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The Cuckoo tree

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Contemporary
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Rothnick Croft Building, Corner Dirkie Uys and High Street | 155 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
+27 28 312 3430
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Napier, South Africa
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The lady in the bookshop was yawning. "The season is over. Hermanus is empty." However, round the corner at "The Cuckoo Tree" I was lucky to find a table! It's one of those tucked-away eateries that locals use and probably don't tell anyone about. I had a seafood salad (with a glass of crisp Chenin Blanc). Everything fresh: very tasty... More 

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Hermanus, South Africa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are regulars at this Restaurant with visits about twice a week. Their breakfasts are delicious and I recommend their Craig's special.They also have excellent lunches i.e.Fillet kebabs, wonderful fish,Stews,curry and oxtail. All dishes are highly recommended

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Pearly Beach, South Africa
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely atmosphere sat outside in the garden where birds are fed and bathe under the tree. Had the famous cuckoo tree breakfast with beans it was so great we booked to go back for lunch at 3pm. I then had the pategonian calamari again this was just so good am defnitely going back this week. This is a family owned... More 

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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184 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cuckoo Tree is a gem. We have been enjoying Michelle and her team's hospitality for years. Breakfasts are always done exactely as requested and cooked to perfection! The outside area under the tree and umbrellas are a perfect spot to chill. Coffee is excellent. Lillian the chef is outstanding! This is a must visit spot!

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Thank Nico558
South africa
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food is so good. Coffee and cake for morning tea is good and they're very popular for their excellent breakfast. Try them. For dinners you have to book. Oxtail and mash is the best.

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Hermanus, South Africa
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A popular eatery with the locals - so you know itis good. Tucked away in Hermanus CBD, this family owned and run restaurant has great friendly service and a menu with something for all taste buds, and vaalue for money pricing. We love sitting in the garden area, which is relatively well protected from the elements, as well as watching... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really wasn't expecting much from the exterior - looks like a standard bistro of which Hermanus has many of. Lovely simple interior and charming scented enclosed garden makes you forget you are right in the middle of town. Cooking was exemplary - both in quality and freshness of ingredients and preparation. Really delicious Tempura prawns, Exceptional Moules Marinieres and a... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

A little hidden gem for lunch. The food was home made and offered something a little different to the other places I've been in Hermanus with several tasty looking vegetarian options which was a bonus. The service was really friendly and the outdoor courtyard is such a lovely place for a relaxed meal or a glass or two of wine.

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Thank BecHilt
Hermanus, South Africa
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Very friendly helpful staff. Great veggie juice. Family run coffee shop. Caters for everyone. Food is cooked to order. Fish cakes also very good.

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Thank Averil S
Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

a beautiful court yard and all the customers never mind the staff were so friendly I felt I was eating with Family The food was great and although it right in the center of town you would never have known

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Contemporary
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rothnick Croft Building, Corner Dirkie Uys and High Street | 155 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Hermanus
  • Phone Number: +27 28 312 3430
Description
The Cuckoo Tree was recommended by a friend. Had it not been we would not have come across it. Seating only ablout 30 people, it is an elegant and warm restaurant, run by a mother and her daughters. Lovely ambience, we noticed the others there looked like people "who know their food". An advanatage is you can take your own wine without corkage. Tastefully set tables. I would descibe the menu (dinner) as almost eclectic. Not large, but an emphasis on more unusual dishes, not the run-of-the-mill ones seen so often. We shares a double blue cheese souffle. Beautifully dopne, soft and featherlike and not too overpowering in terms of cheese. We each opted for the crispy duck - two generous portions and while crispy on the outside, the flesh was tender. Served with an orange and Van der Hum liqeur sause (the latter being a South African liqeur). it was served separately so as to prevent the duck becoming soggy. Vegertables just cooked - therefore crispy - without sugar added which is a disgusting South African habit. For dessdert we shared camembaert cigars in a rasberry coulis. Mmm. Afterwards sat out side - beautiful evening - drinking coffee and polishing off the last bit of wine. Were joined by Mum and daughters and ended up chatting for about another hour. I/we eat out a bit and travel a lot so have a pretty good idea of what is good and what is excellent. I would award 5 stars. If asked where my best dining experience was in the last year, I would have no hesitation whatsever nominating The Cuckoo Tree. Their telephone number: From outside South Africa: 00 28 3123430. From within: 028 3123430.
They also serve teas, breakfast and lunch. And change the menu every now and then.
Peter Francis
Lakeside
Cape Town
South Africa

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