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Graze By The River

38 Van Der Riet Street, Port Alfred 6170, South Africa
+27 46 624 8095
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“salad” (23 reviews)
“mussels” (12 reviews)
“fresh fish” (7 reviews)
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Seafood, Fusion, Healthy, International, Mediterranean, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
38 Van Der Riet Street, Port Alfred 6170, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, with a good variety of wines. Food was excellent, and there was a lot of effort and thought put in to choosing courses that complemented the wines on offer. Well worth it!More

Thank Rob_Crothall
Nick-Howard, Owner at Graze By The River, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Rob Thank you for leaving us a great review on the recent wine pairing event were we showcased the fabulous wines from Black Elephant Vintners from Franschoek and we are very pleased you, Gwen and your guests enjoyed the event so much. We also...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food, the drinks, the service and the management were all great!!! 10/10 would recommend. Period.

Thank Marius L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited several times, consistently very good coffee and a wonderful breakfast after parkrun. Friendly owner!!!

Thank fatmaximus1
Reviewed 7 May 2018

We had a great breakfast; staff were super friendly, coffee was fantastic lots of great things to shop.

Thank Cherie K
Reviewed 6 May 2018

Everybody else just loved their meals! Service was great, too! As a vegetarian, however, i was appalled by what sounded fabulous on the menu but was pretty cloce to inedible in reality. However, I accept that we vegetarians are a group to which smaller restuarants...More

Thank jeanca2016
Reviewed 25 April 2018

We stopped here for a drink last week based on a recommendation from a winemaker in the Western Cape. The wine menu was extensive and I had a delicious smoothie to no issues there. We say outside next to a very busy table where the...More

Thank ChezGur
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We arrived early (for a drink) to a startled and unwelcoming host. We almost left but decided to stay because the reviews had been so good. And indeed the food was good.... overly rich for both of us but delicious. The big problem was the...More

Thank Yvonne J
Reviewed 31 March 2018

We have been visiting this lovely restaurant annually over a number of years and have never been disappointed. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients and a small, yet varied menu.

Thank DobbsBanbury
Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

Nick, the chef/owner is passionate about his food and where he sources his ingredients. Fish, meat and vegetables are obviously very fresh and of good quality, and he turns them into some great dishes, particularly the ones on the daily "specials" board which are always...More

1  Thank Outspanner
Reviewed 20 March 2018

Graze is rather small with superb food. We had dinner with very fresh cob prepared with interesting vegetables and tastes. The service is helpful & quick. Booking is essential. DO NOT MISS IT.

1  Thank markdiskin
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28 November 2017|
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Response from Nick-Howard | Property representative |
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
20 May 2016|
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Response from Nick-Howard | Property representative |
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
30 July 2015|
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Response from Nick-Howard | Property representative |
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$13
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:30 - 04:00
09:00 - 15:30
09:00 - 15:30
09:00 - 15:30
09:00 - 15:30
09:00 - 15:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 Van Der Riet Street, Port Alfred 6170, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Eastern Cape  >  Port Alfred
  • Phone Number: +27 46 624 8095
  • E-mail
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 street at the front of the property 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 grown in the garden on site, 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 for a great breakfast, some coffee and cake or a tasty homemade meal come and enjoy the experience of Graze by the River. Evening meals are strictly by reservation and we are closed on Wednesday.
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