Hermanus boasts a plethora of fabulous eateries where you can gaze at mating and calving southern right whales 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. Creation Wines Tasting Room
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. Enjoy one of the estate’s unusual wine-and-food pairings, or choose something from the menu that changes weekly to keep things fresh and exciting. Either way, you’re guaranteed of superb wine and great food.
Early-risers might be interested in the 10am brunch pairing (offered daily), or there’s a seven-course Story of Creation pairing; small plate-and-wine pairing; wine-and-chocolate pairing; and even a nonalcoholic tea pairing.
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 Babylon Toren mountain.
Opening times Wine tastings: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Wine and Food Pairings and Lunch: Monday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Contact 028 212 1107, email@example.com
Location Hemel & Aarde Rd R320, Hermanus, 7200
Reviewer Jackie Lange
2. Lizette’s Kitchen
Set in a newly renovated, turn-of-the-century farmhouse, this stylish bar-restaurant on the Voelklip circle combines all the elements that make country hospitality so comforting, which is probably why Reuben Riffel rated it as one of the Cape’s hidden gems.
Now in its fifth year, Lizette’s has recently undergone a renovation, but continues to offer quality gastro fare in warm surrounds.
The indoor fireplace is cosy in winter, while the outdoor deck beckons on sunny days – you’ll always find locals relaxing on the stoep with a chilled beer, watching the world go by.
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 9pm – 10pm
Friday – Saturday, 9am – 10pm
Sunday, 9am – 9pm
Contact 028 314 0308, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location 20 on 8th Street, Voelklip, Hermanus, Western Cape
3. The Restaurant at Newton Johnson
Chef Eric Bulpitt may have left The Restaurant at Newton Johnson for Faber in Paarl, but now the feted eatery is in the capable hands of young chef Rickey Broekhoven (who honed his skills working as Eric’s sous chef; he has also worked with Bertus Basson at Overture). Rickey is a forager and, as such, you’re sure to be served fresh and exciting, seasonally driven meals at this chic eatery.
Before sitting down to enjoy something tasty off the menu, sample some of the vineyard’s first-class pinot noirs in the adjoining tasting room, with spectacular views across the valley towards the sea.
Good to know On the last Friday of each month – from 6pm onwards (no bookings after 7pm) – the restaurant hosts a fun burger evening that includes a beer and a wagyu burger and chips for a mere R150.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Friday – Saturday, 6pm – 8pm (November 2017 – February 2018)
Booking is essential
Contact 021 200 2148, email@example.com
Location The Restaurant at Newton-Johnson, R320 Hemel-en-Aarde Road, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus
Reviewer Jackie Lange
4. Springfontein Eats
Chef Jürgen Schneider earned a Michelin star within 10 months of opening his first restaurant in Germany, and it wasn’t long before his Stanford eatery (which he opened with Springfontein Wine Estate’s founder Dr Johst Weber in 2014) 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.
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12:30pm
Wednesday – Saturday, 6:30pm – 10pm
Contact 028 341 0651, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Moore Road, Stanford, Western Cape
5. Manor House Restaurant
Housed in a beautifully restored converted farmstead, this super-stylish eatery serves contemporary country cuisine courtesy of renowned chef Madré Malan and her talented team. Madré’s wholesome, from-the-heart comfort food is echoed in the chic yet homely restaurant that boasts beautiful views of the Akkedisberg mountains. The restaurant’s organic herb and veggie garden supplies the kitchen with fresh, seasonal produce, and the food portions are generous, so come hungry!
Good to know On the drinks menu, you’ll find a curated pick of local and imported wines, as well as a selection of craft gins, perfect for cocktails at sundown or a pre-dinner G&T.
Read our review of Manor House Restaurant.
Opening times Thursday – Saturday, 8am – 10pm
Sunday, 8am – 4pm
Contact 072 198 0862, email@example.com
Location R326, 10km from Stanford towards the N2
6. Source Restaurant
Chef-owner Warwick Taylor, formerly of Creation Wines, opened the doors of his brand-new venture in June 2016 and, since then, it’s already been carving a place for itself on the burgeoning Hermanus restaurant scene. As its name implies, Warwick is passionate about sourcing the very best ingredients – something that sets this breakfast and lunch venue apart.
Enjoy your meal indoors next to one of the fireplaces, or on the delightful outside courtyard area, with a great bottle of vino, of course.
Good to know Though it’s only open for breakfast and lunch, Source is able to host evening functions for 15 guests or more.
Inside scoop We’ve heard via the Hermanus vine that the owners of Source are opening Heritage Cottage, a new restaurant in the village, on 1 August 2017.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 4pm
Contact 028 125 0025, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location 12 Village Lane, Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus
7. Origins at The Marine
A metre or so from the famous cliff path that offers some of the best whale-watching vistas in the world, this elegant eatery at the Marine Hotel underwent a change in name and its food offerings. Previously known as Seafood at the Marine, Origins now offers a variety of small plates or mains from a crafted, seasonal menu. Items such as “Shoots, Stems & Leaves” and “Hunted and Gathered” reflect its oceanic surrounds.
Good to know The Chef’s Blackboard, chosen by executive chef Peter Tempelhoff, offers three exciting new dishes each day. In addition to Origins, The Marine Hotel has two other dining options: The Pavilion, where breakfast is served, and The Sun Lounge, which offers afternoon tea and other baked treats.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2:30pm, 7pm – 9:30pm
Contact 028 313 1000, email@example.com
Location The Marine Hotel, Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape, 7200
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Not many restaurants are inspired by a miniature pig (Ziggy) and a saved slaughter rooster (Sebastian) – but that’s precisely what happened at ELL269… You see, a mother and daughter’s inspiration to change the world began with animal-free eating before manifesting into a vegan restaurant (for a few months in 2017), and then morphing into Norah Hudson’s 100% plant-based, gypsy-style travelling food truck. (Incidentally, ELL stands for Eat Love Life, and 269 is the internationally recognised code for veganism.)
