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Our listed hours is seating times. Gaaitjie is open 7 days a week since we added the beach bar, Gaaitjie UNPLUGGED. We are open for you to enjoy local beers, West Coast & Swartland wines and cocktails all day. You can sit at the beach and watch the tide come in or go out. We bring you an unique dining experience. Explore the Paternoster beach and nestled among the rocks, you will find a simple white-washed fisherman's cottage. This 100+ year old building, known as 'Gaaitjie' has a warm, nostalgic atmosphere. 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
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Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Beach, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to book! We had lunch in this restaurant right on the beach - stunning views. To be honest I expected standard tourist "calamari and chips" food - but was blown away by the amazing food - from the cute little starter rolls to...brilliant starters. We both had the Monk fish with Dhania Yogurt for mains - really excellent - such a unusual combination that works. Don't expect fast food - but why would you with a view like this - take your time and don't rush. Only negative was not having any space for desert - they also looked amazing.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is very well placed right on the beach front. The food is exceptional as is the service. They are very welcoming and you want to sit down and have a meal.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Relaxed, easy, hearty, fun. That about sums it up for me. We went for lunch on a Monday, meeting up with family for the first time in 3,5 years thanks to covid, and this was the perfect reunion spot. A warm welcome, seating outside, puppy...was welcome too (only outside which is fair), beautiful weather and then such tasty and well presented food. Easy. We’ll be back.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic place for a sunset meal, set right on the beach. Good staff, wines and food. So pleased our guest house booked us in before our arrival as the place was full.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 17 February 2022

but this did not detract from the excellent food.Good menu and happy vibe..booking for Sunday lunch imperative.I felt that they could do with more servers.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 15 February 2022 via mobile

We had an amazing Valentine’s Day celebration at the Gaaitjie. The food was absolutely incredible with a stunning view, right on the beach! We had the mussels for starters and the masala prawns for mains. Both dishes were out of this world. The manager and...staff are incredibly friendly, making a world class restaurant feel like home. The wine list is superb. We will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 14 February 2022 via mobile

We’ve been here many times, but not for two years due to covid. An attractive covered outside area has been added recently - giving more space outside. The setting is fabulous, right on the beach. Our meal was excellent, as always and the staff are...attentive and fun to talk to. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 10 February 2022

We went there on a Tuesday late afternoon, not fully realising that their late menu is only from Thursdays to Mondays: However, the small "snack" menu, coupled with the breathtaking view made up for it (us not reading correctly). For a sundowner and dinner a...very good choice in Paternoster!More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 7 February 2022

Lovely position on the beach. The staff are efficient and friendly and the food delicious. It is very reasonably priced.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 22 January 2022

They have expanded the outdoor seating since we have been here last in 2018. To me the most romantic restaurant in Paternoster with fairy lights and all outside. Service was fast, friendly and efficient. Complimentary fabulous honey bread and butter on arrival. We had the...West Coast Mussels with apple cider and fennel, Calamari with Asian slaw and Fish Cakes. The calamari was the stand-out but all 3 beautifully plated and delicious. For mains we had the Sesame Crusted Tuna with wasabi mash, lovely and refreshing, the Masala Prawns with saffron rice, spicy and indulgent, and the cracker of a Pork Belly dish, crispy crispy, the dish of the day. Fantastic experience, a must visit in Paternoster.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Ayub I
8 November 2020|
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Response from mariskaduplessis | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do.
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Response from Kruger F | Property representative |
Yes we are dog friendly.
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13 March 2017|
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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