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Hudsons The Burger Joint (Stellenbosch)

Hudsons The Burger Joint (Stellenbosch)
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Cost
R70 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Burgers
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Ilse van der Merwe

Food
Hudson’s is a no-fuss burger joint, serving classic New York-style sliders, burgers, pizza and street food like nachos and chilli poppers. Sides are ordered separately and include fries, onion rings, sweet potato crisps, salad and wedges. The menu is large and you’ll even find vegetarian burger options.
We share the bacon-wrapped poppers with blue cheese mayo (R65) as an appetiser, before moving on to the TriBeCa slider selection (R68) with extra battered onion rings (R16), as well as the slow-roasted pulled pork nachos (R100). Burger patties are lean and well cooked, buns are soft, the pulled pork has fantastic flavour, and portions are generous. The plating and presentation is unassuming, placing more focus on the quality of the meat and flavour of the toppings and sauces. The batter on the poppers and onions looks amazing, but is soft (I prefer crispy batter).
For dessert we share the espresso chocolate mousse (R48), made in-house using Lindt chocolate. While the ice cream on top is a little watery, the mousse delivers a rich and intensely chocolatey flavour.

Drinks
The selection includes cocktails, homemade lemonade, local beers and enormous milkshakes with a pretty cool selection of flavours. They have a well-priced wine list too, including local wines from Jordan, Hartenberg and Simonsig.

Ambience
Don’t expect a tranquil dining experience; this is a bustling burger joint where you’ll find noise, music and unpretentious good food. Stellenbosch is experiencing an exceptionally chilly winter, but the indoor heater makes our lunch experience comfortable and cosy. The leather benches and wooden table interior is inspired by old-school American diners, but with a distinctive modern, urban feel.
It’s interesting to notice an eclectic mix of families, students and working professionals at the tables during lunchtime. Stellenbosch restaurants don’t often pull a mixed crowd, but it seems like everyone is stoked to have a new burger joint in town: parents are happy to order the gigantic milkshakes for their kids, devouring burgers and ribs alongside each other, while students grab the opportunity to cash in on the happy-hour drinks specials.

Service
Although the restaurant is very full when we enter, we are immediately attended to by the nearest waitress. Service is relatively quick, no-fuss and attentive, and our waitress is informative, friendly and very well trained. They all sport skin-tight pants and checkered flannel shirts, and all seem very wholesome – bushy ponytails, bright eyes, rosy cheeks. Manager and co-owner Steven calls this “a Hudson’s feel – something that every Hudson’s waitress should possess”.

And…
Pay half price for cocktails and beer on tap daily from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

(August 2015)

