Situated within the courtyard of the trendy 44 Stanley precinct, Il Giardino is the place to gather under the shade of the olive trees to enjoy a long boozy Italian lunch or an evening under the stars. Start off with a traditional Caprese salad with layers of gorgeous, soft mozzarella slices, juicy tomato and fresh basil leaves finished off with a crack of black pepper and a drizzle of one of Il Giardino’s award winning olive oils – available to buy to take home from the restaurant.
The drinks offering is extensive and includes an array of craft gins – there’s even a ‘craft your own G&T’ offering, whiskies – both single malt and blends, cocktails, and craft beers. The wine list, while a little limited for by-the-glass options, does features a decent selection of well-known local wines, plus a connoisseur section, which offers a few higher-end bottles and vintages. A clever inclusion is the pairing suggestions under most, if not all, of the drinks listings with recommendations of complementary meal choices.
Matome Jackoline Tsiri
The food and the performance were amazing..
Great ambience, music can be a bit overwhelming though especially if seated closer to the 'stage', having to speak a little louder in order to hear each other over the loudness ain't too grand. I'm a great fan of their pizzas!!!
Relaxed atmosphere in the buzzing Milpark streets.Food was good.Also accommodating for groups. The is definitely space for improvement with the service, but was not bothering or impacted on the lunch experience.
Ramoloi Lehlohonolo Justice Mofokeng
A nice cost experience with a live band performance bon Sundays. Perfect for a relaxed outing with a partner or a group
Incredible atmosphere and excellent food. An awesome spot for large or small groups to enjoy anytime but especially warm Joburg lunchtimes, afternoons and evenings. Ideally located in 44 Stanley, its not to be missed. More...
Marisca Le Roux
Great Sunday afternoon outing.
Definitely worth a visit. Very beautiful with a wonderful atmosphere
Had a wonderful time! Great food, atmosphere (although it was a bit hot) and friendly staff. Thanks!
The prawns and the kingklip were fantastic. A pleasant surprise for a restaurant so far from the coast. The atmosphere is relaxed and the waiters are knowledgeable and have a high standard of service, what a pleasure.
I love the atmosphere here, the band was lovely, we had fish, just melted in your mouth. We will definitely be back
Elmay van der Watt
A lovely night and day venue.
Comprehensive menu, nice wines and ambiance
Excellent food. Good service. Lovely atmosphere
Great amazing food, outdoor relaxing vibe.
One of our favorite Saturday lunch venues. The shops surrounding the restaurant offer interior decor, fashion and gardening items and the restaurants courtyard is particularly charming. Sun-drenched wine sipping and hearty portions of the well-executes Italian menu items is all topped off by the welcoming and efficient service. More...
Best Pasta in Jozi!
Has the best foods.
The food perfection , meat, chicken melting in your mouth. I would go back again to experience the Ambiance as I was attending a birthday party.
Zanzanette van Aardt
Stunning restaurant Good Food Friendly Service
Great music, lovely menu, service a bit slow
Cosy and casual
It was amazing. Food was great and setting so quaint and eclectic.
Definitely the best menu for 44 Stanley. Do note that they close early on public holidays. They have gin on tap that is not great quality, but fairly priced. Specials are better value from your money than the menu items. Try to sit outside late afternoon. Parking is a problem so go early. More...
Really amazing gifts and things to make your house a home!
Super duppa awesome!
Love this place. A beautiful vista
Perhaps the best Italian food we’ve found in Johannesburg.
Absolutely wonderful. Lovely atmosphere. Food was delishes. Shops are a bit on the expensive side. But we'll worth the trip
11 out of 10!!!! Sooo impressed by this restaurant!!Ambience, food, service, decor. Everything was FAB!Good service from our waitress. Loved the live on a Sunday morning. Really cool.My rose wine was so good, sorry we never ordered a bottle.Next time for sure.If I lived in Jhb, I would def be a regular at this restaurant.Been a long time that I had such a great and relaxing brunch/lunch at a restaurant. So awesome. ❤️ More...
Such a nice vibey venue. Truly n gem with a wonderful host. Superb function
I just love Il Giardino especially on Sundays. The service is good, the menu fantastic. The ambiance is great with a real vibey feeling. Add to that the fantastic band playing at the right volume what more could you ask for More...
What an amazing afternoon out. Live band, amazing food and just a wonderful venue. Be sure to check out the solar project they have running. Very impressive
Good Italian food very fresh and delicious!
Awesome restaurant tucked away from the road in a beautiful setting with a great vibe. Loved the music and food very good too. Will definitely go back there.
Lugar muito legal para almoço, com música ao vivo e uma ótima comida.
Bela de Freitas
Lovely ambience. Food was also good.
Joe de Freitas
Good food, good friendly service. I recommend.
Fabulous! Live music was so good, food was delicious and service extremely good! What a stunning way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Lovley atmosphere and great pizza.
Great vibe, music etc. A bit packed but then again it was our year end function
Superb! Excellent food and service.
Great service and delicious food
Great food, great vibe, great place. Will definitely be visiting again.
Great ambience, good music. The prawns were disappointing though. They were dry
Awesome spot. They have a lovely outside area. Sometime they have live music which is great. The food has been awesome everytime we have been there.
Great place to hang with friends. Good food and good wine.
Interesting menu with signature dishes
danai tafara chikukwa
Enjoyed their on Tap Gin n Tonic. They may need to get more waiters when it's busy
I love their pizza. Try the pizza lamb with dates and apricot!
