Like elsewhere, restaurants come and go but the following local stalwarts have earned our approval over many years and countless meals. We discuss these and more options with guests and make bookings on their behalf should they require (recommended during the busy seasons).

Joplins Pub & Steak Grill
Best steak house on the Garden Route, this laid-back timber shack-pub is a real local gem, where Rose presides over the grill. It is hugely popular with locals – not only for the cozy unpretentious atmosphere but you can still wine and dine here for around R130 per head.

Salinas
A few meters from the beach, salinas.co.za is an informal place that offers casual fare, served up with a 180-degree view of the ocean and beaches. It’s a very stroll from the lodge.

Serendipity
For fine dining we recommend www.serendipitywilderness.com, voted amongst top 100 restaurants in the country by Wine Magazine for many consecutive years as well as amongst the top 10 in the Garden Route.

The Girls Bistro
Like Serendipity www.thegirls.co.za is voted one of the Top 10 Restaurants in the Garden Route. Informal and unpretentious, their food is delicious and good value. This is also walking distance away though a section is along the busy N2.

Pomodoro
For pastas and pizza we recommend Pomodoro in the heart of the village, good value and good fare; laid back vibe. Service can be slow when very busy.