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Gaaitjie Restaurant

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Sampson Street, Paternoster | Off Sampson Road, Paternoster 7381, South Africa
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Thu - Mon 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took my sister for lunch. Gaatjie is located on a granite outcrop overlooking the beach at Paternoster. Not a budget eatery but rather something special. Attentive service, excellent food and a magical setting sets it apart from its competition. Try the crayfish for a culinary delight!

Thank jimmy m
Eye, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had been recommended to try Gaaitjie's - unfortunately on the night we went there was a strong wind and as we were sat on the veranda with just drop down shades it was quite chilly. They do provide blankets for your laps, which certainly did help and we are sure that on a calmer night our enjoyment would have... More 

Thank DenisWendy
Hilversum, The Netherlands
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62 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our first day in the Western Cape we drove right away to Paternoster. This simple restaurant is located right on the beach and overlooking the bay. We very much enjoyed a good lunch starting with a snoek salad and for the main course we all opted for a fresh crayfish. With good and friendly service and a chardonnay from... More 

Thank lex195
Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

The restaurant is literally 10 m from the sea. When weather permits, great to sit on the verandah, for the most beautiful views. Good to book in advance as it is very popular. Recently had a 3 course meal and it was excellent. Can really advise this restaurant for a great cullinary experience. Service was good and prices reasonable. A... More 

Thank Carin V
Pretoria, South Africa
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

This restaurant is located on the beach in Paternoster. The view is spectacular, obviously better during the day in winter or summer evenings. Food is wonderful!

Thank 363marianneo
Stellenbosch, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

A true West Coast experience with the ocean right next to you where Chef Jaco serves the most tasteful dishes. From the tin baked bread too our brandy tartlets everything were delicious and the staff served us with a smile. Definitely the best Gaatjie to go to in Paternoster.

Thank Gerda V
Lambert's Bay
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18 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Visited for the 3rd time, menu hasn't changed much, food was edible but the kingklip (fish of the day and recommended 3 times) was definately not fresh, tasted like it was in the freezer for months. It was swimming in an overpowering safron sauce... I just dont see us returning again, beautifull setting though. Unfortunately it doesn't make up for... More 

Thank Natasha D
GaaitjieRestaurant, Owner at Gaaitjie Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Natasha D. We are really sorry that your experience after three visits to Gaaitjie did not live up to expectations. We use fresh, local ingredients as far as possible, but sometimes have to revert to alternatives due to circumstances beyond our control. To clarify, our Kingklip is served with a Danja chutney, while our Salmon Trout is served in... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

This is wonderful - a family run outfit . You almost have your feet in the water. The menu is predominately fish . I had crayfish with garlic and oil. My husband had a local whitefish with the most sublime saffron sauce . We had had a dramatic day with a series of disasters. How kind this family were and... More 

Thank Aud61
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

The setting was sublime, the service good and the food excellent. Where is the world do you get sea views and a great dining experience to match this?!

Thank Michael M
Edenvale, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

We stumbled across this fantastic restaurant whilst walking down the beach in Paternoster. Our meal has to rate as probably the best we have ever had- the taste, the presentation were out of this world. The chef Jaco and his Mom are superb hosts and I would recommend this restaurant a million times. Thanks for such an awesome eating experience... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $40
Vegetarian, Steakhouse, Seafood, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sampson Street, Paternoster | Off Sampson Road, Paternoster 7381, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Paternoster
  • Phone Number: 0227522242
We bring you a unique dining experience.. Explore the Paternoster beach and nestled amongst the rocks, you will find a simple white-washed fisherman's cottage. This 70 year old building, known as 'Gaaitjie' has a warm, nostalgic atmosphere, true to its heritage. This unique atmosphere of tradition and comfort has inspired an eclectic menu featuring local produce, fused with contemporary and Asian influences. Our food is unpretentious and made with love, using sustainable fresh local produce as far as possible. Our décor is modest and comfortable and our unique location promises spectacular views to compliment a memorable dining experience.

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