Bientang’s Cave

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R140 avg main meal
Bakery fare, Burgers, Mediterranean, Modern, Seafood, South African
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Critic's review

Whalespotting doesn’t get better than this. Visit for lunch or dinner with kids and order prawns or the excellent calamari. (EO mag 2014)
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    Being as close to the sea as this, the obvious thing to eat is fish, in the form of bouillabaisse, fresh oysters or snoek pâté, then go onto a mixed seafood platter, Thai curry, or even a burger. If you are feeling tired of the ocean, go for sticky ribs and finish up with the ubiquitous malva pudding, which is nice and rich.

    An award-winning list, some with serious mark-ups.

    Generally good, unless the place is packed; then it slows down somewhat.

    If the setting was the only thing, this would be one of the best in SA, situated right at the water’s edge at the bottom of one of those famous Hermanus cliffs. The sea moving restlessly around you is a most energising experience.

    Be aware that it is quite a climb, especially back up after a meal. (GL, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Played tourist this past weekend with a friend and decided to stop at Bientang's for lunch. Although the setting is absolutely amazing, nestled right next to the ocean, the view did not make up for the completely overpriced and limited wine list (R120 for Two Oceans white was the cheapest). Neither could the fantastic view compensate for their very limited and disappointing menu. The options literally ranged from deep fried calamari starter for R80 or main for R90, to fish and chips (R140) or curry (R150+). There is of course a normal hamburger (R80), but that did not seem like value for money either. Overall, the menu and wine list is very limited, and highly overpriced. The view from the top is just as pretty, and in all probability much cheaper. Hermanus is surrounded by wine farms, and overrun with chefs. Surely it would be possible to expand the menu to include something other than fish and chips and even some of the fantastic local wines available in the surrounding areas? I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone, and will most definitely never take guests there. There are plenty of other good restaurants in Hermanus.

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  • After last years disappointing food experience, I decided to give Bientang another try and I am happy I did. Food quality has gone from fair to good, fresh bluenose fish, crispy fries (although you need to ask for them to be baked extra crispy) all served in an impressive ocean-side setting, where the waves smash into the rocks right below you without splashing you.
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    What lovely experience. Despite arriving on an exceptionally busy day without a booking, the seater did some rearranging and accommodated us with a table. The service was fair but considering how full the restaurant was the waiter & kitchen did exceptionally well. The food was enjoyable and perfectly complemented this amazing spot!
    They have just won Diamond in the Diners Club Wine Awards, so we certainly enjoyed their well priced and extensive menu - cant wait to go back, but I will be sure to make a booking!
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Dog-friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • WiFi

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