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The Cuckoo tree

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$$ - $$$
Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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Rothnick Croft Building, Corner Dirkie Uys and High Street | 155 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
+27 28 312 3430
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Hermanus, South Africa
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57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mother and daughter team experienced and famous for special meals , catering and delicious cheese-cake In a small town like Hermanus it still has the intimate feeling of sitting at the family table chatting to friends etc Outside under the trees or inside in a small but cosy spot . Served and welcomed by the owners regular customers have lunch... More 

Thank Tertia B
Pretoria, South Africa
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been going to Cuckoo tree for 10+ years. Best breakfast in town and great lunches. Small restaurant hidden away from the tourists - there a reason this is a spot for the locals. Friendly family run and served. Try the 'craig' special breakfast and fish for lunch.

Thank Nico v
Johannesburg, South Africa
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146 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had breakfast here one day and it was really nice. Interesting menu and all carefully prepared on order so takes a little longer but boy was it worth it.

Thank Yellowblood
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The breakfast we had at Cuckoo tree was excellent and not expensive. The eggs were well cooked and prepared. Service was friendly and prompt. We highly recommend this listing and we will soon return for lunch.

Thank liz3471
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An absolutely gorgeous meal. Not often that I rave about a salad, but wow what a salad!! Followed by a first class fillet steak. First class evening. Thank you.

Thank John E
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A good meal with a small but interesting menu. Staff very obliging and found us a table outside in the small courtyard despite having booked inside. Need to allow at least a week to get a table. Will definitely return again.

Thank judy362017
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a recent visit to Hermanus, i visited twice, cant rate this place enough, great place, great food, and great staff, all with attention to detail, brilliant, brilliant, with great atmosphere. Give it a try, you will not be disapointed, I cant wait to go back there. BoooooooM

Thank MarkBClifford
Long Compton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We went there with our family including a 17 month old baby, they could not have been more welcoming or attentive. Excellent food and service, great ambiance. Took all the stress our of eating out with a little one. A real find.

Thank nomads90
Bellevue, Washington
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

I had a beautiful, just right cooked half of a line fish - it was very moist and better than any halibut or salmon that I ever had. Seemed like locals ate there. Lots of birds at the tree feeder to keep you busy while you waited.

Thank Vince C
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We visit this restaurant quite often and we have tried almost all the menu dishes. We highly recommend this spot sitting in the garden for a good meal and its excellent friendly service. Great value for money.

Thank grean523

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rothnick Croft Building, Corner Dirkie Uys and High Street | 155 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Hermanus
  • Phone Number: +27 28 312 3430
The Cuckoo Tree was recommended by a friend. Had it not been we would not have come across it. Seating only ablout 30 people, it is an elegant and warm restaurant, run by a mother and her daughters. Lovely ambience, we noticed the others there looked like people "who know their food". An advanatage is you can take your own wine without corkage. Tastefully set tables. I would descibe the menu (dinner) as almost eclectic. Not large, but an emphasis on more unusual dishes, not the run-of-the-mill ones seen so often. We shares a double blue cheese souffle. Beautifully dopne, soft and featherlike and not too overpowering in terms of cheese. We each opted for the crispy duck - two generous portions and while crispy on the outside, the flesh was tender. Served with an orange and Van der Hum liqeur sause (the latter being a South African liqeur). it was served separately so as to prevent the duck becoming soggy. Vegertables just cooked - therefore crispy - without sugar added which is a disgusting South African habit. For dessdert we shared camembaert cigars in a rasberry coulis. Mmm. Afterwards sat out side - beautiful evening - drinking coffee and polishing off the last bit of wine. Were joined by Mum and daughters and ended up chatting for about another hour. I/we eat out a bit and travel a lot so have a pretty good idea of what is good and what is excellent. I would award 5 stars. If asked where my best dining experience was in the last year, I would have no hesitation whatsever nominating The Cuckoo Tree. Their telephone number: From outside South Africa: 00 28 3123430. From within: 028 3123430.
They also serve teas, breakfast and lunch. And change the menu every now and then.
Peter Francis
Cape Town
South Africa

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