Great food and music
ZWELI HARDY NGWENYA
A lovely place for events and functions end of year parties. Great Italian experience beautiful set up,food presentation 10/10.
Great food and vibe
Great food but service pretty slow.
Maureen van der Horn
A magical afternoon listening to Runaway Train - delicious food and extra friendly attention from the waiters. Will definitely go again next time we're here from Zimbabwe.
IL Guirdino was packed today. Great food and a great vibe. The band was first class, with a great mix of music.
Blessing Loyiso Zondi
Love the food, the service and the setup
Very gud place 2 be under the trees enjoying r christimas party with friends or family
Very quaint setting
Good service. Pleasant ambiance
As always...wonderful..we love it there..good food great vibe...
Absolutely amazing. I enjoyed the food and the vibe was amazing, along with the live music
Lovely venue , great atmosphere & good food.
Live music on Sundays well worth a listen to. Food good to enough it's really the ambience and outdoor vibe that does it
Lovely place. Gorgeous plants and food. Atmosphere lovely and relaxed. Loved it
Great customer service, good food ....amazing ambience.
Il giardino is an exceptional restaurant with a rustic feel and great tasting pizza. The service was good, and the live music took my experience there to the next level
Amazing food all round. The thinnest pizza bases around
Enjoyable place. Recommended for a morning out with friends or family.
Great location and amazing food
Wedding reception at the restaurant. Wonderful evening, great food!
They had a night market tonight. This was my first time here. There was a nice crowd. Decent food. The place is charming though. I fell in love with the Italian restaurant seating under the trees. I'd like to come back when there's no market so I can actually see the place properly. It almost felt like I was somewhere in my hometown, Cape Town (CBD). More...
Peaceful, arty and beautiful setting. Gretha the owner is a warm hostess. The food and wine selection are tasty.
Great friendly staff awesome food lovely family environment
A gem.nestled in the city
Food, service, environment __100 %. I'd definitely go back, 2moro with more friends. My wife and daughter were sooooo impressed
Brilliant ambiance and such friendly staff
Lovely place under the olive trees and good food.
Great place, limited menu but food good
Well worth a visit. Great food and great venue.
Quite the gem in 44 on Stanley, solid choice for Italian food
Great foods. Great Sunday spot!
The best Italian food!
Love the atmosphere and food is great
It was a very nice and romantic experience. Had my wedding anniversary there. Staff was friendly the food was good. So all in all ... a great experience
Mkhuseli Smallz Mancotywa
Nice foods drinks and view.
Liked the setting, fairy lights and the food. Nice music
The ambiance, the food, the service, the entertainment...top notch!
Gert Van Wyk
Very very impressive service and menu
Love love this place, been here for couple of times now! The food is good but could be better for the prices they charge, their garden certing and cake is what keeps me coming back.
44 Stanley - a hidden spot behind an industrial looking building. Leads to gardens . Beautiful shops and restaurants.IL Giardino is an Italian place. You chill in the garden. It feels like Paris. With all the small tables. Great food n vibe. More...
Great food. Great service. We came here for a company lunch and they managed to get the order right as far as I could see for over 80 people which was quite impressive when compared to many other places.
Dumisani Sihle Ngwenya
Great pizzas and live music!
Super place to spend an afternon with frends ☺
Great food, awesome vibe!
The pizza here is the bomb. The pasta is also really good. I have not yet had a better Iced Coffee Milkshake. Don't go after 5 pm. The evening staff is a little lackadaisical. More...
Great vibe and food !
Lovely setting with good live music. Food was nothing amazing
Venue is lovely! Food was good. Seating is a bit cramped in the outdoor square. The shops in the revamped industrial buildings surrounding the resturants are a browsing paradise. Parking is a bit messy while the roads around the venue ate being upgraded, but there is a nearby parking lot. More...
Beautiful setting, James Snr our waiter was friendly and the food arrived fast. We ordered portebelini risotto was fantastic and salmon tagliatelle was slightly over cooked and there was no salmon- just a creamy tomato base .... which by the way was delicious.
Fantastic outdoor setting with great food and live music on Sundays. Fab thin based pizza
Great vibe! Hip and happening.
Great service and atmosphere
Always on the up
The live band put the ambience over the top
What a gem in the middle of 44 Stanley. Food is delicious and service is great. A little pricey for what you get.
Great atmosphere, excellent food, one of the best long lunch weekend spots in Joburg.
Unbelievable vibe ... great live music and good food !
Just Beautiful. Ambience and food. Great service
Wow wow wow wow, staff is friendly(ask for Lisa). The food tastes great. I loved every moment of being here
Jim Ruby Sleith Ruby
Food excellent . Great vibe, prices are reasonable.
Awesome resturant for a Sunday afternoon lunch with some great musical entertainment. Really enjoyed it! Band we saw (runaway train cult) were really fantastic! Also highly recommend the pizza!
Had amazing pizza oven roasted chicken here. The environment is beautiful as well.
Great food. Great venue. Lovely people. Beautiful courtyard and great live music on a Sunday.
Lovely atmosphere, awesome coffee and I'm dying to try the food one day
Amazing mushroom risotto
Fantastic place, best place for large groups..
An amazing Sunday afternoon. Awesome music under the olive trees and delicious food.
The pizza is the best!!
It is nice place to sit and listen to the live music.
Yummy pizza and lovely atmosphere
Nice and quint setting and good food. Friendly staff with good service.
Good restaurant in a really nice centre
Love the atmosphere
Awesome weekend lunch venue
Great in the summer time
Quite pricey but nice atmosphere
Nice food and location