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Pirates Steakhouse and Pub (Plumstead)

Pirates Steakhouse and Pub (Plumstead)
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Cost
R130 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Burgers, Steak
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa, Zapper
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Graham Howe

Food
A nostalgic landmark for great burgers and steak, egg and chips in the ‘burbs. The choice cuts – fillet, rump and pork belly ribs – are fall-off-the-bone tender, basted with an in-house BBQ sauce, and flame-grilled to order. Consistency, generous portions, succulent flavour and value for money are a winning formula. The steaks come with no frills or fuss but with all the trimmings, down to hand-cut chips and fried onion rings. The pepper, garlic, mushroom and cheese sauces are as legendary as the garlic snails and garlic rolls on the side. Nothing much ever changes around here – which is exactly how the locals like it.

The hungry go for one of the house specialty steaks - jalapeno, pepper, mushroom and cheese melts. Vegetarians will find little on the menu at this old-fashioned steakhouse with staying power – while pescatarians will find a reasonable choice of fish.

Drinks
Well-priced selection of beer, cocktails, shooters and wines – especially big red wines to go with steaks.

Service
Friendly and efficient on slow or fast nights. The kitchen stays open until late.

Ambience
A retro steakhouse with big TV screens, slot machines and a cover band singing the old folk and rock classics.

And…
Enjoy lighter fare off the bar/pub menu – homemade burgers ‘n chips, chicken and calamari baskets, or try a three-course menu for good value.

(September 2016)

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    Food
    An institution in the Southern Suburbs, this perennial favourite draws meat lovers in droves. The menu is extensive and caters for most tastes. Along with the usual starter options of garlic rolls, calamari, stuffed black mushrooms and chicken winglets, the garlic snails are a signature favourite, and they certainly live up to their reputation. But it’s the steaks you’ll want to sample, and they’re well worth it: succulent and simply presented, in generous portions.

    Drinks
    A good wine selection, with the Two Oceans red and white wines offered as house wines.

    Service
    Professional and well-trained.

    Ambience
    The vibe is kind of old-fashioned roadhouse, with a two-man band singing 70s and 80s covers in the corner and the swing doors leading to the fruit slot-machine ‘casino’ part of the restaurant.

    And…
    It’s great for sports fans, office gatherings and a trip down memory lane if you’re hankering after a 70s steakhouse experience.

    (October 2015)

  • Cathy Marston

    The food
    Move over flashy and trendy places about town. When you want some seriously great meat, then Pirates is the place. The menu is comprehensive and the inside cover contains a useful guide about the different cuts of meat and how they are served. You could try the chicken dishes or the homemade burger options, but the real reason you’re there is the steaks and the ribs. Tender, juicy fillets and flavour-packed rumps come with a variety of toppings, stuffings and sauces as well as the old favourite sides of butternut, creamed spinach and chips. The ribs are outstanding – genuinely fall-off-the-bone, not too fatty and served with a bowl of tangy sauce for extra dipping – and the combos are a good way of trying out a couple of different things on one plate. Kids are well catered for but vegetarians would be advised to give this place a miss.
    The wine
    The wine list is very old-fashioned and dated, comprising mainly boring old restaurant staples, nearly all from a single distributor, but nobody seems to mind. With prices starting at R70 a bottle, it’s probably not worth the restaurant’s while to make any great changes. Take your own bottle if good wine is important to you, otherwise just sit back and enjoy the food, which is great.
    The service
    Pleasant, efficient, calm and competent staff weave in and out of the tables with the confidence born of familiarity with both the menu and their customers. They promote their dining club at the start of the conversation, but don’t push it if it’s not wanted.
    The ambience
    The overall impression of the place is dark, and you’d almost want to add ‘dingy’ except that it’s absolutely not. It’s modelled on the inside of a sailing ship with lots of wooden alcoves and corners, but everything is scrupulously clean and there is no years’ accumulation of dirt you often find in the corners of old-fashioned steakhouses. It is undoubtedly old-fashioned, but for many customers this is all part of its charm. Tables full of families, couples, large groups and single diners will all find themselves at home here.
    The verdict
    This is an excellent, honest and reliable example of a good old-fashioned steakhouse doing what it does extremely well to the delight of many regular, local customers. Pirates deserves more recognition than it gets.
    (June 2014)

