Greg Bax is the master behind the grill, as well as owner and conversation starter at Rare Grill, a neighbourhood institution in Kenilworth. His expertise and passion come from his experience as owner of the original Hussar Grill in Rondebosch – and his respect and love for meat is evident in every bite.
Main portions are generous, but you might be tempted by a starter of sticky chicken wings or oven-roasted bone marrow on toast. The reason you’re here is the hand-selected, four-week-old wet-aged beef. Check out the specials board or choose sirloin, rump or fillet from the menu.
Otherwise, give Greg your preferences to let him choose for you. His recommendation was a 500g T-bone steak and a grass-fed fillet so soft it could’ve 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. With Greg himself manning the grill station, the cuts are expertly grilled and fat rendered to perfection.
Classic steakhouse desserts like brownies and malva pudding grace the menu. While it may seem rather pedestrian, a spoonful of faultless crème brûlée was a rather pleasing end to this delightful experience.
A recently launched grilling class in a space upstairs is perfect for those who want to channel their inner braai master.
A small selection of perfect partners to the meaty options is on offer. A great pinotage like the Ernst Gouws & Co pinotage is always a delicious option with red meat.
Warm and inviting staff and a convivial Greg make sure you’re well taken care of.
The cosy space with crammed-in tables add to the charm of this neighbourhood eatery, and the warm vibes mean the diners at the next table might just strike up a conversation.
Impressing a meat-lover.
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Carla Van der Merwe
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 !
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.
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.
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 ...)
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.
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.
Great bloke and even better food.Best steaks in SA
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!!!
Small intimate restaurant, great food and great staff.
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
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!
Outstanding all round..
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!
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.
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!!!
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. ?