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Headquarters HQ

Cost
R170 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
Modern, Steak, Tapas
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Owners description

HQ is effortlessly sophisticated, and breath of fresh air in a dining world populated by overextended menus.

User reviews

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  • HQ Reminds me of the French take on steak and french fries. If you want a wide variety of slabs of meat this isn't it. If you're okay with sirloin, then you'll be happy! Wine list is solid, and pay attention to the specials... randomly found out from the table adjacent that it was 2-for-1 Monday, so two 250g top sirloins instead of one for the same price? Sign me up!
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  • Love the ambience at HQ. The food is just as amazing!
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  • I always love the steak and bottomless chips at HQ!
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  • Went to HQ for their "Date Night Special". Utterly disappointing. First of all I booked a table for 2 for 8h30pm. The table we were seated at was so awkward, we were upstairs, in-between a row of empty tables. We eventually asked to be moved to an an alone standing table by the corner. We just figured that they should have thought to do this themselves when reserving our table in the first place as to make it more comfortable. Then our steaks were under-cooked and raw. Our waiter apologised and got us our proper medium rare-steaks, which was really good I must say. Their sauce I must say is-to-die-for as well. They also sadly forgot to serve us our 2 free glasses of red wine during the evening. ***There is no live entertainment during "Date Night"sadly.
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  • First time at HQ, on the 18/09/2017, even though it’s been around forever. ---------------------------- Overall, I did enjoy the salad tremendously as well as the only main that you have - steak and chips with a lovely buttery sauce. As I believe in doing my own steak at home the steak that I pay for must be worth it. Besides House of H, I definitely would try this steak again. The other's on the table had mixed feelings regarding the steak and quality thereof. ---------------------------- Besides that, the overall feeling was disappointing. We were a large and mature party of 12. When arriving, there were 10 seats only. Not sure whether that was the B-day boy's fault who made the booking or the restaurant - non the less - the waitron took his time in trying to resolve the issue, but finally we moved another table against the pole. Not perfect, but we made it work.----------------------------------- We didn't’ realise that it was a Monday evening and hence the steak was 2 for 1. We didn't object. We ordered bottles of wine and racked up a nice bill. Overall the service was there when we needed it - wasn’t anything special, but nothing bad either. The main got served correctly to each member - we all embraced the food and asked for the bill later-on. ----------------------------------- We calculated the tip, and it was a proper 20% tip on a table of 12. ---------------------------- There was a large table behind us as well who were paying up at the same time as us - as we were the only two tables still seated. ---------------------------- However, our waiter was busy with the table behind us - for close to 10 minutes without giving us any attention for the payment. My partner got up and asked the other waitress at a few tables away who was setting up an empty table, if there were any other working card machines. ---------------------------- Her reply was “I’m sure there are”… In turn my partner asked “Would you mind getting it?” The waitress rolled her eyes and said “sure”… ---------------------------- I was observing from the table and saw the irritation build up in my partner. Whereas she is usually the one who has got all the time for the world for people in the service industry, as she has spent a decade there herself. ---------------------------- The waitress continued setting the tables, two to be exact. And then eventually came back with the card machine. Most of the table paid cash, except two cards. ---------------------------- After payment we walked out - no one greeted us - no manager was seen that evening - and we didn’t leave with a nice feeling. ---------------------------- The two main aspects were that our waiter’s attitude was lacking - especially at the end part of the evening and then the other waiter who could role her eyes at her clients. Assumption being that she had to go out of her way where there wasn’t directly a tip involved for her… Nonetheless, I do find that kind of behaviour unacceptable. ---------------------------- Something that I didn’t enjoy was the amount of beggars hoarding around you once you step a foot outside the restaurant. When we arrived - as well as when we left. Which did make me feel uneasy. In addition to that, I was told as we left that someone else got mugged there moments before we left the restaurant. I do feel that a place with a certain amount of character should have a doorman to keep an eye over their clientele’s safety in-front of their premises. Plus I’m not stranger to the Cape Town streets as we do live in the CBD.----------------------------
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  • Best value, best specials and just love the simplicity of the concept. It's all about the steak!
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  • HQ is my go-to for steak hungry days. The food, from starters to desserts, is always deliciously prepared and served with a smile. Their budget friendly weekly specials make this an easy & affordable dining experience.
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  • After giving HQ another chance I was dissapointed yet again. I reserved a table for my friends birthday because I absolutely love the atmosphere at HQ. The marimba band was super groovy! Thanks for not acknowledging that it was my friends birthday by the way. But, the steak, was equivalent to a minute steak with a dollop of margarine on top.
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  • Trendy vibe but I don't like the limited offering and restaurant staff were quite rude and not very attentive.
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  • Upon arrive, after booking a special two seater table for 7.30PM and after being a few minutes late for the booking, my table was given away too two walk-ins and the woman at the entrance came off rude and unhelpful despite the fact that I had driven over an hour just to experience the 'popular' HQ dinner. I was honestly shocked at the quality of steak I was paying R400 for. Not only was it a very thin cut of 250G sirloin but I only received a small portion of skinny fries and the lettuce in the salad was not cos lettuce. Lastly, R100 for a half poured, warm margarita cocktail disappoints me beyond belief. I completely and utterly regret going for dinner at HQ.
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  • First time experience at HQ. Awesome hostess and music from DJ Rene though.... The iceberg salad starter was gross. Sent it back twice and came back worse each time. Brown, wilted, mushy lettuce, tasteless dressing ~ just embarrassing. R35 for a bottle of chilled tap water. Steak was ok, chips tasted like McCain frozen fries. The herby butter sauce saved my sad meal. But that kindergarten made SALAD shocked me....what were you guys thinking! Looking around me, many tables left theirs untouched too. No manager came to check in after my complaints either. Never again :(
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Menu

Set menu - HQ Menu- updated April 2018

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Dancing
  • Dinner
  • Dress code
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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