Top 10 restaurants in Eastern Cape, South Africa

October 6, 2017 Natalie Tallman

The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa. Its capital is Bhisho, but its two largest cities are Port Elizabeth and East London. It was formed in 1994 out of the Xhosa homelands of Transkei and Ciskei, together with the eastern portion of the Cape Province. Landing place and home of the 1820 settlers, the central and eastern part of the province is the traditional home of the Xhosa people.
Things to do in Eastern Cape

1. Grazia Fine Food & Wine

Beach Front Road | Upper Esplanade, East London 5201, South Africa Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$667 +27 43 722 2009
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 550 reviews

Grazia Fine Food & Wine

Restaurant with contemporary interior, stunning sea views, outside deck, secure parking. Extensive contemporary menu.

Reviewed By Lindle M

Service was excellent and food was treat hut it was very noisy, no music - its not the right ambiance for a fine dining restaurant.Once again WE ARE NOT A FINE DINING RESTAURANT. PLEASE we serve fine food and wine. We do not pretend to be a fine dining restaurant. The definition of fine food is Good Food.

2. Kitchen Windows Beach Restaurant

Ferreira Street | Dolphin Beach, Jeffreys Bay 6330, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +27 42 293 4230
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Kitchen Windows Beach Restaurant

Reviewed By CanadianWorldTraveller

During one week stay in Jeffrey’s Bay, we went kitchen window 3 times! I don’t usually go to the same restaurant during the same holiday. Kitchen window is amazing from the view, the food, the wine, the service,etc. my 4 yo son was sleeping. The waiter used two chairs and lots of towels to make a super comfortable bed for my son. The good choices are also good. My kids enjoyed the bake fish and rice. My favorite is bake Camembert cheese.
If you can only go to one restaurant in Jeffrey’s bay, go kitchen window.

3. INFOOD Deli/Restuarant

14 Jeffrey Street | Jeffreys Bay, Jeffreys Bay 6330, South Africa Highchairs Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations Cafe, Delicatessen, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +27 42 293 1880
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 338 reviews

INFOOD Deli/Restuarant

Artisan Bakery of Breads and confectionery - Deli style food menu using free-range and organic local produce - Artisan milkshakes and craft beers. Supporters of recycling and sourcing local wares. Coffee Society #nomorebadcoffee

Reviewed By wilnaventer - Durban, South Africa

Just so awesome to see no matter how busy it gets, service still excellent, food outstanding! Been there 3 times this season, breakfast and brunch twice, staff so friendly, laughing, manager on duty walking around seeing to everybody. Well done!! Excellent service for out locals!

4. Two Olives

Stanley St | Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +27 41 585 0371
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 275 reviews

Two Olives

Reviewed By John D - Petts Wood, United Kingdom

Our friends brought us here for Tapas just after the new year.
Nice atmosphere and a pretty good view from the upstairs balcony looking out towards the Ocean, just a shame about the building opposite.
Service was a tad slow for our liking, especially in taking our drinks order first but the food was very good indeed.
The calamari and prawns were excellent and the salad I had was very good.
I would come back here again and can recommend.

5. Graze By The River

38 Van Der Riet Street, Port Alfred 6170, South Africa Delivery, Takeout, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Private Dining, Highchairs Available Seafood, Fusion, Healthy, International, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$24 - HK$110 +27 46 624 8095
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 228 reviews

Graze By The River

Graze by the River is a coffee bar and bistro situated in one of the original 1820 settler's home next to the banks of the Kowie River in Port Alfred. The venue boasts a private garden area at the back of the property where you can escape from the busy Van der Riet street at the front of the property and enjoy freshly roasted coffee or sample some of the many homemade dishes on offer. The menu is based on locally available produce from fresh seafood, smoked meats and organic vegetables grown in the garden on site, interesting tasty dishes are supplemented by daily specials. The restaurant has its own smoker for preparing a lot of the dishes and the coffee bar roasts its own green beans daily ensuring good quality fresh coffee. So whether your looking for a great breakfast, some coffee and cake or a tasty homemade meal come and enjoy the experience of Graze by the River. Evening meals are strictly by reservation and we are closed on Wednesday.

