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Gaaitjie Restaurant

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Sampson Street, Paternoster | Off Sampson Road, Paternoster 7381, South Africa
+27 22 752 2242
12:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Thu - Mon 12:00 - 22:00
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Cape Town
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87 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We made a booking here and drove up from Cape Town for lunch. The setting is lovely, with three different sections overlooking the sea. The food was beautifully presented and very tasty. The portions are not skimpy but of a size that we could comfortably have a starter, main and dessert. Very well worth the drive for a special occasion.... More 

Thank F C
Stockholm, Sweden
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Second recommendation from Dunes B&B. We had fantastic dinner at Square Spoon the day Before, so how will now Gaaitjie be compared to Square Spoon - interesting! Arrived and was placed on the porch towards the sea. Not so coozy Place and also plastic chairs, that didn't fit this Place. Inside more cozy. Back to food and service and if... More 

Thank christerb851
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely little spot on the beach with lovely views as the fishing boats come in. Under new management and I was a little disappointed in the choices of the main menu but the food was very tasty and the service was friendly. Thank you

Thank Elmar M
Somerset West, South Africa
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shabby chick and on the beach- fabulous spot on the beach in Paternoster! Warm welcome, great ambience and the best Mussel pot I have ever eaten. Rosemary bread beautifully baked and stunning in presentation. Delicious. On the down side the Yello tale was overcooked. Will be back nonetheless and was still my fave dining place in Paternoster!

Thank 551dgdg
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect setting for a special occasion. The crayfish and kingklip were immaculate. The hospitality friendly and we even received a complimentary bottle of champagne to celebrate. Will defnitely be back.

Thank Ronlion85
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is located in a charming, old fisherman's cottage with a spectacular beach/sea view. We enjoyed a lovely simple lunch at Gaaitje. The fish was deliciously fresh and the orange/almond cake mouth-watering. A memorable experience.

Thank Claudia F
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Paternoster, an idyllic fisherman village, there is a tiny restaurant called Gaaitjie. It has a stunning view over the beach and ocean and the interior is like you go way back in time. I mean that in a positive way. The food was very good, with surprising flavours and the fish couldn't be fresher. As we had a table... More 

Thank Patrick H
Klerksdorp, South Africa
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66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a very special anniversary dinner at Gaaitjie. The setting is beautiful and you are literally on the beach! Great views of the sun setting. The service was very professional through the entire evening. From the waitress to the hostess and the chef. The menu is very diverse and offers something for everyone. The pork belly salad was divine.... More 

Thank Ruletjie
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were slightly disappointed with our Kingklip mains. The fish was slightly overcooked and we thought it might have been frozen. After all the rave reviews we were not convinced.

Thank Merle T
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the restaurant in a power cut. This did not deter the chef from offering 90% of his menu. Excellent food! Fish cakes starter really good, kingklip in a saffron sauce superb. Chocolate creme brûlée and Malva crumble pud!! Really super lunch, great service and superb setting. Thankyou!

Thank ofacey

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sampson Street, Paternoster | Off Sampson Road, Paternoster 7381, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Paternoster
  • Phone Number: +27 22 752 2242
We bring you a unique dining experience.. Explore the Paternoster beach and nestled amongst the rocks, you will find a simple white-washed fisherman's cottage. This 70 year old building, known as 'Gaaitjie' has a warm, nostalgic atmosphere, true to its heritage. This unique atmosphere of tradition and comfort has inspired an eclectic menu featuring local produce, fused with contemporary and Asian influences. Our food is unpretentious and made with love, using sustainable fresh local produce as far as possible. Our décor is modest and comfortable and our unique location promises spectacular views to compliment a memorable dining experience.

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