Great White House Restaurant

There’s Something About Suzi

The Great White House Restaurant in Kleinbaai just outside Gansbaai serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. While The Great White House Restaurant specialises in seafood and has an oyster tank in the lobby, the menu offers a wide selection of meat and chicken dishes. The emphasis is on meals prepared with fresh, wholesome ingredients. The kitchen caters for all dietary requirements, with options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-intolerant guests. The indoor seating area at The Great White House Restaurant has a large fireplace making it perfect for long leisurely lunches and cosy dinners in winter. A sheltered outdoor seating area is a tranquil space where colourful sugarbirds sip nectar and sing their bird song. Fully licensed, The Great White House Restaurant is perfect for catered functions and can seat up to 140 people.

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The Great White House Restaurant was started to cater for Marine Dynamics, providing the boat lunches needed for shark cage diving and whale watching trips. 

The restaurant opened to the public in 2009 and employs a dynamic team, headed by resident chef Chris Pead. 

A visit to The Great White House will leave you feeling inspired and more aware of the area’s beautiful marine and natural environment, than when you first arrived.

Restaurant / Menu

Restaurant / Menu

The Great White House Restaurant strives to keep things green, using sustainably caught line fish and seafood that strictly upholds SASI standards. 

Only the finest cuts of meat and poultry are used.

Vegetables and herbs are grown in The Great White House vegetable garden, and those that aren’t are sourced within a 50-kilometre radius. Foraged greens also share space on the menu. 

There are menu options for vegetarians, vegans and guests with special dietary needs.

No visit is complete, without first sampling the artisanal bread, desserts, and cakes freshly baked in the pastry kitchen.

À la Carte Menu
  • Breakfast
  • Starters
  • Salads
  • Light Meals
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Main Courses
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Kids Menu
  • Desserts
  • Cake

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Southern Right Bar

Southern Right Bar

An oasis for local and international travellers alike, the Southern Right Bar is the heartbeat of the Great White House. 

The bar services the Great White House Restaurant and provides a cosy seating area for those guests who want to make new friends and share great stories. 

Stocking an exceptional selection of local and international liquor, the bar proudly showcases wine, craft beer and gin sourced from nearby wine estates, microbreweries and distilleries.

  • Wine 
  • Beer
  • Cider
  • Gin
  • Vodka
  • Cane
  • Tequila
  • Rum
  • Whiskey
  • Brandy
  • Cognac
  • Jägermeister
  • Sambuca
  • Liqueurs
  • Beer
  • Cider
  • Sparkling Wine
Functions & Special Events

Functions & Special Events

The Great White House caters for private functions and special events for up to 40 guests.

Private Functions
  • Weddings
  • Birthdays
  • Club Events
  • Corporate Events 


  • Menu (arranged to suit your taste and budget)
  • Outdoor Braai Area
  • Long Social Table 
Special Events
  • Music Evenings
  • Monthly Wine Guild

Contact The Great White House Restaurant for more information about private functions and upcoming events. 

The Curio Shop

The Curio Shop

Take your time and browse through the well-stocked gift and curio shop when you visit The Great White House. The selection includes but is not limited to:

  • Books (topics relating to sharks, whales, the ocean and adventurers)
  • Local arts and crafts
  • T-shirts
  • Hats
  • Bikinis
  • Cycling wear
  • GoPros 
  • Underwater cameras
  • Curios 
  • Fossilised shark teeth 
  • Sunglasses
  • Jewellery
  • Soft toys
  • Jams, pickles and preserves with a unique range made from kelp 
  • Rusks and biscuits
Meet Suzi

Meet Suzi

The massive skeleton of a female southern right whale fondly known as Suzi, ‘floats’ above The Great White House Restaurant’s dining area as gracefully as a two-ton, 14.3-meter whale skeleton can.

Suzi washed out at Pearly Beach in 2005 and most likely met her untimely end after a collision with a passing ship.

The process of restoring and preserving Suzi’s bones took seven years and the hoisting of her frame above the main seating area took three nights, and as the story goes, 10 pizzas! 

Suzi was officially unveiled as a permanent exhibition in 2013. She is a constant reminder of our responsibility as protectors of the marine environment.



“It was an absolute pleasure enjoying a meal with my parents and nephew at The Great White House Restaurant. The atmosphere is enjoyable if you want a relaxed yet sophisticated experience. The food is top-notch and flavourful. We sat inside close to the fireplace on a cold morning and it was exceptionally cosy.”  Wihan van der Walt
“The Great White House Restaurant is a complete experience. Walking in, you can see the place is set out to make our oceans safer for our fish. You can dispose of your fishing line as you enter. The food is aesthetically pleasing and affordable. The cappuccino was made to perfection. Be sure to roam around their gift shop. My husband and I bought some nice sunglasses.”  Bernadette Bredenkamp
“I was there for our year-end function and the food was great! Full portions with magical flavours. Service is quick and efficient. I shall return to The Great White House Restaurant for a second helping.”  Ian Rossouw
“I loved The Great White House Restaurant! The food was amazing and the atmosphere was relaxing. There's lots to see and more to do than I initially thought. History in one corner and a whale's skeleton hanging from the ceiling with others. I recommend The Great White House for an authentic ocean experience.”  Rellas Killian
“An exceptional offering. The Great White House Restaurant serves excellent food at very reasonable prices. The staff are friendly.”  Jeff Rossouw
“I had my 32-anniversary dinner at The Great White House Restaurant and asked for a special table. I got more than I expected. Thank you for the romantic experience you gave us, the food was fantastic, and our waiter gave us excellent service. Will be back every year.”  Adelino De Abreu
“We enjoyed a great meal with excellent food. I can recommend The Great White House Restaurant!”  Sarita Oosthuizen



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