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Bar, Seafood, Pub
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Lunch, Dinner
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Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The worst "box"hake i have ever eaten.one could taste it was old. It was thin and so dry our friend couldn't even cut it. So much for fresh hake at the harbor. Will never go or recommend again. Disgusting food.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 12 February 2024

Excellent service by JP the barman and Mel the waitress. As JP always knows his customer's choice of wine, as we walked in it was already been served in an ice cold ice bucket with lots of ice. Excellent service from JP. Food was absolute...awesomely great, we had the Something Meaty R70 - 2xLarge mince samosas, 4xcocktail sausage rolls, 250g spare ribs and chips all in one plate, absolutely tasteful. Will most definitely visit again. Service from our waitress, Mel so friendly and spontaneous.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 17 January 2024

Thank you very much for the BEST evening dear JP! Your drinks, food and atmosphere are superb! And the view accross the harbour is also outstanding. Ons kom weer! BAIE DANKIE!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 15 January 2024 via mobile

Family reunion. The food was OK. Nothing special. Hake was fresh but batter was a bit soggy. Calamari was fresh and tasty. Service could have been better.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 8 January 2024

Very basic cuisine. Restaurant far from cosy. Three hamburgesrs on a ver spongy bread Fries full of fat and not crspy, lowest quality i ever had. To be avoid if you dont want to be disapponted

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

The service was poor slow and the orders were wrong. The food was delivered greasy and doesn’t look very nice.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023 via mobile

The worst meal we’ve ever had in ZA. Burger meat just ok. Bun like a sponge. Chips soaked with oil. Uneatable. Disgusting

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 1 October 2023 via mobile

Just a heads up, this is a very basic harbor bar & restaurant, but, the service was excellent and the food was great. Whilst we first expected more, once we got settled and our drinks and food arrived, we were all pleasantly surprised and we...enjoyed our dinner. A great evening with the family.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 13 June 2023 via mobile

We stopped by for dinner the night before cage diving along our 12-day trip through South Africa. The Boathouse was unassuming and actually exceeded our relatively low expectations! The calamari and hake combination was pretty light and quite flavorful. My wife’s seafood combo included some...very tasty garlic prawns and mussels. Although there were a lot of fried items, the food was not heavy or a battery mess, but was relatively light with a nice crispness. I wouldn’t expect any Michelin stars coming anytime soon, but overall, it was a pleasant surprise for dinner in the sleepy fishing town of Gansbaai.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 4 January 2023 via mobile

If i could rate this a 0/5 i would. A simple order of calamari and salad, at a time where the place was at 50% capacity or less, took foevere. After waiting for 1 hour and 14 minutes we canceled the order. 1 minute later,...1 hour 15 minutes after ordering, the meal arrived. We paid for the wine we ordered and left without eating.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 26 December 2022 via mobile

Unpretentious dive bar at first glance, seems to be mostly a bar with the smoking area taking up most of the space. Non-smoking area at the back is alright. Catch of the day yellowtail was pretty dry, didn't seem very fresh. Friendly staff.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 17 December 2022 via mobile

We waited 20 mins for Nescafe coffee and wife caught a kitchen staff using the bathroom and not washing hands.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 3 October 2022 via mobile

Waited 45 min for food, that was never made due to power cut and nobody told us…. Never again. No apology, not worried, offended by iur complaint.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 10 January 2022

Best hake in the country. A non pretentious restaurant that caters for families. My companions also enjoyed their meals

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 5 January 2022 via mobile

Overall a nice place. They stock good Chardonnay. I was disappointed with the line fish which was yellowtail. It was dry and that spilled it. However the hake my husband had was good, although not beer battered… just lightly dusted with flour and deep fried....Still, it’s a nice place to sit and visit.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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The Boathouse Restaurant and Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4