Holiday dining: Hermanus

Gone are the days when Hermanus was a sleepy little fishing village where Southern Rights outnumbered residents. These days it’s a buzzing little town with a bewildering number of places to eat. To help you make up your mind where to dine in Hermanus, here’s our pick of the town’s restaurants – from seafood to pizza, laid-back to larney.? ?

Annie se Kombuis ?
Head to this cosy farmhouse for South African favourites like bobotie, oxtail and smoorsnoek. In need of a takeaway? Pick up one of Anita Theron’s famous chicken pies.?
Average main course: R90?

The Barefoot Cook ?
Expect everything from South African boerekos to continental dining inside this charming country cottage. There really is a barefoot cook in attendance.?
Average main course: R70?

Bietang’s Cave Seafood Restaurant
Great if you’re after a view, with an impressive seafront location, this restaurant serves up good quality seafood and grills.?
Average main course R125?

The Burgundy Restaurant
A casual restaurant with lovely views of Walker Bay. This is a great spot to head for breakfast, lunch or dinner.?
Average main course: R80?

The Cuckoo Tree?
Humble neighbourhood favourite, The Cuckoo Tree turns out some excellent food from twice-baked cheese soufflés, to crispy duck with Van Der Hum sauce. It’s unlicensed, so bring your own wine.?Average main course: R85?

Fabio’s Ristorante ?
Perfect if you’re after a spot of authentic Italian. The pasta is homemade, the pizzas wafer-thin and the Prosecco is the real deal. ?
Average main course: R90?

Fisherman’s Cottage ?
This tiny cottage overlooking the square offers good seafood. The bouillabaisse is not to be missed.?Average main course: R80?

Harbour Rock and Gecko Bar ?
Some of the best sea views are on offer at this restaurant and adjoining bar. Seafood is the focus, but there are other options too. ?
Average main course: R90? ?

Piazza Paradiso ?
Thin-based pizzas are the order of the day here. Sit outside for a relaxed holiday feel, or inside for a cosy, intimate meal. ?
Average main course: R100?

Quayside Cabin ?
Housed inside an old shipping container, this is a rustic lunch and dinner spot to enjoy seafood, fresh from the harbour.?
Average main course: R100?

Rossis ?
One of the oldest restaurants in Hermanus, Rossis has an impressive array of pizzas that draws locals and tourists alike.?
Average main course: R110 ?

Seafood at the Marine ?
The more casual of the Marine’s two restaurants, this is the place to go for gems like stir-fried calamari with noodles and chilli jam and oven-roasted line fish.?
Average main course: R140? ?

Pavilion at the Marine ?
One of the few fine dining establishments in Hermanus, this is the place to go to spoil yourself, and to try out a bit of wine pairing. ?
Average main course: R130?

Two Oceans Restaurant ?
Not to be confused with the Cape Point establishment of the same name, this is a casual Mediterranean-style eatery on Hermanus’s bustling main square. You’ll find good value breakfasts and toasted sarmies on offer, along with the seafood. ?
Average main course: R70?

Photograph: Gallo/Lanz von Horston

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