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Gaaitjie Restaurant

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Sampson Street, Paternoster | Off Sampson Road, Paternoster, Saldanha Bay Municipality 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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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very enjoyable food and excellent service. The oysters are a must and the wine selection was varied and

Thank John R
Southend-on-Sea, England, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We just managed to get into Gaaitjie, it is very popular, do book! The setting is beautiful, and the staff are very welcoming. The food is delicious and there is a lot of pride in the way the food is presented and cooked. Highly recommended and we will return.

Thank SF15_13
Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely beach side setting, relaxed ambience, good staff and lovely food, we had local fish which was faultless- a perfect evening!

Thank peterwilson2016
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Angelfish and Yellowtail not fresh and about 50g each.Same sauce used on Kingklip and Norwegian Salmon, not too imaginative! Also fish and parmesan cheese shavings is not done, ask any Italian chef.The wine menu is good but corkage pricey,R45.per bottle for first two thereafter R65.Service mediocre getting the dessert order of one our party wrong. All in all very disappointing... More 

Thank Paolo D
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176 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A most amazing view, right on the beach. Brilliant service and very good food. We loved sitting on the veranda.

Thank Darren P
Somerset West
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This family-run restaurant right on the beach in Paternoster is NOT BE MISSED! But make a reservation a couple of days before the time, as it is very popular. The small building is 180 years old, and its location and ambiance can hardly be bettered. Two verandahs overlook the beach and bay, and if the weather is unsuitable, inside is... More 

Thank Brian B
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had not booked but were quickly found a table in a great position, which enabled us to watch all the beach activity. The fishing boats coming & going was particularly interesting. The food, Calamari & Fish Cakes, was delicious but the olive bread was the real show stopper. Yummy!! Our waitress was friendly & efficient & the whole experience... More 

Thank Bowring14
Boulder, Colorado
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came by for lunch and unfortunately it was totally booked -they even tried to move things around a bit. So we wandered off along the beach, and then after 5-7 minutes the sweet young waitress came running after us saying they just had a councellation and now had a table for us. How sweet was that?? The food was... More 

Thank Copenhagen3family
Hove, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good service food average - only place you can eat without booking on Monday or Tuesday. Amazing beach views - exposed long sandy beach

Thank Sue H
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86 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Saw the reviews of this place so wanted to try it Food was great and a nice wine selection in a cosy beach setting Meldine (i hope thats spelt correctly) the amazing lady serving made the meal and evening even better Its a small place so you best book in advance Well worth a visit if your in the area

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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, Gluten Free Options
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, 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, Saldanha Bay Municipality 7381, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Saldanha Bay Municipality  >  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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?