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Hogshead Illovo

RR - RRRSteakhouse, ,
198 Oxford Road, Sandton 2196, South Africa
+27 11 268 0871
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  • Excellent12%
  • Very good50%
  • Average29%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“burgers” (2 reviews)
“pub food” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Steakhouse, Grill, Bar, Pub, American
198 Oxford Road, Sandton 2196, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

This the Ilovo location of this emerging pub group. Very popular on weekend nights and whenever there is a sports event due to the large screen TVs. A big place but there is a quieter section. Fairly typical pub fare at typical prices. Good outdoor...More

Thank TravelOften1968
MikeRDM35, Manager at Hogshead Illovo, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2016

Hi TravelOften 1968, Thank you for the review, we are happy you enjoyed your visit to Hogshead. We would recommend trying one of our smokehouse items on your next visit for something different from the traditional Pub Fare. Regards, Hogshead Management

Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

There are multiple TVs so people tend to go here when there are big matches on and the energy is contagious. They also have ladies making rounds with shooters which I think is such fun. Usually stop here for drinks over weekends, always been a...More

Thank Evashen M
MikeRDM35, Manager at Hogshead Illovo, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2016

Hi Evashen, Thank you for your detailed review on our venue, we always enjoy hearing good reviews from our guests about our place. Apologies about our kitchen closing at 22H00, we found this was the ideal time to close the kitchen nightly. We do look...More

Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

If you're looking to try a couple of local craft beers, this is worth a look. The food is pretty good and not unreasonably prices. There is plenty of parking nearby and Uber drivers are always available. It does get really busy and fairly noisy...More

Thank Andrew S
MikeRDM35, Manager at Hogshead Illovo, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2016

Hi Andrew, Thank you for the great review, we enjoy hearing when our guests have had a good time. We are especially glad you enjoyed our food. We look forward to your next visit :) Regards, Hogshead Management

Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Very average food service poor only good experience was the beer. Fries we're half cooked. Oil may may be old. Staff too busy chatting instead of seving.More

1  Thank josetF6938QN
MikeRDM35, Manager at Hogshead Illovo, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2016

Hi, Firstly we would like to apologise for the terrible service and food you received. We are always looking to improve and this sort of feedback helps us get there faster. From our side we will continue to target better service and more enjoyable food....More

Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

I went to Hogshead when it just opened and really had a good time but like most Johannesburg establishments as time passes standards and general levels of service rapidly drop. We went for drinks, ordered a bottle of sparkling wine from a waiter named Bongani....More

1  Thank SunnyWorldTraveller
MikeRDM35, Manager at Hogshead Illovo, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2016

Hi SunnyWorldTravel, We would like to apologise for the behaviour and service you received. We are constantly trying to improve service and combating issues which may arise. We would like to let you know we have taken further action with the waiter involved. And will...More

Reviewed 4 December 2015

We spend the day there with the office staff , booked a table and received excellent service , great food and had a wonderful time. The place is upmarket , clean and the water mist made the worm day a breeze. They have a smoker...More

Thank RiaanSouthAfrica
MikeRDM35, Manager at Hogshead Illovo, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2015

Hi Riaan, Thank you for taking the time to write a great review on our establishment. Its always great when we get to read how our guests had a good time and enjoyed their meal. We look forward to your return visit, and hope you...More

Reviewed 28 August 2015

A Thursday night and this place was busy. Even so, and contrary to some other reviews, the service provided (by Joseph) was good. Interesting range of craft beers to choose from and a menu that differs somewhat from usual pub-fare. The smoked pulled pork was...More

1  Thank chescat1958
Wesley2112, General Manager at Hogshead Illovo, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2015

Thank you very much for your kind review. We really hope to see you again and be sure to ask for Joseph. Kind regards

Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

We went to Hogshead Illovo twice in July. Both meals were served ice cold, when we told the waiters they didn't seem to care. I ordered a double cheese burger which the menu says comes with cheese and a cheese sauce, well it didn't. The...More

2  Thank Flfflf
Wesley2112, General Manager at Hogshead Illovo, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2015

We truly apologise for your bad experience at our establishment. Our burger patties and rolls are made fresh every day with no preservatives or additives. and no msg. The double cheese burger comes with a cheese sauce inside the patty and a slice of cheddar...More

Reviewed 23 July 2015

Very good food at a surprisingly good price, considering the up-market location. The smoked pork is excellent and the servings very generous - I could not finish my meal. The service was disappointingly lethargic but it worthwhile going back for the food.

1  Thank AllanPMilne
Wesley2112, General Manager at Hogshead Illovo, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2015

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal here. We have an ongoing process where we are constantly training our waiters. rest assured the next time you visit the service will be top class. Kind regards

Reviewed 7 July 2015

Visited Hogshead in Illovo for the second time recently. Manager Wesley is right on top of everything and ensures service is top knotch. Awesome burgers and loved the smoked meat platters. You can check out the smoker for yourself - great work guys. With their...More

Thank StewLeeder
Wesley2112, General Manager at Hogshead Illovo, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2015

Thank you for your very kind words. It certainly makes all the hard work worth it when our patrons enjoy our establishment just as you did. We hope to see you again soon. Kind rgards

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Steakhouse, Grill, Bar, Pub, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 198 Oxford Road, Sandton 2196, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Sandton
  • Phone Number: +27 11 268 0871
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Incorporating a fusion of traditional hospitality, vintage glamour through its retro brick interior, quirky light fittings, unique pewter-look bar counter, wooden and raw hide leather furniture, and contemporary style and socializing, Hogshead offers an upmarket, cozy and characterful South African setting to be enjoyed by all. Now in Douglasdale, Rock Cottage. Illovo & coming soon to Hazelwood. Serving a range of good simple meals, hearty South African classics, the best Burgers, & awesome home smoked meat dishes, smoked the traditional way on site for up to 14 hours in our authentic Southern styled BBQ Smoker, the menu is definitely not something to be missed. Try our smoked pork ribs, smoked pulled pork burger, smoked peri-peri half chicken or smoked thick-cut beef brisket, just to mention a few... All food is freshly prepared on site, with no preservatives, MSG or artificial flavourants. Burgers are 100% lean beef and buns are baked daily on site. Hogshead, the Original Craft Beer Pub in Gauteng, serves not only the 4 SAB favorites on tap, but also have no less than 12 local craft beers on tap at any time, as well as a few blended Craft Beer options. We source our craft beers from quality local breweries across the country, and while we stock the full Brewhogs range, we do alternate our offering from time to time. Don't forget to give our Hogs Brew a try! Catch all your favourite sporting events on our HD TV's spread throughout the venue, or take advantage of our free Wi-Fi to keep in contact with friends or surf the internet, or just relax and sip a sun-downer on the deck. Sorry, no under 21's unless accompanied by their parents!
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