The Riverway Café

5 Reviews
Café fare
Phone Number 0217910565 Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm; Saturday 8am to 4pm; Sunday and Public Holidays 9am to 3pm

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Menu - The Riverway Café Menu - updated April 2018


R55 avg main meal
Café fare
R55 avg main meal
Bar scene, Business meetings, Coffee, Groups, Local cuisine, Quick meals, Special occasions, Views
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Breakfast, Food, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways

Owner's description

The Riverway café, is a beautiful addition to the Hout Bay culinary scene. Situated on the banks of the Baviaanskloof river it has some gorgeous views of Hout Bay .Decorated in an urban vintage style, it would not be out of place in any of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Think exposed ceiling, antique chandeliers, quirky upside down lamps, vintage crockery and botanical touches all adding up to an understated elegance.

The food is world class too, breakfasts and brunch cover the classics but with many a twist and new temptations on offer too. Try your Eggs Benedict, with Frankie Fenners cured pork loin and asparagus or a gorgeous middle eastern Shakshuka with mopping up sourdough toast. Emphasis is on quality produce as well as supporting local producers.

Lunch also covers all the bases, with the Piggy Poppers- jalapenos stuffed with pulled BBQ pork & cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and flash fried- proving extremely popular or the Tuna Steak with homemade lime curd and spinach.

The Riverway café does elaborate high teas and even a banting high tea, the banting cheesecake is a revelation, not to mention the banting brownies made with Lindt Dark chocolate. A Pimms cocktail on the patio area is highly recommended, perhaps with a macaroon...or two.

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    Normally I do not address other reviewers in forums such as this, but in the case of the review by “Cape Boy” below, I will make an exception. His review is a load of codswallop. The food and service at The Riverway Café are exceptional. The Baviaanskloof River, which runs in view of the restaurant is a mountain stream that comes down through the swanky, upmarket Baviaanskloof neighborhood, past the equally swanky Hout Bay Manor Hotel and then through the Mainstream and Midpoint Shopping Centres where The Riverway Café is located. The stream does not smell and does not run through or anywhere near the Imizamu Yethu informal settlement. The only “cess” is coming from the mind of “Cape Boy” through his keyboard to this website. He posted a similarly mendacious review on Tripadvisor. According to the response from the Riverway’s owner on Tripadvisor, the tip given by “Cape Boy” was quite low. The Riverway manager has been trained to inquire as to the client’s satisfaction with the service when the tip is less than half of the customary 10%, as this may be indicative of a service problem. This is a best practice in the restaurant industry and is practiced by the better establishments both here as well as in North America and other countries where tips are not added automatically. The obvious reason is to obtain feedback to correct any poor service, present or future, and to convince the client to return. Of course, this strategy does not work with individuals who are cheapskates. Likewise, it does not work with certain loathsome South Africans who believe that a gratuity of 10% is reserved for persons of pallor only – the rest must settle for less. Shame on you, sir. For the larger audience, please notice that I sign my name to my reviews whereas “Cape Boy” hides behind a nom de guerre. Real men and women own their opinions. Bullies and cowards hide behind comic book wanna-be secret identities. “Cape Boy” needs to grow up.
    Food ok. Putrid smell. The "river" is actually the stream of cess that contains undiluted sewerage from the township and then flows down to the sea. There are even health hazard signs on the beach telling you not to go into the water or let your dogs drink from it. After average food and creepy service, the manager came back afterwards to ask for a bigger tip. The most disgusting, embarrassing experience I've ever had.
    This transplanted New Yorker thought that he had walked into an urban chic eatery in Manhattan's oh-so-tony Meatpacking District: stained concrete floors, exposed ceiling, antique chandeliers and furniture, wonderful mismatched vintage crockery, concrete dragon-fly coffee bar, and all garnished by lovely greenery. But no need to fly to the Big Apple - Riverway is here in Hout Bay serving amazing breakfasts and lunches with generous portions and the friendliest service. The menu contains all of my standard favorites but also delights with Riverway's unique interpretations of some classic dishes, plus some items new to me. An example is my new favorite, the Breakkie Salad: greens, avo, bacon, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, topped by a poached egg and aioli dressing. Wow! Who knew that you could eat like a king in a place that looks like New York in our beautiful village by the Bay.
    Stunning venue with friendly staff and delicious food. Great banting options with wonderful cakes and tarts. Well worth a visit.
    A chic restaurant with great ambience, great service, centrally situated in Hout Bay. Excellent service, delicious freshly prepared cuisine. Generous and creatively served delicious helpings of "morish"food....A must go back kind of place for sure. For family friends and all!

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