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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Family friendly, Groups, Quick meals
Food
Steak
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
Free 1st bottle but R30 thereafter

Critic's review

Rupesh Kassen

Food
Greg Bax – the master behind the grill, owner and conversation-starter at Rare Grill – makes this a neighborhood institution in Kenilworth. His expertise and passion come from his experience as the owner of the original Hussar Grill in Rondebosch. Greg's respect and love for meat shine through in every bite. Main portions are generous but you might be tempted by sticky chicken wings or oven-roasted bone marrow on toast to start.

The reason you’re here is for the hand-selected four-week-old wet-aged beef. Make sure you check out the specials board or give Greg your preferences and let him choose for you. (Otherwise choose between sirloin, rump or fillet.) Our decision to let Greg feed us was certainly well rewarded, as we were treated to a 500g T-bone steak and a grass-fed fillet that was so incredibly soft, it could have been mistaken for butter. The mammoth feast was topped with onion rings and served with triple-cooked chips and a butter cabbage. Each bite delivered well-balanced caramelisation and superior flavour. Greg mans the grill station himself and ensures the cuts are expertly grilled, with fat rendered to perfection.

Steakhouse classic desserts like brownies and malva pudding grace the menu. While it may seem rather pedestrian, a spoonful of a faultless crème brûlée is a rather pleasing end to this delightful experience.

Drinks
A small selection of perfect partners to the meaty options is on offer. A great pinotage like the Ernst Gouws & Co is always a delicious option with red meat.

Service
Warm and inviting staff and a convivial Greg make sure you’re well taken care of.

Ambience
The cosy space with crammed in tables add to the charm of this neighbourhood eatery. The diners at the next table are bound to strike up a conversation due to the warm vibes of this restaurant.

Best for…
Impressing a meat lover.

(August 2019)

Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here

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  • Kate Wilson

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    After selling the original Hussar Grill in Rondebosch, owner Greg Bax happily re-appeared behind the grill station at this tiny Harfield Village eatery, which is no doubt destined for similar status as a neighbourhood institution. Some starters are on the wrong side of retro (deep-fried camembert, perhaps?), but you could well be won over by the bone marrow on toast or chicken livers, if they happen to be on the specials board. Also, you’re not coming here for the starters, you’re coming for the steak.

    There’s a reason Greg mans the grill station himself. His selection is small – aged rump, sirloin and fillet – but hand-picked, and he may well produce other cuts if you ask nicely. The rump and sirloin are both expertly grilled, fat rendered, but still rare and with enough flavour to dispense with a sauce. Instead, the waiter recommends the baked cabbage side, which turns out to be butter-basted and served alongside the ubiquitous thick-cut chips.

    The desserts are predictable (brownies and malva) but inoffensive, and give you an excuse to hang around, chat to the staff and feel like a regular.

    Drinks
    The wine list is small but perfect for meaty pairings with discerning choices such as Edgebaston, Ernst Gouws & Co and Glenelly, on top of a big Boekenhoutskloof representation in the form of Wolftrap (house wines), Chocolate Block and Boekenhoutskloof Cab.

    Service
    It’s very affable and attentive, with Greg offering to seat us at the bar and throw in free tequila the first time we tried to get a table without a reservation.

    Ambience
    It’s a tiny space (hence the necessary reservation, see above), but this only adds to the feeling that you’ve stumbled on a local gem. Greg has a warm, hospitable, slightly offbeat style – faking an additional R1000 charge on the bill for the eclipse viewing on the night we ate there. It’s the kind of restaurant that puts you in a good mood every time you think of eating there.

    (August 2018)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • The BEST MEAT! Steak is king! Mufassa! Winner winner chicken dinner...Great representation and a owner that takes pride not only in hes food and restaurant but loves hes staff and it filters down to all the fine detail....basically service is on point ! Wow and what a great playlist! I really enjoy eating here and having a restaurant makes you feel at home just makes me want to come back all the time !
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  • Amazing steak. Great wine and good company. One of Cape Towns hidden gems.Its the best steak you can eat in a homey environment. Plus...... the music is better than most people own.
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  • I have eaten at the Rare Grill 4 or 5 time in the last year and every time has been amazing. I only ever have the crispy fries and onion rings as a side, they are the best. The service is sharp and personal and an evening has never ended without making a new friend.
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  • What a pleasure to be able to go and have a delicious (`keep it simple`) steak without breaking the piggy bank ! Yes it`s VERY small (so just hope to get a little table), but the service and steaks are always top drawer. This sets an example for SME`s (ok - very small one`s ...)
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  • Had a fantastic meal at the Rare Grill last tuesday. I had the lamb saddle and it was fantastic. I would highly recommend the onion rings as a side and their own special "rare lager" to drink.
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  • Great restaurant, awesome waitrons, fantastic chefs and best of all the owner Greg Bax is a fantastic host and grills the most amazing steaks you’ll ever try. 5 star for this establishment from me.
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  • Great bloke and even better food.Best steaks in SA
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  • Best steaks every time!!! Service is friendly and the waiters are knowledgeable. Must try the calamari starter and the cabbage side, delicious!!! Its cosy and intimate and wonderful! Well done!!!
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  • Small intimate restaurant, great food and great staff.
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  • Popped in for meal for one, what a place. I got seated at the bar cause they were full. Although I was dining alone the staff kept me company which was so great, followed by a few cheeky tequilas. Truly friend down to earth staff and a cool owner who is on the grill who is truly a hands on owner who make every visitor feel like they belong. Well done guys
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  • I work at a resturant semi near by and I secretly recommend Rare Grill to my customer's! If I hear them speaking about "best steak" I have no hesitation telling them to try Rare Grill because I know they will be blown away!
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  • Outstanding all round..
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  • Nothing short of amazing! We have been back over and over again. The service is professional, personal (the place is super cosy). Would go back any day of the week!
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  • Absolutely incredible food; steaks are cooked to perfection, sides are extremely complementary and the wine is a treat. My wife and I are heavily pregnant with food babies after a fantastic evening.
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  • I just love the Rare Grill! We have been quite a few times and have invited friends and family along - no-one has ever been disappointed. They always have different cuts on offer and they are always superb. The sides are something different and amazing (love the steamed cabbage, yup the cabbage is awesome) I nearly forgot the starters, must try their calamari with chilli!! The service is always friendly and the waiters are knowledgeable. Love this place!! Well done, keep it up!!!
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  • What a special place! From perfectly cooked steaks to a surprise Chocolate Vodka shot, Rare Grill makes sure you walk out with a grin on your face and a filled tummy. Beautiful little restaurant, amazing staff and good food. 😊
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
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  • Serves food
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  • Wheelchair

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