Cattle Grid

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Cattle Grid
Cattle Grid

This steak and burger joint has been a Balham fixture for a few years now, and can consider itself well ahead of the burger-fad curve. It's a small spot set over two floors, and its refurb in 2014 gave it a decent, more modern look.

Steaks and burgers do brisk business here, with sirloins and rib-eyes alongside burgers made from beef, chicken breast or mushrooms. Racks of ribs, steak sandwiches, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, falafel pittas, buffalo wings, and a selection of salads also feature.

Keep an eye out for brunch dishes, too.


Venue name: Cattle Grid
Address: 1 Balham Station Road
SW12 9SG
Opening hours: Open Mon-Fri 5-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm
Transport: Tube: Balham tube/rail
Price: Main courses £6.75-£22.95.
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4.7 / 5

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Monday night: all you can eat ribs and wings, what more could a 5’4” girl dream of?! Right near Balham station, get yourself down here during a bank holiday or when you have a Tuesday off to recover from the meat sweats.


A total disappointment.

We popped it for dinner around 9 on a Wednesday. We were greeted with 'the kitchen is closing soon you'll have to order quickly'. Which we did! The menu is actually quite extensive with lots of different options. I had ribs. The food itself was fine - nothing special but nothing wrong either! As we finished eating we immediately started to be shooed out at about 10.15. It was so unfriendly - I wouldn't go back when there are so many choices in the area.

Loved the ribs from here - Monday night = all you can eat ribs!!!!! Couldn't walk after :) great manager as well and fab music

Amazing steaks, ribs and burgers - the best! A massive hit with my teenage sons who say the chicken wings are the best ever!

Incredible steak and chilled out atmosphere teamed with the friendly staff and great location close to the station to make it too hard not to keep coming back!

Great food and the staff are always lovely and smiling. Love to go here on a Friday night or if I'm feeling up for it, All you can eat ribs are on a Monday!!


I made the mistake of ordering a steak and not the ribs, and I was so jealous of my friend's plate when it arrived, especially as my steak had to be sent back because of a massive piece of gristle running down the middle. 

Service was fab though, and they dealt with the return graciously, even bringing some chicken wings (for free) while a new steak was being prepared. Cool soft drinks selection too. 

T-A-S-T-Y! It absolutely deserves those capital letters. Situated right next to the station it is very easy to get to/find if you are not that knowledgeable of the area. The burgers and ribs are incredible and reasonably priced. They have a good range of sides and the service is always pretty quick. Also, as I mentioned it's damn tasty! That's all you really need to know.


Although I'm writing at 9 in the morning, if I was offered a plate of their (why are they not world famous?!) chicken wings, I so would have a scoff!

Honestly the food here is always spot on with a good old fashioned welcome to match. I like to go on the all you can eat ribs and wings special on Monday nights. Well worth it. The ribs are succulent and smoky, the wings are in the most unique spicy sauce , buttery and tangy.

I highly recommend this restaurant!

I've visited around 6 times over the last year. The ribs are their speciality and are very tasty, not sure about the "onion rings" or wherever they call them but everything else has been excellent. I love going there for Balham Brunch at the weekend, which is steak & eggs or gammon & eggs, both of which are just what you need to feel human again after a big night out!

Anyone who goes to Cattle Grid and doesn't get the ribs is an idiot, this is clearly there speciality. If you want a steak go to Gaucho or Hawksmoor. The ribs are so tender they fall of the bone and are almost pure meat (rather than the horrible stringy fatty things you get at Bodeans). Get the ribs, you won't regret it.

2 stars? Seriously? The best burgers and ribs outside of the US (have you been to the ever declining Bodean's recently?) and definitely the best chips I have had in London - home made, crispy perfection - that might not sound like much, but I'd travel a long way to eat chips this good. Also experienced Wagyu beef here, which is like beef sex. Finally - I went to Gaucho recently in Canary Wharf where I was ripped off by staff who were like less likeable characters from "Made in Chelsea', serving steaks only just better than you'd find in an Aberdeen Angus Steak House. Steak, ribs or burgers in London - I have to say, I'd always choose Cattle Grid