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Hillside Tavern Restaurant & Pub

Certificate of Excellence
International, Pub
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320 The Hillside Road | Lynnwood, Pretoria 0081, South Africa
+27123485505
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic
Description: This iconic bar and restaurant is just the place to cool your heels after a...
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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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The Return Visit

This is an awesome restaurant in Pretoria. My first visit was not so good. I came back after years for a year end function. The place has been revamped. The interior finishings are stunning. I had one memorable ramp steak. All the meals had one thing in common, they were extra-large.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
TakaSande
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Pretoria, South Africa
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is an awesome restaurant in Pretoria. My first visit was not so good. I came back after years for a year end function. The place has been revamped. The interior finishings are stunning. I had one memorable ramp steak. All the meals had one thing in common, they were extra-large.

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Thank TakaSande
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We go to this restaurant as a family for special occasions. Tonight the service was poor, food took over an hour to arrive and when it did it was medium rare and not medium well done. We specially invited family from JHB and we were very disappointed with our experience on my sisters birthday.

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Thank Candace G
Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful evening with my family. Great food, atmosphere and reasonably priced! Definitely one of Pretoria's best!

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Thank JP K
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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166 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A group of us (five) had dinner at the Hillside Tavern. A local person took us there and apparently it is a classic place to go. It is popular restaurant for meat lovers. The decor is pleasant, not luxurious, that gives the place a feeling of "authenticity" The tables are reasonably placed and comfortable. I should note that we were... More 

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Thank brozas
Pretoria, South Africa
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We often lunch at Hillside Tavern and the food is usually very good but it seems to me that the chef is unable to cook a soft egg. Today I sent the steak back because of the egg being well done after I specifically asked for it to be soft. It came back again well done. It was quite difficult... More 

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Thank 917melanie
South Africa
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Superb restaurant for a gastronomic dining experience. Been around since ever. Secluded dining areas with stunning decor and ambiance.

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Thank Gerrit V
Pretoria, South Africa
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

We were 15 people that went to Hillside for a work function last Friday. This is one of the restaurants in Pretoria with the longest lasting good reputation. Unfortunately we had a terrible waiter.I believe his name is Ian. The service was very bad and he was plain rude at times. The food was still good but Ian blamed the... More 

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1 Thank Gerrie M
Pretoria
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66 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Hillside Tavern always delivers a quality steak. The menu is varied and extensive but they excel and serve a great steak. The darkish and underground type interior is not to my liking but it will appeal to most. There's always the option of a table on the verandah for lunch or dinner. I must compliment Hillside on their constantly excellent... More 

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Thank 13JOSE13
Pretoria, South Africa
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Great food as always. Still the best garlic sauce in the world. Waiters come over as not happy and want to get you out asap.... how can we help you to eat and leave. They don't listen and seem to have a don't care attitude.

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Thank RonelRogers
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Our group of about 12 recently went for dinner at this aesthetically pleasing restaurant. I developed a bit of a headache, simply because I could not make up my mind what I wanted, having pared their amazingly diverse menu down to about 6 options. Without exception, everyone in our group had a fantastic meal. Oh, that I could pick the... More 

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Thank Michael M

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 320 The Hillside Road | Lynnwood, Pretoria 0081, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Pretoria
  • Phone Number: +27123485505

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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