Top 10 Restaurants in the Cape Overberg Region

The Cape Overberg Region is a special part of South Africa’s Western Cape province. Here, unspoilt beaches, rich birdlife, rolling farmlands and impressive mountains reign supreme. 

Add to that warm hospitality, charming Overberg towns and fun outdoor adventures in one of the Cape’s most diverse regions and you have a fun holiday or outing indeed.

In this post, we share ten of the best restaurants in the Cape Overberg, based in whale-crazy Hermanus, beautiful Swellendam and other great Overberg towns.

Here, in no particular order, are the top ten restaurants in the Cape Overberg Region:

#1  The Gallery Café & Deli Food Store

This Hermanus gem is the go-to place for a wide range of delicious eats. It offers everything from memorable breakfasts to vegetarian cuisine and some tasty baked goods too.

With friendly staff, great service, lovely seating areas and more, this dog-friendly spot (provided they are leashed and well-behaved) is sure to win your heart – and tummy – over instantly.

Visit The Gallery Café & Deli Food Store if you are in and around Hermanus.

Contact: +27 (076) 837 4231, emiliaknight@gmail.com

Website: www.appetiteknight.co.za

Address: The Gallery Café & Deli Food Store, Hermanus, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape, South Africa.

The Gallery Cafe & Deli Food Store via Facebook
The Gallery Café & Deli Food Store via Facebook

#2 Manor House Restaurant

Situated at the excellent Standford Valley Guest Farm, Manor House Restaurant is one of the Western Cape’s finest food offerings. Here, guests can enjoy contempory cooking in truly gorgeous surroundings.

The food itself is wholesome, fresh and inviting, while the setting offers dreamy mid-century modern decor touches, tasteful art and stunning views of the local Akkedisberg mountains.

This popular Overberg restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Thursday to Saturday and for breakfast and lunch on Sundays. They are also open to group bookings (minimum 15 guests) any other day of the week.

Note: Walk-ins are welcome but advance reservations are advised to avoid disappointment.

Contact: +27 (072) 198 0862, manorhouse@stanfordvalley.co.za

Website: www.manorhouserestaurant.co.za

Address: Manor House Restaurant, Standford Valley Guest Farm, Standford, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape, South Africa.

Stanford Valley Guest Farm via Facebook
Stanford Valley Guest Farm via Facebook

#3 Thyme at Rosemary’s Restaurant

Here, in Main Road, Gansbaai, guests can enjoy experiencing incredible South African, country-style cuisine in a beautiful, unique setting.

Thyme at Rosemary’s Restaurant offers amazing food, excellent local wines and an unforgettable romantic, candelit setting out in their organic secret garden.

Visit them for a special meal in the Cape Overberg Region.

Note: Thyme at Rosemary’s Restaurant has a strict no children under 12 policy after 18:30 pm. Also, bookings are essential.

Contact: +27 (028) 384 2076, lollirizza@telkomsa.net

Website: N/A

Address:  Thyme at Rosemary’s Restaurant, 13 Main Road, Gansbaai,Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape, South Africa.

Thyme at Rosemary's Restaurant via Facebook
Thyme at Rosemary’s Restaurant via Facebook

#4 Betty Blue Bistro

This popular Hermanus eatery, namely, Betty Blue Bistro, offers a vibrant, fun and flavourful food experience.

The colourful bistro offers the very best in expressive, delicious food and a light, cheerful setting that pops with colour and charm.

Whether you are craving tasty sweet or savoury pancakes, a hearty breakfast, adventurous salads or even a great burger, it’s hard to go wrong at Betty Blue Bistro.

Note: They do not accept reservations due to high demand.

Contact: +27 (028) 125 0037, info@bettyblue.co.za

Website: bettybluebistrohermanus.com

Address: Betty Blue Bistro, 126 Main Road, Hermanus, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Drostdy Restaurant

Situated over in beautiful Swellendam, Drostdy Restaurant is a popular local gem that is big on great food, excellent service and meals you remember long after you have left.

With stunning mountain views and an indigenous, on-site garden, which even features an impressive giant wild fig tree, this historic Cape Dutch restaurant is as beautiful as it is charming.

Award-winning chef, David Godin, brings his own unique French flair to every dish. The menu itself caters to a wide range of dietary requirements and palates, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.

If you are looking for a special place to enjoy an amazing meal in the Cape Overberg Region, look no further than Drostdy Restaurant.

Note: Bookings are essential.

