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The Local Grill (Parktown North)

Cost
R250 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Burgers, South African, Steak
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Rupesh Kassen

Food
You are guaranteed an award-winning meal at the Local Grill. As the name indicates, their focus is on a great range of grilled and well-prepared meats, from tender beef cheeks, carpaccio and bone marrow on the starter menu, to a variety of steak cuts as mains.

With a meaty affair ahead, start your meal with the prawn or bobotie spring rolls, smoked salmon on corn blinis or the herb-brushed calamari heads. Alternatively, the venison skewers with cranberry jelly or a bowl of their homemade biltong will whet your appetite.

The star of this show is their Bull and Bush free-range beef and not far behind, for the more cost conscious, the grain beef from Beefmaster. The aged sirloin on the bone, seasoned with their homemade-spiced rub, has a pronounced charred note and a rich aroma of properly aged beef. The rolled pork is superb – as promised it was a tender treat, served with poached apples and a delicious curried quince sauce.

Being a neighbourhood restaurant, kids are not forgotten and have a dedicated menu. Choices from sticky honey ribs, crumbed chicken breast, 150g steak, and ice cream & bar-one sauce will make them customers for life. Round off the dining experience with their version of a classic milk tar: milky custard on a feather-light base topped with lemon zest, a welcome twist to the traditional cinnamon.

Drinks
The wine list has a well-appointed selection of small farms, including some local favourites. They also stock my favourite, Tamboerskloof shiraz – spicy and well-balanced, it's the perfect partner to a steak.

Service
The service is professional but somewhat pedestrian. Waiters follow the process seamlessly but could benefit from engaging with customers to enhance the experience.

Ambience
The warm and inviting interior with parquet floors, soft lighting, and white tablecloths set the mood for a relaxed or romantic evening. The restaurant is situated in the heart of Parktown North’s bustling food district, which makes the outdoor balcony perfect for a bit of people-watching. They also offer a Weber grill course with a private dining room and kitchen, making it the perfect place for a special occasion or corporate event.

And...
Cape Town fans delight: the Local Grill now boasts a location in the Cape, situated at the Val Du Charron & Olive Estate.

(September 2016)

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  • Rupesh Kassen

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    This restaurant has kept with the times and has constantly improved over the last few years. With friendly staff, modern décor and guided tours of the cold room filled with their prized hung meat, The Local Grill goes the extra mile. Guests can expect a variety of beef cuts (with the choice between grass- and corn-fed beef), as well as some options for those not in the mood for a good old steak, or of the vegetarian persuasion. Well-appointed sides and sauces are on hand to complement your meal. The slow-cooked beef cheeks on mash is so tender that all you need is a fork to devour the melt-in-the-mouth nuggets. The aged sirloin, served on the bone and seasoned with the restaurant’s homemade spiced rub, greets you with a pronounced charred note and the perfume of properly aged beef, while the rolled pork is a tender treat, served with poached apples and a delicious curried quince sauce. Round off the experience with a generous-sized portion of delicious homemade pecan nut pie with ice cream.

    Drinks
    The wine list is extensive but a touch pricey.

    Service
    Staff members are friendly, professional and well trained.

    Ambience
    The warm and inviting interior with parquet floors, soft lighting and white tablecloths sets the mood for a relaxed or romantic evening. The restaurant is situated in the heart of Parktown North’s bustling food district, which makes the outdoor balcony perfect for a bit of people watching.

    And…
    They offer a Weber grill course with a private dining room and kitchen, which is great for a special occasion or corporate event.

    (August 2014)

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    The Johannesburg steakhouse the experience has a tendency to be rather staid. However, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by The Local Grill in Parktown North. This restaurant has kept with the times and has constantly improved over the last few years.

    With friendly staff, modern décor and the offer of a guided tour of the cold room filled with their prized hung meat, this restaurant goes the extra mile.

    You can expect a variety of beef cuts (with the choice between grass- and corn-fed beef), as well as some options for those not in the mood of a good old steak, or of the vegetarian persuasion. Well-appointed sides and sauces are on hand to complement your meal.

    The slow-cooked beef cheeks on mash is so tender that all you need is a fork to devour the melt-in-the-mouth nuggets. The aged sirloin, served on the bone and seasoned with their homemade spiced rub, greets you with a pronounced charred note and the perfume of properly aged beef, while the rolled pork is a tender treat, served with poached apples and a delicious curried quince sauce. Round off the experience with a generous-sized portion of delicious homemade pecan nut pie with ice cream.

