Paternoster is a beautiful village located in the Western Cape of South Africa. If you’re looking for an escape from the city, this is the perfect spot. There is an abundance of rustic beauty to explore, and if you’re looking for some adventure, Cape Columbine Nature Reserve is just a few kilometres away. Of course, no visit to Paternoster would be complete without enjoying some of the delicious local cuisine. Here are some of the best restaurants in Paternoster that you won’t want to miss.

Restaurants in Paternoster offer fresh, local fish, often caught the same day. There is fine dining, live entertainment, and more. This makes for a great destination for a night out. Many restaurants do not open daily and tend to fill up quickly, so be sure to check ahead of time and book a table.

1. Leeto Restaurant

Established in 2018, Leeto Restaurant provides an upmarket setup accentuated by a fine dining experience. The eatery will take you on a culinary journey featuring refined West Coast cuisine. Highlights from the menu include free-range meat dishes, sustainable seafood, and various vegetarian and vegan options. Find out more by contacting Leeto Restaurant. Unfortunately, if you have children under the age of 12, the establishment will not accommodate them.

Restaurant times: Monday to Sunday from 12.30 to 10pm
Cuisine: South African modern seafood
Address: Patterson Slot, Paternoster (inside the Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel)
Rating (Google reviews): 4.8
Contact: 060 927 0403

2. Gaatjie Restaurant

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Next up is number two on our list of the best Paternoster restaurants. This locale treats visitors to a delightful location on the beachfront. Gaaitjie Restaurant has been in Paternoster since 2009 and features a menu and an unplugged menu. Highlights include seared tuna on the menu and Patagonian calamari on the unplugged menu. You can make a reservation via telephone or on the restaurant’s website. Please note that you cannot make reservations for the days when the unplugged menu is offered.

Restaurant times: Thursday to Monday from 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm (Gaaitjie Restaurant is open for drinks between these two time slots)
Gaaitjie Unplugged: Tuesday to Wednesday from 12pm to 7pm
Cuisine: Modern seafood
Address: Off Sampson Street, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.4
Contact: 022 752 2242

3.  Wolfgat

Wolfgat is a restaurant in Paternoster, South Africa, that has been named the Best Restaurant in Africa for 2021 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Wolfgat offers an intimate arrangement, with seating for a maximum of 20 people. The restaurant’s menu features only indigenous ingredients and is influenced by the surrounding landscape of Paternoster. Wolfgat does not accommodate children under 16 years of age, and lunch and dinner sittings last for approximately two hours.

Lunch times: Wednesday to Thursday and Friday to Saturday from 12.30pm, and Sunday from 12pm
Dinner times: Friday to Saturday from 7pm
Cuisine: Locally sourced South African seafood
Address: 10 Sampson Street, Kliprug, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.6
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4. De See Kat Restaurant

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De See Kat Restaurant is a great place to visit if you want to enjoy good food while overlooking the beach. The restaurant is known for serving a variety of international dishes, as well as seafood and sushi. De See Kat also has outdoor seating, which makes the experience even better by providing guests with gorgeous views of the beach. Guests have praised the service at the restaurant, as well as its setting at sunset when the fire pit is lit.

Restaurant times: Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 9pm and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm
Menu: De See Kat Restaurant Menu
Cuisine: International-inspired seafood, sushi and steak
Address: 32 Saint Augustine Drive, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.4
Contact: 072 343 9793

5. Mondvol Koffiewinkel

Mondvol Koffiewinkel is a small but highly rated coffee shop in the Pelgrimrust area of Paternoster. The café offers a casual yet sophisticated menu with quiche, cake, French coffee, and tea. Traveller reviews praise Mondvol Koffiewinkel for its scrumptious food, efficient service and value for money. The café has beautiful views of the surrounding area, making it the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch.

Breakfast times: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 11.30am – Mondvol Koffiewinkel Breakfast Menu
Lunch times: Tuesday to Saturday from 11.30am to 3pm and Sunday from 11.30am to 2pm – Mondvol Koffiewinkel Lunch Menu
Cuisine: Light meals
Rating (Google reviews): 4,8
Address: 15 Seemeeu Crescent, Pelgrimsrust, Paternoster
Contact: 073 939 0186

6. Cathy’s Kitchen Paternoster

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Cathy’s Kitchen Paternoster is a great place to go for a pleasant breakfast experience. The service is friendly and efficient, and the menu is small but tempting. What’s more, Cathy’s Kitchen Paternoster is a non-profit organisation, so you can feel good about your meal even before you’ve eaten it! The venue is also pet-friendly, so everyone in your party will be happy.