Reviewed By Outspanner - North West England, United Kingdom

Nick, the chef/owner is passionate about his food and where he sources his ingredients. Fish, meat and vegetables are obviously very fresh and of good quality, and he turns them into some great dishes, particularly the ones on the daily "specials" board which are always delicious.
We've eaten there 3 times recently, often taking guests, and never been disappointed.
Service is always excellent, with Nick introducing his specials in his own inimitable style, then taking the time to get feedback from each guest once served.
This is best restaurant in town right now in our opinion.

6. Rambling Rose

165 St Francis Drive, Saint Francis Bay 6312, South Africa Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +27 42 294 1883
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 190 reviews

Rambling Rose

Garden setting with indoor and outdoor Seating

Reviewed By ecsonza - Cape Town Central, South Africa

This is a return visit for us. Friday buffet lunch - a healthy variety of fresh vegetables, lamb neck stew, yellowfin tuna, beef lasagne and lentil lasagne, chicken curry. Great iced coffee. Cay is very friendly and is the perfect host. Lovely waitress. Lovely ambiance.

7. Sanook Cafe

11 Chamberlain Road | Berea, East London 5241, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, American, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +27 43 721 3215
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 434 reviews

Sanook Cafe

Reviewed By Michelle L

We love the vibe and the food is teally good. Everything is always freshly prepared and to perfection. A nice variety on the menu. I am not really a pizza fan but i am often tempted when my family order this.

8. True Living

44 Stockenstroom Street, Cradock 5880, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Street Food, Delicatessen, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks, Dinner HK$16 - HK$78 +27 48 881 3288
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

True Living

A quaint restaurant and coffee shop situated right on the main route through the beautiful town of Cradock. We pride ourselves on excellent coffee and homemade soul food. A bakery where fresh artisan bread is available as well as a delicatessen section. True Living is also stocked with loads of local produce like knitwear, jams and mohair products.

Reviewed By BlommetjieBlommetjie - South Africa

Almost a year after we visited True Living, we returned on our way to the seaside. We were welcomed like long lost friends and enjoyed the most wonderful breakfast and lunch at True Living. The True Living team (Lani and Louzel) are now "celebs" as they appeared on the local Television program, "My Kitchen Rules", where they showed the rest of the country why Karoo lamb is so special. We hope to return soon, as True Living is exactly what the name says... True Living, True People.

9. Tasty Table

Shop 2, Hankce Building | Diaz Street, Jeffreys Bay 6330, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Delicatessen, Contemporary, Healthy, African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks HK$16 - HK$102 +27 83 254 9403
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 237 reviews

Tasty Table

Tasty Table Cafe is a Family run Cafe with an incredible view of the Blue Flag, Main Beach of Jeffreys Bay, also known as Dolphin beach.... for good reason. We are known for our Speciality Coffees, Burgers, Seafood and Freshly baked Treats. Come make yourself at home and enjoy the relaxed vibe in the heart of Jeffreys Bay. Please note that we are not open on Sundays.

Reviewed By chilledout_99 - no fixed abode!

Had a very enjoyable lunch here. Great location, tasty food and friendly staff. Perfect place to relax and enjoy good food/drinks

10. Mellas Dim-Sum & Noodle Bar

15 Bain Street | Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth 6001, South Africa Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Chinese, Asian, Street Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$16 - HK$47 +27 41 582 2736
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 179 reviews

Mellas Dim-Sum & Noodle Bar

Mellas is a Dim-Sum Noodle that serves Freshly made Dim-Sum and Noodles in a relaxed atmosphere with good Music and Great Wines.

Reviewed By MARKL55_55 - Lexington, Kentucky

Mellas is an exceptionally creative restaurant. The chef's creative flair transforms traditional Chinese dumplings into exceptional delights. We particularly loved the lamb pot stickers is spicy yogurt sauce. Service was friendly and the atmosphere chill. Wish we had a place like this in our city in the US.

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