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User reviews

  • My meal was incredible and excellent service!
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  • Top quality burgers with a wide variety of toppings, sides and combinations to please everyone around the table. Good sized portions and value for money with a great ambience as a bonus. And make sure to try one of the milkshakes!
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  • Cool place, enjoyable burgers, loads of flavour, great combos however sliders are my favourite! Cocktail menu great too and I have never had a problem with the service. Worth swinging by.
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  • when looking for a nice vibe, then this is most definitely the place to choose as it caters for different types of crowds. The service is fantastic all the time, specially love the teamwork that flows in this resturant, well done ladies. Now if you haven't tried their burgers, then you are surely missing out, they have amazing burgers, and each month you get to try a special burger that is not on the menu, but created by a lucky individual for that moth:), yes this may be a burger joint, but have you tried out their amazing soft tacos? or their mouth watering Ribs? how about their deep fried oreos, or waffles..ahhh the list is endless, and each visit here just satifies yet another craving, so what are you guys waiting for??? this place caters for all, why not try their happy hour perhaps to treat yourselves to endless cocktails and starters and their beers on tap just at 50% off, now isn't that amazing, the thought of after a long day at work, or hectic practical on a friday afternoon you can reward yourself with a nice cold beer or a nice cocktail for half the price? so what are you waiting for? i DARE you to go check this place out.
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  • I have found only quality burgers when visiting Hudson's stellenbosch. I can't fault the service either as all food was delivered to our table with a smile and on time . Great venue for a night out with the family or just friends
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  • Hudsons in Stellies is awesome! I love the food, drinks (including the fantastic cocktails!
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  • Hudsons never disappoints! Best burgers in Cape Town! And I absolutely love the new milkshakes. Staff was very friendly and helpful and made my experience a good one.
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  • It's very seldom you find a restaurant that manages to tick all the boxes, but Hudsons Stellenbosch beats the odds ! Apart from the fantastic service and great vibe, Hudsons food and drinks are to die for. I've always been an avid fan, and it's my go-to place, whether I'm in the mood for a delish burger and fries or a causal drink during happy hour. AND THE MILKSHAKES - holy cow, you have not lived until you try the Cookie Monster. Highly recommended and loved by all ages.
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  • Amazing setting, vibe and People. Friendly staff and a definite recommendation if you're looking for top class food.
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  • Great vibe and awesome food. I have been to Hudsons a few times and each time its been a great experience, whether during lunch or during their happy hour! The service is great and the burgers are top notch, my favourite being the Poppa Trunks! I definitely recommend you head down to Stellenbosch's best burger joint!
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  • The BEST burgers in town, along with friendly and attentive staff and delicious cocktails! It is definitely worth a visit!
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  • Such a relaxed vibe but spot on service. Excellent food and lots of fun. Can't wait to get back to try out more of that fantastic menu.
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  • bad very bad service full ignore from waiters, never back,((((
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  • An absolutely incredible place to enjoy a juicy burger with some friends and family. The vibe is awesome throughout the day and the waitresses are friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to please their customers. I strongly recommend Hudson's burgers and you should definitely try the truffle mayo fries!
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  • Good food, great vibe and an all round awesome restaurant! Definitely recommend checking it out!
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  • Went there once with friends, and haven't been able to keep myself from coming back on almost a weekly basis. Great vibe, even better food and drinks. Relaxed vibe, with good music and friendly service. I would definitely recommend this to absolutely everyone. From families to students this place is the place to be in Stellenbosch. Definitely my favourite all round restaurant at the moment.
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  • Hudsons Stellenbosch has it all, from friendly staff to a wide variety of drinks and food. They have a burger for everyone's taste and are always happy to accommodate you - whether it be a wheat free bun option or one of their tasty vegetarian burgers! One of my favourite things about Hudsons is their Burger of the Month which is always something exciting to look forward to. Always a good spot for some after-work drinks during their weekly happy hour or perfect for a satisfying meal!
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  • It's the busiest and most vibey restaurant in Stellenbosch! I have never left this place with a bad experience due to the great food and great service provided by their staff
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  • If you haven't experienced one of Hudson's mouthwatering burgers,you're seriously missing out! Every burger is unique- whether it has a chilli popper as part of a topping or stuffed with mozzerella and cheddar. And don't forget to order a side! My favourite are the disco fries (fries topped with mozzerella and creamy peri peri sauce) but sweet potato fries are a close second. The best part is you can enjoy these gormet burgers, served by efficient and friendly staff, in one of the most scenic and vibey atmospheres in Stellenbosch. Thank you Hudsons!
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  • Hudsons welcomes you with their vibey atmosphere. The service is attentive and friendly. The burgers are incredible with so many toppings to chose from. The quality of food is unbeatable, never had a bad meal! Will come back time and time again to try all the mouth-watering burgers.
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  • Incredible burgers. There is definitely something for everyone on the menu. Whether you are vegetarian or have gluten in tolerances, they cater for you. Burgers have a generous amount to of toppings and there is a wide variety of drinks. Your budget a bit tight but want to do something? They have a great happy hour special from 4:30-6:30 where the starters, cocktails and beers on tap are half price. Great atmosphere. Great place.