Contact: +27 (079) 645 5312

Website: www.visitswellendam.co.za/drostdy-restaurant

Address: Drostdy Restaurant, 28 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Abbey Rose Restaurant

Tucked away in blissful Greyton, Abbey Rose Restaurant is a family-run restaurant that offers the best in country dining.

Here, you can enjoy warm service, a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere and top food, with a variety of dishes. The owners give their own unique spin to a range of specialty South African dishes, including oxtail, kudu pie and curry to name a few.

To complement your fine meal, add a glass or two of top local South African wines from their substantial wine list.

Best of all, their garden setting makes for a truly special part of your dining experience.

Contact: +27 (028) 254 9470, andre@abbeyrose.co.za

Website: www.abbeyrose.co.za

Address: Abbey Rose, 19 Main Road, Greyton, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape, South Africa.

Mez Karoo Kitchen via Facebook
Mez Karoo Kitchen via Facebook

#7 Mez Karoo Kitchen

Over in Barrydale, we have the gastronomic delight that is Mez Karoo Kitchen. Here, guests can savour a spectacular array of Mediterranean and local flavours in this charming Route 62 restaurant.

Guests can choose to sit indoors in the house, out in the garden or in the garden room – either way, the setting is lovely and adds to the general dining experience.

Locals and travellers alike rave about Mez Karoo Kitchen – and once you sample their cuisine for yourself, you will surely see why!

Contact: +27 (082) 077 5980, mezberry246@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Mez Karoo Kitchen, 24 Van Riebeek Street, Barrydale, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 La Sosta Restaurant

Another Swellendam favourite is La Sosta Restaurant. This charming eatery offers guests an unforgettable culinary experience.

With a rich history, contemporary style, gorgeous interiors and creative food, La Sosta offers the very best in sustainability, quality, flavour and seaonality.

If you are looking for impeccable food, great, classic service and an all-round memorable restaurant, head to La Sosta.

Contact: +27 (028) 514 1470, lasostarestaurant@gmail.com

Website: www.lasostarestaurant.com

Address: La Sosta, 145 Voortrek Street, Swellendam, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape, South Africa.

La Sosta Restaurant via Facebook
La Sosta Restaurant via Facebook

#9 Diesel & Crème

Famed for their gourmet milkshakes (sure to leave you in a food coma…), Diesel a& Crème is an unmissable Route 62 attraction and popular spot in Barrydale. While it is not strictly a restaurant, it is well-deserving of a mention on any top ten foodie post.

Although the variety, flavours and masterful taste of their milkshakes is worth a visit alone – this quirky, fun place also offers some tasty burgers, friendly staff and good service and plenty of vintage décor inside and out for visitors to enjoy.

This venue is child-friendly, bicycle-friendly and motorcycle-friendly so everyone is welcome.

Note: To avoid disappointment, advance reservations are advised.

Contact: +27 (028) 572 1008, social@dieselandcreme.co.za

Website: www.dieselandcreme.co.za

Address: Diesel & Creme, 2 Tennant Street, Barrydale, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Mezz and Co

Last but by no means least on our quality list, we have Mezz and Co. This Hermanus restaurant is loved for its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

Mezz and Co is big on food, good service and unique dining. Their aim is to “unify cultural cuisines through our original style and locally sourced ingredients”.

If you are looking for a fun, flavourful and special food experience in Hermanus or the Overberg, add Mezz and Co to your top picks!

Contact: +27 (028) 313 1178

, info@mezzandco.co.za

Website: N/A

Address: Mezz and Co, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape, South Africa.

 

These are just ten of the most amazing eateries you can enjoy in the Cape Overberg Region. Which are you adding to your eat list?

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Top 20 Restaurants in Hermanus 2017.

The Overberg town of Hermanus is about so much more than its famous whales because, while it is our Whale Capital, it is also a surprisingly good foodie destination, with a host of upper level and casual eateries alike to satisfy your hunger.

Hermanus, found in the scenic Overberg Region, is an unmissable destination that offers incredible outdoor experiences, beautiful nature and wonderful service establishments. 

