Wining & Dining

Food is such an enjoyable part of being on holiday and we serve a taste bud-tingling breakfast here at Cliff Lodge. We also have some favourite restaurants that we recommend to our guests for lunch and dinner, some of these on excellent wine farms in the area.  Here’s a list of some of our preferred restaurants and wine farms in De Kelders, Gansbaai, Stanford and the Overberg region.

de kelders

Benguela Restaurant

The combination of a passion for food and wine, excellent attention to detail and impeccable personalised service makes this a unique dining experience. Jonathan welcomes guests into his beautiful home in De Kelders, and invites you to make new friends at their lavish 16-seater Chef’s Table as you enjoy a  five-course set menu paired with fine wines, followed by handmade truffles, espresso and Cognac. The fun-filled, elegant feast at Benguela will be one you will always remember. Booking is essential.

Phone: 071 337 2971
Physical address: 24 Eiland Str, De Kelders
Dinner: 6:30pm – booking essential

Coffee on the Rocks

Coffee on the Rocks, as the name suggests, is a café restaurant perched on the rocks at De Kelders, overlooking Walker Bay. Gayle serves lunch, light meals and delicious cakes. Everything is fresh and there are blackboard specials every day. Comfortable and casual, with friendly service and a fantastic view.

Phone: 028 384 2017
Physical address: 81 Cliff Street, De Kelders
Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday for lunch


Rosemary's Country Kitchen

Thyme at Rosemary restaurant in GansbaaiRosemary’s in Gansbaai is a local favourite.  They serve a good selection of traditional South African cooking on their small menu. This is country cooking at its best, using fresh ingredients, accompanied by local wines, craft beer and gin.

Phone: 0686994627
Physical address: 13 Main Road, Gansbaai
Opening times: Monday to Sunday 11.30am – 9.30pm

Blue Goose Restaurant

Blue Goose restaurant in Gansbaai serves fresh, locally sourced seafood, South African beef and lamb and unique regional wines in a friendly, stylish atmosphere. Set in an amazing old Gansbaai building that has been beautifully renovated, this elegant restaurant is a local favourite.

Phone: 0718631514
Physical: 22 Hoop St, Gansbaai
Opening times: Monday to Sunday 6.00pm – close



Schneider’s Cape Floral Kitchen, between Gansbaai and Stanford offers a slow-food menu using ingredients sourced from farms in the area and other local produce. Chef Jürgen Schneider holds a Michelin star and with his wife Susan they ran a successful restaurant in Germany. Now, having moved their lives to South Africa, they have established Schneider’s Cape Floral Kitchen as a gastronomic destination with Michelin star quality. Jürgen loves foraging for food from nature, and here in the Overberg he has a variety of local plants on his doorstep, which he uses as ingredients.  

Phone: 0820880307
Opening Hours: Open Wednesday to Saturday for dinner, and Sunday for lunch.

The Manor House Restaurant

The Manor House Restaurant at Stanford Valley serves delicious lunches and dinners in a beautiful setting overlooking the breath-taking Stanford mountains. The food is modern bistro soul food, and the service is always friendly and warm. The Manor House is one of our favourite places for lunch.

Phone: 0721980862
Physical address: 10km outside of Stanford on the R326
Opening hours: Thursday – Saturday 8am – 10pm; Sunday 8am – 4pm.

La trattoria

The Tasting Room at Stanford Hills near De Kelders Gansbaai South AfricaLa Trattoria is a charming, family run Italian restaurant in the village of Stanford where our guests enjoy warm hospitality and authentic Italian food. 

Phone: 0818057470
Physical address: 23 Queen Victoria Street, Stanford
Opening hours: 6:30 – close. Closed on Tuesday. 

RakA Wines - winery

Raka Winery near StanfordRaka Wines is 17 kilometres from Stanford nestled in the Kleinrivier Mountains and its slopes provide a variety of aspects and soil types to produce a wide range of award-winning wines to sample at their cellar. They are open for wine tasting on weekdays.  Make sure you taste the award-winning Biography Shiraz, one of our favourites.

Phone: 028 341 0676
Physical address: R326 Stanford
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm


The Black Oystercatcher Wine Estate

The Black Oyster Catcher is a boutique, family-run wine estate, off the beaten track along the Elim road. A favourite stop on the way to Cape Agulhas.

Phone: 028 482 1618
Physical Address: Moddervlei Farm, Elim
Opening hours: Open 6 days a week  (closed Mondays).  


Harbour Rock Restaurant

The Harbour Rock in Hermanus is a spectacularly situated restaurant, positioned ‘on the rocks’ inside the Hermanus Harbour. We recommend their sushi, and their beautifully prepared lunch dishes, which range from duck a l’orange, to slow-cooked lamb and grilled calamari. Watch the waves crash beneath you as you sip on crisp white wine with your sashimi, or a bottle of red with your fillet and pepper sauce.

Phone: 028 312 2920
Physical address: Suite 24A, New Harbour, Hermanus 
Opening hours: Open 7 days 11:00 – 21:30

The Hermanus Wine Route

The Hermanus Wine Route is a five-minute drive from the centre of Hermanus and threads its way along the R320 in the aptly named Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (Heaven-and-Earth Valley). The valley is protected from the sea breezes but benefits from the moist air and plentiful sunshine, making it seem like a little slice of ‘heaven’.

There are 15 good wine farms, starting with Hermanuspietersfontein, winding past top-rated Bouchard Finlayson and Hamilton Russell, and ending in a cluster that includes Ataraxia, Creation Wines and Domaine des Dieux. You can enjoy great wine-tasting at the estates, and some estates also arrange superb food-and-wine pairings, where you can explore how different flavours enhance each other. Creation Wines has our favourite unusual pairings: chocolate and wine pairing, a small plate pairing, and even a non-alcoholic tea and food pairing.

We love the laid back, friendly welcome that these wine farms in Hermanus offer our guests.