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Gaaitjie Restaurant

Sampson Street, Paternoster | Off Sampson Road, Paternoster, Saldanha Bay Municipality 7381, South Africa
+27 22 752 2242
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Sampson Street, Paternoster | Off Sampson Road, Paternoster, Saldanha Bay Municipality 7381, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were the only table sitting outside on the stoep overlooking the sea. We had great service, great good and a good view. The mussels and calamari starters were really out of this world. I wish I could eat there every day.

Thank PierreDorf
Reviewed 3 days ago

The title pretty much says it all ;-). The setting is really lovely, with fire places (very welcome on a rather fresh evening), its cozy and with plenty of small nice touches. The people are very friendly and always smiling and made us feel very...More

Thank nathalieyes
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were served by a very attentive team, which was great. Food was good but not mindblowing. Would recommend the monkfish.

Thank jzchuan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're looking for awesome local fare? Then look no further. The fish is superb, the service even better. I had fish cakes for starter and the yellowtail for mains.

Thank Russell B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely little cosy place ...we had two starters the carpaccio and the calamari which was amazing full of taste and flavor ... our mains was two fillets well done.. presented very well on the plate and was simple delicious... sad that we live so far...More

Thank 942gerardoc
GaaitjieRestaurant, Manager at Gaaitjie Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely and kind review. We do hope to see you at Gaaitjie soon again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can't beat this restaurant for setting or delicious food! We shared 3 starters and loved each one. Set right on the beach it is picturesque and romantic.

Thank Ruth D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I don't particularly mind waiting for good food, but when it takes over an hour arrive and then tastes exceptionally average and costs the same as a main course at one of Cape Towns best restaurants, I must conclude that this place is completely over-rated....More

Thank marcsN1366TM
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not sure I'd rush back to Gaatjie. Location is great. Owner/Manageress was very curt to the level of being almost rude. Starter mussels were beyond terrible with wine not reduced at all. Main meal Risotto was however very tasty and enjoyable.

Thank Nat363
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting small but large restaurant. Great menu. Presentation of the food is stunning. Must have the Tuna starter- out of the word delicious! Best I've ever had. Expected a bit more of the mussel dish. Exceptional good service- Mildene I think her name was....More

Thank suyenneb
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Such a great time had at Gaaitjie. Firstly, expectionally friendly hostess and staff (all around cheerful and very attentive). Great views from most angles, comfortable with fires going to warm up the chilly winter nights. The food was amazing - we shared a calamari and...More

Thank hellocharlie_travels
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Questions & Answers
10 April 2017|
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Response from Theuns En Wilma K | Property representative |
Yes we are dog friendly.
Henriette B
13 March 2017|
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Response from GaaitjieRestaurant | Property representative |
Hi Henriette. We would love to host you for this special event. Please send me your details to the gaaitjie reservations e-mail so we can organize this special day. Kind regards, Valmé
Richard G
16 February 2017|
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Response from Theuns En Wilma K | Property representative |
Yes we do. Sirloin and chicken and fresh fish like Kingklip, Angel fish, monk and yellow tail.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sampson Street, Paternoster | Off Sampson Road, Paternoster, Saldanha Bay Municipality 7381, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Saldanha Bay Municipality  >  Paternoster
  • Phone Number: +27 22 752 2242
  • E-mail
We bring you a unique dining experience.. Explore the Paternoster beach and nestled amongst the rocks, you will find a simple white-washed fisherman's cottage. This 70 year old building, known as 'Gaaitjie' has a warm, nostalgic atmosphere, true to its heritage. This unique atmosphere of tradition and comfort has inspired an eclectic menu featuring local produce, fused with contemporary and Asian influences. Our food is unpretentious and made with love, using sustainable fresh local produce as far as possible. Our décor is modest and comfortable and our unique location promises spectacular views to compliment a memorable dining experience.
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