Here are some of the best to try when visiting Hermanus:

#1 Betty Blue Bistro

This fresh and vibrant bistro (with a light, fun interior), located in Main Road Hermanus, focusses on serving quality meals – like sweet and savoury pancakes, adventurous salads, good burgers, tacos and even some Banting-friendly dishes too – all made with love and care.
This bistro is an inviting splash of colour and refreshment in more ways than one and is well worth a visit!
Contact: (028) 125 0037
Website: bettybluebistrohermanus.com
Address: 126 Main Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

Betty Blue Bistro via Instagram

#2 Creation Wines

Located on the picturesque Creation Wines estate – high up on the stunning Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge – food and wine tastings can be enjoyed at this leading winery’s bistro, which, importantly, is also a child-friendly venue.

Aside from a choice of cheese, chocolate, charcuterie and tea-and-breakfast themed wine-pairing menus, guests can enjoy a range of tapas, as well as a three-course pairing menu made up of salads, soups, poultry and meat.
Contact: (028) 212 1107
Website: www.creationwines.com
Address: Creation Wines, Hemel & Aarde Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#3 Pear Tree Bistro

Petri and his team provide visitors with a warm welcome at this bistro where great, “craveable” food and a relaxed vibe reign supreme.

At Pear Tree, you can enjoy everything from tasty breakfasts, light lunches, delicious mains and even decadent desserts, as well as winter warming hot beverages, wines and beers to wash it all down!
Contact: (028) 313 1224
Website: peartree-hermanus.co.za
Address: Village Square, 81 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#4 Fishermans Cottage

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience with an air of history to it in Hermanus, then Fishermans Cottage is the place for you. Providing an intimate and atmospheric restaurant vibe, this eatery is housed in a building originally built in the late 1800s before it was turned into the restaurant we know today in 1991.

The food reflects the coastline’s rich seafood, though there are also meat and vegetarian options on offer here, with plenty of chef-owner Anton’s specialities available on the daily blackboard menu.
Contact: (028) 312 3642
Website: www.fishermanscottage.co.za
Address: Fishermans Village, Corner Main and Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape

#5 Source

As the name suggests, at Source, it’s all about getting back to basics and focussing on the fresh produce and ingredients that combine and make up a dish.

Chef Warwick Taylor and his team take great pride in their establishment and all it has to offer. Here, it’s all about quality food, supporting local suppliers and providing sincere service for their guests’ pleasure.
Contact: (028) 125 0025
Website: www.restaurants.co.za
Address: 12 Village Lane, Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus, Western Cape

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#6 The Cuckoo Tree

Country vibes and bistro fare are at the heart of family-run, The Cuckoo Tree. There’s a casual, family-friendly atmosphere to be enjoyed here and good food, including its popular, hearty breakfasts.
Contact: (028) 312 3430
Website: none
Address: Rothnick Craft Building, 155 Dirkie Uys Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#7 Fusion Restaurant

This family-owned business is all big on different styles and tastes, as its name implies, and, although there’s no specific style to their food – exceptional taste, quality and presentation are ever-present.

The restaurant caters to both indoor and al fresco dining and both dining experiences provide excellent ocean views, perfect for whale watching (if the season is right).
Contact: (028) 312 4277
Website: www.fushioncafe-hermanus.co.za
Address: 5 Village Square, Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#8 La Pentola Hermanus

This seafront restaurant – which offers panoramic views across Walker Bay and specialises in international cuisine, with South African flavours – has been on SA’s culinary forefront since 1995.

Now in Hermanus, the kitchen offers fresh seafood, mature beef cuts, exotic game dishes and awesome vegetarian offerings, with a range of light meals, salads and desserts too.
Contact: (028) 313 1685
Website: hermanus.lapentola.co.za
Address: Ocean View, 87 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#9 Burgundy Restaurant

This restaurant offers delicious food, fine wine, spectacular ocean views and great company, in a place where warm hospitality is a prerequisite.

At Burgundy, enjoy the likes of fillet steaks, artisanal breads, fresh, crisp vegetables and so much more in this seaside restaurant, located near Hermanus’s historic, old harbour.
Contact: (028) 312 2800
Website: www.burgundyrestaurant.co.za
Address: Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

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#10 Moggs Country Cookhouse

Here, at this family-run restaurant in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, one can enjoy good, honest country fare, with splendid dishes (which use seasonal favourites) like lamb shank, fishcakes or even a Mediterranean salad available on the seasonal menu.

There’s a delightful, shady terrace to enjoy in summer, while the restaurant also has lovely interiors.
Contact: (076) 314 0671
Website: moggscookhouse.com
Address: Nuwe-Pos Farm, Nuwe-Pos Road, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Western Cape

#11 Just Pure Bistro

Just Pure is the perfect place to go for breakfast, lunch or brunch in Hermanus. This eatery offers simple, yet delicious homemade meals, made from fresh, natural and locally sourced ingredients.

