be. Every details was taken care off, friendly staff on board. The worlds biggest burger to ensure our tummies where satisfied. Jacuzzi on board, ashtrays for the smokers and just a really great vibe. Would highly recommend this as something different to do for any party or event. Well done Stonehaven on Vaal team.

2. Villa Verde

Chopin Street, Vanderbijlpark 1911, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mediterranean, European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +27 16 932 3413
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 72 reviews

Villa Verde

Well known in the area as the top restaurant

Reviewed By RickyBournemouth - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

As visitors from the Cape we were led to believe that we haven't got a Portuguese restaurant down here as good as this one. Oh dear! some of our fast food outlets are better than this. We were a large table (10 adults plus children) but they cater for plenty of people.
Prawns were in short supply (no king or queen) - tried to sell us giant tiger prawns at R190 EACH! The starters were very average - the mains were varied with the prawn curry getting first prize, the lamb shank second, and the smoked ribs a "could do better" third. However, the calamari tubes were inedible - supposedly grilled, overdone on one side and not touched on the other - I have had better shoe leather! 3 portions all uneaten but charged for. A bottle of red completely corked and sent back. In fact a very poor experience all round. Glad I live in Cape Town!

3. High Stakes

Emerald Casino | 777 Frikkie Meyer Boulevard, Vanderbijlpark 1911, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +27 16 982 8355
Excellent
58%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

High Stakes

Reviewed By andreolivier - Cape Town Central, South Africa

Four of us for dinner at this high end restaurant just off the casino floor inside - which by the way has undergone some good improvements recently. Restaurant is fine dining establishment with the food and wine well presented. Quality was excellent with the steaks in particular right up there.

4. Ocean Basket

|Shop 25, Riverside Boulevard | Cnr Frikkie Meyer & Chopin, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available Seafood, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +27 16 932 3149
Excellent
55%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

Ocean Basket

Reviewed By Rusermi - Sasolburg, South Africa

We are regular visitors to this Ocean Basket, and I understand they recently had a management change.
Usually on busy evenings we will wait to be seated, get a table order drinks and food, and by the time the drinks are about quarter the food will arrive.
Last night we ordered our food, waited for about an hour and 45 minutes for our soggy sushi to arrive, the platter we ordered only had a marble sized ball of wasabi.
Upon checking everything we realized that there is some stuff missing, we called the waiter and she said that the pot or something was not working so they did not add it to the order.
Im not sure if his was their opening night, but i will give them a second chance.

5. The Shack

Portion 2, Abrahamsrustfarm, Minnaar street | Vaalpark, Sasolburg, South Africa Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations Bar, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch +27 82 370 5159
Excellent
40%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

The Shack

Reviewed By Hemachatus - Sasolburg, South Africa

The cliché goes that a book should never be judged by its cover.
This is very appropriate when arriving at "The Shack". I am sure many "un-informed" people had their doubts when entering the venue.
The décor is rustic, very rustic, but done in a very creative way.
The Seating is very unpretentious and the atmosphere is extremely relaxed.
The booze price is better than average, but the one thing worth mentioning is the food.
The menu isn't massive, but very well thought out. The portions are more than adequate and very tasty. The Eishbein is humungus and tasty till the very last morsel and must be recommended.
Because it is a local watering hole I wouldn't classify this as a romantic joint as it can become a bit more "lively" at night.
But if you are looking to enjoy an ice cold beverage and some good hearty food, don't let the exterior of the place change your mind.

6. Gary's Sushi & Chinese Restaurant

Colosseum Centre | Cnr of Delius and Chopin Streets, Vanderbijlpark 1911, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Chinese, Sushi, Asian Dinner, Lunch +27 16 932 4813
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Gary's Sushi & Chinese Restaurant

Reviewed By Michael J

This is a great place for a night out with the family, or just with friends. The food is excellent at reasonable prices. The service is great, and Gary is always there to see that your needs are met and that you are enjoying yourself.

