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“Great Steak but the venue needs to be revamped”

Hillside Tavern Grill
Ranked #19 of 687 Restaurants in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Bar, International
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: This iconic bar and restaurant is just the place to cool your heels after a long work week. The wine list is impressive, and the venue is warm and understated. Twenty odd years ago,four people had a dream. The dream came true when Hillside Tavern opened it’s doors in October 1989. Since then this popular restaurant has been one of Pretoria’s favourite meeting places for local customers and international tourist alike. The dream did not stop there, and twice Hillside Tavern was awarded the “Golden T-Bone Award” for the best Grill House in South Africa. Our signature steak dishes have also won the “Grill House of the Year Competition” twice in South Africa.Hillside Tavern today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
Pretoria, South Africa
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Steak but the venue needs to be revamped”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

The steaks are fantastic and the service is great but this venue is old and very dark.
The interior reminds me of a steak house in the 1970's.
This venue is desperate need of a revamp

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank 461raymond
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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent”
Reviewed 5 February 2014

This is by far our favourite Restaurant in Pretoria at the moment. In last 3-4 visits, everything ordered by everyone around the table was fantastic.

The low-key entrance belies the quality of the food. This is propably the best steaks you will eat in Pretoria, if not Gauteng/South Africa. The waiters are friendly, know the menu, and make you feel at ease.

2 Thumbs up

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Mvdmerwe
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Canberra, Australia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“excellent retro food and service”
Reviewed 5 February 2014

Our trip to the Hillside Tavern for my father-in-law's birthday, as a party of 6, was lovely! The service was excellent. The food was old simple, good quality, good value and very filling (steaks, chicken, lasagne, fish and chips, salads etc). We enjoyed the 70s decor with dark, low wood ceilings and exposed panels. It's cosy here and we enjoyed our evening very much.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank SJG_11
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Belfast
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“This is how it should be done”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

We have been invited out for a meal to the Hillside on two occasions during trips to Pretoria since our hosts wanted us to have a special treat ... and a special treat it was on both occasions

Excellent food, wine, atmosphere and service.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Irenaeus d
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Pretoria, South Africa
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52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Divine Steak”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

I have eaten at Hillside Tavern on numerous occasions and I have never been disappointed. The service is always prompt and the steaks are always tender and to die for. A work of caution though, it get's hectically busy over lunch. Well worth booking in advance.

Visited May 2013
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