Our favourite Hermanus restaurants

Our favourite Hermanus restaurants

Image credit: Creation Wines

Walker Bay’s most famous town has long shed its image as a sleepy seaside village.

Hermanus now boasts a plethora of good restaurants where you can gaze at southern right whales that come to mate and calve in the secluded coves and warmer waters of the bay while you enjoy breakfast, lunch or an early dinner. While you’re in the area, it’s worth venturing further afield, where you’ll find some great restaurants in the surrounding countryside and nearby villages.

1. Manor House Restaurant

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Housed in a beautifully restored converted farmstead, this super-stylish eatery serves contemporary country cuisine prepared by renowned chef Madré Malan and her team. Madrés comfort food is echoed in the chic yet homely restaurant that boasts beautiful views of the Akkedisberg mountains.
Read our review of Manor House Restaurant here.
Opening times Thursday – Saturday, breakfast, lunch and dinner
Sunday, breakfast and lunch
Contact 028 341 0574, info@stanfordvalley.co.za
Location R326, 10km from Stanford towards the N2

2. Creation Wines Tasting Room

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No trip to Hermanus would be complete without a visit to the beautiful vineyards of the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Creation Wines is one of these. Not only are its wines superb and its food delicious, you can also choose from a number of unusual wine and food pairings. For early risers there is a 10am brunch pairing, or you can opt for the tapas and wine pairing, a wine and chocolate pairing, or even a non-alcoholic tea and canape pairing. There’s even a Secret Creation pairing of “magical entrée-sized surprises” paired with four great wines for R425 per person. Sit on the terrace on a sunny day (or inside the chic restaurant if it’s chilly) while taking in the fabulous views of the vineyards over the farm dam and the towering Babilonstoring mountain.
Opening times Daily, 10am – 5pm
Contact 028 212 1107, 028 212 1127, info@creationwines.com
Location Hemel & Aarde Rd R320, Hermanus, 7200
TIG reviewer Jackie Lange

3. The Restaurant at Newton Johnson

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With chef Eric Bulpitt (formerly at The Roundhouse in Camps Bay) at the helm, you know you’re in for a treat at this chic eatery. Before sitting down to his daily menu, which changes according to season, sample some of the vineyard’s first-class pinot noirs in the adjoining tasting room with spectacular views across the valley towards the sea.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm (September to April)
Thursday – Saturday, 7pm – 8pm (September to April)
Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm (May – August)
Saturday, 7pm – 8pm (May – August)
We recommend Eric’s inventive menu includes dishes such as chalmar beef tartare as a starter, pork fillet with lentil cassoulet, pomme purée and smoked lardo as a main, and white chocolate mousse with espresso tuille for dessert. Two lunch menu options are available: R285 for two courses and R375 for three, and there’s the four-course dinner for R460 and six-course tasting menu for R595.
Contact 021 200 2148, therestaurant@newtonjohnson.com
Location Newton Johnson Winery, 7200 Hermanus, Western Cape
TIG reviewer Jackie Lange

4. Springfontein Eats

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Chef Jürgen Schneider earned a Michelin star within 10 months of opening his first restaurant in Germany, and it wasn’t long before his new Stanford eatery was being hailed as the premier hidden gem of the Overberg region. Situated on Springfontein Wine Estate, where the nutrient-rich soil and fresh sea air create conditions comparable to those of the famous French wineries, the restaurant serves dishes made with love from freshly foraged ingredients. In fact, if Jürgen isn’t in the kitchen, he’s probably out scouring the surrounding winelands for plants and herbs. Read our full review of Springfontein Eats.
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12:30pm
Wednesday – Saturday, 6:30pm – 10pm
Please note The restaurant is closed until 13 September 2016.
Contact 028 341 0651, hospitality@springfontein.co.za
Location Moore Road, Stanford, Western Cape

5. Seafood at the Marine

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One of three restaurants at the stylish Marine Hotel, this one specialises in locally sourced seafood. There’s something on the menu for everyone – from octopus carpaccio and shellfish gnocchi to your good old fish and chips – but you can rest assured that whatever you select, it’ll be outstanding because Peter Tempelhoff is the executive chef. Pick from the array of artful dishes, or try it all with one of the restaurant’s impressive seafood platters for two.
Opening times 12pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Contact 028 313 1000, gm@themarine.co.za
Location The Marine Hotel, Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape, 7200