7. John Dory's Vaal Mall

Rossini Boulevard | Shop 37, Vaal Mall, Vanderbijlpark 1911, South Africa Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Sushi, Japanese, Grill Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +27 16 981 5198
Excellent
20%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 40 reviews

John Dory's Vaal Mall

Ahoy Me Mateys! Join us at John Dory's - the best seafood restaurant that the whole family can enjoy! Our menu has an ocean of choices for all our seafood lovers! From fresh hand-rolled sushi to tempura battered fish & chips. Shiver your timbers! Our catch of the day, prawns, calamari and fresh oysters are a reason to abandon ship and come ashore! Our kids' menu has a variety of yummy meals for our young mateys too and we also have a cool kids' play area with boatloads of fun activities for little sailors! What are you waiting for? Dock your boat at John Dory's for arrr-mazing food and service.

Reviewed By Riki A - Pereybere

I found the sushi very average for the price. I was expecting better after hearing great things about John Dorys. Service was also quite lacklustre with staff simply going about their day.
Rather try other places for your sushi fix.

8. Buffalo Creek Spur Steak Ranch

29 Fichardt Street, Sasolburg 1947, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Fast Food, Barbecue Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$86 +27 16 976 2575
Excellent
16%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
52%
Poor
8%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 12 reviews

Buffalo Creek Spur Steak Ranch

Spoil your family & eat out at Buffalo Creek Spur. We are the best steakhouse & burger restaurant in Sasolburg. Bring along your kids for some great tasting food & dessert from our famous Spur menu.

Reviewed By Boschenvaal - Sasolburg, South Africa

We regularly frequent this Spur restaurant in Sasolburg and find the quality of the food and service to be good. The management and waiters are friendly and provides good quality service. For a small town this is good and can be recommendedDear Boschenvaal, Thank you so much for supporting and rating Buffalo Creek Spur steakhouse. We are very happy to know that you and your family enjoy visiting our restaurant. Warm regards, Spur Steak Ranches

9. The Horse and River Pub

Chopin Street, Vanderbijlpark 1911, South Africa Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +27 16 932 3095
Excellent
63%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

The Horse and River Pub

Unbeatable Contemporary Pub-Dining- Freshly Prepared. Live Music every Wednesday and Friday Night. Great Atmosphere. Most Authentic Pub Experience in the Vaal. 9 Ice Cold Draughts on Tap. Craft and Imported beer also available. Over 60 of the Finest Single Malts Available. Good Food, Good People.

Reviewed By Daniel P - Johannesburg, South Africa

This isn't a 5 star restaurant or anything close, but it is a brilliant South African pub. The prices are good & the meals are delicious & the helpings are huge. I would recommend a platter or the eisbein. Can get quite busy so make sure you arrive early or book a table.

10. Nando's Sasolburg

37 Fichardt Street | Shop 9, Die Akker Centre, Sasolburg 1947, South Africa Delivery, Takeout European, Portuguese Lunch, Dinner +27 16 973 3988
Excellent
11%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
11%
Terrible
22%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 9 reviews

Nando's Sasolburg

Experience a truly South African dining experience at Nando's in Sasolburg. Our flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken restaurants are world famous for their succulent, grilled to perfection, butterfly-cut chickens. Add spice to your life with a meal from our Portuguese style menu. We've set the eating experience on fire and we can't wait for you to join our table because if there's one thing we love as much as PERi-PERi, it's lots of people to enjoy it with!

Reviewed By 832jod

This is a poor example of a God restaurant /take away.
It has always been about average in Sasolburg so we tend to drive a few extra kilometers to the Vanderbijlpark outlet. However, not trusting our judgment, we ordered 3 take away chicken burgers. The rolls were not very fresh and the chicken only covered 2/3 of the roll. Only 1 napkin provided.
Sorry, but we we will continue to buy from other Nandos in the future.

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