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The Marabi Club

8,5 (11 reviews)

What 11 people say about The Marabi Club

8.5 Based on 11 reviews.
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6.0 Cuisine 5 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 10

The food was average. The live band was excellent

Zimbili Mzimela at 11 October 2021
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6.0 Cuisine 6 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 10

Service was terrible. They forgot our order and we had to wait 1 hour to get our starters. They confused our mains and had to be replaced. Also, they serve our wine to another table. Management was great, however, and they replaced for free the wine bottle that was half used in another table.
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Service was terrible. They forgot our order and we had to wait 1 hour to get our starters. They confused our mains and had to be replaced. Also, they serve our wine to another table. Management was great, however, and they replaced for free the wine bottle that was half used in another table.
Food quality was full of ups and downs. They have the ambition to do some fine dining, but they are lacking finesse on some details. For example, the sea bass was good, but they kept it already done in a heater or something and become overdone and dry outside of too much heat, too long after cooked. Also the potato layer for the beef was totally hard (even difficult to cut) and dry for being overheated after cooking.
And the wagyu beef plate was a joke. Taste was good, but it has just 2 (TWO) thin slides of beef, not more than 25 grams of meat. Sorry, but that does not qualify for a Main dish of meat at all. I was not expecting 300gr steak, but also not literally 25gr of it.
Ambience is great, on the other hand. Life music of very high quality. The jazz singer and the musicians were excellent.
So, great as a music bar. It is commendable the Marabi effort to become also a reference for food. But they still have a long walk ahead, specially in terms of service and finesse on the kitchen.

Jordi Fernandez at 11 October 2021
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9.0 Cuisine 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9

Marvelous experience!

Annette Myburgh at 10 October 2021
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7.0 Cuisine 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7

Food was good except the dessert. The service was great.

Boitumelo Mohalane at 09 October 2021
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8.3 Cuisine 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 9

Great atmosphere, food was nice !
It would be great if they can improve their bar with a wider collection of drinks !

Kaya Rynart at 09 October 2021
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47 Sivewright Ave, New Doornfontein 2094 Johannesburg

About The Marabi Club

The Marabi Club is the home of superb food and drink accompanied by fine live jazz performances. Visible from the street only by the discreet black canopy above a small metal door in Doornfontein, downtown Johannesburg, the Marabi Club harks back to a vibrant history.


New York gave the world the Harlem Rennaisance, a flourishing black cultural and intellectual movement that saw an outpouring of artistic, literary and musical talent. Across the ocean Johannesburg’s Doornfontein’s slumyards, created in the wake of one of the world’s richest gold rushes, gave life to Marabi. It was a lifestyle prompted by the need to escape the hardships of the working week in the 1920s and 1930s, defined by illegal shebeens, where fierce talk of politics was accompanied by the equally disruptive soundtrack of jazz.


Today the Marabi Club, tucked into the basement of award-winning British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye’s Hallmark House, also a boutique hotel, evokes this history through the many careful details of the club’s interior. Add excellent food, a long bar, jauntily dressed wait staff offering friendly and slick service, and live jazz and you’ll get why most people who visit this Maboneng landmark remark on the electric atmosphere.


We, however, recommend you don’t just believe them. Come and try if for yourself… the night awaits.

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