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“Excellent seafood restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Tug

The Tug
Ranked #5 of 73 Restaurants in Swakopmund
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood, International, Grill
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Good for: Kids
Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: THE TUG RESTAURANT OPENING HOURS, SEATING AREAS, DINING SERVICES SEATING AREAS OFFERED: Terrace: No reservation possible, and weather permitting. Bar: No reservation possible. Inside Cabin: Reservation recommended OPERATING TIMES LUNCH All Areas Friday/Saturday/Sunday & Public Holidays: 12noon to 3pm LATE AFTERNOON Outside Deck - Weather Permitting Friday/Saturday/Sunday & Public Holidays: 3pm to 6pm TERRACE SUNDOWNER Drinks & Light Snacks Monday-Thursday: From 4pm DINNER All Areas Monday to Thursday: 5pm to 10pm Friday/Saturday/Sunday & Public Holidays: 6pm to 10pm The Tug Restaurant had first opened its doors during December 1993. Starting out as a small beachfront restaurant on the edge of the wild and mystical Atlantic Ocean, with splendid views onto the iconic Swakopmund jetty, The Tug's popularity has grown as time moved on. Dining areas inside and on the outside deck terrace have been extended considerably, while the restaurant has become a culinary destination for travelers from around the globe. The Tug restaurant offers authentically prepared cocktails, a selection of more than 140 of the finest South African wines, French champagne. Special delights from the wild Namibian ocean include kingklip, kabeljou, lobsters, angel fish and sole, John Dory, local oysters, fresh green Swakopmund asparagus. The richly diverse menu includes stuffed Patagonian squid, prawns, Norwegian salmon, Sashimi tuna. For the carnivore there are tasty cuts of beef and tender lamb, in addition to game delicacies such as Oryx carpaccio or grilled Oryx steak, Surf & Turf. There is a wide selection for the vegetarian and our delicious homemade Spanakopita is a favorite. Both owner partners George Hopking and Brett Southworth believe that no successful establishment should rely solely on its popularity. They engage in consistent attention to quality and freshness of their products, as well as continuous training and motivation of their staff, in order to provide the customer with decent service and an extensive menu and wine list.
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“Excellent seafood restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

We were in Swakop for 2 nights and on both occasions had dinner at the Tug- an excellent seafood restaurant (it also does things other than seafood). It gets very busy (actually full, on one night) but thankfully someone earlier on our trip had mentioned this fact, and hence we’d booked ahead. Two very good meals at VERY reasonable prices by European standards.

  • Visited February 2013
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“good experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Lovely view over Atlantic, interesting restaurant, good food, drinks and selection. Be careful when ordering meat - medium returns as rare! Otherwise good meal.

  • Visited February 2013
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“The Tug Restaurant, Swakopmund, Namibia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

One of the best restaurants in Namibia.
Food and service are outstanding.
Please book in advance, or else you are going to be disappointed!

Visited December 2012
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Benoni, South Africa
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“Just having a Beer!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

We sat at the Bar with a Beer and was it cute. The old Tug id definitely our favorite Bar! We liked the ambiance and the friendliness of the staff as well as the setting was great!

Visited February 2013
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“Okay But Not Great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

I wish there was a rating between Average and Very Good as that is where I would rank The Tug. We ate outside on the deck - great views but there are good views from inside as well. Food was good - not great - better than the Hansa Hotel dining room but certainly not as good or enjoyable as the Jetty 1905. Service okay but again, not great.

Visited January 2013
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