6. Marianas at Owl’s Barn

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What began as a humble deli and vegetable store is now one of the most celebrated country-style restaurants in the Cape. Mariana and her husband Peter were among the first to realise Stanford’s potential, and their Victorian country cottage, with its flourishing vegetable garden, remains the standout lunch venue in a village now rich in culinary offerings. The cuisine is a combination of French and Italian styles, and the dishes are created with freshly sourced ingredients, served in charmingly rustic surrounds.
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 028 341 0272, marianas@stanfordvillage.co.za
Location 12 Du Toit Street, Stanford, 7210

7. La Pentola

La Pentola
Walker Bay, a world heritage sight and breeding ground for southern right whales, is the setting for this fusion-cuisine offering. Award-winning executive chef Shane Sauvage has 30 years experience in the restaurant industry, specialising in a blend of international cuisines enhanced by South African flavours.
We recommend The KWV fillet, flame-grilled to your preference, and served in a brandy, mustard, braised-onion, garlic, bay leaf and green Madagascan peppercorn cream sauce, with potato croquettes and al dente green beans and carrots on the side. The peri-peri chicken salad served on a fresh garden greens, with roasted cashews, cucumber spaghetti and feta is also delicious. The chicken is hot, but flavourful and deliciously tender.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 10:30pm
Contact 028 313 1685, lapentolahermanus@telkomsa.net
Location Shop 4, Ocean View 87 Marine Drive, 7200 Hermanus, Western Cape

8. The Pear Tree

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Its name is derived from the nickname owner Petri Hendriksz was given by his colleagues during his time working in the United Kingdom (mainly because they couldn’t wrap their minds around the pronunciation of “Petri”). Since opening in May 2015, it’s become a popular haunt for those seeking a harbour-facing table and contemporary bistro fare.
We recommend The seafood pasta: prawn and kingklip tossed in a light harissa cream, with butternut and zucchini, served on a bed of spaghetti.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 11pm
Contact 028 313 1224, info@pear-tree.co.za
Location No 2 Godfrey Cottages, Village Square, Hermanus

9. Gabriëlskloof

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This hilltop wine estate and restaurant is situated just off the N2 at Bot River and is worth a detour if you’re en route to Hermanus or any Overberg destination. The wine tasting is recommended before you sit down on the verandah to enjoy the glorious views while you order your meal. This is hearty, no-fuss food lovingly prepared by restaurant owners Frans and Mariaan Groenewald, who are passionate about sourcing produce from neighbouring towns and villages. The farm-style bread is hard to resist and you can sample this with their boutique extra-virgin olive oil during your wine tasting.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Contact 028 284 9865, info@gabrielskloof.co.za
Location Swartrivier road, N2, Overberg, South Africa, 7195 Botrivier
TIG reviewer Jackie Lange

10. Source

Chef Warwick Taylor, formerly of Creation Wines, opened the doors of his brand-new venture on 1 June 2016, and already it’s carving a place for itself on the burgeoning Hermanus restaurant scene. What sets it apart is Warwick’s attention to ingredients – as its name implies. His ambitious plans include a vegetable garden the size of a tennis court, and dynamic menus that change according to what’s in season.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, (breakfast and lunch) 8am – 4pm
Wednesday – Saturday, (dinner) 6pm – 10pm
Contact 028 125 0025, source@hermanus.co.za
Location 12 Village Lane, Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus

11. Fishermans Cottage
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As its name implies, this authentic 19th-century cottage specialises in the ocean’s bounty. The gigantic seafood platters are what it’s famous for, but other popular dishes include smoked pork belly with cured hake, seafood curry, and flourless chocolate torte for dessert.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm
Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 9pm
Contact 028 312 3642, bookings@fishermanscottage.co.za
Location Fishermans Village, Cnr Main & Harbour Road, Hermanus, 7200

12. Fusion Café

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This laidback seafront spot stays true to its name by not committing to any particular culinary style. A variety of dishes including seafood, sandwiches, nachos and steaks are available, along with friendly service and mesmerising views of Walker Bay.
Opening times Sunday – Thursday, 9am – 5:30pm
Friday & Saturday, 9am – 9pm
Contact 028 312 4277, hendriksz@telkomsa.net
Location Village Square, Waterfront Piazza, Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape, 7200