Breakfast and Lunch times: Monday to Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday from 8.30am to 1.30pm
Dinner times: Friday from 5pm to 8pm
Menu: Cathy’s Kitchen Paternoster Menu
Cuisine: Breakfast, brunch and lunch
Address: 1 Seeduiker Street, Voorstrand, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.8
Contact: 066 253 4881

7. The Hobnobbery

Discover this quirky establishment on Saint Augustine Road in Paternoster. The Hobnobbery is a popular deli among visitors. While you wait for your order, check out the fascinating decor around the property. The deli offers a dining-in experience as well as a takeaway service.

Breakfast and Lunch times: Wednesday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm and Sunday from 9am to 2pm
Cuisine: Deli food, breakfast, lunch, coffee
Address: 62 Saint Augustine Road, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.7
Contact: 084 240 0630

8. Paternoster Wine & Tasting Lounge

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Our next entry into Paternoster restaurants offers passionate and knowledgeable service. The family-owned Paternoster Wine & Tasting Lounge is all about indulgence. Try out their great selection while you learn about the background process, courtesy of the owners’ heartfelt efforts.

Wine-tasting times: Monday to Tuesday by appointment only (for large groups). Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm
Cuisine: Wine tasting and platters
Address: 54 Saint Augustine Road, Kliprug, Paternoster
Contact: 061 540 9530

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9. Paternoster Brewery

Beer lovers, this is where you should go. Numerous visitors recommend Paternoster Brewery for its beer range and also for its good food. The establishment mostly follows the Reinheitgebot of 1516. Paternoster Brewery offers a quiet and relaxing time but gets busy on the weekends. For families, the brewery includes a play area for kids.

Beer-tasting and restaurant times: Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm
Cuisine: Beer tasting, lunch, breakfast, dinner
Address: 2 Seemeeu Crescent, Pelgrimsrust, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.5
Contact: 063 952 3383

10. The Panty Bar

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So, you’re looking for a drink during the day or checking out the nightlife. Then, the Panty Bar is where you should go during your exploration of Paternoster restaurants. This historic bar owes its amusing name to its unique decor, which adds to the experience and overall atmosphere of the popular establishment.

Bar times: Monday to Sunday from 8am to 12am
Cuisine: Bar and grill
Address: 56 Saint Augustine Road, Kliprug, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.1
Contact: 022 752 2703

11. Noisy Oyster

Now, for a more informal setting, book a table at Noisy Oyster. The restaurant lives up to its name, with its reputation for fresh Saldahna oysters and a charming atmosphere. With a menu that changes daily, contacting them ahead of time is the only way to go. Noisy Oyster specialises in South African cuisine. The eatery also welcomes those who prefer dishes aside from seafood, such as steaks and pizza.

Restaurant times: Wednesday to Saturday from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm
Menu: The Noisy Oyster Menu
Cuisine: Local and international-influenced seafood
Address: 62 Saint Augustine Road, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.6
Contact: 022 752 2196

12. Blikke Pizzeria

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No matter where you go, at least one of the Paternoster restaurants should specialise in pizza. That’s where Blikkie Pizzeria comes in, with thin-based pizza, but also burgers and seafood. The pizzeria sits close to the beach, guaranteeing guests beautiful views to complement their dining experience. Look out for pizzas with original toppings, like bokkoms and smoked snoek. To top it off, previous visitors have left glowing reviews about the friendly staff’s efficient service.

Restaurant times: Tuesday to Thursday from 10am to 7pm. Friday from 10am to 8pm. Saturday from 9am to 9pm. Sunday from 9am to 3pm
Menu: Blikkie Pizzeria Menu
Cuisine: Italian pizza and seafood
Address: Corner of Saint Augustine and Tamaryn Road, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.4
Contact: 079 598 8616

13. Voorstrandt Restaurant

Our 13th entry sits right on the beach. Voorstrandt Restaurant offers you breathtaking views of unspoiled beaches while treating you to extravagantly prepared meals. You’ll get to satisfy your appetite with a backdrop of the scenic ocean. The outdoor setting also means that the eatery is child- and pet-friendly. Voorstrandt Restaurant specialises in seafood dishes but caters to meat lovers and vegetarians as well. Complement your meals with local West Coast wine and beer, also on the menu.

