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Gaaitjie Restaurant

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Sampson Street, Paternoster | Off Sampson Road, Paternoster 7381, South Africa
+27 22 752 2242
12:00 - 22:00
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Thu - Mon 12:00 - 22:00
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fantastic setting on the beach of Paternoster in the coolness of the shade provided. Great selection of food served by great staff.

Thank Grant K
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a fabulous restaurant - we had two meals here, each was delicious in a different way. But both meals were better than any other restaurant we ate in during our week in Paternoster. Relaxed atmosphere, tasty food, amazing views, friendly staff. Can highly recommend.

Thank susanperry
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were recommened Gaaitjie and had on a previous visit to Paternoster been unable to get a table. Warm atmosphere, casual but good service. Excellent prawns to start followed by Kingclip which was wonderful. Even had room for Malva pudding. Would recommend.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant is understated! This was the best meal that we had in Paternoster, with amazing views, restaurant is situated on the beach, chilled vibe. The service is laid back but professional, chill over a bottle of wine while you wait fir meal to be prepared. With the views and sumptuous cuisine I'd recommend the wait. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Farida B
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a fantastic Sunday lunch here. The food was perfect. Particularly enjoyed the kingklip and the sauce was excellent. Can also highly recommend the mussels.

Thank Business_UK
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very average experience. The starter was delicious and the views were stunning but the mains were very under seasoned and not worth the price. They didn't even have cold bottled water, we were given ice to put into our water to cool it down..Desert was very nice but overall I'm not sure we would return. The service was average and... More 

Thank Daniala C
Franschhoek, South Africa
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! This restaurant has a magnificent view and the food is amazing! I had the calamari, it was delicious and well presented. My mom had the prawns and fish of the day, she said that they were so fresh and the prawns set the bar! My dad also had the fish of the day, he said it was excellent, fresh... More 

Thank shaetmurphy
Cape Town
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have only eaten here once. The menu is limited. The food is good, but takes a long time to prepare.

Thank DePalmRestaurant
Pretoria, South Africa
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly we booked and later confirmed a table outside, only to be seated inside. (After 2 hours drive from C.T). They have a small menu, which is sometimes a good thing, but we found it very limiting without authenticity relating to the Western Cape area. Then they ran out of mussels for lunch? What did they plan on serving for... More 

Thank ferraraenrico
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband said this was his best meal in South Africa to date....and we have eaten in some nice places! An earlier review said it was expensive. They obviously don't come from the uk! Great service, superb setting and food to match, all for £36. That To me is NOT expensive! We started with a mini loaf of home baked... More 

Thank Gerry6461

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly
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 7381, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Paternoster
  • Phone Number: +27 22 752 2242
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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