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“Friendly staff, good food and excellent views”
Review of Bientang's Cave

Bientang's Cave
Ranked #16 of 113 Restaurants in Hermanus
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: This International award winning destination venue is the most unique restaurant setting in the world. Created out of an authentic, cave previously inhabited by a Koi Strandloper of the same name, the restaurant spills out onto the oceans rocks of Walker Bay in Hermanus, where Whale Watching is the preferred local pass-time. The rustic charm and natural ambiance of the cave and it's surroundings is a delight to all our patrons with many returning year after year to sample the delights of Bientang's Cave. With an abundance of sea and bird life as well as Dassies for company, this exquisite setting is heightened by the freshest seafood and an award winning wine list (Diners Club Diamond Award 2010 to 2013).And, should you be a non-seafood(ie), we offer meat, poultry and vegetarian dishes to satisfy any palate. We are also able to accommodate food allergies and special dietary requirements if pre-informed.Reservations are always advised as our location, quality of food and ambiance attract visitors from across the globe throughout the year... However, should you be passing and the aroma's drag you down our stairs, we do have a cocktail/ oyster bar where guests may enjoy a drink whilst waiting for a table.Bientang's Cave is open daily Lunch: 11:30am to 4 pm.Dinners by prior arrangement. Please note Bientang's Cave prides itself in offering large group functions, corporate events, weddings and other functions.
Cape Town
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Friendly staff, good food and excellent views”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

We've been here a few times (the first time we were there we saw a mother whale and baby about 50 metres away from us - amazing) - and every time the food has been good. This time I went with my Amstaff puppy and we were wonderfully welcomed even though he's still a bit boisterous and noisy. I don't eat seafood but the burger was great and the view of the sea unbeatable.
Enjoyable experience.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Faye d
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“So disappointing”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Service by Princess was great, food was basic to totally bland and not shy with the prices, we went there on a recommendation and were hugely disappointed.

  • Visited September 2012
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2 Thank Lodgemother
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fish pate”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

Their hamburgers and fish pate are particularly nice. It is pleasant to sit so close to the sea and have a beer and a nice meal.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Estelle V
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Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Not to be missed!”
Reviewed September 4, 2012 via mobile

What an amazing location! Have spent 2 days sitting at the cave drinking fantastic white wine (Creation 2011 - so good we went to the vineyard to buy a case!) we experienced blue skies, glorious sun shine and extremely friendly service. How can gazing out to sea watching whales breach whilst drinking wine with your loved one be topped as an experience?! I would give the experience and atmosphere a definite 5 but the food is distinctly mediocre hence the 4 overall rating.

2 Thank Kishmull
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Vientiane, Laos
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic food with a fabulous view!”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

My husband and I went to Hermanus to do some whale watching during our South African trip and Bientang's was the recommended place to be by our SA friends.

We were not disappointed at all! We were greeted and shown to our terrace table by the friendly staff. We ordered oysters and prawns and some wine for lunch. Everything was so fresh and yummy, we had to have seconds! Spent a good two hours there just soaking up the sunshine and took some great photos of the whales in the bay.

We would really recommend this place for anyone going to or passing through Hermanus. It really is a great place, great value for money and really friendly service. I told my husband during our meal that I would love to come back every year if we could, that's how much I loved it!

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank melgal
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