Good to know Catering to vegans, vegetarians, and those with other conditions, such as diabetes or gluten- and lactose-intolerance, this innovative food company adds a conscious, more ethical option to the seaside village.
In addition to operating from Hermanus – mainly as ELL on Wheels – ELL269 brings fresh, home-style meals to popular pop-up events, markets and festivals, with plans for cooking workshops in the pipeline, too. Norah (the mom) can be contacted (with 12 hours notice) for personal orders.
Contact 079 176 9033, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Hermanus, Western Cape
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 delicious mix of Overberg meets Mediterranean, and the dishes are created with freshly sourced ingredients, served in charmingly rustic surrounds. Everything is made from scratch, from the homemade pasta to the sauces and pickles, as Mariana and her helpers work all week to produce food for the restaurant and deli.
Opening times Saturday & Sunday, 12pm – 4pm (last orders at 1.30pm)
Contact 028 341 0272, email@example.com
Location 12 Du Toit Street, Stanford, 7210
10. Fisherman’s Cottage
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. For the more adventurous diners among us, chef Anton xxx prepares some daily blackboard menu items, too.
Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 9pm
Friday – Saturday, 12pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12pm –2.30pm
Contact 028 312 3642, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Fishermans Village, Cnr Main & Harbour Road, Hermanus, 7200
11. The Barefoot Cook
Tripadvisor, Karen from Cape Town
This quaint bistro-style restaurant in the back streets of the village 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. The ever-changing menu draws its inspiration from the changing seasons.
Opening times Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday, 11am – 4.45pm; 6pm – 9.30pm
Thursday & Friday, 11am – 4.45pm
Contact 028 312 4681
Location 12 Aberdeen Street, Hermanus, 7200, Western Cape
Reviewer Jackie Lange
12. The Garden Grill at White Water Farm
If you’re after a veritable country feast just outside Hermanus in stunning Stanford, you’d do well to pick this lesser-known spot where farm-fresh mains served on bountiful feast platters are the order of the day. While you’re there, take a saunter around the lovely veggie garden (from which the restaurant sources fresh produce) and breathe in the crisp country air.
Opening times October – May: Saturday, 6.30pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Good to know The farm also offers wonderful country accommodation, and doubles as a wedding venue (there’s even have a charming barn chapel!).
Contact 072 160 5486, email@example.com
Location White Water Farm, R326, Stanford, Western Cape
13. The Tasting Room at Stanford Hills Wine Estate
Overlooking sloping farmlands and a water lily-covered dam, this charming cottage opened in 2013 as a wine-tasting venue. Given its idyllic setting, it wasn’t long before a decision was taken to transform it into an 80-seater restaurant, that’s since become popular for its daily chalkboard menu.
It is wonderfully child-friendly, thanks to its vast lawns and jungle gym, sandpit and trampoline, and the large outdoor seating area is covered, making it a good destination year round.
Inside, two cosy fireplaces – and some great Stanford Hills wines – beckon…
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Good to know Stanford Hills Wine Estate also offers lovely, child- and pet-friendly accommodation and guests are invited to explore the farm and enjoy the many demarcated hiking trails and scenic beauty.
Contact 072 639 6135, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Stanford Hills Estate , Weltevreden Farm, Stanford, Western Cape
14. The Eatery
Recommended by locals who meet here for breakfast, lunch and coffee, this coffeeshop-bistro is now owned and run by Madré Malan. The small lunch menu changes almost daily, a testament to the chef’s passion for honest cooking. As a bonus, The Eatery now offers gluten-free bakes and treats, service remains excellent, and the food is reasonably price. Oh, vegans are welcome, too!
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 4pm
Saturday, 8am – 2pm
Good to know The Eatery now also caters to functions and weddings.
Contact 028 313 2970, email@example.com
Location 3–4 Long Street Arcade, HermanusReviewer Jackie Lange
15. La Vierge Wines & Restaurant
Situated in the dreamy Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, on the delightful La Vierge estate, this restaurant prides itself on its eclectic culinary offering, serving a wide range of dishes from delicious pastas and line fish to curries and lamb shanks.
If the weather’s good, enjoy your mail on the outdoor patio, overlooking the vineyards from its eyrie-like location; or else sit inside in the purple-accented restaurant, enjoying some of the estate’s award-winning wines.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Good to know La Vierge is a popular wedding venue; it’s definitely a setting that’s sure to make a powerful impact on your guests.
Contact 028 313 2007, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location La Vierge Wines, R320, Hemel en Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Western Cape
16. Benguela Cove Manor Restaurant
Found inside the Wine Estate’s Manor House, Benguela Cove epitomises the ultimate dining experience. For, not only does its decor and ambience reflect timeless elegance, it also provides a superb menu – courtesy of chef Annie Badenhorst – who has drawn on the estate’s waterside setting (and its wonderful wines) for inspiration.
Here, you can enjoy exquisitely plated meals in a serene setting, while soaking up views of the olive groves, lavender fields, Walker Bay and the Bot River Lagoon.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday and Public Holidays, 10am – 4pm
Good to know Benguela Cove has sister restaurants in Somerset West and along the Garden Route.
Contact 087 357 0637, email@example.com
Location Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, R43, Hermanus, Western Cape
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Le Chalet Situated in Fisherhaven, overlooking the Bot River Lagoon and surrounding mountains, this wooden cabin offers fine-dining in a warm, welcoming space.
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