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The Tug

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A.Schad Promenade, Molen Road | Jetty Area, Swakopmund 9000, Namibia
+264 64 402 356
12:00 - 22:00
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Sat - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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New York City, New York
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at The Tug, watching the sunset over the beautiful coast. We sat outside on the deck, which I highly recommend. Service was very good and our food was really delicious. We enjoyed the beet appetizer, the seafood stew, the vegetarian pasta, and the kingclip. Highly recommended!

Thank syracusessm
Sao Paulo, SP
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very good food at reasonable prices. A tug boat was transformed in to a restaurant high over the shoreline.

Thank AnLo1956
Renkum, the Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This restaurantt at the start of the pier is a great place for one of the best meals in Namibia! But it is very popular so reservation is recommended to avoiddisappointments. The service is a bit pushy, but friendly. For a family or romantic evening The Tug is a very nice place togo. Recommended.

Thank Klaas S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Book a table a couple day before your visit and you will enjoy an amazing night. Also lovely vegetarian options. Said to be one of the best restaurants in town and combining food quality, service and atmosphere, I agree.

Thank Mai-Britt V
Leandra, South Africa
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fully booked and without a reservation Albert entertained us in the bar area while we waited for a table The waiting was worth it Had some excellent crayfish tails and prawns as well as calamari Lively place with a great energy and the staff was very friendly They were serving food until ten at night and Albert made sure that... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Our waiter was terribly rude. Myself along with several friends went to"The Tug" on the 20th of March and our waiter ignored us most of the time, aside from taking our order. When we finished our meal we asked him 3 times to bring our checks, after waiting over 30 minutes we got the manager and asked for our checks... More 

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Shipston-on-Stour, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Tug is set on on the sea front with views over the sea. We had fortunately booked and suggest you do the same. If you don't you may be disappointed. The food was amazing. I had surf and turf, shellfish and steak my husband had a game steak, Kudu I think. The service was polite and very attentive. I... More 

Thank Gill C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The building is built aroundpart of an only Tug so it is a bit quirky, but in a good way. We ate here both nights in Swakopmund. Excellent choice of fish (but they do meat as well). Great Calamari and Kingklip. Some outside dining and a large indoor area. Great wine list, cocktails and good service. Essential to book at... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited in a large group. The seafood was great (the cob - a local fish- was probably one of the best pieces of fish I have had in my life), the service was OK (pretty good for Africa in our two week experience) and the atmosphere and setting were great.

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here on the off chance that we could get a table and were lucky. We had one rift in the middle of the restaurant on a raised area. The food was delicious and the staff very good. Beautiful location.

Thank Caroline B

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Restaurant Details

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Steakhouse, Seafood, International, Grill, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
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Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: A.Schad Promenade, Molen Road | Jetty Area, Swakopmund 9000, Namibia
  • Location: Africa  >  Namibia  >  Erongo Region  >  Swakopmund
  • Phone Number: +264 64 402 356
THE TUG RESTAURANT OPENING HOURS, SEATING AREAS, DINING SERVICES SEATING AREAS OFFERED: Terrace: No reservation possible, and weather permitting. Bar: No reservation possible. Inside Cabin: Reservation recommended OPERATING TIMES LUNCH All Areas Friday/Saturday/Sunday & Public Holidays: 12noon to 3pm LATE AFTERNOON Outside Deck - Weather Permitting Friday/Saturday/Sunday & Public Holidays: 3pm to 6pm TERRACE SUNDOWNER Drinks & Light Snacks Monday-Thursday: From 4pm DINNER All Areas Monday to Thursday: 5pm to 10pm Friday/Saturday/Sunday & Public Holidays: 6pm to 10pm The Tug Restaurant had first opened its doors during December 1993. Starting out as a small beachfront restaurant on the edge of the wild and mystical Atlantic Ocean, with splendid views onto the iconic Swakopmund jetty, The Tug's popularity has grown as time moved on. Dining areas inside and on the outside deck terrace have been extended considerably, while the restaurant has become a culinary destination for travelers from around the globe. The Tug restaurant offers authentically prepared cocktails, a selection of more than 140 of the finest South African wines, French champagne. Special delights from the wild Namibian ocean include kingklip, kabeljou, lobsters, angel fish and sole, John Dory, local oysters, fresh green Swakopmund asparagus. The richly diverse menu includes stuffed Patagonian squid, prawns, Norwegian salmon, Sashimi tuna. For the carnivore there are tasty cuts of beef and tender lamb, in addition to game delicacies such as Oryx carpaccio or grilled Oryx steak, Surf & Turf. There is a wide selection for the vegetarian and our delicious homemade Spanakopita is a favorite. Both owner partners George Hopking and Brett Southworth believe that no successful establishment should rely solely on its popularity. They engage in consistent attention to quality and freshness of their products, as well as continuous training and motivation of their staff, in order to provide the customer with decent service and an extensive menu and wine list.

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