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100 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 424 6373
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good28%
  • Average16%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible8%
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Steakhouse, Bar, Grill
100 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly as an HQ novice and someone who graces fine dining\wining experiences at a minimum, I must admit that this experience has left me wanting more. We were there for my wife's birthday which coincided with one of the #finewining evenings. I'm not a wine...More

Thank Douglas H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The location is nice, but everything else wasn’t. The service was bad, the steak we had was medium to well done instead of medium rare as we asked. As the prices are quite high and meat seems to be their specialty, this restaurant was a...More

1  Thank Alessandra S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service is really slow and the steak quality is not what it used to be....this used to be a great place!

Thank Annie264
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at HQ at roughly 6pm for a steak dinner and maybe some oysters. Fistly it took the waiter Tatenda 30 min to offer us a menu to take a look at startes and potential steak options. After ordering our starter our waiter completely...More

Thank Leeroy M
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Visited HQ with a Group of Friends and they all had the salad and sirloin option. Fries were cold and the steak was tough and less than average! For a place that only offers steak and fries it’s an embarrassment. I had the pork belly...More

3  Thank Markus M
Reviewed 5 October 2018

It seems that HQ is having an identity crisis. There was a live DJ, whose music was about as pleasant as a chainsaw to the ears, and it was so loud you couldn't hear the person next to you. An incredibly overpriced steak, salad (if...More

2  Thank safarijess
Reviewed 20 September 2018

This is one of the worst steak restaurants I have ever been to. The steaks are super expensive and then the meat was horrific, tough, over cooked, then there was a garlic butter they put on the steak and just made if even more horrific...More

Thank Christiaan C
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

We were extremely disappointed with this restaurant. There is very limited choice and what they offer is of a very poor quality. One of the most expensive meals I have had in Cape Town and what poor quality.

Thank Phillip O
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

This is not the first time we have been to this delightful gem. Unashamedly the best steaks in town. We learnt from previous experience that the 250g steak is more than enough. The meal starts off with a salad (something for the vegetarians, but that...More

Thank TimM5557
Reviewed 16 August 2018

This is a repeat visit, having been three times in recent months. The setup of HQ is modern contemporary yet sufficiently intimate to make the venue attractive. The meat - this place is all about meat - is good, with grass and grain-fed beef options....More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Steakhouse, Bar, Grill
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 424 6373
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Headquarters (HQ) Parisian-inspired steakhouse / bar / lounge set in the historic Heritage Square in Cape Town. Our Parisian-inspired steakhouse-cum-bar is situated conveniently in the midst of the urban sprawl, so you won’t need to go far to find a classy cocktail, craft beer or top local wine to help you ease into the weekend. Housed in national monument, Heritage Square, HQ is effortlessly sophisticated; the main restaurant with its red leather seating, mirrored walls, and balloon lampshades casting a golden glow; to the moody bar and lounge area with contemporary furnishings and glamorous fittings. HQ is a breath of fresh air in a dining world populated by overextended menus. The straightforward menu includes, a classic salad starter, to be followed by sirloin steak and thin-cut fries with HQ’s signature Cafe De Paris butter. A retreat for the urban sophisticate, regular nights play host to top live acts and musicians as well as swing and house music played by the city’s finest DJ
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