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In a cave, Below Marine Drive | 100m from Old Harbour, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
+27 28 312 3454
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11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A group of friends with our families. What a spectacular location but somewhat stressfull on 66 year old knees. Food was good and atmosphere really magical. Cannot wait to take our grand kids there!

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Prestwich, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went to see the whales but the ocean was too rough for them or they had all gone home. We then found this great restaurant and bar located in a cave with fantastic views over the ocean. We had eaten already so just had a leisurely drink taking in the ambience. Watch out for the sign on the promenade... More 

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Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was amazing!!! (Seafood platter for 1) Everything was cooked to perfection..... Lovely view, Good service. Enjoyable afternoon.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn`t eat this time but I always go there when I`m in Hermanus. Its a beautiful spot where you can watch wales and have a drink, Gotta be lucky for the whales but drinks are always available

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is right next to the sea, down a steep flight of stairs. It is not for the elderly or the disabled or for people with very small children. However, for anyone else, this is THE venue to have lunch whilst watching the whales frolicking in the bay. We had kingklip and chips with a salad and a bottle... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dinner at the cave watching the super moon was spectacular. One of the world's finest restaurant locations . Vegetarian meal one of the best ever with superb wines & excellent service ! It's an absolute winner !

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What can one say? A spectacular location, a friendly and efficient staff and terrific food. Bientang's deserves a place on everyone's list of 'favorite places in South Africa for having lunch'.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to Bientang's because of it's location. WARNING FOR ELDERLY: this is not your two step down and three steps up place. If you have trouble with stairs this will be a marathon. The location was (literally) feet away from the Ocean and under umbrellas and on wooden decking, made you feel in touch with nature. We only ordered... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had lunch here and loved the place. Very nice waiters, great food and awesome view by the rocks. We even saw two whales swimming by. Bit more pricey but definitely worth it if you can sit outside in the sun!

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Orford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous setting. Fabulous food. Excellent service. What more can I say? Apart from it is wisest to book as it is very popular! Thank you Princess for finding us a table for two today - it really made our last day in South Africa.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$30
Cuisine
Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 21:00
Saturday
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: In a cave, Below Marine Drive | 100m from Old Harbour, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Hermanus
  • Phone Number: +27 28 312 3454
Description
This International award winning destination venue is the most unique restaurant setting in the world. Created out of an authentic, cave previously inhabited by a Koi Strandloper of the same name, the restaurant spills out onto the oceans rocks of Walker Bay in Hermanus, where Whale Watching is the preferred local pass-time. The rustic charm and natural ambiance of the cave and it's surroundings is a delight to all our patrons with many returning year after year to sample the delights of Bientang's Cave. With an abundance of sea and bird life as well as Dassies for company, this exquisite setting is heightened by the freshest seafood and an award winning wine list (Diners Club Diamond Award 2010 to 2013).And, should you be a non-seafood(ie), we offer meat, poultry and vegetarian dishes to satisfy any palate. We are also able to accommodate food allergies and special dietary requirements if pre-informed.Reservations are always advised as our location, quality of food and ambiance attract visitors from across the globe throughout the year... However, should you be passing and the aroma's drag you down our stairs, we do have a cocktail/ oyster bar where guests may enjoy a drink whilst waiting for a table.Bientang's Cave is open daily Lunch: 11:30am to 4 pm.Dinners by prior arrangement. Please note Bientang's Cave prides itself in offering large group functions, corporate events, weddings and other functions.

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