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“Good seafood, interesting decor.”
4 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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“Good seafood, interesting decor.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

A perfectly reasonable seafood restaurant with parts of an old tugboat as decoration. The service was friendly and good, the food okay, but not exceptional, the price perhaps a little on the high side for Namibia, but not off-putting. probably as good a meal as you will get in Swakopmund.

Visited June 2013
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“Fantastic food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

Parking could be a problem. While the outside looks like a rusty shipwrek, the interior of the restaurant looks just like a ship. Food was excellent and plentiful. Service very good.

Visited June 2013
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Malkerns, Swaziland
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“Great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

For our last night in Swako, The Tug was the best place to go. Tasty fresh fish, friendly staff and superb service. Loved it!

Visited July 2013
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“Outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

The Tug has a great reputation, so that made me a bit dubious. One visit and that changed everything. Amazing food, and good service. The seafood probably is the best in Swakop - if it isn't, then its good enough to go back to again and again. One of my top choices for Namibia, not just Swakopmund.

Visited June 2013
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“Lovely experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

The view is stunning. The service is very good and possibly the most friendly in town.

We had calamari to start. It was exceptional.

We both had steenbras for the main. It was special as one cannot find this lovely fish in many countries. Fortunately it has not been overfished here.
It was cooked to perfection with lovely vegetables and a lovely sauce.
I cannot wait to go back and have the same meal. Taste was superb.

A visit to the Tug is a must. Will definitely be a wonderful memory.

  • Visited June 2013
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