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The Grillhouse Sandton

The Grillhouse Sandton
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Cost
R220 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance, Comfy & casual
Food
Burgers, Seafood, South African, Steak, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Rupesh Kassen

Food
The Grillhouse has been a Johannesburg institution for 20 years, known for superb steaks, ribs and a vast selection of wines. While the original store is in Rosebank, the Sandton restaurant offers the same excellence. To start, there are traditional steakhouse offerings of black mushrooms, chicken livers or calamari. You might prefer the outstanding home-made boerewors with an onion-and-tomato salad, however.

From the grill, you can indulge in one of their choice cuts of aged beef: fillet, New York sirloin, T-bone or rib-eye. Pair your steak with one of the expertly made sauces and interesting sides like pap and chakalaka – a real treat.

The pork ribs never fail to impress: Succulent, basted with a hickory sauce, and served with crispy onions rings, they’re my go-to option when I’m craving good ribs. There’s also a selection of lamb, ostrich medallions, venison, chicken and seafood platters.

Finish your meal with homely favourites such as ice cream and chocolate brownies, crème brûlée or a cheese platter to share.

Drinks
Geared toward the wine connoisseur, with pricing to match. The wine list is almost three times the size of the menu and the restaurant boasts its own cellar. Expect local wines along with some interesting options from France and New Zealand. You can even splash out on a magnum for that special occasion. If you’re a whisky connoisseur, the abundant variety of whiskies from single malts per region to blended Scotch and Irish whiskies will leave you spoilt for choice.

Service
Well-dressed, professional waiters tend to your every need with great efficiency.

Ambience
The formal space has exposed brick wall and is dimly lit, dotted by tables covered in crisp white table cloths contrasting with the wood panelling. The second level of the restaurant offers further seating and four dedicated private dining spaces that cater to a maximum of forty guests.

And…
They offer a separate smoking section where you can enjoy a selection of cigars, in addition to an outdoor deck offering sprawling views of the Sandton neighbourhood – great for afternoon sundowners or a before-dinner drink.

(September 2016)

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  • Mokgadi Itsweng

    Food
    This New York-style steakhouse has been an institution in Johannesburg since 1995, with another branch in Rosebank. The menu is extensive, with dishes ranging from steaks, burgers, ribs, seafood and chicken. For starters, try their famous black mushrooms, grilled with garlic and herbs, or a mezze platter of hummus, falafel and chopped salad, or their springbok carpaccio. For mains, their rib-eye steak served with pap and chakalaka is both filling and delicious, or try the spatchcock baby chicken basted in peri-peri sauce, served with baked potato and grilled vegetables. Their speciality meat platters and the Mediterranean platters are perfect for sharing. The dessert menu offers a variety of decadent desserts, ranging from crème brûlée and New York cheesecake to brownies and crème caramel. All the desserts are freshly made on site.

    Drinks
    They have a well-stocked wine cellar, which caters for all price points. The collection ranges from easy-drinking wines to auction wines and rare vintages. Most wines are available per glass. If wine is not your drink of choice, try the extensive range of single malt, bourbon and blended house whiskies.

    Service
    The service is quite slow for such a busy restaurant. The servers are knowledgeable about the menu, but lacked information about the wines.

    Ambience
    The ambience is formal, with white tablecloths and starched napkins on the tables. The raw facebrick wall, leather chairs and upstairs cigar lounge give the restaurant an upmarket feel. The private dining rooms are perfect for business meetings.

    And…
    The restaurant also caters for big groups and offers two set menus, which include a starter, main, dessert and coffee.
    (October 2015)

