6 must-visit restaurants in Hermanus

December 14, 2023

Nestled amidst fynbos-clad mountains, captivating coastlines, and vine-swathed valleys near Cape Town, Hermanus offers a haven for relaxation and deep breaths. The diverse culinary scene, ranging from enchanting shore-hugging cafés to artisanal bakeries, creative bistros, Italian trattorias, and sumptuous seafood extravaganzas, complements this picturesque perfection.

Explore these 6 must-visit restaurants in Hermanus

1. Fabio’s Ristorante

Nestled in the heart of the village, this charming Italian eatery, owned by a local family, is a beloved spot for both residents and visitors longing for a taste of authentic home-cooked meals. Shaded by a cluster of lush trees and offering a picturesque ocean view from its sidewalk deck, this lively establishment caters to diverse palates, featuring a menu ranging from appetizers to the soup of the day. From pizza and pasta to salads, meats, seafood, and traditional dishes, there’s something for everyone. The extensive wine list showcases a delightful blend of Italian imports and local Overberg treasures. The ambiance will transport you to the enchanting cobblestone alleys just off the main piazza in Milan.

Operating hours: Monday to Sunday, 11:45 am to 9:30 pm.
Contact: 028 313 0532, [email protected]
Location: 60 St Peters Lane, Hermanus, Western Cape.

2. Burgundy Seafront Restaurant

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Perched on the bay’s edge, just a stone’s throw from the historic harbor, Burgundy offers prime seats for the mesmerizing spectacle of whale season (July to December). Witness the greatest show on earth while savoring delectable home-cooked dishes. The evening menu showcases stars like freshly caught fish paired with coconut-infused jasmine rice, seafood pasta, and lavish seafood platters. During the day, indulge in sandwiches crafted with home-baked bread, burgers, wraps, salads, a tempting assortment of cakes, pancakes, eggs benedict, and an array of breakfast delights. If the majestic whales grace the bay, the resonant tones of the whale crier’s kelp horn will alert you to their playful presence.

Operating hours: Daily, 8 am – 9 pm.
Contact: 028 312 2800, [email protected]
Location: 7 Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape.

3. The Marine

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Indulge in the allure of exquisite cocktails, immerse yourself in breathtaking views, and extend your stay for a delightful supper at The Marine—a grand dame hotel that perfectly captures the essence of the town’s glamorous charm. While exuding old-school fabulousness, its interior boasts a distinct blend of contemporary flair and sophistication. The Sun Lounge & Bar, with its panoramic view of Walker Bay, offers an unparalleled setting to appreciate the sunset (try the signature Whale Watcher cocktail for the full experience). Subsequently, The Pavilion beckons for dinner, presenting a chic black-and-white ambiance with options for indoor or alfresco seating and a choice between classic and vegan menus.

Noteworthy details: A lighter all-day menu features wraps, salads, gourmet sandwiches, along with baked treats, homemade ice creams, sorbets, and culminates with an inviting afternoon tea.

Operating hours:

Sun Lounge & Bar: Daily, 10:30 am – 11:30 pm

Pavilion: Daily, 7 am – 10:30 am, 12 pm – 2:30 pm, 6 pm – 9:30 pm

Contact: 028 313 1000, [email protected]

Location: Main Road, Hermanus, Western Cape.

4. Fisherman’s Cottage

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True to its name, this genuine 19th-century cottage specializes in the treasures of the ocean. Alongside its renowned seafood platters, the menu features delights such as Cape Malay seafood curry with roti, traditional snoek and patat, and crayfish thermidor. Executive Chef Anton Verhoogt, with a culinary background from Overture and Rust en Vrede, crafts an array of enticing starters like pan-fried sardines, bouillabaisse, and smoked pork belly with bacalao. For dessert, indulge in a choice between a flourless chocolate torte or malva pudding. Whether basking in the sunlight outdoors or seeking warmth in the cozy interior on chilly evenings, both settings are adorned with vibrant paraffin lanterns and seaside antiques.

Operating hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 5 pm – 9 pm Friday – Sunday: 12 pm – 3 pm

Contact: 028 312 3642, [email protected]

Location: 3A Harbour Road, Hermanus, Western Cape.

5. Char’d Grill and Wine Bar

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Part of Petri Hendriksz’s trio of well-loved dining establishments in Hermanus (joining Pear Tree and Milk on the Beach), Char’d is a distinctive steakhouse with a steampunk flair, placing a primary focus on exceptional meat. Featuring both dry-aged and wet-aged steaks, the menu is complemented by a knowledgeable staff eager to guide you through the various cuts. Indulge in fabulous sides like mac and cheese, cauliflower gratin, onion rings, and salads to accompany your steak experience. If steak isn’t your preference, explore alternatives such as a towering brisket burger, chicken wings, slow-braised short-rib, or pork belly. The menu is further enhanced by creatively named cocktails, elaborate milkshakes, and a memorable cheesecake.

Operating hours: Daily, 11 am – 9:30 pm

Contact: 028 312 1986, [email protected]

Location: Market Square Street, Hermanus, Western Cape.

6. La Pentola

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Elevated on the first floor, this Hermanus treasure offers awe-inspiring views of Walker Bay, creating an experience in itself. The menu is a symphony of chic and contemporary fusion dishes. Executive Chef Shane Sauvage skillfully blends his favorite international cuisines with local flavours and Overberg produce, featuring a diverse array from seafood to duck, snails, exotic game, and steaks infused with KWV brandy. The restaurant takes pride in its specialty of sustainably farmed abalone, accompanied by a delectable range of vegetarian options. Savour wines from the neighboring Hemel-en-Aarde Valley as you relax in the comfort of plush leather seats, keeping an eye out for whales.

Operating hours: Daily, 11 am – 10 pm

Contact: 028 313 1685, [email protected]

Location: Shop 4, Ocean View, 87 Marine Drive, Hermanus, Western Cape.

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