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Hillside Tavern: A Culinary Odyssey Unveiled in Pretoria’s Tranquil Suburb

In the rebellious year of 1989, two daring families threw caution to the wind and united to birth the legendary Hillside Tavern restaurant in the serene Lynnwood suburb of Pretoria. Fast forward to October 18, 1989, when Hillside boldly flung open their doors to the world. The rest, as they say, is the kind of history you want to share at dinner parties.


For eons, Francois and Nicola tag-teamed with their comrades, crafting a restaurant empire that became the belle of the South African culinary ball.



This culinary crusade earned Hillside the illustrious Golden T Bone accolade for the Best Steakhouse in South Africa in both 1992 and 1993. Picture this: a culinary showdown of epic proportions, judged by the late, great Mr. Peter Devereaux and sponsored by the Sunday Times. Their mission for 34 glorious years? To whisk customers away on an epicurean adventure with each pilgrimage to Hillside. Expect nothing less than a robust feast, concocted from the freshest, top-tier ingredients. The waitstaff, seasoned veterans of Hillside, guarantee service that’s both amicable and polished. All served up in a recently spruced-up dining den exuding warmth and allure. Francois, Nicola, and their crew are the unsung heroes behind Hillside’s perennial triumph.


A decade after parting ways with their erstwhile partners, Francois, Nicola, Chef Kevin, Jana, and the Hillside posse embarked on a mission to breathe new life into the institution. The journey has been a rollercoaster of thrills and triumphs, not just for the Hillside team but also for the legions of regulars and newfound fans.


The year 2021 witnessed a spectacular metamorphosis of Hillside’s interior, unveiling a chic, vibrant, and contemporary space.


Nature enthusiasts flock to our beloved patio, a haven under the trees for those who prefer al fresco vibes. It’s the perfect spot for twilight libations with your squad or a delightful outdoor dinner, be it on a balmy summer eve or a sun-soaked winter Sunday.



At Hillside, everyone who walks through our doors is not just a customer; they’re a cherished member of the Hillside family. Our motto remains unwavering: to be the ultimate “home away from home” where kin and cronies gather around the table, savoring our warm hospitality, delectable fare, and a glass of your preferred vino.

Operating at full culinary throttle:

Kitchen Adventures:


Monday – Friday: 11:30 – 14:30, 17:30 – 21:30

Saturday: 17:30 to 23:30

Sunday: 11:30 – 15:00

Business Chronicles:


Monday to Friday 11:30 to 23:30

Saturday 17:30 to 23:30

Sunday 11:30 to 16:00

Drop by at 320 The Hillside Street, Lynnwood, Pretoria. Your epicurean escapade awaits!

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