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“Nice view of the Harbor, food was so so.”
Review of De Seemans Taphuis

De Seemans Taphuis
Ranked #20 of 29 Restaurants in Gansbaai
Cuisines: International
Description: Good Food with a Great View
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Description: Good Food with a Great View
Reviewed June 19, 2014

For a small water view café it was not what we were looking for. When we got there we were greeted by a lady that said she had just started as the other waitress had just quit. The service was VERY slow. We were not in a hurry as we were just out sight seeing on our way over to Arniston. Our Calamari was actually pretty good once we got it. We are not a picky crowd, but this place could use some improvement. We did notice that there was a For Sale Sign in the window so perhaps that is part of the problem. If someone buys it and is interested in making improvements this could be a very nice place for lunch as you can watch the working fishing boats come in and out of the harbor.

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1  Thank Brook B
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Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

We were staying over in Gansbaai for the first time. We felt like a good fish in a harbour town. I went onto trip advisor for a few recommodations . There were about 5 positive reviews and 1 negative. So we went to visit De Seemans Taphuis 1. We ordered and the fish tasted like old frozen fish. It was bland with no taste, no salt. It was badly presented and a mission to eat it. Stay away !

Thank Chantelle G
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CiscaOtto, Owner at De Seemans Taphuis, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2014

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Reviewed December 7, 2013

Ok. So firstly the only reason that I rated it as high as 3 is that I was entertained by the completely clueless waiters and the constant fubars :) That and the fact that they can make a pretty decent shooter!

I can liken our experience to watching a really bad B grade movie that you sit through purely to absorb the tragedy that is unfolding before you... just a few pointers: 1. Beef should not taste like horse. 2. Sauce should not come out of a packet. 3. You should never ever serve frozen packet veg that has been microwaved back to life. Again... drenched with packet cheese sauce. 5. Prawns should not taste like fishy flour. 6. Oh... hears a good one... You shouldn't wait until you customer is finished their meal to tell them that you have no card facilities!

That said, we actually had a fun time but only do so if you're really cheerful and forgiving by nature.

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Thank Rafal J
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CiscaOtto, Owner at De Seemans Taphuis, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2014

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Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

Lovely local restaurant. There's no real frills here but the view is fantastic and the service is efficient and friendly. The prices are quite high for the menu they have on offer but there dishes were huge and tasty. Nice place to the kids as they're welcomed warmly and there is a small play ground... would definitely go back! (Make sure you have cash as there are no card facilities)

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1  Thank Alecpooley88
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Seafood is good. Lovely view. Staff very helpful. Will always go here for lunch. Setting excellent. Decor inside needs a lot of attention but will not keep us away because food is good.

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1  Thank Rita C
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