Great White House Restaurant

There’s Something About Suzi

The Great White House Restaurant offers diners a mouthwatering selection of wholesome cooking. The resident chef uses only the freshest and finest produce sourced from the surrounding area, which includes the restaurant’s very own vegetable garden and delicately prepared kelp toppings. While The Great White House Restaurant specializes in seafood and has an oyster-tank in the lobby, the menu offers a wide selection of meat, chicken and vegetarian dishes, and caters for all dietary requirements. The indoor seating area boasts a large fireplace making it perfect for long leisurely lunches and cosy dinners in winter, while the high, sweet-smelling thatched roof, lends cool tranquility to the atmosphere in summer. There is a sheltered outdoor seating area that lays nestled between lush leafy-trees, where colorful sugarbirds sip nectar and sing their bird song. Be sure to pop in at the gift and curio shop while you stretch your legs between courses. Although it is advisable to reserve a table for dinner, walk-ins are welcomed throughout the day. The Great White House Restaurant is child friendly and has a safe outdoor play area. The spacious venue is perfect for functions and seats 140 people.

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About

About

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The Great White House Restaurant originally catered for Marine Dynamics clients, providing the boat lunches needed for shark cage diving and whale watching trips. 

Due to public demand, the restaurant opened to the public in 2009 and now employs a dynamic team of staff, headed by resident chef, Chris Pead. The Great White House is environmentally conscious using only biodegradable and recyclable products. 

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

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Restaurant

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

Vegetables and herbs that are not foraged for or grown in The Great White House vegetable garden, are sourced within a 50-kilometre radius. The same applies to all other ingredients and products used in the restaurant. Most notably, the wine and craft beer selection has been carefully sourced from nearby wine estates and micro-breweries.  

No visit to The Great White House Restaurant is complete without sampling the home-baked desserts, cakes and artisanal bread, created in the restaurant's pastry kitchen.

Breakfast:
  • Start the day with a hearty breakfast from the à la carte menu. 
Light Meals:
  • Burgers
  • Steak rolls
  • Schnitzels
  • Paninis
  • Gourmet sandwiches 
  • Pancakes
Lunch and dinner 
  • Fresh salads 
  • Starters
  • Vegetarian options
  • Ocean fresh seafood (ranging from oysters, mussels and line fish, to  sustainably farmed abalone)
  • Succulent cuts of beef steak, pork and chicken
  • Traditional South African cuisine (such as bobotie, venison pie and bunny chow) 
Deserts:
  • Home-baked, sweet-treats.
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Menu

Menu

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The Great White House offers a selection of delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items with the emphasis being on locally sourced ingredients. 

Take a closer look at the menu here.

Southern Right Bar

Southern Right Bar

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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 as well as having 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 adult beverages, the bar proudly showcases wines from the immediate Overberg region, as well as craft beer from a nearby micro-brewery. 

The bar staff are friendly and just like the whale that the Southern Right Bar is named after, you will undoubtedly make the pilgrimage to this watering-hole again and again and again.

Functions and Special Events

Functions and Special Events

The Great White House caters for small functions such as weddings and birthdays, for groups up to 40 guests. 

Private Functions

There is an outdoor braai area with a long social table where you and your guests can celebrate! A special menu can be arranged to suit your taste and budget on request. 

Special Events

The main dining hall has fantastic acoustics and music evenings are held from time-to-time. One of the most memorable being a recital by the Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. There is a piano which means impromptu recitals happen when you least expect them. 

The Great White House is also perfect for club gatherings and proudly plays host to the Wine Guild who meet at the venue once a month.

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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 dining area of the Great White House as gracefully as a two-ton, 14.3-meter skeleton can.

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

The process of restoring and preserving Suzi’s bones took seven years and the actual 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 and is a constant reminder of our responsibility towards the protection of the marine environment.

Reviews

Reviews

“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 for a second helping.” Ian Rossouw, Google Review
“I loved it! 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, Google Review
“An exceptional offering. Excellent food at very reasonable prices served by friendly staff.” Jeff Rossouw, Google Review
“I had my 32-anniversary dinner there 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, Google Review
“We enjoyed a great meal with excellent food. I can recommend the restaurant!” Sarita Oosthuizen, Google Review

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