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Hillside Tavern Restaurant & Pub

320 The Hillside Road | Lynnwood, Pretoria 0081, South Africa
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Ranked #34 of 290 restaurants in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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84% Recommend
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English first
Pretoria, South Africa
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 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.

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Pretoria, South Africa
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 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.

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I'm always happy with the quality of the food and the level of service at this restaurant. Great menu and interesting specials daily

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Johannesburg, South Africa
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

A few minutes from the highway lies the best stake house North of the Boerewors curtain. Excellent service and a great menu together with good pricing makes this one of the best.

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PierreVos, Owner at Hillside Tavern Restaurant & Pub, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive review. We have been trying to keep the quality and service at a constant level for the last 23 years. More

Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

A variety of very good food on the menu, excellently prepared from the kitchen and very well presented on the table, together with mature and stylish service.

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Cape Town
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7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We have been going to Hillside Tavern fairly regularly for the last twenty years and have never been disappointed. The food is always good, by far the best steakhouse in Pretoria. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and the service good. Meat, seafood and chicken all excellent. I can't wait for my next visit!

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