Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants in Hermanus

Hermanus is famous for its whales and natural beauty but it’s also a treasure trove on the culinary front and is known for its great restaurants.

Blessed with beautiful scenery, a small town feel and hospitality of note, these restaurants are a treat. Best of all, many of them are family friendly so everyone gets to enjoy them!

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 Hermanus’s best family friendly restaurants:

#1 Moggs Country Cookhouse

The enchanting Moggs Country Cookhouse, located near Hermanus, is one of the most child-friendly spots you’ll find anywhere. Not only does it offer wide open spaces but they also have a sand pit, trampoline, jungle gym, safe play area and high chairs available for the little ones.

Using only the freshest ingredients, this family-run restaurant is the place to go for homemade, seasonal food and great, warm service in a peaceful farm setting. What’s more, they can also host functions for a minimum of 30 guests.

So if you are craving a slice of the country – and a tranquil place to enjoy with your loved ones – look no further than Moggs Country Cookhouse.

Contact: +27 (076) 314 0671


Address:  Moggs Country Cookhouse, Nuwe Pos Farm, R320 Road,
Hemel en Aarde Valley, Western Cape, South Africa.

Moggs Country Cookhouse
Moggs Country Cookhouse

#2 La Pentola

Serving up international fusion cuisine and panoramic views across Walker Bay, La Pentola is one of Hermanus’s best restaurants by all accounts.

Add to that elegant interiors (furnished with leather seating and tasteful touches), great service and a wonderful atmosphere – and La Pentola seemingly has it all.

They are also family friendly and, as an added bonus, offer their own dedicated kids’ section on the menu. This menu incorporates fun names like Ninja Turtle Chicken or Tinkerbelle’s Spaghetti Napolitana, meaning the little ones are both satisfied and entertained by their meals.

This restaurant would also be ideal for older kids and teens who have outgrown playtime during meals.

So go on… bring the whole family along for a delicious meal out!

Contact: +27 (028) 313 1685


Address: La Pentola, Shop 4, Ocean View 87 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

La Pentola
La Pentola via Facebook

#3 The Classroom Restaurant 

It’s not often you find a fine dining restaurant that is child-friendly but thankfully, The Classroom Restaurant is one such venue.

This gorgeous restaurant and function venue offers a wonderful array of food, beautiful interiors and friendly service to boot.

Furthermore, they pride themselves on professional service and attention to detail so you can feel sure that the whole family will be nicely looked after.

Contact: +27 (028) 316 3582


Address:  The Classroom Restaurant, Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Sandbaai, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Rossi’s Italian Restaurant

Whether you sit indoors or dine al fresco in the outdoor area (blessed with great mountain views), Rossi’s Italian is a cosy, inviting eatery, suitable for the whole family.

They have an excellent range of options – everything from pizza (tasting great since 1985) to pasta to mains and dessert – as well as a lovely kids menu, meaning that everyone is catered for.

If you can’t stay long, Rossi’s also does takeaway meals – and affordable wines for the adults too.

Contact: +27 (028) 312 2848,


Address: Rossi’s Restaurant,
10 High Street, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 The Eatery

This cheerful eatery is suitable for kids and seems to be a hit with those who visit it… Their burgers are especially popular among younger guests! Overall, they thrive, serving rustic, honest food and good coffee.

The Eatery is nicely decked out, offers delicious food and is a cosy spot for families to enjoy together. What’s more, staff are friendly and warm so service is a pleasure.

Contact: +27 (028) 313 2970,

Website: N/A

Address:  The Eatery, 4 Long Steet Arcade, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 The Cuckoo Tree

This lovely family restaurant wows its guests with mouthwatering home-style food, cosy atmosphere and some of the best breakfasts (and brunches) in town!

Best of all though, they have some sinfully baked goods and cakes so be sure to treat the kids (and yourself) to something sweet!

They have both indoor and outdoor seating, with a relaxed environment throughout. The courtyard seating should appeal to families, as there is some space for kids.

They can also cater to parties, weddings, functions and birthdays – perfect for when you need to celebrate a special occasion with those you love.

Contact: +27 (028) 312 3430,

Website: N/A

Address: The Cuckoo Tree, Rothnick Croft Building, Corner of High Street And Dirkie Uys Street, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Bientang’s Cave

Bietang's Cave Restaurant & Wine Bar via Facebook
Bientang’s Cave Restaurant & Wine Bar via Facebook

Bientang’s Cave offers amazing views of the ocean, good food and drinks, welcoming service… and a truly unique restaurant setting to top it all off!

But wait, there’s more: they also offer a special menu just for the kids, making them perfectly family friendly too! And diners can choose to sit indoors or outdoors as desired.

So if you are looking for a special dining experience – especially one right next to the ocean – then Bientang’s Cave is perfect.

Contact: +27 (028) 312 3454,


Address:  Bientang’s Cave, cave below Marine Drive, between The Old Harbour and The Marine Hotel, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Groves Cafe

Groves Cafe is a charming spot, with a great view of the ocean (they have indoor or outdoor seating, so you can choose where you would be happiest).

The cafe specialises in tasty, generous food and great drinks. This makes them perfect for breakfast, teatime or even just a lovely lunch.

They are family friendly (although possibly better suited to older kids and teens) and offer a nice menu, from which everyone should find something to their liking.

Among kids, milkshakes, cake and mouthwatering burgers should be the overall winners.

Service is warm and welcoming and the atmosphere is pleasant, ensuring an all-round great experience for diners.

Contact: +27 (028) 312 4277,

Website: N/A

Address:  Groves Cafe, Village Square, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

Groves Cafe via Facebook
Groves Cafe via Facebook

#9 The Milkwood Bistro Restaurant and The Beach Hut

Situated near Onrus Beach, The Milkwood is a delightful bistro and beach hut offering. Try the bistro restaurant for an intimate, snug experience -or, for a more relaxed, family friendly experience, pop by The Beach Hut.

Friends and family can enjoy each other’s company here, all while soaking up great views and tucking into delicious food and snacks. Seating is available inside and out, with a TV indoors for those who prefer to watch recorded action in lieu of the surfing outside.

What’s more, the bistro restaurant and beach hut are a stone’s throw away from the beach so you can go for a family stroll before or after your food to really enhance this family outing.

Contact: +27 (028) 316 1516,


Address:  The Milkwood Restaurant, Atlantic Drive, Onrus Beach, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 LB Seafood Bistro on the Bay

For those (young or old) craving their seafood fix, you can’t go wrong with LB Seafood Bistro on the Bay. Not only are the views impressive but the food and service are top class too.

If you’re lucky, you might even get to enjoy a good view of the whales from your table (provided it’s whale season, of course)… This highlight is sure to enchant diners of all ages!

All in all, this bistro is perfect for delicious seafood-orientated meals with those you love.

Contact: +27 (028) 312 3611

Website: N/A

Address: LB Seafood Bistro on the Bay, Village Square, Market Square Street & Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.


These are just some of the family friendly finds you can enjoy in and around Hermanus!

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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
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
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
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
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
Address: 12 Village Lane, Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus, Western Cape

James Giddy via Instagram

#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
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
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
Address: Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

Burgundy Restaurant via Instagram

#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
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
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
Address: New Harbour, Hermanus, Western Cape


#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
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
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
Address: In a cave, below Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape

#17 Fabio’s Ristorante Italiano

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
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
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
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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