User reviews

  • I took my fiancé out for dinner last night for his 30th birthday and I was sorely disappointed. I am not sure if a Tuesday night comes with the "B team" staff but from the phone call for the booking to the staff cleaning AROUND us while we tried to enjoy the last glass of our wine at *21.50* the experience was a total let-down.
    One would think that a restaurant that claims to be "Johannesburg’s most loved and well established premium steakhouse." would offer their clients a level of service that leaves them happy to have paid the upmarket prices that come along with it.
    The person who took my reservation over the phone was rude and curt but told me that he had made the booking for 20.00 as requested and when I then enquired/confirmed with him that the table booked in the upstairs area as requested his response was: "I said yes maam!"
    We battled to find the restaurant and I phoned to advise that we were on our way but would be 10 to 15 minutes. When we arrived I told the initially keen and friendly waiters at the door that I had made a reservation and they told me to go inside and speak to "them". I told the gentleman at the counter that we had made a booking for 2 people under Maxine, he then shouted back and forth with another staff member something about 23 and showed us to a booth downstairs. I asked him if our booking was not made for upstairs and he cut me off saying no there is no space upstairs. When I reiterated that the booking was specifically made for upstairs he then said he would go and check.
    We were seated upstairs and were impressed with the ambience and looking forward to a great dining experience. We ordered a bottle of still water and a bottle of wine and proceeded to order our meals. My fiancé had a halloumi starter and a 300g fillet for his main. We were given the option of rice chips or potato to accompany our main course. We ordered 2 side vegetables and a sauce for the steak which were all separate items on the menu. I ordered a main course of grilled calamari with lemon butter.
    The halloumi starter was excellent, followed by the main meals, the calamari was not great at all (better at Ocean basket in my opinion) The steak was very good but the veg portions were certainly nothing impressive, they were very small portions given the cost of R39.95 and R45.95 for creamed spinach and seasonal veg respectively - both portions were served together in a small side dish.
    By 21.30 the upstairs area had started to empty out however there were still 3 tables as well as many tables downstairs when the staff started literally clearing up around us. I asked the waiter if the bar area was still open and he said yes and so I requested the bill so that we could finish our glasses of wine outside where we felt less obliged to leave.
    After paying the bill, we made our way outside and I asked the staff leaning on the bar outside chatting (3 staff) if I could smoke outside to which they replied that I could, when I asked if I could have an ashtray the man who I had asked simply looked at an ashtray on the bar and signalled me to take it.
    I've chosen to write this review because an R800 bill I paid for 2 people, only one starter, a main course each, a side of vegetables and onion rings and a bottle of wine (Zandvliet Shiraz) has left a bitter taste in my mouth and the experience was hardly the "stellar service and an upmarket yet warm and hospitable atmosphere." That is advertised on the website.
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  • We had the most lovely dinner! Fabulous,speedy and friendly service. The best quality meat prepared deliciously! Mouth watering sauces and fresh salad! I haven't had such good steak in a long time! Top restaurant! I highly recommend it!
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  • I have eaten at this restaurant on many occasions now and have yet to have a bad meal. The service I have received is always freindly and accommodating. I thoroughly enjoy the steaks accompanied by a choice of vegetables, stir fry or starch. We receive a full tray of various mustards as I try to avoid sauces. Lunch time it could be considered a bit dark and gloomy inside, but I would imagine a good atmosphere at night. Recommended as a reasonbly priced restaurant with good food.

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  • Ordered a burger medium rare and it wasn't cooked at all. For dessert the menu read "baked cheese cake". When ordered I got a fridge cheesecake. Waiter didn't seem to care and had us waiting for 5 minutes for the manager to come and apologise. Disappointing!

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  • Fillet on the bone is unforgettable carnivore pleasure. It does not come cheap, though. Wine selection is reasonable and without an extortionate markup.

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  • New Year's Eve, outstanding service.

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  • To whom it may concern,The Gill House of Rosebank next to the Hyatt Hotel has been my favourite restaurant for over 5 years and remains at the top of the pops when it comes to fine wine and excellent dining! My favourite dish is the lamb cutlets! Your wine selection is spectacular! There is not another restaurant in South Africa that serves such amazing meals time and time again!To the owners, managers, waitresses, waitrons and the Chef, I say WELL DONE TO YOU ALL!!Best regards,Angus MacArthurGrill House Fan!!!
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  • Last Friday at the Grill house was a disaster, booked a table for 8.00pm, eventually served our food at around 10.30pm, pita bread tasted stale, haloumi cheese starter cold and rubbery. Steaks were very average and service was shocking. Took overseas guests to the restaurant. Never again.
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  • The Grillhouse simply never fails to deliver. Theyre outstanding.
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  • An old favourite that never disappoints! Great food coupled with excellent service.
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  • Brilliant food, brilliant atmosphere. Loved the jazz lounge opposite.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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