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“Best steaks in South Africa, 2nd only to Carne”

The Grillhouse Rosebank
Ranked #4 of 1,200 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Grill
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Good for: Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Welcome to The Grillhouse, Johannesburg's most loved and well established premium steakhouse. Established in 1995, The Grillhouse offers the perfect quadfecta in dining - great food, a huge selection of fine wines and malts, stellar service and an upmarket yet warm and hospitable atmosphere. Please check our Facebook page for details of opening and closing times during the festive season and other holiday. The Grillhouse Rosebank Team 22 years of reminding you why you work so hard!
Johannesburg
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35 reviews
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“Best steaks in South Africa, 2nd only to Carne”
Reviewed 17 March 2014

I have been a regular at The Grillhouse since it started as "Late Night Al's" back in the late 1970's!

At that time the previous owner Joel Katz was at the helm with his Partner that now owns one of the worst steak establishments, the Butcher Shop in Sandton Square.

The Grillhouse is, if not always innovative in its menu, absolutely consistent in its superior quality of meat and in fact fish and chicken and salads and veggies! and never fails to impress, whether it is for a casual or a more formal dinner. The service is outstanding and the interest shown by Management and owners, unparalleled.

I hate to say 2nd best steaks, but Carne in Cape Town just has to take top honours in terms of the variety and quality of its meats.

I DO ENCOURAGE YOU THOUGH, WHEN IN JHB, NOT TO LEAVE WITHOUT HAVING VISITED THE GRILLHOUSE

  • Visited March 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Best steak in town”
Reviewed 15 March 2014

I stayed in Joburg for a week and tried several choices. Meat & Co, Wombles, Butcher Shop but for the beef this was the best.
Only downside is it is the basement of a hotel.

Visited March 2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“100% reliable”
Reviewed 15 March 2014

Its certainly not my favourite restaurant in Joburg, but I may have eaten at the Grillhouse more often over the past 13 years than most other places, and I have never had a bad experience. I am not a big red meat eater, beef in particular, but the chicken and ribs are always reliable. The service is excellent, however busy it gets. Its a large and generally full restaurant, in a shopping mall, but the classic dark and comfy steakhouse decor, with partitioned areas and private rooms for larger parties, stops it feeling overwhelmingly busy or noisy. The wine list is good, better than the food. Its the perfect location for a business lunch for the unadventurous (including visiting Americans :)), or for a large group celebration. The Butcher Shop in Sandton does the whole experience better, but the Grillhouse is always perfectly acceptable.

  • Visited January 2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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52 reviews
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 13 March 2014

Been going to the Grillhouse for years and the experience has been consistently very good. The food is very tasty, service is excellent and the venue is elegant but relaxed. They also have various private rooms which are great for special events. The menu has become quite pricey, especially the wine, but if you are looking for a great steak it's probably worth the visit. Recommend going for a long, lazy lunch in winter as the venue is indoor, dimly lit and quite cosy, so ideal for a cold day.

  • Visited January 2014
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Shaka's Rock, South Africa
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“Average food for above average price”
Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

This restaurant which is situated at a good address might suit visitors to South Africa but the 6 of us found the meat below average standard and not cooked to our requests. The waiters are really very busy and well trained. A bit disappointing food wise.

Visited March 2014
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