The food portions are generous, the atmosphere is relaxing and the daily changing menu offers seasonally-inspired dishes and old Just Pure favourites alike.
Contact: (028) 313 0060
Website: www.justpure.co.za
Address: Marine Drive and Park Lane, Hermanus, Western Cape

#12 Harbour Rock

With splendid sea views out across Hermanus and Walker Bay, The Rock, as it is locally known, enjoys an excellent cliff positioning.

This premium restaurant, overlooking the bustling New Harbour, offers delicious desserts, fresh seafood meals, tasty pork belly and sirloin and much more, brought to you by owner Francois Barnard, general manager Vaughan van Blerk and their dedicated team.
Contact: (028) 312 2920
Website: www.harbourrock.co.za
Address: New Harbour, Hermanus, Western Cape

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#13 The Barefoot Cook

This is homely, snug restaurant – with an adjoining book store – offers a few select dishes prepared daily by chef-owner Marieclaire Day. For winter, there’s a roaring fireplace to cosy up to, while, in fair weather, guests can enjoy their meals out in the lovely, shaded courtyard.
Contact: (028) 312 4681
Website: none
Address: 12 Aberdeen Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#14 Dutchies

This beach restaurant offers a selection of breakfasts, light beginnings, sandwiches, mains and, of course, sweets and desserts, with coffee, teas, beverages, wine, beer and cocktails to enjoy too.

All their dishes are freshly prepared and their location at Grotto Beach makes them a winner when it comes to a casual, yet fun eat-out experience.
Contact: (028) 314 1392
Website: dutchies.co.za
Address: Grotto Street, Grotto Beach, Hermanus, Western Cape

#15 Lemon Butta Seafood Bistro on the Bay

Lemon Butta Seafood Bistro – or LB Seafood Bistro as it’s more commonly referred to – specialises in fresh seafood, ranging from tuna, filleted salmon, tender calamari and marvellous mussels too.

To complement their food, they also have a great selection of carefully hand-picked wines.
Contact: (028) 312 3611
Website: www.lemonbutta.co.za
Address: 6 Market Square Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#16 Bietang’s Cave

This is not your average seafood restaurant, for, as its name suggests, this restaurant is set in a cave, with the terrace on the rocks overlooking the ocean.

Enjoy dining on a full a la carte menu in Bietang’s Cave Restaurant and Wine Bar, with whales for company.
Contact: (028) 312 3026
Website: www.bietangscave.com
Address: In a cave, below Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#17 Fabio’s Ristorante Italiano

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Offering authentic Italian comfort food and rich, generous portions at a fair price, Fabio’s is a cosy and welcoming restaurant, which makes for a more relaxed, yet endlessly enjoyable, dining experience.

Try their wood-fired pizzas or excellent pastas (like the Spaghetti al Dente), with some wine from the award-winning wine list.
Contact: (028) 313 0532
Website: www.fabios.co.za
Address: 60 St Peters Lane, Hermanus, Western Cape

#18 Piccolo’s Pizzeria

Serving the best pizza in Hermanus, this pizzeria offers good service, a warm, friendly Italian atmosphere, and of course: great food too, such as: pastas, salads, and great, yet inexpensive pizzas (complete with thin bases and great toppings).

It is an ideal family-friendly eatery overlooking the Hermanus CBD.
Contact: (028) 312 1950
Website: none
Address: Ocean View, 87 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#19 Lizette’s Kitchen

This family-friendly eatery is situated within a beautifully restored, old Heritage farmhouse. Today, old meets new in what is an exciting restaurant and bar space, complete with several dining areas, as well as porch and garden/play area.

Chef Lizette uses her experience and family roots to offer food that’s carefully created from excellent flavours and the freshest ingredients.
Contact: (028) 314 0308
Website: www.lizetteskitchen.com
Address: 20 on 8th Street, Hermanus, Western Cape

#20 Eat

Owner Petri (who also co-owns Fushion) has created a restaurant space where the focus is on the local market in Hermanus.

His menu caters nicely towards lunch, light snacks and dinner in what is a truly elegant restaurant space, simply made for delightful dining.
Contact: (028) 316 2348
Website: www.eatrestaurant.co.za
Address: Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Sandbaai, Hermanus, Western Cape

These are just some of the top restaurants one can enjoy dining at in the seaside, Overberg town of Hermanus but there are many other great options besides.

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