Dining in Gansbaai

The pristine beauty of the greater Gansbaai area and the wide variety of landscapes, activities, outdoor experiences and scenic venues attract a vast and diverse group of people from across the globe. Fine cuisine is an essential part of the total experience to get a true taste of the area and its folks. A magnitude of formal and informal eateries cater for a bohemian blend of taste buds to suit all peeps and occasions – from a romantic sunset dinner with gourmet seafood dishes and local wines to a casual barefoot pub 'n grub meal on the beach.


Like in most coastal towns, a jovial atmosphere and chatty camaraderie add a special quality and charm to each culinary experience. Many of the restaurants and coffee shops dotted between Stanford and Pearly Beach are family businesses with their own distinctive character, homemade recipes, specialities and claim to fame. Here you can indulge yourself in exclusive local delights – from traditional boerekos and bobotieto freshly baked bread and delicious homemade jams - while acquainting yourself with the local characters.

Most of the eateries and steakhouses are fully licensed, and serve a combination of steaks, seafood, pasta and vegetarian dishes with a variety of fresh salads and veggies from neighbouring farms. During weekends and holidays, live music and entertainment provide a festive atmosphere for an exciting evening of dining, wining and dancing.

Connoisseurs who prefer a more sophisticated culinary experience, can enjoy gourmet cuisine at a number of acclaimed restaurants in the area that specialise in 5-star food and service in spectacular natural settings. Here one can toast the spectacular sunsets over Walker Bay with a glass of the best of the Overberg’s vineyards. Various guesthouses, B&Bs and farms that offer beer and wine-tasting opportunities add to an exciting gastronomical experience and a taste of true Overberg hospitality. 


Weekenders and guests who just want a relaxing escape from city stress next to the fishing waters and campfire, can pick and choose from a number of informal pubs, diners and deli’s to fill the spot if the big ones got away, or for a social get-together with the locals. Three big supermarkets, four butcheries and several bakeries and cafes stock daily fresh produce, whilst fresh fish are available at the harbour and at two fisheries. A few pizzerias and several take-aways provide a wide choice of tasty meals and in-between snacks.

Come and tantalise your eyes and taste buds on the rich diversity of true country cuisine and hospitality in this coastal haven of unsurpassed natural beauty.