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Graze By The River

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
38 Van Der Riet Street, Port Alfred 6170, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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

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.

Thank markdiskin
Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

We were recommended by some friends who said that they would eat there every night if they could, thought they might be exaggerating...not! Nick is passionate about food and ingredients and every mouthful tells you that your food has been cooked by someone who loves...More

Thank Christine L
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

We recently spent time along the Garden Route and on the day we were in Port Alfred we were delighted to have breakfast in this special little place. It is an old curiosity shop/ restaurant. We sat in the shaded garden, the owners dogs snuffled...More

Thank Mitzi29456
Reviewed 5 February 2018

We drank coffee here and ate a fabulous cake, but it was not enough to eat just for the meal. The ambiete, the friendliness, the great service cause the time we were allowed to spend with Grace incomparable.

Thank Roland P
Reviewed 5 February 2018

This time we popped in for Lunch , great menu choices and specials . Peaceful garden to have lunch in , Hospitable staff and owner - well worth the time spent there !

Thank adamschris
Reviewed 24 January 2018

Whilst staying with friends in Port Alfred before Xmas we discovered this little gem, and ate there several times. The charming shabby-chic premises are run by Nick and his wife. She sells delightful eclectic gifts in the shop at the front whilst Nick cooks amazing...More

Thank jeanoNorthampton
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Questions & Answers
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$14
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
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
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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 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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