Our restaurants

Welcome to our home

Minha casa é sua casa, or in English, our home is your home, and you, your family and friends will always enjoy a warm welcome at Nando’s.

What you won’t find when visiting Nando’s is a ‘cookie-cutter’ approach. That’s because each one of our restaurants has its own special design. Doing things this way has meant a little more work, but we reckon it’s really worth the effort and the result is pretty unique.

There'll always be a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service, and delicious food!

But just because our restaurants look different, doesn’t mean you won’t find any similarities. There’ll always be a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service, and delicious food! You’ll also always find earthy textures and colours that reflect our sunny Afro-Portuguese heritage, and walls adorned in original South African art. You’ll discover many a happy surprise too, like a chandelier made from recycled bottles, wall hangings made from drink can rings or a beautiful old door repurposed to make a table.

You'll discover many a happy surprise too.

And speaking of tables, when you’re at ours, we love big, happy gatherings, seeing and hearing children, and we reckon eating with your fingers is just fine! Which is why at Nando’s you’ll only find two rules… smile and enjoy!

Nando’s bites

Want to get a stadium full of mates together for a Nando’s feast? Head to our biggest restaurant in Westfield Stratford in London.

If you want to look up at the tallest building in the world while enjoying your PERi-PERi fix, visit Dubai where you can look skywards at The Burj.

The biggest office block in the world is The Pentagon in Washington DC. Nando’s Arlington Row close by, keeps people that work there fired up!

If you’re going on an expedition to the North or South Pole, your last stops to fuel up on PERi-PERi are Aberdeen in Scotland and Queenstown in New Zealand!

The Nando’s restaurants closest to the equator are in Singapore. Who would have thought that Nando’s could make that part of the world hotter!

The first Nando’s restaurant to welcome in a new day is in Fiji. So if you’re desperate for a PERi-PERi fix, you know where to go.

The northern-most Nando’s restaurant is in Aberdeen, Scotland, where in the winter it’s between -1°C to 8°C. Nothing like PERi-PERi to warm up.

Don’t want to look too far for your Nando’s fix? Then make sure you’re in Melbourne – the city with the most Nando’s restaurants in the world.

Our very first restaurant opened in 1987 in Rosettenville, a suburb of Johannesburg in South Africa. It’s still there to this day.

Escudo. Portuguese for ‘shield’ and the Nando’s seal of quality. You’ll find the Escudo on our packaging and in our restaurants.

Patrão. Portuguese for ‘Head of the House’. At Nando’s, each restaurant manager is the head of their casa, so we call them Patrãos.

Minha casa è sua casa - Portuguese for ‘my home is your home’. We call our restaurants ‘casas’, because we like to make everyone feel at home.

Our biggest artwork was made in Cape Town and installed at Nando’s Kings Cross in London. At 3 x 18m, the award-winning mosaic weighs two tonnes.

Nando’s restaurants in the UK are home to around 3,000 pieces of South African art. That’s about 2 500 more than Tate Britain’s total display!

Nando’s is believed to have the world’s largest contemporary South African art collection. We love it as it reminds us of our roots.

Nando’s has strong African and Portuguese influences. We call it Afro-Portuguese, and it’s expressed in our restaurant designs and our food.

In 2010, we were proud that Nando’s was named best big company to work for in the UK. We reckon it could be because we’re like one big family!

In 2010, we were listed as an Ad Age International Top 30 Global Marketing Brand. To think that our cheeky ads started because of small budgets.

In 2010 we were super proud to win Restaurateur of the Year in the UK. Thanks Nando’s fans, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Nando’s was the 1st South African high street retail brand to go global across 5 continents. (The Portuguese explorers’ influence is in our blood!)

In the hot sauce category, Nando’s is rated Number 1 in the UK and South Africa. Thanks fans for giving us this tasty accolade!

In 1912, an American scientist, Wilbur Scoville invented the Scoville scale to measure a chilli’s heat. At Nando’s we use the PERi-ometer.

The heat of a chilli depends on the amount of capsaicin it contains. Capsaicin is the hot stuff that gives chillies their bite.

Chillies are classified as fruit, but when harvested green, vegetables and harvested ripe, a spice! Huh?! At Nando’s we just call them addictive!

The word PERi-PERi or Pili-Pili is Swahili for the African Bird’s Eye Chilli. At Nando’s we reckon it was named twice because it tastes so nice!

Our marinades and basting sauces are made from 100% natural ingredients. So NO added preservatives, MSG, flavourants or colourants.

Give me another bite

Take a tour

We’re pretty proud of our restaurants – and the fact that they don’t all look the same. Even though they’re all different, you’ll always find a warm welcome, beautiful contemporary South African artworks and rich colours and textures that remind us of our sunny Afro-Portuguese heritage. You’ll also find a few quirky surprises along the way - we hope you enjoy finding them!

The Nando’s art project

Nando’s may have come quite a way since our humble beginnings in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1987, but we’ve never forgotten our roots. The amazing works of art we have in all our restaurants are a beautiful and constant reminder of where we came from.

We embarked on our art project – which gives South African artists the opportunity to create works of art for us – way back in 2002.

We’ve become the largest buyer of South African contemporary art in the world.

Ranging from oils and sculptures to beadwork and weaving, we take pride in the fact that with thousands of gorgeous pieces, we’ve become the largest buyer of South African contemporary art in the world. We’ve also been told that our collection is the largest outside of South Africa.

What we like most about our art project is that it’s given undiscovered, emerging and established artists from diverse social and economic backgrounds the opportunity to have their work on display in our restaurants around the world. It feels really good to know that we’ve helped give many artists the freedom to focus on their art full time, and that we’ve given our customers something beautiful to look at, without having to set foot in a gallery.