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“Best spot in Hermanus”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bientang's Cave

Bientang's Cave
Ranked #16 of 109 Restaurants in Hermanus
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
Recklinghausen, Germany
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Best spot in Hermanus”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

This place at the bottom of the cliffs has magnificent views over the bay, with some luck the whales are coming very close. Come here for great food or just for some drinks. A variety of beers from the tap. Unfortunately this place is closed in the evening

Visited November 2012
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London, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Seafood right at the sea”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

Bientang's Cave is unique. It was the home of Bientang, the last Strandloper of Hermanus, and is situated in the old harbour, right on the sea. We had a magical time eating delicious seafood (recommend the smoked snoek pate), lovely wine (Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc is a must) and watching wales. This is the third year I've been back

Visited November 2012
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“What a view!”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

This restaurant is almost in the sea! It is the ideal place to eat and watch the passing whales. The food and the service were excellent and great value.

Visited November 2012
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2 Thank geoffvet
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Hermanus, South Africa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“lovely setting...”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

BUT... the service was so slow and when the food finaly arrived at the table, cold and the order was wrong... too lang to wait for the right orders so left...

Visited November 2012
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great spot for a beer and whale watching”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

We only had one day in Hermanus and we were told about a whale watching trip that would be £60 each. This was very expensive and luckily, as we were checking out of our hotel, crowds were gathering as there were whales very close in the bay.

The Bienteng Cave was the perfect spot to watch the whales without the huge expense of a boat trip for 6, and enjoy a pint if the local Birkenhead lager. The bar got very busy but it didn't feel overcrowded. We weren't eating (although the food looked delicious), we were just having a drink but we were made to feel just as welcome as those about to spend more money there than us.

Highly recommend this hidden gem! And the Birkenhead lager!

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