The history of the Walnut Grove is as old as Sandton City itself. Based in the heart of
South Africa's most famous shopping centre, the Walnut Grove has stood the test
of time since 1975. Yianni, the founder, grew up in rural Greece in a small village
outside Kalamata where they cultivated olives and olive oil. He brought this passion for
rustic yet authentic produce to South Africa in 1969. Through hard work and dedication
Walnut Grove has been honoured with the legacy of the longest running restaurant
in Sandton City.
In July 2012 Yianni and Maro handed the reigns of the business to their children,
Fotis and Elle. Since then, another partner has come in adding a new set of skills and dynamic to legacy. Together with their dedicated staff and passion
for the business they have combined the old family values and traditions of their parents
ith fresh, innovative and exciting ideas. They have transformed the Walnut Grove
into a new and exciting boutique experience, bringing seasonal produce and quality
ingredients to diners under one of Africa's largest chandeliers; a towering walnut tree
flowing with over 10,000 reclaimed and antique crystals. The atmosphere is unique and
interactive. Enjoy a cappuccino and breakfast in the vibrant pantry area, or in our more secluded library section or sip a cocktail in the bar area. This is a 360° dining experience
grounded in family tradition and heritage.