Tolbos Bistro is a family-friendly bistro that serves the freshest seafood and wholesome South African cuisine. This quaint, stone, fisherman’s cottage has a cosy indoor seating area which is perfect for more intimate meals, as well as a spacious outdoor area which boasts the most spectacular view over Gansbaai Harbour and Walker Bay. Fill up on a hearty breakfast to get your day started, relax over a leisurely lunch while watching colourful fishing trawlers offloading their catch, or quite simply indulge in a dinner-feast created with only the freshest and finest locally sourced produce. There is a lush expanse of lawn with a jungle gym and sandpit to keep the kids entertained while you absorb a memorable African sunset. Aaaah….living the Gansbaai dream. Tolbos Bistro can comfortably seat 40 and is fully licensed, making it perfect for small functions such as weddings and birthdays. There is also a spit-braai facility available on request.
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Carol Devitt’s life took an unexpected yet adventurous turn in 2002 when she received a phone call from her mom who announced that she had just purchased a restaurant and needed help running it. Carol, who has a degree in sports science and was in the United States at the time, didn't hesitate for a moment, and immediately leapt on a plane to join her mom in her new venture. Tolbos eventually moved from the main road of Gansbaai to a traditional fisherman’s cottage dating back to 1921, which overlooks Gansbaai’s Old Harbour. The Devitt family painstakingly restored the stone cottage to its former glory, and the laid-back venue now has a welcoming vibe where guests instantly feel at home. Carol and her husband, Wayne, now run the bistro while Carol’s mom is a silent partner, concentrating on more important matters such as keeping an eye on her precious grandson, Luke. Luke grew up playing ‘restaurant-restaurant’ and at the tender age of five and would seriously confide in amused guests that he was the owner and was running the place. The Devitt family invite you to join them at what will surely become your home away from home.