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Xai-Xai Lounge

€€ - €€€, Portuguese, European
7th Street | Melville, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
+27 11 482 6990
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good52%
  • Average15%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible7%
9 Aug 2018
“Vibrant Melville”
23 Apr 2018
“Between Average and Very Good”
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Bar, Portuguese, European, Pub
€€ - €€€
7th Street | Melville, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
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Reviewed 10 August 2018

The Mozambique Prawn Curry was excellent. The service matched the quality of the food and the Belgian beer was ice cold.

Reviewed 23 April 2018

Xai-Xai Lounge in Melville is a well-established choice amongst locals and visitors alike for tasty Portuguese food and occasional live music gigs. It's also a great spot to just have a drink and watch the people passing by. It's Melville at its most chilled. I...More

Thank MatthewJHB
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We hadn't been to Xai Dai for a while so we're happy to see that food is still so good. Had the prawn cakes and ordered more they were so delicious. Partner had the espatada which was excellent. Prawn curry had decent amount if prawns...More

Thank 987adinab
Reviewed 26 September 2017

The decor and seating is very basic, but it is warm and welcoming. We were well looked after and the food was very, very good. The bill was also very low. Will definitely visit again.

Thank EmJayBV
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Small, unassuming place in heart of Melville. The food is good - great burgers that taste as good as they look. Decent selection of beers. Don't be put off by slightly shabby looks. Nice street vibe, a bit smoky in sit-down part of the inside...More

Thank seanw090
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Take a tablet or laptop, even bring your dog: you'll be here all day saying hello to friends, drinking ice cold draughts, eating their amazing Portuguese food and enjoying free Wi-Fi... pretty much everything I've eaten here has been really tasty. The staff are super...More

Thank NishkaJohannesburg
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Vibey fun and friendly restaurant that is a firm favourite whenever we're in Joburg. Prawns are excellent - large, tasty and juicy, steak is fantastic and service is very good!

Thank AlisonEvans
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Like a previous review said... DODGY (although you do get a street atmosphere) and the actual vibe of the place was nice and the food delicious!! We had prawns and a platter that was very tasty and big portions! Service was good. Great evening!!

Thank Hester C
Reviewed 4 June 2016

What to day about the spot: pure Melville, thus a mix of everything great and dodgy that is the spirit of Jozi. But the visit is worth it just for the peri-peri prawns. Never went to LM in the glory days but imagine that it...More

Thank PaulinaPurska
Reviewed 16 February 2016

I live 2 streets from this restaurant so eat here regularly. Having been in business since the 90's this place is an institution. The mini breakfast is cheap and tasty. For snacks the grilled haloumi cheese or plateful of squid heads is super cheap, fresh...More

Thank st3veB
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Bar, Portuguese, European, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7th Street | Melville, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 11 482 6990
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