Let’s be honest, there is nothing yummier than a juicy steak with your favourite sauce. South Africans have a love affair with steak. And when it comes down to it, with an extensive menu of the best steak restaurants and eateries serving mouth-watering meat, the ENTERTAINER doesn’t disappoint.
Are your steak knives ready? Because we’ve rounded up the best steak restaurants and steak specials in South Africa (to save you from the sinew and gristle).
Steak restaurants in Cape Town
Situated in the heart of Cape Town, Headquarters (HQ) is famous for its no-fuss, full-flavoured food offering and has got some of the best steak you’ll ever taste. HQ regulars return week after week, and with steak that’s grain-fed, cooked to your desired temperature and topped with a buttery sauce, it’s for a good reason. From after-work drinks to date-night with bae, an important business meeting, or even if you just feel like dancing the night away, HQ Steak Restaurant is a vaiiibe.
Address: 100 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Contact: 021 424 6373
Specializing in superior “A” grade steaks, the Famous Butchers Grill is the go-to steak restaurant to enjoy quality meat. Highlights include their signature steaks (like the perfectly cooked and seasoned sirloin on the bone), or the juicy classic fillet with a fresh garden salad. You’re obviously a wine lover (I mean, you live in Cape Town), so the fact that their Wine Cellar boasts an impressive selection of local wines makes your heart race, right? Just take your pick.
Address: 101 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 422 0880
Headed up by South African celebrity chef, Reuben Riffel, this fusion menu is a celebration of the Cape’s rich culinary heritage and its diversity of flavours (on the topic of flavour, check out our Top 5 Fine Dining Restaurants In Cape Town). Our fave has got to be the peppered springbok steak (karoo springbok, with preserved cherry gastrique, pancetta, potato fondant, roasted butternut, game jus and walnuts). Aside from the fact that it’s another great prospect from one of South Africa’s greatest chefs, we love that the bar is a main event in itself, serving an amazing selection of bubbly, wine, spirits, beers and ciders.
Address: 2 Daniel Hugo Street, Franschhoek
Contact: 021 876 3772
No visit to the V&A Waterfront is complete without having a steak at the City Grill. With ah-mah-zing sea views and harmonious decor, you’ll catch those casual feels instantly. Our faves on the menu have got to be the spicy mushroom steak (a lazy-aged sirlion – grilled, then sautéed with chopped onions, mushrooms and peppers) and the steak Diane (a grilled fillet served on toasted French baguette and topped with a mushroom, garlic, red wine, cognac and cream sauce).
Address: Shop 155, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact: 021 421 9820
Another favourite among Capetonians, which has received a number of prestigious awards for both its steaks and wine selection, is Cattle Baron. We recommend the Chateaubriand: A 200 or 300g fillet flambéed with brandy and served with mushroom sauce and a special Cattle Baron béarnaise. Yes please.
Address: 16, Plattekloof Shopping Centre, Plattekloof St, Plattekloof
Contact: 021 911 0110
Steaks are the focus here, so you can expect to find familiar steakhouse specialities to fit your specific carnivore needs. Smoke ‘n Grill serves up a great selection of perfectly seasoned, flavourful steaks of various cuts and sizes. Try the popular beef sirloin or the delicious meat platter. You won’t regret it.
Address: The Claremont, 53 Main Rd, Claremont, Cape Town
Contact: 021 671 1083
If you’re looking for a relaxed, easy-going place for you and mates to enjoy fantastic steaks while watching a game of rugga, then Pirates Steakhouse and Pub is the place for you. Situated in Plumstead, Pirates specialises in flame grills. Try one of their signature steak dishes with a delicious creamy mushroom sauce, like the prime rump steak (flamed grilled and basted with a unique Pirates BBQ sauce).
Address: 160 Main Rd, Plumstead, Cape Town
Contact: 021 797 5659
With over 25 years of experience preparing high-grade beef under its belt, Louis on the Blocks’ combination of an owner and chef offers you an unforgettable dining experience of simply delicious steaks in a homely atmosphere. The star of the show has got to be the sirloin steak, served with a thick, creamy pepper sauce.
