The Eatery Wood Fired Grill

Cost
R150
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Food from the Americas, Light meals, Seafood, South African, Steak
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa, Zapper
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Critic's review

Food
Simple, good, honest food is the winning formula of this unpretentious venue, which offers a retro mix of South African steakhouse fare. (This restaurant received a highly commended certificate in the steakhouse category for the Western Cape at the 2016 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries.) A good-value menu tempts with nostalgic classics. Start with crowd pleasers such as bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers stuffed with mozzarella; chicken wings; salt ’n pepper squid tubes with lemon and parsley aioli; and Ma Se Bobotie rolls served with Mrs Ball’s chutney.

Carnivores will be in a quandary over a hearty rack of signature barbecue pork ribs, rib-eye, sirloin or tenderloin – all grilled to your exact order and degree over charcoal on an open fire. Butchery posters will help you select your favourite cut. The meaty mains are aged, super tender and come with all the trimmings, from chips and really good sauces (don’t miss the chimichurri) to delicious buttermilk onion rings. The gourmet burgers (beef, chicken, ostrich or mushroom for vegetarians) come with delicious gourmet toppings – say feta, avo, cranberry and rocket on the signature Nkandla burger. The sweet-toothed will enjoy churros (similar to doughnuts) dusted in cinnamon.

Drinks
Craft beer on tap and small, reasonable wine selection.

Service
Warm and attentive - with good advice on crowd-pleasers and specials.

Ambience
Comfy, cosy and family friendly, like eating in a log cabin with meats grilled on open fire. It can get loud when busy, though. There’s an outside deck with a canopy for summer evenings.

And…
Try one of the weekly specials or the set three-course menu at R250pp.

(September 2016)

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User reviews

  • Lovely neighbourhood spot in an otherwise restaurant-less wasteland. It was full – on a chilly Wednesday night. Food is tasty – not gourmet, but it's not trying to be. The steaks and lamb dishes are quite pricey, but burgers are a more affordable option (around R90 or so).