    Drinks 

    The wine list is extensive, though a bit on the pricey side. A bottle of La Motte Shiraz-Viognier 2011 from the Pierneef collection left a dent in our wallets, but was worth every penny.

    Service

    Staff members are friendly, professional and well trained.

    Ambience

    The warm and inviting interior with parquet floors, soft lighting and white tablecloths set the mood for a relaxed or romantic evening. The restaurant is situated in the heart of Parktown North’s bustling food district, which makes the outdoor balcony perfect for a bit of people watching with your meal.

    And …

    They offer a Weber grill course with a private dining room and kitchen, making it the perfect place for a special occasion or corporate event.

    (August 2014)

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  • Beautiful cuts are aged, meticulously cared for and grilled to perfection. Even a house salad enjoys the same care in preparation, presentation and taste. Named Eat Out’s Best Steakhouse in 2011. (EO mag 2014)
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    Local favourites include a pork belly roll with curried quince sauce and poached apples; oxtail with mash; or loin-cut lamb saddle cutlets, rubbed and grilled. Side orders include pap and some good vegetable options. But it is, of course, the choice between high-quality Chalmar or Greenfields free-range beef cuts, offered dry or wet aged, that make this an unusual dining experience.

    Wine
    A different estate is showcased every month, with a biography offered at the beginning of the wine list, making the list alive and evolutionary. Val Du Charron Four White Legs is offered as their white house blend, while Welbedacht Pinotage and Elgin Vintners Pinot Noir cater for red wine drinkers. Pongracz is even offered as a 375ml Brut Rose.

    Service
    This is one of those restaurants where you will always find one of the owners available at any time to talk to guests. The staff are committed and well informed, able to speak with as much care about the aging and cuts of meat as they do about the annual beef expo or the sale of Nguni hides.

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    With parquet floors and solid wooden furniture, the interior is modern and elegant without being harsh and unwelcoming. This restaurant draws crowds for various reasons, but being perfectly situated on one of the most prominent corners of Parktown cannot hurt. The veranda makes for a perfect spot to watch people passing by.

    And...
    The private dining room and Weber grill courses make this one of the most sought-after corporate venues in Johannesburg. They offer an innovative beef appreciation course where a vertical tasting of sirloin done four ways is one of the options. (HF, October 2012)
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User reviews

  • This is one of those OG steak houses. The minute you step in you want to luxuriate in the old world charm replete with starched napkins and well dressed wait staff. You should order one thing only - steak. They know what they're doing here. Like all OG steak houses, steaks are served alone and sauces, etc are optional/additional. This place is worth the splurge.
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  • Local Grill is everything you've ever wanted as a world class steak house It's all about serving you the finest day aged cuts of meat with delicious sides The choice between grass feed and grain feed beef is up to you ? Every time you go back there is something new on the menu... I recently experienced the finest grass fed T bone steak that I've ever tasted in my life ..68days aged .. it literally melted in my mouth The hosts are always super attentive and this rubs off on the waiters and staff No wonder every visiting international sports team visits Local Grill Paying homAge .. great tastes and well priced you'll go far to compare I guess to be chosen as best steak house in South Africa .. 6times.. says it all I know where I'll be eating again tonight
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  • A lovely restaurant that specializes in very good quality meat.
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  • Everything at The Local Grill is done with passion. The owners made it their mission to serve the best beef in South Africa and in my view this is what they have achieved. There is nothing more satisfying to me than tucking into a perfect steak and the steaks I have tasted here, live on in my memory. They age their beef in their own state-of-the-art aging room on site and every new customer is invited in to inspect the produce. Don't miss the opportunity! The staff live up to the "Local" label and are thoroughly welcoming and very knowledgeable. Basically, after a lifelong pursuit of the best steak, this is still the best steak I have managed to get my hands on.
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  • The Local Grill is definitely the best restaurant in JHB! My wife and I have eaten at most of the top restaurants in JHB, but we keep coming back here as our choice of regular place to eat out cos simply put is has the best steak, personalized service and a warm viby atmosphere. We have only had great meals and experiences at The Local Grill.
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  • What a great evening. Good food , good company , good conversation, good memories!!! Thank you all at the local grill for making special moments . #localgrill
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  • Great food and a good selection of wines which was accompanied by a personal tour of the kitchen by one of the chefs. We saw how they prepare the steaks and which cuts we could have, which was a great way to know what to order. Will definitely be back!
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  • My boyfriend took me here a little while ago. The food was amazing, the service was excellent, the staff were friendly. We were taken on a kitchen tour and showed all the different types of meat, the cuts and told the difference. Would recommend to everyone. 5/5!
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  • Best rib-eye ever. The manager took his times to explain the process and check that I was still enjoying my meal and the Local Grill experience. World class service indeed.
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  • Best rib-eye ever. The manager took his times to explain the process and check that I was still enjoying my meal and the Local Grill experience. World class service indeed.
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  • After my third visit, trying to understand why the restaurant is popular, I still fail to see the logic. The steaks are great (if not a tad pricey), as are the seasonal vegetables, but the service is painfully slow, unattentive and they do not have stock of items offered on the menu. No oysters was the start to our experience, follow by R215 for a 200g steak with no sides (those cost extra), and then no ice cream in stock for desert. It took 55minutes for our steaks to arrive, and they were both underdone, but never the less, very tasty, and I would rate the meat as outstanding, but then no one bothered to top up our wine or. Clear our plates, which put a damper on our experience. After ordering the home made ice cream, it took 20 minutes before our waiter informed us they only had regular vanilla i e cream. Overall dissapointing, and this is the third poor experience we have had at this restaurant. Sadly for local grill this will be our last poor experience at the restaurant.
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  • A Friday at month end in the height of 'office party season', but not a problem to request a table for one for myself at The Local Grill, Parktown North. The welcome from the team there - Steve, Heinz, Angelo, Popi and the rest, and great service from Grace, made me realise once again why this is indeed South Africa's best steakhouse. A superb operation, where I yet again had delicious food, impeccable service in a crowded environment,where nothing is too much trouble. The care taken in sourcing and creation of every dish is to be admired, and my lunch of tender, succulent lamb, great fries and bearnaise was simple by choice, accompanied by cold beer and chilled wine, a welcome respite on a warm day in Johannesburg.
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  • Never had a bad meal at the Local Grill, we have always found the service to be impeccable and the meat not only tender but very tasty, well done to all!

