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The Cuckoo tree

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Rothnick Croft Building, Corner Dirkie Uys and High Street | 155 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
+27 28 312 3430
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Hermanus, South Africa
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you read my other reviews you will see that I am always quick to criticize service issues. There is a good reason for this. I was a waiter at a big restaurant and worked the busiest time time of the year (season) twice as well as a few times at smaller places, as a waiter and later as a... More 

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Thank Julian B
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visit this small family owned restaurant regularly for lunch and we are always excited about the service and the food. Their breakfast is equally amazing and we highly recommend all the dishes.

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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly owners and staff. Excellent dinner and wines and atmosphere. Last at restaurant 9 years ago with previous owner. Still thoroughly recommend

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Thank annB1943
Hermanus, South Africa
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love going to The Cuckoo Tree. Excellent food and lovely friendly service. Parking right there. Patio dining available, nice ambience.

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Thank mautravel2015
Hermanus, South Africa
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lynn and her daughter Michelle run this delightful coffee shop cum restaurant with its lovely garden. Food is freshly prepared and the evening menu changes according to the seasonal ingredients available. Good and friendly hostesses and staff.

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Thank Nigel k
Hermanus, South Africa
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here many, many times over the last 20 years. Previous owner was brilliant, and food was always great. New owners have changed things a little, change is always good, but the brilliant meals are still to be had each and every time you visit, without fail. The Powers family that run the shop are excellent in every avenue of... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We haven't tried all restaurants in Hermanus, but so far this is absolutely the best restaurant we have visited. The restaurant is small - but with a big heart! Service is top notch, the food is excellent with attention to details and aesthetically presented. If you are after gourmet food - go there - you won't be dissapointed.

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Napier, South Africa
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51 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The lady in the bookshop was yawning. "The season is over. Hermanus is empty." However, round the corner at "The Cuckoo Tree" I was lucky to find a table! It's one of those tucked-away eateries that locals use and probably don't tell anyone about. I had a seafood salad (with a glass of crisp Chenin Blanc). Everything fresh: very tasty... More 

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Thank Jay H
Hermanus, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We are regulars at this Restaurant with visits about twice a week. Their breakfasts are delicious and I recommend their Craig's special.They also have excellent lunches i.e.Fillet kebabs, wonderful fish,Stews,curry and oxtail. All dishes are highly recommended

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Pearly Beach, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Lovely atmosphere sat outside in the garden where birds are fed and bathe under the tree. Had the famous cuckoo tree breakfast with beans it was so great we booked to go back for lunch at 3pm. I then had the pategonian calamari again this was just so good am defnitely going back this week. This is a family owned... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rothnick Croft Building, Corner Dirkie Uys and High Street | 155 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Hermanus
  • Phone Number: +27 28 312 3430
Description
The Cuckoo Tree was recommended by a friend. Had it not been we would not have come across it. Seating only ablout 30 people, it is an elegant and warm restaurant, run by a mother and her daughters. Lovely ambience, we noticed the others there looked like people "who know their food". An advanatage is you can take your own wine without corkage. Tastefully set tables. I would descibe the menu (dinner) as almost eclectic. Not large, but an emphasis on more unusual dishes, not the run-of-the-mill ones seen so often. We shares a double blue cheese souffle. Beautifully dopne, soft and featherlike and not too overpowering in terms of cheese. We each opted for the crispy duck - two generous portions and while crispy on the outside, the flesh was tender. Served with an orange and Van der Hum liqeur sause (the latter being a South African liqeur). it was served separately so as to prevent the duck becoming soggy. Vegertables just cooked - therefore crispy - without sugar added which is a disgusting South African habit. For dessdert we shared camembaert cigars in a rasberry coulis. Mmm. Afterwards sat out side - beautiful evening - drinking coffee and polishing off the last bit of wine. Were joined by Mum and daughters and ended up chatting for about another hour. I/we eat out a bit and travel a lot so have a pretty good idea of what is good and what is excellent. I would award 5 stars. If asked where my best dining experience was in the last year, I would have no hesitation whatsever nominating The Cuckoo Tree. Their telephone number: From outside South Africa: 00 28 3123430. From within: 028 3123430.
They also serve teas, breakfast and lunch. And change the menu every now and then.
Peter Francis
Lakeside
Cape Town
South Africa

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