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  • Simply awesome...nothing better. Priceless... thank you muchly
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  • Amazing restaurant, amazing service; awesome food. 5 stars
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  • All I wanted was some churros to satisfy my sweet tooth on this chilly afternoon what I encountered was heaven on a plate and service that was honest and polite ! Awesome espetada complimented with the most symbiotic red wine as recommended by our lovely waitress ! I'm not a huge carnivore but this place had what it take to persuade me
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  • My husband and I visited The Eatery for the first time and had their Monday night steak (300g rump or sirloin) and chips special for R99 each. The steak really is wood fired and is marinated with a delicious rub rather than the usual barbecue basting. The chips are delicious too. I ordered a cracked black pepper sauce on the side which was a bit disappointing - strangely sweet and not very peppery at all. Just tasted like a watery cream sauce. Besides that, we thoroughly enjoyed the evening and will definitely be back to try one of their other specials. Our waitress, Dom, was lovely and friendly and offered us a loyalty card. The only other comment is that the restaurant tends to get quite hazy and smoky from the wood fired grill, so it may be an idea to install an extractor fan but otherwise great food and great value for money. My husband is something of a steak connoisseur and said it was one of the best steaks he's had in Cape Town. High praise indeed!
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  • Lovely evening spent at The Eatery , Claremont. Excellent food and very good service. I give this restaurant 5 stars. Thanks, Claudia
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  • Good srrvice, limited craft beer offerings. Pity there isnt a smoking section. Absolutely love the Bobotie springrolls!
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  • Every time we go here for dinner we are welcomed warmly and made to feel missed if we were gone a while. The food is always exceptional, especially their Cape Towner burger and steak special being amongst our favorites to order. The wine never disappoints and the wait staff and manager is always able to assist with recommendations. I'm excited about their new winter menu, which I think is the best idea since a family style restaurant should feel like mom's food or dad's Braai. The eatery is always at the top of our list when we need a place to eat. Keep up the great work!
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  • The Eatery Wood Fired Grill is tastefully decorated with a cosy ambiance. The staff were welcoming on arrival, attentive and friendly through the evening. Excellent menu! I'd say the best Salt & Pepper Squid starter in Cape Town and the Nkandla Burger was incredible! I would definitely recommend The Eatery!
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  • Undoubtedly the best ribs in Cape Town, where you don't feel like you need a shower after devouring your delicious pork ribs in either BBQ or Peri Peri flavours. All their food is cooked on an open wood fired braai which gives the meat a special flavour. Try their excellent well priced steaks and for non-carnivores there is always fresh fish, salads and more. Combine any of the above with craft beer on tap and round off your meal with one of their unique milkshakes.
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  • Had a sadly disappointing evening here. The restaurant was so loud that the waitron could hardly hear us. She then disappeared for half an hour before arriving with our drinks. Everyone in the place was shouting at full volume to be heard over the racket. The starter poppers (shown in eatout's profile) were excellent. Our mains (ribs and calamari) were bog average, Spur level, but at real steakhouse prices. Turned out to be a very expensive, irritating evening. We tried it as Eatout claimed it was the "Best Steakhouse". It isn't.
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  • Rarely does a restaurant captivate me enough to write a review but I felt the need to share my recent experience with new kid on the block The Eatery Wood Fired Grill Claremont… I shared a starter of the "S&P Squid" and “Ma se Bobotie Rolls". I challenge another place out there to give me better “crumbed calamari”. Oh my word! It melts in your mouth, is perfectly seasoned and the HOMEMADE aioli was so good I ended up spooning out the remainder out with my finger!! The bobotie rolls were just as delicious – light, golden and crispy - a great take on SA cuisine. For mains I had ordered “A Tender Loin” (aka beef fillet”) cooked medium which they got spot on. The menu states “melt in your mouth” and it did!! Seriously how did they manage to cook it to perfection? I ordered a creamy cheese sauce to go with it but the steak itself was so delicious it didn’t actually need it! That being said the sauce was just as amazing so once again ended up spooning the remainder out with my finger and with my homemade chips!! At this stage I had my doubts that the dessert could even compare to the first 2 dishes but boy was I wrong!! You cannot leave without trying the “Churros”. An extremely light finger like doughnut dusted in cinnamon accompanied with ice cream and chocolate sauce – what more could I have asked for it definitely hit the spot !! The place was full yet I hardly had to wait long for any of my courses. The staff were attentive and friendly. It is tastefully decorated and atmosphere most certainly relaxed and welcoming. I sat inside but there is an outside deck section with a canopy that I will be trying out for those summer evenings! Whether you coming with friends or on a date I would most DEFINITELY recommend The Eatery Wood Fired Grill and I can’t wait to be back!!
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  • We when there for the Monday steak special at R99 for a 300g steak and chips, and boy was it worth it. Amazing meal and worth every cent. The host was very accomodating as we had not booked a seat and the service was great. I loved the rustic book feel and the desert was great as well!
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  • I've been to The Eatery twice, and will definitely go back for my third round. The outlet is great, from the setup and deco to the staff and most importantly- the food. Such an awesome spot! Best meal- full rack of ribs! And don't be shy ladies, tuck in to them - it's so worth it!
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  • I decided to have my birthday dinner at the Eatery this year - which I've never been to before. I was extremely happy with the service, food and ambience and it made my night all the more special. All my guests loved it and we are returning back for more! ☺️
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  • Have enjoyed 2meals at this local eatery and have found it to be tasty,beautifully presented and of a superior quality.Service has been attentive yet not intrusive.Will definitely be back.
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  • Have enjoyed 2meals at this local eatery and have found it to be tasty,beautifully presented and of a superior quality.Service has been attentive yet not intrusive.Will definitely be back.
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  • We love The Eatery, and not only because their food is delicious, wholesome, well presented and filling. We love The Eatery because they always make us feel comfortable with excellent service. We were last there just a few months back - with our 3 year old toddler and baby - and they went out of their way to cater for our whole family! We highly recommend them for a date night, celebration or family night out! you won't be disappointed!
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  • Melt-in-your mouth beef fillet and The Argentinean steak grilled to perfection. My son also couldn't stop talking about their oreo milkshake.
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  • Delicious Food AND dessert! Service was great and everyone was so friendly and really made you feel welcome. Will be back! :)
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  • Excellent food definately recommend it!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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