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  • Steve's personal touch makes this an unforgettable experience. We will be returning soon.

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  • As it was named the steakhouse of the year, we paid the Local Grill a visit with friends. Marco was our waiter - great service. Excellent wine selection, lovely ambience. Now for the food - the starters were okay. My fish cakes were a bit dry, but the carpaccio seemed like a winner. On the mains - wing ribs (rib eye) were ordered, both free range and the normal variety - it was well prepared, but maybe we had high expectations, so it scores about 7 out of 10. We also ordered fillet, which was very good. The highlight main meal was the king prawns, though! Best I've eaten in a long time. The Lindt chocolate pudding is definitely recommended. The cheese board was lovely, but overpriced.

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  • With attentive service and the tenderest steak around - it is well deserving of being named the best steakhouse.

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  • at there on 3-12-08 with large work function. really indifferent service and lacklustre food. not up to the usual level as on previous visits
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  • One of my favourite food stops for true bleu French cuisine has moved, changed, Im not sure what or where to - can someone tell me?? I was really disappointed to discover this, when my daugher invited me to join her for a quick bite to eat at this little corner bistro last night. But never fear, the Bistro Bleu has been replaced by The Local Grill!! Well, if youre a meat eater, this is the place for you! We popped around last night - couldnt find the phone number to make a booking (still under Bistro Bleu) and had to wait at least an hour for a table. The wait was more than worth it. We sat at the bar having a drink while waiting and were well looked after by the friendly & professional barman; enjoying the wonderful buzz of the restaurant patrons. We both ordered a fillet (plain grilled - not buttered, peppered & I forget the 4th option) with local veges, madagascar pepper sauce and onion rings to accompany the fillet. Our food was delivered to our table exactly as we sat down. Well I must say it is a very long time since Ive tasted such a delicious piece of fillet. It was truly melt in your mouth, like velvet and unbelievably light & tasty. The onion rings were a real treat - not at all greasy and the polenta & sesame coating a wonderful & tasty change from the usual boring batter! The butternut & spinach, while not different from most found elsewhere, were tasty and the portions just enough. I personally always feel bad wasting most of the huge portions many restaurants serve. As this was to be a quick eat out I enjoyed a glass of wine (Merlot). Excellent quality too. In spite of being incredibly busy, the service was great. All in all a wonderful experience and one Im looking forwards to repeating as soon as possible. Ill be sure to book next time though!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
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  • Licensed
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  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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