13. The Barefoot Cook

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This quaint bistro-style restaurant in the back streets has an adjoining bookshop filled with a wonderfully eclectic selection of vintage tomes that you can browse between courses. In summer, ask for a table in the charming shaded courtyard; in winter we recommend you sit near the open fireplace.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Thursday – Friday, 6:30pm (kitchen closes at 8.30pm)
Saturday, 6.30pm (only during high season)
We recommend If you’re on the LCHF (Tim Noakes) diet, order the renowned crispy duck with an orange and Van Der Hum sauce – sans guilt. Owner-chef Mariclaire only prepares a few portions each day, so order it as you sit down.
Contact 028 312 4681
Location 12 Aberdeen Street, Hermanus, 7200, Western Cape
TIG reviewer Jackie Lange

14. The Harbour Rock

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Perched high on a cliff overlooking the new working harbour with views of the coastline towards Gansbaai, The Rock as it is fondly known, is a great place to spend a few leisurely hours whale-watching or enjoying some Asian-inspired fare, friendly service and great views. Though the food’s good, it’s become quite pricey now that the town has become a premier destination. Fresh fish dishes and sushi are the main attraction.
Opening times Daily, 9am – 11am (breakfast), 12pm – 4pm (lunch), 6pm – 10pm (dinner)
Contact 028 312 2920, harbourrock@hermanus.co.za
Location New Harbour, Hermanus, 7200
TIG reviewer Jackie Lange

15. Mogg’s Country Cookhouse

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For wholesome country cooking in a delightful rural setting, this Hemel-en-Aarde stalwart is a must. Expect delectable, healthy portions expertly cooked by mother-and-daughter team, Jenny and Julia Mogg, who change their menu seasonally.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2:30pm
Contact 076 314 0671
Location Nuwe-Pos Farm, 28 Nuwe-Pos Farm Rd, Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, 7200

16. The Cuckoo Tree

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One of our favourite meeting places in the town centre is the small, unpretentious restaurant/coffee shop situated just off the main road where mother-and-daughter team Lynne and Michelle Powers conjure up delicious meals.
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 8:30am – 4pm
Friday – Saturday, 8:30am – 2:30pm
Contact 028 312 3430, 082 443 3154, powers@telkomsa.net
Location 155 Dirkie Uys Street, 7200 Hermanus, Western Cape
TIG reviewer Jackie Lange

17. B’s Steakhouse

For the best steaks in town (and possibly in the Cape), this eatery in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley is where you should go. The stuffed and deep-fried onion starter is legendary and its excellent steak options are served with your choice of mouthwatering sauces and a side of chips, savoury rice, baked potato or salad.
Please note We were notified this morning (7 September 2017) that B’s was burnt done in a fire. So sadly, it is closed for now.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 6:30pm onwards (open on Mondays during high season)
Contact 028 316 3625, bssteakhouse@absamail.co.za
Location 5 Hemel en Aarde Road, Sand Bay, 7200
TIG reviewer Jackie Lange

18. The Eatery

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Recommended by locals who meet here for breakfast, lunch and coffee, this coffeeshop-deli run by chef-owner Julia Baillie is the place to go for fresh, affordable dishes and excellent service. The small lunch menu changes almost daily, a testament to the chef’s passion for honest cooking.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 4pm
Saturday, 7am – 1pm
We recommend Start your day off with the rustic breakfast; sweet potato mash, tomato gravy, halloumi and a poached egg.
Contact 028 313 2970, eateryhermanus@gmail.com
Location 3–4 Long Street Arcade, Hermanus
TIG reviewer Jackie Lange

19. Rossi’s Italian Restaurant

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An Hermanus institution, Rossi’s has been serving tasty pizzas for over three decades, which is quite something in a town famous for seafood. Its family-friendly, tavern-style set-up and the smell of wood-fired pizza is appealing during the cold and rainy season.
Opening times Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Contact 028 312 2848, info@rossis.co.za
Location 10 High Street, Hermanus, Western Cape, 7200

20. Just Pure Bistro

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A chic cafe overlooking the bay, and a great spot to stop for breakfast, or a slice of freshly baked cheesecake with coffee, this busy bistro is also well known for its quiches, sandwiches and gluten-free offerings. The menu changes daily, but you can trust that whatever options are available on the day will have been crafted with the “just pure” philosophy in mind. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a whale from the outside veranda.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday, 8:30am – 3pm
Contact 028 313 0060, 083 5000 770, info@justpure.co.za
Location Ocean View (corner of Marine Drive and Park Lane), Hermanus, Western Cape, 7200