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  • Best burgers in town! There is a wide range of burgers from beef, chicken, vegetarian and even ostrich! And just when you think that's enough! The burger of the month this month has a boerewors and bacon patty! Everything is just bigger and better from the food to the drinks and the service is always top notch! The waitresses are friendly and share what is not on the menu. All around an amazing experience and a must for all those driving through the Stellenbosch area!
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  • Amazing burgers and great vibes! Hudsons is the best place to go to accommodate the whole family! They offer delicious burgers, they use good quality meat and tasty free range chicken! Be sure to accompany your meal with some truffle mayo fries or juicy battered onion rings. Great for sunny family lunches or for beers with the boys during happy hour! Be sure to add this place to your list because it never disappoints!
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  • Hudson's has become my local watering hole, my best of both worlds. I have been there with friends during happy hour madness as well as with the family when they come to visit. My FAVOURITE is their sweet potato fries and that poppertrunks reloaded burger. They used to have the poppertrunks burger then took it off the menu but then on their latest edition (they update their menu regularly which is wicked) they introduced us to a new popper trunks reloaded burger which really impressed me as I complained of its absence which shows that they take the interest of customers to heart. I really enjoy the vibe, the staff and the food. I am making my way through the cocktails as well as burgers. Sometimes milkshakes take a while so I don't recommend ordering during happy hour otherwise the service is on point. The waitresses recognise me when I come in and are always friendly. Sometimes when they are super busy I see less of them but then the manager pops up to help me out. I always feel accommodated when I go there. Cosy and personal place.
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  • Best burgers Yet! Hudsons Stellenbosch is a great place to eat, chill and have an overall good time with both friends and family. Their burgers are to die for! With a variety of burgers for all taste buds and a new burger and beer every month, Hudsons is a definite must!
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  • Hudson's has a spectacular atmosphere, a wide variety of food available for vegans, vegetarians and all meat eaters. They have the best burgers in town by far, all bursting with flavour. Don't know what to try? Try the sliders and and a few of each burger.
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  • One of my favorite go to places! Definately the BEST burgers in town! The variety of burgers are amazing. The menu caters for all tastes and is perfect for all ages! The staff are friendly, accommodating, and service is topnotch! Milkshakes and cocktails are a must try! There are so many to choose from and they are all delicious! Perfect setting for a warm summers day lunch or family dinner! I suggest the Burger Joint to anyone looking for a good vibe and great meal!
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  • Hudsons is the go-to place for burgers. Very energetic and friendly staff, vibey atmosphere, awesome cocktails and ice cold beer on arrival. The burgers are simply delicious! Hudsons offers a burger of the month which is always innovative and keeps you coming back to try new inventions. BONUS, they offer vegetarian burgers and use Free-range chicken! But the classic quality of the meat and produce is what keeps hudsons consistantly great.
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  • Best place for much more than burgers! Wide variety of delicious items on the menu, vegetarian and gluten free options which is a great find. Staff are friendly and always a great vibe to be enjoyed. Hudsons IS the best burger eatery around.
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  • Honestly the best place to be in stellenbosch. The burgers are fantastic, delicious cocktails and huge milkshakes. The service and the atmosphere is beyond amazing. Best vibe in town, especially during happy hour.
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  • Going above and beyond your ordinary burger joint expectations, Hudson's tops them all. The burgers all have something special about them and you can tell the minute it enters your mouth! Flavourful patties whether it's beef, chicken or vegetarian! The waitresses are excellent in recommending something that suits your taste buds making sure you finish your Hudson's experience satisfied. Not only are the burgers some ingredients to boast about but the pizzas are incredible too, with their crispy base and gluten free option. I would recommend Hudson's burger joint to anyone who would like to have a lively dining experience. Don't forgot to try their "extra" ordinary sized cocktail or milkshakes which are worth every penny! (half priced cocktails from 16:30 to 18:30 on weekdays! Bargain!) Amazing service always with a smile and overall just a fun and delicious dining experience.
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  • No non smoking area outside! Not pleasant if enjoying your food with smokers next to you! Hudsons Greenpoint manage smokers better!
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  • Great vibe and superstar staff. Super friendly and involved managers. Food is amazing. Pizza and slider heaven. X
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  • Been to the new Hudsons in Stb a couple of times - once or twice just for drinks at the bar after work, other times for the burgers. Exceptional as always, doesn't matter which one you go to. First week was hectically busy so we expected that they'd be a little slow out of the blocks, but they have recovered well. Keen to go back tonight!
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  • We were eager to try the new "burger joint" in town. Unfortunately it was a let down from start to finish. We waited almost 20 minutes for our drinks order. When it finally arrived we placed our food order. Please be aware that although they advertise mains as R70 this does NOT include a side portion of ANYTHING. We were informed that the kitchen was extremely busy and our food would take longer than usual. No problem waiting but what a let down when our "burgers" finally arrived. The Rockafella contained almost no pulled-pork and when we complained we were told by the manager that they rarely received any complaints?! The side orders of disco fries were cold and soggy. The presentation was horrible and my home cooked burgers looks more appetizing. We are spoilt for choice in Stellenbosch and I think Hudson's will struggle to keep up.
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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