Places to eat in Hermanus
Burgundy restaurant is a favourite among locals and tourists, and is rate as one of the best eateries in Hermanus. It enjoys a prime location in the village square overlooking the sea, and has been in operation for years. The food is great, and the hospitality even better. Burgundy is a seaside favourite that sees many patrons staying a while, and returning time and again! This is a fantastic spot for whale watching and is only a few metres away from the historic old harbour. A local gem where seafood and cocktails are the order of the day.
Char’d Grill and Wine Bar is a quirky, steam punk themed restaurant serving fine cuisine and an array of craft gins, rums and tequilas. Interiors are comfortable booths, while a glass cabinet provides a home for fine cuts of meat. Diners can select their own cut of meat and pair it with a homemade sauce. Tequila tasting, rum tasting, and gin tasting is also on the menu. Waiters wear leather aprons and deliver dishes of superlative quality, while recombining the perfect wine to pair with dinner. Char’d is fun, sensational, and one of the area’s top quality restaurants.
This newly built outdoor cocktail cafe is built snugly around the beautiful Fick’s tidal pool. It’s only open for a certain part of the year, but is now earmarked as the place to go for sundowners, pinchos (small meals), and open-air seaside vibes. As well as being one of Hermanus’s most Instagrammable destinations, Fick’s restaurant’s mouthwatering northern Spain cuisine is remarkable. Sit outside around the tidal pool that flows into the ocean while sipping on a Pina colada and snacking on flammkuchen and chimichurri fillet. Get there early - there are no reservations!
Creative chef Shane Sauvage spearheads the kitchen at La Pentola, a gourmet restaurant offering views over Walker Bay. Culinary innovations such as smoked duck pastry and snails wrapped in bacon are just a few of the unique dishes to enjoy. Offering light meals, vegetarian dishes, freshly caught seafood and exotic game dishes; chef Shane successfully combines local flavours with international flair. Situated upstairs in a spacious venue with an expansive balcony, means diners can enjoy world-class cuisine while enjoying a bird’s-eye view of Walker Bay.
The Fisherman's Cottage
The Fisherman’s Cottage restaurant is a delightful seafood restaurant located in a historical building dating back to the 1800s. A whitewashed cottage provides a truly authentic Hermanus feel, while the elegant menu showcases the riches of the sea. Fisherman’s Cottage is a slice of Hermanus history, offering a relaxed and warm atmosphere. Where else can diners eat fresh seafood from the coast while seated in an iconic fishing cottage? Wooden boards, blackboard menus, rustic seating and mouthwatering dishes can be expected. A must-visit destination!
Situated outside the main drag on the way to Grotto Beach, Lizette’s Kitchen oozes class and sophistication. Specialising in Asian cuisine, diners are bound to be impressed by chef Lizette’s diverse culinary focus. Lizette’s is located inside a heritage farmhouse building and comprises several dining areas, with trendy bar area on site. A small coffee bar serving Vietnamese coffee and Truth coffee is popular with locals and holiday makers. Lizette’s also doubles as a fantastic wedding and birthday party venue.
The Pear Tree bistro is situated in the hub of Hermanus on the piazza and offers a modern bistro feel with flavourful cuisine. Foodies wanting to experience casual fine dining are encouraged to book a table in advance at the sought-after Pear Tree. The menu focuses on simplicity and flavour, each dish combining fresh produce with seasonal ingredients. From Poke bowls to tacos and unusual milkshakes made from rice krispies and marshmallows; patrons are bound to uncover a world of flavour. Drinks such as kombucha, craft alcoholic beverages, and cocktails are on the menu.
Dutchies is an institution in Hermanus! This iconic Dutch inspired beach bar is located in the car park on Grotto Beach. After a long day of swimming or exploring the beach, visitors can head to Dutchies for a bite to eat or quick drink. The food is home cooked fare and offers a mix of seafood, sushi, and Dutch meals. Try the traditional deef krokketen, bitterballen, chips with mayo, or sweet stroopwafels for flavours of Holland. The unmistakable Dutchies is vibrant beachside fun and is ideal for families.
The Bistro - Just Pure
The Bistro at Just Pure is a gorgeous daytime bistro offering a variety of baked goods, and wholesome food. The bistro is a light and breezy eatery overlooking Walker Bay, and serves brilliant coffee alongside their signature breakfast. Decor is classy and has that typical French bistro feel. This is the perfect place for lovers of the finer things in life who can indulge in menu items such as the chocolate ganache baked cheesecake or brioche loaf French toast. The bistro is open for dinners on select days.