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“Beautiful and cozy”
Review of Papa Boa

Papa Boa
Ranked #30 of 74 Restaurants in Benoni
Cuisines: European, Portuguese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We trust you will enjoy your meal with the same satisfaction as the age old Cristovao's Crew did all those years ago when first setting foot on the shores of Africa - Come celebrate in a true Portuguese Way!
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful and cozy”
Reviewed 14 July 2013

The food is great, i would say worth the wait! Its very cozy and you feel really welcome when you've been seated, my waitress's name was shereez stunning and very bright young girl, she was friendly and very helpful so are the other waiters. Went back there in january and there best waitress was gone. The service is really good and the food better, they play lovely music and have a very cozy fire place for those cold nights. Keep going you are wonderful :)

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Gregminsaw
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  • English first
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English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
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81 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Third time is not a charm”
Reviewed 14 June 2013

I try to be fair. Everyone has bad days and since I live close by I tried this place 3 times. I cannot recall when last I had such bad service. Food wasn't worth the wait either. I returned from Europe and just craved a prego roll - thought it was a safe bet at a Portuguese restaurant. It was tough and tasteless. After the 3rd attempt I just wanted to pay and leave. But the bill was wrong. Sigh. How bad can it get? Worst of all; kids loved the play area- but I can't do this service/food again.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank bcutler
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PapaBoaManagment, Owner at Papa Boa, responded to this review, 25 July 2013
Thank you for your comment on Trip Advisor. We do apologize for your experience and we would like to speak to you about this - please contact Jorge on 011-918-4686 or 072 331 2277.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Good Food - Good Experience.”
Reviewed 18 May 2013

If you love prawns, then Papa Boa is definitely worth the visit although it would be nice to have a little more selection on the menu.

There are the normal beef, pork, chicken and a few fish dishes available but a nice crab curry and some squid heads done in the traditional style would be an awesome addition.

In the dessert section, although I only tried the Choc Mousse, (which was rich and delicious) the pre-plated presentation is a little out-dated.

The restaurant is upmarket, clean and neat but it would also be far more cosy and intimate if the ambiance is enhanced with a softer lighting and authentic Portuguese background music. The cozy fire-place is a warm welcome for those chilly winter evenings.

Our waitron was Tyson and he was superb!

Overall, a good experience and we will be back to sample a few more dishes, accompanied by a great KWV Merlot.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank MeeAndGee
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Benoni, South Africa
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Overseas visitor nightmare”
Reviewed 3 May 2013

So my initial review was that this was an outstanding place ... last night... what a disaster ! We took some overseas guests there for a meal, the food took ages to be served and when it eventually came most of the dishes were cold. 4 of the 6 of us had fish. The kingklip thermidore that was on special looked and apparently tasted aweful and as for the sole , it tasted old - definitly not fresh . The people that had the plain beef espatada seemed to be happy, but said they were not sure if the chip oil used was new as it had that old oil taste. How disappointing and a bit embarrassing ! I hope this was just a glich they were experiencing last night and not a sign of things to come.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Suanne F
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PapaBoaManagment, Owner at Papa Boa, responded to this review, 25 July 2013
Thank you for your comment on Trip Advisor. We do apologize for your experience and we would like to speak to you about this - please contact Jorge on 011-918-4686 or 072 331 2277.
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Benoni, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“awesome place”
Reviewed 24 April 2013

My bestest place to eat right now. meals are so filling. even starters were enough for the main of our skinny friends. teens ate themselves dilly and thats great at this price. Wine by the glass proved to be more econimical than bottles- that's awesome.
Service excellent and prices good. Not sure of sea food as I dont eat it.
Keep up the good work
Cally Benoni

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank Cally P
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