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Manor House Restaurant
Stanford Valley, R326, 10km from Stanford towards the N2 Overberg District Municipality Western Cape

Rossi's Italian Restaurant
10 High Street Hermanus Western Cape 7200

The Marine Hotel
The Marine Hotel, Marine Drive Hermanus Western Cape 7200

Fusion Cafe
Village Square, Waterfront Piazza, Marine Drive Hermanus Western Cape 7200

Fisherman's Cottage
Fishermans Village, Cnr Main & Harbour Road Hermanus Western Cape 7200

The Source
Hemel-en-Aarde Village Hermanus Western Cape 7200

La Pentola Hermanus
Shop 4, Ocean View 87 Marine Drive Hermanus Western Cape 7200

The Pear Tree
No 2 Godfrey Cottages, Village Square Hermanus Western Cape 7200

Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate
Bot River Swartrivier Road Off the N2

The Cuckoo Tree
155 Dirkie Uys Street Hermanus Western Cape 7200

Creation Wines
R320, Hemel-en-Aarde Road Hermanus Western Cape 7200

Just Pure Bistro
Marine Drive Hermanus Western Cape 7200

Mariana's
12 Du Toit Street Stanford Western Cape 7210

The Restaurant at Newton Johnson
Newton Johnson Winery Hermanus Western Cape 7200

The Eatery
3–4 Long Street Arcade, Long Street Hermanus Western Cape 7200

B's Steakhouse
5 Hemel en Aarde Road, Sand Bay Hermanus Western Cape 7200

Mogg’s Country Cookhouse
Nuwe-Pos Farm, 28 Nuwe-Pos Farm Rd, Hemel-En-Aarde Valley Hermanus Western Cape 7200

The Harbour Rock
New Harbour Hermanus Western Cape 7200

The Barefoot Cook
12 Aberdeen Street Hermanus

Springfontein Eats
Moore Road Stanford Western Cape

Disclaimer:

The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 01 August 2016

11 Responses to “Our favourite Hermanus restaurants”

  1. Andrienette

    Good list but you missed the best Bistro around.

    Betty Blue Bistro in the Main Road has the best food and excellent service!!

    Worth the visit!

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    • Wolfgang

      To be quite honest, Le Chalet at Fisherhaven beats most of the restaurants. Open from Thursday to Sunday lunch, bookings are absolutely necessary.

      Reply
  2. Ken

    Tried to book at The Barefoot Cook for tonight- Wednesday. Told they now only open on Thursday and Friday nights..

    Reply
  3. Lew Rood

    This is an excellent and very useful update! Sadly Hermanus itself was never a culinary in itself, but you’ve covered everything really well, because we always knew we could get to Stanford to enjoy ‘Mariana’s’ and ‘Havercrofts’, and the Hemel-en-Aarde provided us with ‘Mogg’s’. We note one of your followers mentions ‘La Pentola’ (which we have known in Pretoria for years), which we found overpriced and indifferent sadly, but then we now have choices!

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    • Joanna

      I can’t believe Lew Rood’s comments that the food at La Pentola is overpriced and indifferent. We are new to Hermanus and have decided to try every restaurant for ourselves. regardless of reviews and personal opinions. We have been to La Pentola 3 times in the last 3 months because we find the food excellent and much better than many other places we have tried (including a number on your list). The lunchtime special for R85 for 2 dishes, plus fresh home-made rolls and a complimentary scoop of sorbet at the end, knocks every other restaurant in the area into a hat. I would love to hear which restaurant Lew would choose over La Pentola for price and good food, perhaps it is one that we haven’t yet tried.

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  4. Nicci

    Please don’t miss chef Shane at La Pentola! His fusion food is delectable!

    Reply
  5. Carl van Heerden

    I have enjoyed numerous meals at all of your nominated 10 best restaurants in Hermanus.
    Without any doubt I found The Restaurant at Newton Johnson the very best in the Overberg region and certainly one of the top 10 in the Western Cape.
    My 2nd best Restaurant in our area has to be the restaurant at “Gabrielskloof”

    Ex Pretorian now residing in Hermanus.

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    • The Inside Guide

      Thanks for your feedback Carl! Watch this space for a full review of both of the restaurants you mention.

      Reply
  6. Caroline Nicholson

    Will you be open on Christmas Day ?

    Reply

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