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My favourite eateries in Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of the Garden Route

My favourite eateries in Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of the Garden Route

With such an amazing coastline, it is impossible to resist eating by the beach during a stay in Plett. The restaurant that comes to mind instantly is the down to earth, Lookout Deck, a casual place with picnic tables, set on the deck overlooking, yes you guessed it, Lookout Bay.

The Lookout Deck Restaurant at Plettenberg Bay South Africa

The Lookout Deck is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner so you can choose. It's a perfect stop for breakfast or lunch after a walk along the beach or even better when there's a Full Moon. My visits were for lunch then dinner (not on the same day I may add!). I would mention however, the Lookout Deck is popular so be patient whilst waiting for your food to arrive – just enjoy the beauty of this location and the fresh seafood, and you won't be disappointed.

Enjoy delicious meals with panoramic view at The Lookout Deck

The food ranges from melt in the mouth calamari, oysters, porro prawns and mussel pot, to simple fish and chips. For carnivores like my husband, there is excellent steak, matured on the premises and char-grilled to your taste, and even Cape Malay mutton curry. The wine and cocktail list is impressive, making the most of produce from the local estates. Finish with a slice of homemade cheesecake or Pavlova for perfection.

But there are more equally enticing places with sweeping sea views to eat out in Plettenberg Bay and I'll proceed to introducing you to a couple more of these which I had the delight of visiting and trying out.

The Lemon Grass is another restaurant with a wonderful waterside location

The Lemon Grass was another restaurant I loved in Plettenberg Bay, again with a wonderful waterside location, on Lookout Bay. As the name hints, Thai dishes are available, in addition to international ones, and there's help if required for choosing an appropriate wine. This is again casual and there is seating outside for an even more relaxed experience. It is also great for lunch, straight off the beach.

The inviting, open air setting with gorgeous sea views puts you in the mood for an unforgettable dining experience as you sample a variety of dishes that are as visually pleasing to the eye as they are mouth-watering on the mouth. The portions are generous; the service is friendly and the food simply delicious. If you come in the evening you’ll be treated to a romantic candlelit setting by the sea.

The Fat Fish restaurant on Plettenberg Bay's Central Beach

My last must visit restaurant is The Fat Fish, on Plettenberg Bay's Central Beach. I was pleasantly surprised by the delicious tapas and the locally produced wines. It has a very upbeat vibe and was again very popular with visitors and locals. The service was also excellent so try this one too when on a visit to Plettenberg Bay.

The venue is quite popular and at times an advanced booking may be required as it can get pretty busy. The value for money is excellent also; you can enjoy a delicious meal with freshly-sourced seafood accompanied by a bottle of wine for around £35. On top of that the atmosphere is fantastic and the location overlooking the sea, just as spectacular.

Away from the beach, you can choose from an array of restaurants in Plettenberg Bay, from sophisticated to casual. During my one week stay, I tried to sample a complete range, and I must confess I came home a few pounds heavier!

Linda Walker

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Linda Walker

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