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Gaaitjie, Salt Water Restaurant

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Sampson Street, Paternoster, Paternoster, South Africa
0227522242
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Had a beautiful 2 course lunch here on a very cold afternoon. The restaurant is cosy, tastefully decorated and has a charming little veranda seating area looking out over the beach and ocean. The food was wonderful - interesting combinations and creative mix between truly local South African and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Western Cape, South Africa
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Average food and crampy space. We had a two course meal, oysters as a starter, covered in a blanket of melted cheese, a steak for mains, seemed like a T-bone cut in two half portions, a bottle of local red wine, Bill for two people R 750. The room was crampy. In summer sitting on the stoep should be nice... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Had a beautiful 2 course lunch here on a very cold afternoon. The restaurant is cosy, tastefully decorated and has a charming little veranda seating area looking out over the beach and ocean. The food was wonderful - interesting combinations and creative mix between truly local South African and traditional flavor and styles mixed with European and Asian contemporary cuisine.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Gaaitjie is probably one of the best Restaurant in Paternoster, on arrival we were greeted by Alexia, what a host and always checking to make sure if you are enjoying your meals. Their bread and butter is out of this world, the food was well prepared and delicious. If ever you are in Paternoster, Make sure you make a booking... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Had an amazing lunch with friends at Gaatjie. Was worried at first that an unfriendly waitress would dampen the experience, but she warmed up to the end. It seems that this restaurant is quite 'rule' driven; got the most intense looks from the staff when we took it upon ourselves to move our table a little closer to the front... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Wow, what a beautiful experience. Each course was superb, with tantalising tastes and textures. One of the best Meals i've had in South Africa. Moreover, is the blissful location - slap bang on the far end of the beach. Simply have to return!!!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Went to Gaaitjie for a Sunday lunch. Tables on the verandah overlook the ocean. Had a wonderful 3 course lunch washed down with a crisp chardonnay. The boats came in during our lunch and delivered their fresh, out of the sea, Snoek to the restaurant. If you're ever on the West Coast you must stop off at Gaaitjie.

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UK
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Our two friend had very good fish while I had a angelfish biryani which was not very good and our friend had lamb which was overpowered by cinnamon.

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White River, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Gaatjie were the only restaurant open on a Monday night in Paternoster. Must say on our second visit..food still very nice! It took 78min from the time we ordered for our food to arrive...but worth the wait. Other than the food ambience is ok but a guess much better during the day..

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Chiredzi, Zimbabwe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Gaaitje is a quaint little restaurant on the beach and we visited it twice - once for a romantic dinner and the second time was for lunch with friends. There is a modern twist on the food, with a great local vibe to both the restaurant itself and the dishes. Would definitely return!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Tiny little restaurant right on the beach, where we watched the sun set over the long, still Paternoster beach. Tip-top food and great service with an emphasis on local ingredients and unique flavour combinations. Best mussels I've ever had. Make sure you book!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Sampson Street, Paternoster, Paternoster, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Paternoster
  • Phone Number: 0227522242

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

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