Eating Out in the Garden Route

As one of the world’s most scenic stretches, the Garden Route is a magnificent representation of what South Africa has to offer. This is particularly true of its fauna, flora and unmatched natural beauty. However, it is also an excellent example of the culinary diversity of the Rainbow Nation.

Did you know? Thanks to the Garden Route being situated right on the shores of the Indian Ocean, the seafood here is excellent, and best enjoyed fresh.

The Garden Route stretches between Storms River (Eastern Cape) and Heidelberg (Western Cape) and includes dense forests, towering mountain ranges, plunging valleys and mile upon mile of coastline. These make for stunning locales for the many fine dining restaurants, coffee shops, speciality eateries and takeaway spots that are dotted along the Garden Route.

Popular holiday hotspots like Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay, Knysna and Wilderness boast a number of restaurants; with dishes ranging from gourmet pizzas and A-grade steaks to some of the most exciting examples of fine dining and silver service in the country. Thanks to its being situated right on the shores of the Indian Ocean, the seafood along the Garden Route is excellent, and best enjoyed fresh.

In the other little towns of this region, fantastic little gems are nestled. Some of them offer traditional South African favourites, while others focus on fresh farm produce and homemade delights.

The Garden Route is an attraction in itself, as well as the route by which millions of tourists explore various parts of South Africa. Exploring its many restaurants is one way to get a real taste of South Africa.

After planning and booking your Garden Route acommodation, browse our directory of restaurants in the Garden Route. See our featured restaurants below or view more at Garden Route Restaurants, Cafés & Eateries (a collection of Cafés, Eateries and Restaurants as submitted or recommended by site users).

Restaurants in Garden Route

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Recommended Garden Route Restaurants

Oysters R Us

Overnight? Stay in Wilderness
There is so much variety when it comes to attractions and accommodation on the Garden Route; and that’s great news because it is a destination that demands a little ...

The Lemon Grass Restaurant

Overnight? Stay in Plettenberg Bay
Situated arguably in one of the most beautiful settings in Plettenberg Bay, Lemon Grass is an idyllic waterfront venue for those seeking an exquisitely memorable ...

De Wingerdt Restaurant

Overnight? Stay in Riversdale
De Wingerdt Restaurant can be found in the idyllic vineyard setting of the De Doornkraal Wine Estate, which stretches to the Vette River bordering the town of ...

The Anchorage Restaurant

Overnight? Stay in Knysna
Having been around for twenty years, The Anchorage can proudly state that they are one of Knysna’s favourite restaurants! If it’s an unpretentious evening out ...

Nature's Way Farmstall

Overnight? Stay in Natures Valley
When travelling on the R102 between Natures Valley and Plettenberg Bay, stop in at Nature's Way Farmstall for a taste of real dairy goods made from Jersey milk, all ...

Serendipity Restaurant

Overnight? Stay in Wilderness
Upmarket and chic with an emphasis on unforgettable gourmet food, Serendipity stands out as an experience that cannot be missed! Executive chef, Lizelle Stolze ...

The Lighthouse Restaurant

Overnight? Stay in Mossel Bay
Located at a lighthouse at the wave’s edge, The Lighthouse is one of the most spectacularly situated restaurants along the Garden Route. A delectable selection of ...

Marilyn's 60's Diner

Overnight? Stay in Storms River
Situated on the quaint, narrow main road of the Storms River Village, Marilyn’s 60's Diner is a fuchsia-and-turquoise surprise to the senses. With wall-to-wall ...


Overnight? Stay in Herolds Bay
Sample international cuisine at the chic Cucina Restaurant. This restaurant is the main eatery of the Oubaai Hotel in the Garden Route town of Herolds Bay, and ...

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