|Eating out is one of the most enjoyable things about being on holiday and we serve a taste bud-tingling breakfast here at Cliff Lodge. We also have a handful of favourite restaurants that we like to recommend to our guests for lunch and dinner. From walking distance away, through to our neighbouring towns and villages, we've compiled a list of venues we'd like to suggest (and why). We'll chat to you when you arrive at Cliff Lodge, and make reservations for you at the restaurants of your choice.
Unpretentious and intimate Kloeks @ Home is within walking distance of Cliff Lodge, and offers a small starter, main and dessert menu, with a varying selection of seasonal fare. A few of our guests claim to have enjoyed the best steak they've ever eaten at Kloeks - we have no doubt! Kloeks is also well supplied with sea food from the fishing boats of Gansbaai. We recommend Kloeks to our guests because they focus on perfecting a few dishes, as opposed to a menu groaning under the weight of too much choice - plus they have loads of charm.
Phone: 028 384 2769
Physical address: 78 Devilliers De Kelders, Gansbaai
Dinner: 6:30pm - close, Monday to Sunday
Thyme at Rosemary's Restaurant in Gansbaai is a short distance away, and is the perfect little lunch spot. We've can highly recommend the bobotie and the game pie, but you'll find lighter options on the menu, such as delicious sandwiches and salads, which can all be enjoyed in their pretty garden setting during the warmer months.
Phone: 0283842076 / 0728844936
Physical address: 13 Main Road, Gansbaai
Opening times: Monday to Sunday 11.30am - 9.30pm
Jonathan is the amiable owner and host at Benguela Restaurant in De Kelders. The decor is minimal and classy, and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. Lamb shanks and the coriander encrusted steak are always a popular choice here, and vegetarians are well catered for.
Phone: 028 3842120
Physical address: Guthrie Street De Kelders, Gansbaai
Opening times: Dinner - closed on Tuesday
Dining at the Red Indigo at Grootbos Nature Reserve is a 5* experience! Watch nature showing off its best fynbos and sea views while you dine on dishes like 'succulent beef fillets, seared duck livers with cumquat compote and coriander-flavoured dark chocolate delicacies'. This is fine dining at its most exquisite.
Phone: +27 28 384 8000
Open 7 days a week, for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Mariana's, located in the quaint village of Stanford, has garnered several awards, including 'Best Country Kitchen' in South Africa - and it deserves them all. Based in a converted country cottage, looking out onto the expansive vegetable garden that your meal is largely created from, the menu at Marianas is a taste adventure in South African country cooking, combined with Mediterranean and French influences. The result? Ecstasy! Book off your afternoon to ensure hours of lingering, enjoying every morsel of their heavenly fare. We recommend everything on the menu, but have a soft spot for their lamb shank and Gruyere souffle. Booking is essential!
Marianas at Owls Barn - 12 Du Toit Street, Stanford
Opening hours - Thursday to Sunday - arrive from 12 noon.
Regretfully no children under the age of 10
The Black Oyster Catcher Restaurant is based at a boutique wine estate, off the beaten track along the Elim road. Drawing their inspiration from seasonal availability, the menu boasts a wide selection of seafood, cooked to perfection and paired with their delectable wines. Savour delicious wine and an organic lunch while you drink in the beauty of the breathtaking surroundings.
Phone: 028 482 1618
Physical Address: Moddervlei Farm, Elim
Open 6 days a week from 11:00 - 14:30
The Harbour Rock in Hermanus is a spectacularly situated restaurant, positioned 'on the rocks' inside the Hermanus Harbour. We highly recommend their sushi, and their beautifully prepared lunch dishes, which range from duck a l'orange, to slow-cooked lamb and expertly grilled calamari. Watch the waves crash beneath you as you sip on crisp white wine with your sashimi, or a bottle of red with your fillet and pepper sauce. The Harbour Rock delivers consistently delicious food, from an unforgettable venue.
Phone 028 312 2920
Physical address: Suite 24A, New Harbour, Hermanus
Breakfast: 9am - 11:30am, Monday - Friday
Lunch: 11:30am - 4pm, Monday - Sunday
Dinner: 6:30pm - 10pm, Monday - Sunday