Address: Childrens Way, Bergvliet, Cape Town
Contact: 021 715 6693
Steak restaurants in Johannesburg & Pretoria
The sizzling grill and its talented chefs are a sure reason Chaplins Grill has diners coming back time and time again. Offering superb cuts of meat like Grain feed Chalmar, Chaplin’s goes that extra mile to serve you food cooked to perfection. For all the serious steak lovers, you’ve got to try the Steak Tartare (Prime Beef Fillet, served with fries) or the Châteaubriand (grilled Fillet Head, sliced with Side & Béarnaise Sauce).
Address: 61 Woodlands Ave, Hurlingham, Sandton
Contact: 011 886 8866
If you’re looking for something fun and unusual, The Bull Run is where it’s at. No-fuss culinary sophistication is the thought behind the menu, with an impeccably curated selection of steaks, from Rib Eye, Fillets to T-Bone and rump for all you steak lovers. All steaks are basted with olive pepper, olive herb or BBQ & sprinkled with course sea salt. Bonus: their steaks are available in any size to suit your requirements.
Address: 20 Maude St, Sandown, Sandton
Contact: 011 884 1400
As its name suggests, this carnivore’s paradise is all about the ribs, which are cooked to perfection here. The family-owned restaurant also makes the most delicious fillets. The Lamb Rump (250g tender, flame grilled lamb rump, served on a bed of velvet mash, drizzled with mint reduction and a choice of a side) is just out of this world. One bite, and you’ll realise that Rustica is one of Pretoria’s best steak restaurants.
Address: Kimiad Golf Course, Wekker Street & Rubenstein Street, Moreleta Park, Pretoria
Contact: 012 997 7757
Spur Steak ranches are a South African classic. And let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like enjoying a delicious steak at your favourite Spur. Whether you and your friends are looking to indulge in flame-grilled steaks, sweet and sticky racks of ribs, or a delish burger, you can be assured that your taste buds are in for a treat indeed.
Address: Time Square Casino & Entertainment World, 209 Aramist Avenue, Pretoria
Contact: 012 348 3602
Steak restaurants in Durban
Cater to your steak restaurant, carnivore cravings with a variety of meaty meals from Union Square Hillcrest. All the beef here is top grade, fresh and thick-cut steaks. They’re all basted before being grilled to perfection on an open flame. The meat-focused menu features a variety of beef cuts like rump, fillet and sirloin all ranging from 200g to 300g. The choice from over 19 different steaks and 22 burgers will have you coming back again and again.
Address: Oxford Village, 9 Old Main Road, Hillcrest, Durban
Contact: 031 765 3836
The Lobby Lounge (Protea Hotel Fire and Ice)
The Lobby Lounge has established itself as the place to see and be seen in Durbs. If you haven’t wined and dined at the trendy restaurant, you’re missing out, my friend. Try the What’s Your Beef (a tender beef fillet with pumpkin purée, potato fondant and a red wine jus), or the Mr T-Bone (a marinated 400g T-bone served with crispy potato wedges, side salad and spicy barbecue basting), which can be enjoyed in the restaurant, or outside on the terrace area overlooking the pool.
Address: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott Melrose Arch
Contact: 011 218 4000
Located in the heart of Umhlanga, Legends Diner is where supporters from all teams come together to enjoy a cold beer, live sports on the big screen and a great atmosphere. The downstairs balcony has the perfect view of the Umhlanga Pier and is the perfect place to have sundowners while sinking your teeth into a juicy 300g rump steak. Grilled to your liking, steaks are served with any sauce of your choice and a side of either chips, veg, mash or salad.
Address: 7 McCausland Crescent, Umhlanga
Contact: 031 561 7740
The Hussar Grill has been serving succulent beef for more than 45 years, so they know what they’re doing. What’s more, because they don’t charge a corkage fee, you can bring your favourite wine to enjoy with your mouth-watering meal. We suggest you try the Blue Cheese Sirloin (classic New York cut topped with a creamy blue cheese sauce), or the Hussar Carpetbagger (fillet mignon stuffed with a combination of smoked oysters, cheddar cheese, and topped off with a brandy and wholegrain mustard sauce).
Address: G003, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Blvd, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga
Contact: 031 566 4043
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