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“Excellent Steaks”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Joops Place

Joops Place
Ranked #16 of 598 Restaurants in Durban
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Durban, South Africa
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Excellent Steaks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

Visited this restaurant recently and enjoyed our meals (steak with a gorgonzola sauce and linefish) - meals were very good. A menu catering for all tastes. Good wine list and wines very well chilled. It appears that the restaurant has its regular diners - it is a smaller venue and service more personal.

  • Visited November 2013
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“It's all about the Biefstuk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

I first discovered Joop's when I lived in Durban in the early 90's. I now return to South Africa every couple of years and Joop's has to be on the itinerary. In fact, we once delayed our return flight because they were closed for their holidays! Wendy always remembers us, despite the absences.

It's not a hip and happening place - it's all about the food and that is probably why they've been around so long (the trendy joints seem to disappear as quickly as they popped up). Yes, presentation is simple and the menu hasn't changed in 20 years, but it doesn't have to - the Hollandse Biefstuk is the best steak you will ever taste! Crunchy/crispy on the outside, butter soft inside, with pan juices that beg to be soaked up with their lovely chips (fries).

It is fascinating to watch Joop do his stuff at the grill, though you may have a coronary when you see how much butter goes into the pan! It's not cheap in comparison to some Durban restaurants (though certainly not the most expensive we ate at) and, no, they don't allow BYO. But the wines are good and reasonably marked up - we enjoyed the Raka Biography Shiraz and a lovely port to finish.

If you love your food and especially love steak, you must visit Joop's - you won't regret it!

  • Visited December 2013
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25 restaurant reviews
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“Best steaks in South Africa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

I have eaten steaks all over South Africa and the meal my family had was the best we have eaten in a very long time. The overpriced steak houses in Rosebank and Sandton and the various steak franchises can learn a thing or two about cooking meat.

Visited December 2013
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Durban, South Africa
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71 reviews
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“Excellent steaks...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

Visited this restaurant twice in the last quarter. Thoroughly enjoyed meals. Service excellent and a great menu catering for all tastes. Steaks were delicious.

Visited November 2013
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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“Warm welcome and great steak”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

Although we went on a busy day we received a warm welcome by the restaurant owner. The T-bone steak was perfectly prepared and tasted great, and the wines recommended were excellent and reasonably-priced as well. I would certainly return to this restaurant on another visit to Durban.

  • Visited December 2013
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