Restaurant times: Saturday to Monday from 11am to 10pm. Tuesday and Friday from 12pm to 10pm. Wednesday to Thursday from 12pm to 9pm
Menu: Voorstrand Restaurant Menu
Cuisine: South African seafood, grill, vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free options
Address: Strandloper Street, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.4
Contact: 022 752 2038

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14. Benguela Blue

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Our next highlight in our list of Paternoster restaurants offers a vibrant but also relaxed atmosphere. Benguela Blue is situated atop a hill in Paternoster, and close to the coast. Expect panoramic views as you try something from a menu featuring a great selection of dishes. Contact the restaurant for more information. Plenty of outdoor seating enhances the casual ambience, guaranteeing a comfortable setting during the summer. Bookings are not essential unless you visit during one of the holiday periods.

Restaurant times: Monday, Thursday and Sunday from 9am to 7pm. Wednesday from 8am to 7pm. Friday from 9.30am to 9pm. Saturday from 9am to 9pm
Cuisine: South African and Mediterranean influences
Address: 54 Saint Augustine Road, Kliprug, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.4
Contact: 079 682 5156

15. Trattoria Paternoster

This cosy venue will treat you to superb food and gorgeous views. Trattoria Paternoster is the place to indulge in Italian-style pizza and pasta. The village’s seafood speciality is also on the menu. Many travellers highlight the menu’s wide selection, friendly staff, and intimate atmosphere. Trattoria Paternoster includes vegetarian-friendly and vegan options. Outdoor seating is available as well.

Restaurant times: Monday to Sunday from 11am to 9pm
Menu: Trattoria Paternoster Menu
Cuisine: South African, Italian pizza, seafood and pasta
Address: 66 Saint Augustine Road, Kliprug, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.1
Contact: 022 3000 222

16. Whale’s Rib Paternoster

Now, for our 16th item on our guide to Paternoster restaurants. Situated close to the northernmost tip of Paternoster, Whale’s Rib Paternoster offers an intimate location that accentuates the delicious food being served up. Look forward to trying out an exceptional seafood menu. There will be pizza and burgers, as well as waffles, courtesy of Waffle Wharf. The outdoor seating adds to the charm of the restaurant. Admire the whale rib decorations and enjoy live rugby matches thanks to a big-screen TV inside near the bar.

Restaurant times: Monday to Thursday from 9am to 6pm. Friday to Saturday from 9am to 10pm. Sunday from 9am to 5pm
Menu: Whale’s Rib Paternoster Menu
Cuisine: Seafood
Address: Nr 1 Kreefte Street Kliprug, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4
Contact: 064 426 0149

17. Waffle Wharf

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Sharing the same space as Whale’s Rib, Waffle Wharf provides the best waffles in the village (according to visitors). Discover a range of waffle creations, from unique variations of savoury waffles to sweet indulgences.

Restaurant times: Monday to Thursday from 9am to 6pm. Friday to Saturday from 9am to 10pm. Sunday from 9am to 5pm
Menu: Waffle Wharf Menu
Cuisine: Light meals, breakfast, dessert
Address: Nr 1 Kreefte Street, Kliprug, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.4
Contact: 084 602 3145

18. Ietsie Alz Take Aways

Visit Ietsie Alz Take Aways and indulge in a casual dining experience in terms of Paternoster restaurants. The takeaway outlet features a complete al fresco arrangement close to the beach. After spending some time on the coast, head to this fast food venue to enjoy a meal in the fresh sea air.

Restaurant times: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm
Cuisine: South African seafood, fast food
Address: 7 Hogeslot Die Bult, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.1
Contact: 064 673 5099

19. Ouma Se Kombuis Paternoster

Allow yourself a more homely dining experience with Ouma Se Kombuis Paternoster. The quaint setup boasts friendly service and traditional South African dishes like bobotie and smoorsnoek. The restaurant features an art gallery, which you can explore while waiting for your food.

Restaurant times: Monday from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday to Wednesday and Friday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday from 9am to 2pm
Cuisine: South African food
Address: 47 Saint Augustine Road, Kliprug, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.6
Contact: 084 800 1991

20. The Flyer’s Delight

Finally, the last entry into our guide to Paternoster restaurants. The Flyer’s Delight features outdoor seating that gives you the pleasure of sea views while you satisfy your appetite. The eatery features generous platters of seafood and burgers. While casual in setting, the quality of the food may surprise you.

Restaurant times: Monday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm
Cuisine: Seafood
Address: Seeduiker Street, Waterfront, Paternoster
Rating (Google reviews): 4.3
Contact: 072 024 4165

Now you have an idea of what the best Paternoster restaurants have to offer. Do you know where you’ll go first?

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