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The Cuckoo tree

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Rothnick Croft Building, Corner Dirkie Uys and High Street | 155 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
+27 28 312 3430
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good26%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Rothnick Croft Building, Corner Dirkie Uys and High Street | 155 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was here in April, and nothing has changed, which is good news, as the place is brilliant. It's my favourite place to eat in Hermanus. Fabulous people, and an amazing menu. The place is always busy, and this creates a really nice atmosphere. The food...More

Thank MarkBClifford
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff Great menu with excellent food ! All freshly made always the same excellent quality. Highly recommended

Thank Kld179
Reviewed 5 November 2017

We had long been told by Hermanus residents and regular visitors to this ever growing seaside resort, that we should head to the centrally situated (thankfully not in one of the many new shopping malls there) ''The Cuckoo Tree" a hugely and deservedly so popular...More

Thank LewR
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Had a wonderful breakfast here recently. Nice ambience and friendly staff. Will be back again soon - hopefully for one of your theme nights. Was sorry I missed the Indonesian night at the weekend.

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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

A family run restaurant with a good vibe and wonderful food. An imaginative menu with some real winners - excellent for breakfast and lunch. We also enjoyed a special dinner here - only on special weekends when they are open, or in season. Excellent food,...More

Thank Catherine040
Reviewed 6 July 2017

The Cuckoo Tree has been around in Hermanus for many years and the patrons keep coming back. Why? Cosy intimate restaurant serving up simple and delicious meals. The restaurant is small — I would suggest booking a table. They are always busy over breakfast and...More

Thank Deevra
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

We have been enjoying the consistenly good food at Cuckoo tree for years. The food is always freshly prepared, exactely the way I like it…every time. Add to that a nice atmosphere, great service and friendly staff and you know why we keep on coming...More

Thank Nico558
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

We have been recommended to this special spot by our hotel and since then we came for lunch and breakfast. We loved the garden and its tranquillity. Such an amazing place with an excellent service. The food is specifically delicious. We highly recommend it.

Thank jost21800
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Mother and daughter team experienced and famous for special meals , catering and delicious cheese-cake In a small town like Hermanus it still has the intimate feeling of sitting at the family table chatting to friends etc Outside under the trees or inside in a...More

Thank Tertia B
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I've been going to Cuckoo tree for 10+ years. Best breakfast in town and great lunches. Small restaurant hidden away from the tourists - there a reason this is a spot for the locals. Friendly family run and served. Try the 'craig' special breakfast and...More

Thank Nico v
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Sheila R
30 December 2016|
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Response from geoffelske | Reviewed this property |
Hi Shiela try Fusion restaurant - I think they still have space
Neha M
13 December 2016|
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Response from Nigel R | Reviewed this property |
I seem to recall there were vegetarian items as both starters and mains. I am sure the owners will assist, they are very hands on.
jane d
4 February 2015|
Response from Cuckootreerestaurant |
Yes we are open for dinner. We do a Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rothnick Croft Building, Corner Dirkie Uys and High Street | 155 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Hermanus
  • Phone Number: +27 28 312 3430
The Cuckoo Tree was recommended by a friend. Had it not been we would not have come across it. Seating only ablout 30 people, it is an elegant and warm restaurant, run by a mother and her daughters. Lovely ambience, we noticed the others there looked like people "who know their food". An advanatage is you can take your own wine without corkage. Tastefully set tables. I would descibe the menu (dinner) as almost eclectic. Not large, but an emphasis on more unusual dishes, not the run-of-the-mill ones seen so often. We shares a double blue cheese souffle. Beautifully dopne, soft and featherlike and not too overpowering in terms of cheese. We each opted for the crispy duck - two generous portions and while crispy on the outside, the flesh was tender. Served with an orange and Van der Hum liqeur sause (the latter being a South African liqeur). it was served separately so as to prevent the duck becoming soggy. Vegertables just cooked - therefore crispy - without sugar added which is a disgusting South African habit. For dessdert we shared camembaert cigars in a rasberry coulis. Mmm. Afterwards sat out side - beautiful evening - drinking coffee and polishing off the last bit of wine. Were joined by Mum and daughters and ended up chatting for about another hour. I/we eat out a bit and travel a lot so have a pretty good idea of what is good and what is excellent. I would award 5 stars. If asked where my best dining experience was in the last year, I would have no hesitation whatsever nominating The Cuckoo Tree. Their telephone number: From outside South Africa: 00 28 3123430. From within: 028 3123430.
They also serve teas, breakfast and lunch. And change the menu every now and then.
Peter Francis
Cape Town
South Africa
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