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Please note our restaurant is temporarily closed. We expect to re-open our doors following what will likely be many months of renovation. Stayed tuned for future updates as more information becomes available. We do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The sophisticated, stylish and classy Gianni's Ristorante has a menu to match with something to offer every diner for every occasion, all with breathtaking breaker sea views. On a clear day the full Southern Coastline from Ballito to the Bluff is visible.

Gianni's has the new addition of an enclosed Piazza area for the more casual diner with children, and is separate from the main restaurant.

Owners John and Cheryl Coburn have recently restyled this stunning venue, making it idyllic for weddings, special occasions and perfect for conferences. The entrance of Gianni's has been enclosed in glass and turned into Gianni’s Piazza that serves pasta, pizza, peri-peri prawns and chicken, amongst other delectable dishes at discounted prices. There is also a exciting Kiddies Menu.


The Ristorante offers not only delectable dishes for every palate but tasteful live music and a small dance floor for the Friday and Saturday evening Dine and Dance. Thursday's will have live entertainment in the Ristorante and from the 1st July there will be live music in Gianni’s Piazza with Pizza, Pasta and Seafood Specials.

The Coburn’s have raised the bar on the distinctly Italian/Mediterranean dishes with weekly consultation and training by a qualified Italian Chef. There is an emphasis on seafood with fresh fish daily and the menu includes traditional Crayfish Thermador, Sole bon femme, Calamari in many guises and a spectacular Mussel Pot.


Thursday’s and Sunday’s are marked for live entertainment with everything from jazz, sakkie-sakkie to quiet saxophone or beautiful vocals.

John Coburn describes himself as 'a pretty good chef' and says that because everything is prepared and cooked from fresh and is 'prepared to adapt to a diners needs the kitchen can work around all and any tastes and diets, including Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Diabetic.




Travel from Durban on the N2 towards the Dolphin Coast for 48,4kms (partial toll road). Take exit 210 towards Ballito / Compensation / M4 (Partial toll road). After 650m, turn right onto Ballito Drive. Go through three circles and turn right onto Minerva Road South Road. Take the first left onto Hawkins Road and then take the 2nd right onto Compensation Beach Road. Go through one circle and the destination will be on the left.


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Please note our restaurant is temporarily closed due to renovations. Stayed tuned for future updates as more information becomes available.

Monday - Sunday:
07:30 - 21:30
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Best for Breakfast in North Coast (KZN)
Best for Pizza in North Coast (KZN)
Best for Ribs in North Coast (KZN)
Great for After Work Drinks in Ballito
Great for Romantic Dates in Ballito
Great for Scenic Views in Ballito
Great for Steak in Ballito
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