The Butcher Shop & Grill (Sandton)

The Butcher Shop & Grill (Sandton)
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avg main meal R150
Groups, Local cuisine
Seafood, Steak
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Critic's review

Paddi Clay

This is a grill house on steroids. The busy 600-seater meat emporium has been serving great steaks to business people, local celebrities. families, and foreign visitors for more than 20 years.

Grass- or grain-fed, on or off the bone – you can specify the exact cut and weight of your matured piece of beef, whether local or imported, and have it grilled with basting or spices. Vary your experience and opt for venison or splash out on Wagyu. A South African staple, chakalaka, is among the sauces on offer, and sides include homely roast pumpkin, creamed spinach, pap and mashed potato. Non-carnivores need not starve – there is sea food and fish to grill as well as a vegetarian platter or burger and many salads. Desserts include malva pudding with custard and ice-cream, chocolate brownies and other steakhouse staples.

There’s an extensive wine list befitting an establishment with two cellars and a sommelier, plus a substantial collection of brandies and whiskeys.

Waiters in braces and butcher aprons deliver efficient service.

The glittering entrance with a butchery and deli off to the side gives way to a huge, buzzing space with windows onto the square. The interior is in the style of a traditional gentleman’s club, and big screens ensure you can keep an eye on any important sporting event while dining.

Best for
Impressing foreign visitors, deal-making or spoiling meat lovers in the family. There are a couple of private dining rooms to cater for groups of over eight people.


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User reviews

  • Save up for a while, because this upmarket steakery will cost you a monthly salary for some. The expansive restaurant is filled with men in suits sipping wine and talking business, while the waiters bustle around to try and get to every corner of the place. Service was slow, maybe for this reason, but food also took forever to come out of the kitchen. So be prepared to fill your wait with some decent conversation. Choosing your own cut of steak is the reason to come to this classic steakhouse, and we went big and decided to order their finest cuts of wagyu rib eye and rump. The rib eye comes in at around R2500 per kg, and you have to get a minimum of 350g. They don’t play around. The man behind the counter slices of a piece of marbled goodness and hands you a number, so they can keep track of your piece of gold. When the meat finally arrived, I tried a piece of the rib eye first, and it was quite spectacular. The fat melts in your mouth, and I found the thicker pieces to be juicy and delicious (they slice it quite thin, so the outside cuts were a bit chewier). I also sampled a piece of the rump, which wasn’t as tender but definitely had a bit more flavour. Overall, not the best steak I’ve ever had, but close to the top and definitely an experience worth having. We ordered some other dishes, like an overly expensive Calamari and Halloumi salad which was good, but not amazing. And the Springbok Carpaccio which was delicious, but could have done with a few slices of lemon instead of a sad looking lettuce and jalapeño garnish. To end, the cheesecake won out over the malva pudding and brownie.
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  • Oxtail and lambshank is very good. The sweetbread and sausages for starters are delicious. But the restaurant is extremely expensive!! You will pay on average R220 for a meal.
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  • Specifically for meat Very nice restaurant Biltong super fresh The shop is very good too
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Dancing
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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