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Had a wonderful lunch at Gaaitjie. The quaint restaurant is right on the beach and has a special ambiance. The service was good and the food was absolutely delicious. A great experience!

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Excellent meal and setting for lunch. Calamari, fish cakes, mussels and seared tuna was all excellent. Our waitress was not very friendly but the service was prompt. Definitely recommend!

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 days ago

A wonderful restaurant on the shoreline of Paternoster Bay. Great food. Acceptable pricing. Seafood bias which one would expect. We enjoyed a super dinner and really appreciated the attentive, excellent service and delicious cuisine. Recommended.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner at Gaaitjie. The menu is concise, with very interesting dishes, including less conventional ingredient combinations that were well thought out and very good to eat. The dishes were well prepared and the service prompt and courteous, complementing Paternoster's unique setting and vibe.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped on the off chance for lunch and had the most amazing meal. Can recommend the snoek salad starter, ordered a second it was so good....

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wife and I had a great evening at the Gaaitjie recently. The food was fresh and delicious. We had 3 sources, and each was amazing. The service from the staff was excellent. And the setting on the beach from in Paternoster rounded an awesome evening.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 26 April 2021

Quaint stunning setting, beautifully presented and most scrumptious food. We had the patagonian calamari, famous mussels and the seared tuna - wow all round. The most heavenly flavours.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 19 April 2021 via mobile

Let me start by pointing out that Gaaitjies website is misleading. Chef Jaco Kruger has apparently not been in the country for 2yrs. As someone who ‘travels to eat’ his credentials make a dining experience at Gaaitjie very appealing. This is a simple restaurant with...simple food. There were 3 of us who went for lunch, 2 ordered West Coast mussels, in a beer broth, lemongrass, lime, coconut milk, fresh coriander and chilli. These was not a hint of the Asian flavours one would expect from these ingredients, the broth tasted instead of seawater. The bun that was served with the mussels was really delicious. I had the Courgette and corn fritters which consisted of basil mayo, pickled courgette ribbons, charred corn and roasted baby tomatoes. The flavours were mostly of heavily charred corn and egg. It was at this stage that questioned who is the chef was and I was told that there are number of chefs and that chef Jaco had moved to Ireland. For mains, the two orders of oysters were nothing special. I had the mushroom linguine which was extremely rich and had an overbearing truffle oil taste and smell. I didn’t eat it. We had the Seasalter Sauvignon Blanc, which is a really nice wine and is on the menu in many restaurants in and around Cape Town. I would recommend going to Gaaitjie for drinks.More

Date of visit: April 2021
GaaitjieRestaurant, Owner at Gaaitjie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2021

Thank you for taking your time to write your review. I am sorry you didn't enjoy the food. Although Chef Jaco has moved to Ireland only 9 months ago, not 2 years ago, we haven't had time to update our website, sorry that you felt...More

Reviewed 18 April 2021 via mobile

We walked to Gaaitjie along the beach, enjoyed the most amazing meal as the sun set and counted our blessings with good wine and even better friends.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 7 April 2021

Off the sand and into the restaurant. Small menu but interesting choices. Great wine list! Don't miss out on the mussels!

Date of visit: March 2021
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Ayub I
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Response from mariskaduplessis | Reviewed this property |
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Response from Kruger F | Property representative |
Yes we are dog friendly.
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Hi Henriette. We would love to host you for this special event. Please send me your details to the gaaitjie reservations e-mail so we can organize this special day. Kind regards, Valmé
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Gaaitjie Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5