User reviews

  • Pirates is a very warm family orientated restaurant. They always have excellent music which keeps patrons entertained well into the night. The food is good and reasonable and the atmosphere in the restaurant is warm and inviting.
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  • I visited Pirates Steakhouse Pub with friends. Firstly, the service was excellent... Just as i thought that it could not get any better, my meal was served!!!!! My steak was medium to rare as requested, tasty and completely mind blowing. The Juices flooded my plate and it was completely mouth watering. God knows how much i love a hot plate of food and my steak was served hot - straight from the grill. My experience was completely out of this world and i've been recommending Pirates to absolutely everybody i know. If you looking for an awesome tender steak, an awesome sized steak, in an awesomely friendly environment then look no further. You definitely will not be disappointed. This is one for the books. 10 out of 10 PIRATES!
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  • Wonderful steaks, brilliant ribs and just damned good food at good prices. I make a plan to go there every time I visit Cape Town
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  • Before I left SA for the UK this was always one of my favourite places to eat, a regular location. There are a number of things i have missed since moving and Pirates is one of them. Having been back thee when I visit, I cant wait for my next trip. The food is just fantastic and the entertainment helps it go down even more.
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  • Pirates is always our first choice to eat out. We have been going there for many years. Food is excellent and staff provide great service. Music takes us back and we enjoy dancing along. We have many awesome memories of celebrating birthdays with our family there. Still best value for money. Thank Pirates Management and staff for all the lifetime memories and more to come!
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  • Best steaks ever !
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  • This remains one of our favourite eating places. The food is excellently cooked and served and the menu is varied, and caters for most tastes. We rate their preparation of steaks in particular among the best we have had. The food presentation is understated (which is great) with slightly less emphasis on artistic and aesthetic appeal, and more emphasis on quantity and quality. The staff is highly trained and professional and provide service which is excellent yet not intrusive. The music (for which there is no cover charge) assists in providing an ambience which makes the eating experience a pleasurable and relaxing one. There is no greater pleasure than the combination of good music and good food. Finally, for the quality provided, the prices at Pirates make it both affordable and worth returning to repeatedly. Definitely one of the top eating places in our view amd one we frequently and unconditionally recommend.
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  • I wish I can give them 10 stars. Their steaks are the best and so succulent. My all time favourite is the Blackbeard rump. My whole family including my 7 year old son always enjoy our meals there, as it caters for all our needs. We never wait long for our food and the portions that they serve are quite generous, which we all love :)
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  • Pirates, Plumstead is the Best Steak restaurant in the country. We regularly celebrate birthdays and special occasions at pirates. Pirates is a real family place with family values with excellent service, atmosphere and food. Pirates is for everybody
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  • Best steaks in the West at the best price.
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  • I have been numerous times to Pirates, and i have never been dissappointed. The food is guaranteed to be excellent. The service brilliant. and the atmosphere is superb. For those reasons I took out a membership card
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  • Pirates is a hidden gem of a steakhouse. Many people know the pub next door as a place to put back a couple while watching sport and it goes late into the night, but go next door and be surprised by the calm and warm ambience and friendly, attentive service from the pretty waitresses and manageress. And their steaks are great! Pay the nominal annual membership fee and you get discounts on every meal and every drink you order. Pays for itself the night you sign up for it. Love Pirates, every time my dad comes through for a visit we go grab a steak there. Highly recommended!
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  • The best steaks in Cape Town!!
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  • Every time I eat at Pirates, the food is perfect and the service efficient and friendly. Although they are famous for their steaks, ribs and burgers, my favourite is the calamari. It is the best I have ever tasted anywhere. I have dined on several nights and always enjoyed the live music. The artists are interactive with the diners and their singing is awesome. I highly recommend this steakhouse to all but be sure to book as they are very popular.
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  • More money for your dollar, excellent food and service with free live music, seven nights a week
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  • Love this place. Good food.good people.thanks guys
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  • What can I say? My home away from home, I have been going to Pirates for 17 years and the last ten weeks I ate more than 40 meals there and could not fault one. My girlfriend raves about their fillet.
    Best steaks, best veg, best service, best everything!

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Specials

Specials at Pirates

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dancing
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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