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Reviewed 23 March 2022 via mobile

Spectacular tasting menu of food and wine. Amazing beach and ocean view. Understated and fabulous service. Deserves all of the accolades it is receiving

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 13 March 2022 via mobile

Wow, what a fantastic experience ! Small restaurant with beautiful sea view, and fantastic food, and wines. Very friendly people and beautifully served dishes. No meat, only local fish and vegetables. Beautiful combinations of food, and fantastic wines paired. Wonderful experience !

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 27 February 2022

Expectations were high coming to one of the Top 50 restaurants in the world. While good Wolfgat would be lucky to be a Top 50 restaurant in South Africa. The setting is absolutely stunning and you would be hard pressed to beat it. However the...atmosphere is very sterile and the staff are inattentive, I don’t mind pouring my own wine and water, but if you charge 5 star prices I would expect 5 star service. A number of the courses weren’t explained when the dishes were presented, and we had to ask for an explanation. Arriving there is no chance to have an aperitif, you are seated and the welcome is short and to the point. You feel as if you are being rushed through the service, which is regrettable. The food was very good and well presented, and with the exception of the pineapple ice cream, tasted amazing. The dessert was inedible and we sent it back, the chef never came to ask why we didn’t eat it, the ice cream tasted sour and was curdled. Towards the end of the evening we ordered coffee while still having wine in our glasses, having asked the waiters to wait a bit for our coffees they still proceeded to pour while we were enjoying our wine. If your are looking to spend the prices Wolfgat charge rather try Fyn, La Colombe etc, they offer fair better value. The overall experience left us feeling underwhelmed.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 21 February 2022

We had booked 4 months in advance with the intention of spending our 50th wedding anniversary in Paternoster. We were not disappointed with Wolfgat. Personal attention - especially with the wine pairing, an extremely knowledgeable host and attentive staff. A wonderful interesting experience.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 10 February 2022

The restaurant is definitely worth the drive as the knowledgeable team delivers incredible food paired with amazing, largely local wines in a lovely, somewhat rustic setting essentially on the beach. It is a true culinary tour de force!

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 9 February 2022

We rushed from Cape Town having booked 2 months prior, having read and heard so much, I already had quite an opinion having never even stepped into the restaurant. We were 10 min late and I was anxious as I know this is special. My...anxieties left me instantly as I was lead to a table with most probably the most gorgeous view I have ever set my eyes on. And now I am in Greece. Hallelujah! Seaweed butter, limpet, oyster with mandarin sorbet, these are some of the few things that will adorn my tastebuds in the coming hours. Everything is locally sourced, so it feels like an education. Not to mention the wine tasting which is done by Kobus in a beautiful lightweight glass. Over all, food and wine-wise, its unforgettable. The amount of knowledge, time and experimentation taken to create such an experience is overwhelming. Small details I liked, there was a brown packet that you put your mask into once you sat at the table, whether this was for hygiene or aesthetic purposes, it was lovely. Service reminded me of a well orchestrated dance. They are definitely well trained, as I sensed no stress from the waiters with all the different courses. My only small criticism, is that it seemed a bit stiff, perhaps the staff are a bit tired, but with the price we were paying, I would have appreciated a bit of conversation. I also found the wine pairing slightly overpriced. Overall, incredible, inspiring, we thought about it weeks after we had been.Hoping to visit next year again.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 27 January 2022

What an amazing experience! Definitely worth a visit! Tastebuds were alive with all the flavors! Dishes were very artistic, delicious and beautifully presented! Lots of attention to detail! Chef and Staff were very helpful and informative by explaining all the dishes and the wine! We...ate things we never thought we ever would and it was so delicious! A very relaxing afternoon with stunning views! Hats off to the Chef and Staff!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 22 January 2022

Thank you Kobus and your team for the culinary/wine experience of a lifetime. Exquisitely inventive, artistic and thoughtful. We were really moved - in the same way as Oep ve Koep, by your commitment to originality, sustainability and support for local producers and talent. You're...an artist and an innovator; thank you for exceeding our already very high expectations. We loved the simplicity of the restaurant, the calm friendliness and quiet confidence of your staff and we felt very privileded to hear about the dishes and the wines directly from you. Some day the world may wake up and realise that we need to eat like this all the time where possible, but until then - please keep inspiring us! Thank you.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 8 January 2022 via mobile

Wolfgat is not your custom fine dining restaurant. It is simple and understated with a rather bland interior but beautiful view of the ocean. The menu is intelligently designed using local foraged ingredients which make for great conversation and a singing palate. There were a...few “hit and miss” dishes that arrived underwhelming in presentation, lukewarm and no real wow flavour factor. We loved the Mussels topped with a Savoury Custard- this was nothing short of sensational! Dessert was a disappointment with icy ice cream. And being the last course on New Year’s Eve, it failed miserably… Service is attentive with the head chef guiding diners throughout the menu. There are better restaurants in Cape Town. Wolfgat presents a unique dining experience with the emphasis on clean eating. I would recommend Wolfgat based on the unique dining experience and the opportunity to taste local ingredients. Lots of effort but it needs to be consistent which I believe is lacking.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 25 October 2021

We did not really enjoy our experience... On the day, you get a Whatsapp saying you have to be punctual at 7pm, the seating is only 2,5hrs and the venue closes at 10pm sharp...when curfew is only from 12 midnight… At the table, the printed...A4 menus were hard to read as the printer was running out of ink. The staff need more training. They hardly say a word, it almost feels like they don’t want to interact with the clients. Towards the end we had to pour our own wine. If it wasn’t for the bread, I would have left still feeling hungry. My partner emailed the restaurant before the time to say she doesn’t eat red meat but loves fish so that they know. In place of my 4 slithers of springbok loin she got 4 slithers of beetroot and a few tiny mushrooms on her plate ...she’s not vegetarian so why not an oyster or two or a piece of fish? When my partner said she was a bit disappointed, the waiter walked away without saying a word. It wasn’t long when the chef arrived only to say that the hero of the dish were the mushrooms and not the springbok which is why she got beetroot…really? There were no side plates; they don’t change wine glasses unless specifically requested so your wine pairing goes in the same glass. To end it all, the discretionary gratuity of 12,5% was slapped onto the bill without us even having an opportunity to lower or not, based on our experience. We would have still tipped but let US decide. The food is different and some of the flavour combinations were quite interesting but, it is way overpriced and above all, there is no personal touch, you feel like just another number. Unfortunately, it turned out to a birthday treat I’ll never forget for all the wrong reasons.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Response from Gerard N | Reviewed this property |
It's quite frustrating. The price of fame?
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As international jet setters we have never experienced this phenomenon before. Fame no doubt "has gone to their heads". A nearby restaurant somehow hijacked our attempted booking! Never experienced anything like this... More
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Over R 1000 per pax. Not worth half of that
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  • Food: 4.5
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