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Graze by the River is a coffee bar and bistro situated in one of the original 1820 settler's home next to the banks of the Kowie River in Port Alfred. The venue boasts a private garden area at the back of the property where you can escape from the busy Van der Riet st and enjoy freshly roasted coffee or sample some of the many homemade dishes on offer. The menu is based on locally available produce from fresh seafood, smoked meats and organic vegetables, interesting tasty dishes are supplemented by daily specials. The restaurant has its own smoker for preparing a lot of the dishes and the coffee bar roasts its own green beans daily ensuring good quality fresh coffee. So whether your looking
PRICE RANGE
R 45 - R 227
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Seafood, Fusion, Healthy, International
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 21 April 2024 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner at Graze by the River in April 2024. Mussel pot starter was generous and absolutely delicious, fresh and juicy mussels overflowing the bowl. The line caught fish was divine- precisely what you would want when visiting a river and seaside...town. Great respect for ingredients was on display throughout. For something a bit different the chicken massaman curry was flavourful and just as generous. The atmosphere was welcoming. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Nick Howard, Owner at Graze By The River, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2024

Dear Deon Thank you for leaving us a fantastic review on your recent experience at GRAZE, we really appreciate it and looking forward to seeing you again at GRAZE, THANK YOU

Reviewed 6 April 2024 via mobile

Lovely restaurant with a great menu. Very much enjoyed our evening here. Food was delicious. Locally sourced and was very yummy. Good wine menu and nice staff. Would definitely recommend

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 6 February 2024 via mobile

What a culinary experience… thank you very much. very delicious 🤩. Try the asparagus goat cheese and pecan nut salad, grilled line caught fish & the belgium choc mouse - a Dream!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 31 January 2024 via mobile

Wow 🤩 we visited Graze by the River for lunch & we presented with one of the best meals EVER. Fresh plump muscles sharer starter & then magnificent fresh caught cob, served with veg mash & the most amazing Thermidor reduction sauce. Truly memorable and...thoroughly recommend. Chef/owner Nick is legend, as are the staff.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 8 January 2024

Wow, what a treat! We had the most delicious meal - the service was superb! I’ll definitely be back for another meal soon. If you are in Port Alfred, this restaurant is worth every one’s time to enjoy the most delicious meals, and lovely drinks...and people who work there!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 8 January 2024

Don't be mislead by the unpretentious appearance of the place. The food is superb. I had the Wagyu beef burger. If I have ever had a better burger, salad and fries I certainly dont remember doing so. The vibe is relaxed and the service is...friendly and efficient. I will go back next time I am in Port Alfred. First class.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 6 January 2024 via mobile

An excellent restaurant! This is an absolute must if you come to beautiful Port Alfred. And they do cater for kids. Only chicken nuggets and chips but very good indeed. My husband had the line fish and I had the salmon stack salad and they...were both exceptional. The deserts are delish too. We will be back! Without a doubt my favourite restaurant here.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 24 December 2023

What a brilliant restaurant: superb food and wine and great service. An excellent blend of Asian flavors and local produce.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 28 October 2023 via mobile

Well, it’s been a long time for me to be totally impressed by a restaurant. My wife snd I had supper here last night. We had a calamari and a mussel starter which we shared. I think the calamari salad won as it was quite...unique. For a main I had the Thai curry, which was great. I opted for spicey and even had a tear in my eye! Pam had an asparagus starter as a main and was more than happy. Thanks Nick and teamMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 18 July 2023

Super spot in this lovely seaside town . Tasty food . Great service . Chatted with other patrons . Owner very hands on ... genuinely interested in his customers. Good value for money

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 15 July 2023

Loved it,the food was Delicious and what a homey atmosphere,friendly and wonderful service. It was my sister and me, and two couples also came to dine there and for this supper, strangers became friends,we had great food with lovely people all eating and all chatting...together from our tables. Was just all round great evening with Fatastic service.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 9 July 2023

Cozy house with indoor fire. Interesting menu. Seating outdoors for good weather. One problem was that only 4 mussels made the difference between my Mussel Main from my friend's Mussel starter. So not a good choice. Our other choices were the Rib eye steak -...which was to my husband's liking. As was the line fish and Seafood curry also ordered. Otherwise good.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 July 2023

This spot was so good we went twice in one weekend. The fresh cob is delicious - best I have had in a long time - and Nick, the owner & chef is incredibly hospitable. We will definitely be back when we visit Port Alfred...again.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 3 June 2023 via mobile

Lovely outdoor dining with a changing menu. Good value for money. Great for family outings. Super casual. Food interesting and good.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 1 June 2023

Stumbling upon Excellence. Although I had no plans to indulge in food or drink at the time, I found myself early for a meeting and decided to order a house blend Americano on a whim. As I perused the menu, my attention was captivated by...the mention of succulent lamb chops. Before I knew it, I had taken the plunge and ordered a full meal. To my delight, the experience surpassed all expectations. The impeccable service provided by Nick and his team was remarkable. The ambiance of the place exuded warmth and harmony with nature, creating an inviting atmosphere. Savoring every sip of the smooth and comforting Americano, I eagerly awaited the arrival of the much-anticipated lamb chops. And when they finally graced my plate, I was awe-struck. Without a doubt, those lamb chops were a culinary masterpiece, surpassing any I had encountered in recent memory. Their magnificence was unparalleled. It is not often that one stumbles upon such perfection. I am convinced that every spare moment I have in the future will be dedicated to returning to Graze by the River. Thank you, Nick and the entire team, for this exceptional experience. Your dedication to excellence is truly praiseworthy. 🙌🌿More

Date of visit: June 2023
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I would call the estate agents in Port Alfred and see what they have to offer, if you call Seeff on 046 624 4879 speak to Mandy I am sure she will be able to help you, otherwise put an ad in the Talk of the Town or on their... More
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Port Alfred is not a large town so everything is in close proximity to 43 Air School so with regard to accommodation it depends on how much you want to spend and TripAdvisor accommodation will be able to advise you on this... More
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Hi Thank you for your TripAdvisor inquiry received and in this context please note that the restaurant and coffee shop are closing at lunchtime today for our annual staff holiday, we will reopen again for business as usual... More
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Graze By The River is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5