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The Barefoot Cook

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12 Aberdeen Street | Next to Romantiques, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
+27 28 312 4681
10:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:30
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Wed - Fri 18:30 - 21:30
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86 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2015

My wife and I enjoyed a lovely meal at the Barefoot Cook. Slightly off the beaten track, you enter through a book shop to a charming dining room. The menu is limited to 3 starters and mains, but still great choices, we both started with the wonderfully tasty asparagus and smoked trout soup, my wife chose the perfectly cooked lamb... More 

Thank Brian S
Hermanus, South Africa
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61 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

We had lunch today at The Barefoot Cook in Hermanus. A little out of the way and unusual since there is a book shop in front. We were greeted at the door by the Barefoot cook herself. and she is in fact barefoot! The restaurant is unpretentious and manages to do rustic with serenity. The menu is on the wall... More 

1 Thank Netscot
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63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

A review on another www site lead me to this restaurant! It is not open every day, so you need to check ahead. Seating is limited, and the choice too - which may put some off, but what you get is a small selection of dishes done really really well! - wine selection is great, and this is well worth... More 

1 Thank Julian H
Napier, South Africa
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

The first problem with "The Barefoot Cook" is that the entrance is through a fine antique bookshop. For me, that is a double distraction. The second problem is choosing what to eat, because the (blackboard) menu changes frequently. However, they nearly always offer such delights as kidneys and liver, so I know I'm not going to be disappointed. Salads, vegetarian,... More 

Thank Jay H
Hermanus, South Africa
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

A quaint restaurant with lovely ambience, all their dishes are personally prepared by The Barefoot Cook, Mari -Claire who prides herself in making your dining a delightful Experience! Once visited.... Never forgotten.

1 Thank Michael John H
Cape Town, South Africa
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

Lovely little courtyard space with a relaxed feel. The menu was small but everything was beautifully fresh and tasty. Best choice of the day was the creme brulee - one of the best I've ever had (and I've had hundreds!) Service attentive but laid back and wine recommendations were refreshingly honest.

Thank Annie S
Riebeek-West, South Africa
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79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

Tiny menu & as we'd had a good lunch, we decided to skip the starters and rather have a dessert. I had the half a duck (their signature dish) which was good (R185), & Mike the dorado (fish of the day, R150). Veges (carrots & a lovely creamed spinach) accompanied the mains. My crème brulee was good (thick & creamy,... More 

Thank GPWfmPE
Durban, South Africa
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

Different from the same ole, same ole, tired menus in SA.. First rate choice. Excellent cuisine. Every detail taken care of for the entire evening. Service impeccable. Ambience delightful.

Thank wendyparkhouse
South Africa
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

Delightful restaurant with wonderful staff. The food is beyond delicious. However we found it really expensive. R185 for duck and most other dishes R145-a bit too high for a tiny restaurant out of the way...

Thank KathrinSouthAfrica
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015

We had a truly wonderful dinner at this charming restaurant , one of few offering consistently good fare in Hermanus. Good local wine list reasonably priced and good service make this restaurant a must. The apple pie is particularly good.Congratulations Marie Claire!

Thank Hein P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
10:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:30
10:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:30
10:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:30
10:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Aberdeen Street | Next to Romantiques, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Hermanus
  • Phone Number: +27 28 312 4681

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?