Hard Rock Cafe Johannesburg

  • Sandton Central, Gauteng
  • American, Grills, Light Meals
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Nelson Mandela Square, 8 Maude Street, Sandton

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Something is always happening at Hard Rock

Situated in the shadow of one of the world’s greatest icons, Hard Rock Cafe Johannesburg is where Rock ‘n Roll meets Mzanzi chic as the eclectic dining experience is taken to a new level in one of the hottest dining spots in South Africa.

Situated under the watchful eye of the six metre tall, 2.5 ton bronze statue of Nelson Mandela in the iconic Nelson Mandela square, the Hard Rock Cafe brings out the best in Jozi, utilising the relaxing vibe to offer some of the best dining on the square, with seating for 90 on the terrace.

A haven for some of South Africa’s best glamour, fashion and lifestyle outlets, Nelson Mandela Square was the perfect setting for this Hard Rock Cafe, taking its place in the European styled piazza to present itself as a showcase venue for exceptional dining and some of the finest music in the city.

The laid-back atmosphere of the square lends itself to rocking weekends, where musicians entertain the aged leather American diner-style banquette seating to ease patrons into the soul of all that Hard Rock encompasses.

Inside you’re greeted by a constellation of nearly 7000 drumstricks, beating their way into your heart, all built around the showcase drum set, while the back bar is wrapped in some of the most modern LED Screens.

And surrounded by the signature Hard Rock memorabilia, the marble bar takes prominence at the Cafe, allowing patrons to sit back with their favourite drink and keep an eye both on the stage and on the movements in the Square outside.

Hard Rock Johannesburg is not just another sidewalk Cafe. It is a lifestyle of freedom, built on the good things in life – good food, good music and good times. With its’ polished black underground subway station tiled walls screaming out layers of cool to the imported designer light features which will catch the eye, everything whispers a good time.

And wait until you get to the bathrooms, as the black and gold with flaming red doors transport you into the set of an American 70s movie, ensuring the memory will stick with you for a long time to come.

With Hard Rock’s signature memorabilia – such as Elvis Presley’s Harley Davidson leather motorcycle pants or a guitar from the personal collection of Bo Diddley, the Cafe showcases the best of rock in its own untamed style.

You may be sitting next to Jimmy Hendrix’ leather jacket, or that military coat worn by Mick Jagger. Or if you’re looking local be sure to check out Arno Carstens’ outfit or Danny K’s tennis shoes.

As with all the Hard Rock Cafes, the legendary merchandise store operates within the restaurant, where you can load up on t-shirts to martini glasses.

With a menu that is as decadent as it is delicious, enjoy a food experience that compliments the atmosphere, all while sampling Jozi’s unique African atmosphere.

Whether you come for the food, the music, or simply to enjoy the atmosphere that makes Hard Rock Cafe so great, you haven’t experienced Jozi magic until you’ve experienced the Hard Rock Cafe Johannesburg. 

Our Must Try Meals!

  • Original Legendary® Burger

    Topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, golden fried onion ring, crisp lettuce and vine ripened tomato.

  • Hickory-smoked Ribs

    Fall-off-the-bone tender pork ribs, rubbed with our signature seasonings and basted with hickory barbecue sauce.

  • The Texan

    Choice of hickory-smoked pulled pork or chicken with chipotle barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, crispy fried jalapeños and onions, piled high on a toasted brioche.
    Pulled Pork
    Pulled chicken
    Go big Chicken (280g)
    Go big Pork (280g)

  • Hickory-smoked Pulled Pork

    Hand-pulled smoked pork with hickory barbecue sauce on toasted brioche.

  • Onassis Vegetarian Pasta

    Linguine pasta tossed with Merlot garlic butter, black olives and vine - ripened tomatoes, topped with creamy feta crumbles.


Group Capacity : 200+ People Cost Per Head : R150+

  • Cuisine : American, Grills, Light Meals
  • Ambience : Bustling, Ship / Boat, Trendy
  • Entertainment : Live music, Dancing - casual
  • Dress : Smart/Casual
  • Functions
  • Outside Area
    Outside Area
  • Secure Parking
    Secure Parking
  • Bar
  • Kid Friendly
    Kid Friendly
  • Cocktails

Credit Cards Accepted

  • AMEX
  • Diners Club
    Diners Club
  • Debit Card
    Debit Card
  • VISA
  • Mastercard


Nelson Mandela Square, 8 Maude Street, Sandton