The Local Grill (Parktown North)

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Burgers, South African, Steak
Phone Number 0118801946 Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 12pm to 2:30pm then 6pm to 10pm; Sunday closed

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R260 set menu, R290 set menu, R340 set menu, R395 set menu; R170 avg main meal
Burgers, South African, Steak
R50 if the wine is not listed on the menu, otherwise R100
R260 set menu, R290 set menu, R340 set menu, R395 set menu; R170 avg main meal
Local cuisine, Quick meals
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Child friendly, Dinner, Fireplace, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Wheelchair, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Siphiwe Mphe

If you are unfortunate enough to regularly attend those tiresome kid’s birthday parties – and eat - at the place where the staff make a right spectacle of the Happy Birthday song, you will praise the gods after your meal at The Local Grill. For 16 years, the owner Steve Maresch – a beef obsessive – has been perfecting the art of the elevated steakhouse experience. Beef – both grain fed and grass fed - is sourced from local farmers and as a far afield as Brazil. It is aged (wet or dry) on the premises and cooked to your heart’s desire.

Kitchens are important and the fact that one can tour this one and hear the beef story is not only a nice touch and popular, but great for transparency and peace of mind for clean freaks, like my companion.

There are starters for varied palettes, our recommendation being the Smoked Salmon served with Avocado and capers, or if you want to make it a total meat fest, the Venison skewer, which is 'rubbed, grilled and served on a bed of rocket, drizzled with cranberry port jus.’. Amen.

She had the juicy 500g Sirloin on the bone - with added bone marrow – perfectly medium rare, with mustard sauce.
I went for Sausage feast, with boerewors, Persian lamb sausages and venison wors. Served with tomato pepper relish and pap (you can also have mash). All the sausages were juicy and flavourful, with the robust venison a stand out. Just as well, because I would have been upset that I decided against the pork ribs, brushed with herb butter or basted with honey soya.
I was shocked to come across a Vegan option, but there it was, a Cous Cous and Vegetable medley, with seasonal vegetables and a tomato pepper relish.

Prepare to spend over R 500 for two. That is with two courses and nominal drinks.
If you fancy a group experience, you can book the Beef Experience or Beef Appreciation session, in a private dining room. Look forward to comparative beef tasting and demonstrations in their kitchen using their Weber grill, and the Himalayan salt they cook the meat on. Book well in advance.

An extensive dessert selection from ice cream (three scoops of vanilla topped with a bar one sauce) and home made chocolate brownies, to Bread and butter AND Malva pudding.

The mood is versatile, and because of the size of the space and delineated areas, is suitable for a date, while equally appropriate for a birthday celebration or a schmooze business lunch.

The service is friendly, in a formal, gentlemanly manner. All the waiters know the menu well and have excellent training.

As one would expect from an establishment centred on quality beef, their proactive wine selection process - valuing boutique wine farms and patron feedback – is exhaustive and as, ahem, fluid as their finest Pinot Noir. Only the tried and tested survive the quarterly swing of the sommelier’s sword, chopping away from the ‘living list’ those wines deemed by the clientele to be unworthy.
If the only companion you can imagine for your bloody steak is a robust red, then you are looking at between R250 and R470. For just under a grand, you could opt for one of the nine Bordeaux Blends. The bubbly straddles decent local, right up to Moët and Veuve for just under R1500.

Best for...
Some of the best meat you'll ever have.


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User reviews

7 Reviews
    I have been coming to Local Grill for years as its easily one of the best steakhouses in Joburg. The meat it of high quality and always cooked to perfection. Their grass-fed ribeye steak is just perfect and absolutely worth the price.
    This my go to place for anything meaty! The food at The Local Grill is phenomenal. I've visited on many occasions and the one thing I love, is that the food is ALWAYS consistently great! They certainly are specialists in the industry and their passion is evident in the meals they serve. They have a great selection of wines and drinks. The service has also been superb on every occasion. The Local Grill is without a doubt my very favourite steakhouse!
    It’s little wonder that every INTERNAT10NAL touring sports team eats at Local Grill From the minute you walk in the door you are made to feel at home. Superb select of wine and without a doubt the best selection of beer on tap ( especially as I enjoy the Belgium hops ) The waiters are so friendly efficient and their recommendations are spot on( it’s not always the most expensive item that necessarily the best choice ) I highly recommend the kitchen tour and you certainly feel all the meat wiser after . Whilst I digress the business end is the sumptuous steak and sides .. day aged cuts served with mind blowing sides . Local Grill is all about real value real people and a really damm good time for the whole family . It just keeps me going back time and time again and that’s no BULL.
    Easily the best place to get a great steak in South Africa! I am never disappointed when I eat here and have eaten many times. The best part of the experience is that when you order a steak that is all that arrives on the plate with all the other items on the side (the way it should be). I usually ask the waiter what is good and go with that. You can see the passion behind the restaurant in the food that is served.
    Great steak, kitchen and meat cold room tour very worthwhile. Worth the steepish prices.

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