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Gaaitjie Restaurant

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Sampson Street, Paternoster | Off Sampson Road, Paternoster, Saldanha Bay Municipality 7381, South Africa
+27 22 752 2242
12:00 - 22:00
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Thu - Mon 12:00 - 22:00
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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241 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had lunch at Gaaitjie Restaurant, situated on the Paternoster beach with great views of the ocean. There are two outside areas - very popular and requiring a reservation even out of season - and an interior section which is less popular. We had booked well in advance and had a great table of the outside patio area. The staff... More 

Thank Les P
Middelbrug South Africa
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Food was very good and servings was enough. Beautiful setting of the restaurant. Would love to have lunch without wind and take a deep breath of the view of the ocean. We had supper and was cold sitting outside but we were offered a blanket and this was great. Very rustic building but great.... More 

Thank 98pieterj
Greater London, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We booked (you have to especially on a Sunday when nothing else is open) and it was a cold night and we arrived and were shown our table - OUTSIDE!! Our faces told a story and the one outdoor heater barely warmed itself but with literally no where else to go we pulled on a thin coat and looked at... More 

Thank Studd2710
New York City, New York
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407 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Die Gaatjie has a wonderful setting looking over the water in Paternoster. A quaint building with simple rustic vibes, it is an incredibly calm and relaxing setting. The staff are so friendly and welcoming, and it really is such a pleasant place to sit for lunch. Our starters were the highlight - the tuna and the calamari were as fresh... More 

Thank steyno
Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a treat. Amazing food, beautiful views and kid friendly. Loved the calamari starter (with a touch of cinnimon). Great kids food too. My 9 yr old had the most succulent chickent strips. The tuna was out of this world. Fishcakes delicious. My hubby had the yellowtail. Outstanding, juicy and succulent. Desert was divine. Kids had pancotta which they loved.... More 

Thank glennysstewart4
Kimberley, South Africa
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All the elements of a memorable dinner experience. Friendly helpful staff, exceptionally good food, and wine enhancing the culinary tastes, while watching the ocean. We had calamari with red onion and charred corn as starters, Kingklip with a sauce to die for, topping it off with malva and vanilla ice cream, ginger snaps on the side. We WILL be back!!!!!!

Thank WillemCoetzer
Crewe, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had told one of my SA Friends that I was planning a trip up the West Coast whilst staying near Cape Town and she implored me to go to Gaaitjie. So having visited Darling Brewery the day before and had beer and a steak burger I thought I would treat my taste buds to something a little more refined.... More 

Thank ChristopherHind
Hamburg, Germany
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great evening. the food an wine was ecellent. As well the service very friendly from the beginning....the view and atmosphere cant be better. it is on of the place in Paternoster you shouldnt miss...

Thank Hans-Werner L
Pretoria, South Africa
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121 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully located and the staff very friendly. My wife loved her smoked snoek salad starter and I enjoyed my calamari although it was a very small portion. The main was a crusted monk fish which I was not keen on and again the portions in relation to cost were very small. My wife enjoyed her mushroom risotto. Overall a little... More 

Thank AlanPretoria
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

New management very relaxed. Love the new layout. Food was amazing although we only had starters for lunch. Very nice casual vibe with exceptional food and excellent friendly service.

Thank 843gbrown

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sampson Street, Paternoster | Off Sampson Road, Paternoster, Saldanha Bay Municipality 7381, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Saldanha Bay Municipality  >  Paternoster
  • Phone Number: +27 22 752 2242
We bring you a unique dining experience.. Explore the Paternoster beach and nestled amongst the rocks, you will find a simple white-washed fisherman's cottage. This 70 year old building, known as 'Gaaitjie' has a warm, nostalgic atmosphere, true to its heritage. This unique atmosphere of tradition and comfort has inspired an eclectic menu featuring local produce, fused with contemporary and Asian influences. Our food is unpretentious and made with love, using sustainable fresh local produce as far as possible. Our décor is modest and comfortable and our unique location promises spectacular views to compliment a memorable dining experience.

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