Where to find some of the best steaks in Pretoria

The finest quality, the perfect cut, cooked correctly. This is the goal for those who love a good steak. Here is a list of places that offer an array of sizzling steak options for you to try.

Crawdaddys (Waterglen)

The service is cheerful and professional. They offer a range of cuts, served just the way you like it. Choose from their collection of sauces and accompaniments that will add something special to your dining experience. The Transylvania Special is a cut of rump flavoured with heaps of garlic. Not for the faint of heart, but oh so delicious! This might be a good way to social distance while boosting your immunity at the same time. You could also try the Black Rock Deconstructed T-bone. This dish presents only the best part of the meat, minus the cumbersome bone. Expect to pay between R150 to R250 for one of their prime-cut meals, depending on the style and portion size.

Rock@88 (Lynnwood)

A braai themed, grill restaurant with spacious deck seating and a lively pub atmosphere. No wonder this spot is so popular! Try the rump steak and crackling for maximum flavour and crunch.

Buffelsfontein Bees Boerdery (Menlo Park)

This is a meat lover’s paradise. The Buffelsfontein Brand has cultivated a rugged yet refined image in the food they offer and also in this restaurant. The herb courtyard in the back offers a sunny, outdoor spot in the fresh air. One can also opt for the clean lines and sophistication of the decor inside the restaurant. Either way, prepare yourself to be wooed by the myriad of delicious steak options. There is something wholesome about the idea of having your steak cooked to perfection.

Wood and Fire (Brooklyn)

The decor is refined, the interior is cosy and the steaks are amazing. The chefs at Wood and Fire have taken a range of techniques from across the globe to make your taste experience unforgettable. If you are into large cuts, try the 900g Tamahawk Steak; served with potato wedges, a signature glaze, chimichurri, confit garlic, spring onion and feta compound butter. This flavoursome mega-meal will set you back about R350.


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TriBeCa Standard (Lynwood Bridge)

Try the Ribeye Cut with horseradish cream

Old Town Italy (Menlyn Maine)

Traditional cuts with herby or spicy flavours accompanied by delicious veggies in the true Italian style.

Tasha’s (Menlyn Maine)

Enjoy the one excellent steak offering on this highly focused menu.

MooMoo’s (Brooklyn)

The customisation is impressive. Enjoy the cut of your choice and then choose between one of three styles; BBQ basted, garlic butter or pepper crusted. Sides and sauces can also be added.


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Sometimes you just want a traditional, wholesome, steak meal in a relaxed environment. Try any of the following faithful options:

Mader’s Slaghuis (Mayville)

The no-nonsense approach to everything can sometimes seem abrupt, but the longevity of this establishment bears testimony to the quality of the food. They do not have WiFi or internet. Even the telephone is frowned upon. Mader’s is not for everyone. Those who love them, swear by them. Explore with an open mind.

Die Sinkhuisie (Rietfontein)

Known to serve up a good steak at great value-for-money prices. Try the ladies rump or the pork neck steak, either of these costs under R100.

Mesa Portuguesa (Villieria)

If you are in the mood for something different, try the Bife à Maria (Frito) for a tasty, traditionally flavoured dish. This house speciality comes well recommended by the establishment.

Full Circle Café (Lynnwood Manor)

Dennis McDonald has maintained a reputation for great quality and delicious food from his table. Enjoy the laidback atmosphere as you dine with the locals.

Hillside Tavern (Lynnwood)

This landmark has been serving up superb cuts for decades. You cannot go wrong.

LM in the East (Lynnwood)

Memories of a bygone era can be rekindled with dishes like the Scotch steak, served with an egg and a side salad or go ‘surf ‘n turf’ with steak and prawns.

If you are looking for something completely different, then take special note of these options:

Forti’s Grill and Bar (Menlyn Maine)

If you would like to splash out, you can try the deluxe Wagyu steak at R690 per portion (only when available).

Tasos Bar and Grill (Hazelwood)

Tradition does not mean boring. You need to experience the drama, presentation and taste of the flaming Tamahawk steak, flambéed in brandy with bone marrow butter.

Culture Club at The Village (Hazelwood)

The Fillet Steak Melanzane or the Rump Trinchado are great options as part of your tapas selection.

Matsuya Japanese Restaurant (Moreleta Park)

Try the Teppanyaki Combo to experience the subtle art of this Japanese, pan-grilled meat cooking technique. This style of cooking became popular in Japan after the war, as Japan became more open to the West. It successfully combines traditional Japanese flavours with the seared umami of grilled meat.

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