The Garden Route and the Little Karoo Restaurants

Most medium-size towns along the Garden Route offer a decent selection of restaurants, and the smaller towns of the Little Karoo usually have one or two good restaurants and a handful of lesser eateries. On the Garden Route the emphasis is often on seafood in general and oysters in particular. (Knysna has an oyster festival in July.) Restaurants in the Little Karoo feature fresh ostrich meat and organic mutton or lamb, which is delicious accompanied by a good South African red wine. Look out for farm shops between towns. These make excellent comfort stops where you can buy traditional home-baked fare, dried fruit, and other snacks for the road.

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  • 1. Ile de Pain

    $ | Eclectic

    Almost every South African you meet on the Garden Route will tell you to visit Ile de Pain. Its stellar reputation is well deserved; owners...Read More

  • 2. Zucchini

    $$ | South African

    Since 2007, owner Stephen Henning has been producing food that is free-range, organic, locally sourced, and seasonal, and chances are the garnishes...Read More

  • 3. 34° South

    $$ | Seafood

    Right on the water's edge in what appears to be a dolled-up warehouse, this place gives off a sense of abundance, with shelves, baskets, and...Read More

  • 4. Café Gannet

    $$ | Seafood

    Tour-bus crowds occasionally descend on this popular spot, located right next to the Dias Museum and Old Post Office Tree but don't let that...Read More

  • 5. Cornuti Al Mare

    $$ | Italian

    The blue and white tiles on the facade of this popular, casual Italian eatery—a favorite with locals that's usually pretty full—give the place...Read More

  • 6. Delfino's Espresso Bar and Pizzeria

    $ | Italian

    Good coffee, yummy pizzas and pastas, tables on the lawn right next to the beach, and a fantastic view of the bay and the Cape St. Blaize lighthouse...Read More

  • 7. Jemima's Restaurant

    $$ | Eclectic

    Named after the mythical guardian angel of love, good taste, and good cooking, this restaurant would not disappoint its muse. All the ingredients...Read More

  • 8. Meade Café

    $ | Contemporary

    This light and airy bistro-style restaurant, with a lovely outdoor seating area, is in an 18th-century town house in George's shopping district...Read More

  • 9. Plett Ski Boat Club

    $ | Seafood

    Want to know a secret? Plett fisherfolk, ski-boat skippers, surfers, kayak operators, and other locals frequent this very, very casual eatery...Read More

  • 10. Pomodoro

    $ | Italian

    Friendly service, great food, and good value are the highlights of this Italian eatery conveniently located in the middle of town. The emphasis...Read More

  • 11. Wilgewandel

    $ | African

    At the turnoff to the Cango Caves, Wilgewandel serves well-cooked simple food such as hamburgers, toasted sandwiches, ostrich steaks, and sweet...Read More

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