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Hillside Tavern Restaurant & Pub

320 The Hillside Road | Lynnwood, Pretoria 0081, South Africa
+27123485505
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Ranked #48 of 327 Restaurants in Pretoria
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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.
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English first
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

All the years I have been eating at the hillside tavern they have been very reliable and always above average. Very good steak maybe one of the best in pretoria for steak. I like what they have done with the revamp it has lifted the atmosphere. Keep it up.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Just love the lighter revamp,with many special touches and looking forward to see the end result. And as always, the food was fantastic. It never disappoints - thank you!

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cheshire
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405 reviews 405 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Bar area is smoking o I will leave that with you. My t bone was excellent as was my calamari no complaints from my guests, staff were very attentive and price wise well for a brit astonishing :)

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Pretoria, South Africa
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We have been visiting this restaurant since it first opened. The steaks are still great and the service friendly. Unfortunately it's time to do a bit of an upgrade as the place is really starting to look a little tired.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I have been visiting this restaurant for years now and was never disappointed in a meal. I always have the fillet , but my friends had fish or other dishes there and everybody was very happy

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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This used to be my absolutely all time favourite steakhouse anywhere in the world. This all changed with a shock during my last visit to SA, I always made the time to come and eat the best steak here when I visit SA. This establishment has slipped into "just another steakhouse category" . The Tavern that used to be good... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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65 reviews 65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Delectable food served - decent portions on hot plates and well-seasoned. The menu is not extensive but well appointed together with a fair wine list. Ambience is rather dark and dated - but perhaps that adds to the charm of the tavern. Service was friendly but a bit of a 'hit and miss' with inadequate champagne glasses, and mains served... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 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

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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 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... More

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 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... More

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