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Wooden Barrel Restaurant

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 20/10/03 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20/10/03 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
An upmarket bistro style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have a variety of seafood, pasta, meat, salads and hamburgers
PRICE RANGE
US$2 - US$12
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Seafood, International, Grill
FEATURES
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Digital Payments, Waterfront, BYOB, Playgrounds, Dog Friendly, Family style
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On Sat 6 June I came to the Wooden Barrel with two friends from CT for breakfast (at my recommendation). The restaurant was not busy at all, with mostly empty tables. We waited almost an hour for our food. On two occasions we were told...(by two different waiters) that our food was being dished up and it would be on our table within 3 minutes. This is obviously a standard excuse used by the staff. Eventually our food arrived, more on the cold side than lukewarm. One of my friends only had one egg on her plate, whilst the rest of us had two. When we asked why, the waiter told us that the kitchen had problems preparing the poached eggs, as they kept breaking. I'm sorry that I brought my visitors to the Wooden Barrel, and is unlikely that I will come back. The only part of our visit we enjoyed was the coffee and the Marimba Band playing across the road. SharonMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Connector823106, Owner at Wooden Barrel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Good day Sharon, Thank you for your review. This is clearly not our normal service level. It appears your order did not print in the kitchen initially leading to delays in the preparation of the order. That being said I humbly apologise for the poor...More

Reviewed 6 April 2021 via mobile

The food is delicious, generous portions and well priced. The waiters are super friendly and we were well looked after when we had dinner there. Highly recommend the mussel pot and the malva pudding! We also went to have lunch two days before on a...public holiday - they were really busy and service was understandably slower, but our waiter was still very friendly and he rushed to get our food and drinks order to us as fast as possible. Also recommend the seafood basket! Will definitely visit when we're in Hermanus again!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Connector823106, Owner at Wooden Barrel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2021

Dear Tanya, Thank you ever so much for your pleasant review we are honoured. It is reviews like yours which the Wooden Barrel team strive towards and which keeps us motivated in these very testing circumstances. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon....More

Reviewed 5 April 2021 via mobile

This was possibly the longest wait I’ve ever had for the simplest meal/snack! My husband had a very average breakfast while I opted for the toasted chicken mayo- possibly the worst one I’ve ever had. Two thin slices of chain store bought boring brown bread...with a measly filling of grated carrot with a smattering of chicken! This took almost an hour to arrive at our table and despite asking to see the manager, nobody appeared. At least every 15 mins, our waitron walked past and said “your food is on the way”..... There are WAY nicer places to choose from on this strip of coastline.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Connector823106, Owner at Wooden Barrel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2021

Thank you for your review. It being Easter weekend it was a very busy weekend. Taking that into account and considering the Covid-19 regulations with social distancing which includes our staff you waited for half an hour for your food which is not unusual since...More

Reviewed 9 November 2020

Decided to sit inside as it was a tad cool outside. We were told they running the burger special and had that. Excellent.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 1 November 2020 via mobile

Breakfast while staring at the gorgeous turquoise ocean. The flapjack breakfast comes with a delicious caramel syrup and a side of bacon cooked to perfection. The mince on toast has so much flavor. We enjoyed every bite.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 24 October 2020

This is one of the best restourants I have ever visited! I have come here 3 times in this month and the food is of the highest quality, prepared to your liking and the service is exceptional! Ask for Hazel👌she gives greate servise and advise...on the menu! All the waiters are greate though😉 If you know what you like, come and find it on their menu, you will not be disappointed!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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WoodenBarrelMD, Owner at Wooden Barrel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2020

Thank you ever so much for your great review. We are honoured and will ensure Hazel is informed and complimented accordingly. We look forward to welcoming you back . Your Wooden Barrel Team

Reviewed 28 September 2020 via mobile

If you are looking for unpretensious good food, that is value for money, then "The Wooden Barrel" in Hermanus is spot-on. It helped that our waiter, Rudie, became like family. The Friday dinner was repeated with a Saturday dinner as well!

Date of visit: September 2020
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WoodenBarrelMD, Owner at Wooden Barrel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2020

Thank you for your pleasant review, we are honoured. I will pass on your compliment to Rudie. Your Wooden Barrel Team.

Reviewed 20 September 2020 via mobile

We wanted some reasonably priced seafood in Hermanus and this restaurant provided it. Not great but value for money especially their specials. Don't buy the seafood basket.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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WoodenBarrelMD, Owner at Wooden Barrel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2020

Thank you for your review. As the owner of the restaurant I was on duty and was not aware of your unhappiness with the seafood basket. The seafood basket is one of our best sellers and this is the first related complaint received. In the...More

Reviewed 20 September 2020 via mobile

When the food is great and the service is excellent it's a sure-fire recipe for a most enjoyable meal. One's dining experience is greatly enhanced by the level of service received, and our waiter, Rudy, did not disappoint. Rudy clearly enjoys his job; he was...full of fun, with a great sense of humour, he interacts extremely well with his patrons and was attentive, provided excellent service and ensured that his guests enjoyed their evening. Thsnk you Rudy, you make the difference!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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WoodenBarrelMD, Owner at Wooden Barrel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2020

Thank you for your wonderful review. This is what the Wooden Barrel team strives towards and we are honoured by your compliment. As the owner I will ensure Rudy is informed of the review and given the necessary recognition. Your Wooden Barrel Team.

Reviewed 23 August 2020

The food was well priced and tasty (R75.00 special on all burgers when we were there). The staff were attentive and friendly. We loved that it was right next to the cliff paths and harbour so that we could walk after our meal.

Date of visit: August 2020
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WoodenBarrelMD, Owner at Wooden Barrel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2020

Thank you for your pleasant review, we are honoured. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Your Wooden Barrel Team.

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Yes, Wooden Barrel Restaurant offers takeaway services.

Yes, Wooden Barrel Restaurant offers delivery services.

Yes, Wooden Barrel Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Wooden Barrel Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4