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“Good could be better”
Review of The Milkwood

The Milkwood
Ranked #37 of 111 Restaurants in Hermanus
Price range: US$9 - US$15
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Set on the beautiful shores of Onrus Beach, here at The Milkwood we have spectacular views with delicious food to match. Come and join us during the day for a yummy breakfast or scrumptious lunch, or sit at the bar enjoying some Tapas with a cocktail or local craft beer. In the evening our seasonal dinner menu and specially selected wine list will ensure you have a truly special experience with us.
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good could be better”
Reviewed 23 January 2014

We stopped here for a late lunch on our way to Cape Town. Not knowing the area we struggled to find the resturant, had to ask for directions. If it was peak period, I could understand the service being slow, but it was after lunch! Plus being such a hot day, we would have appreciated the waitress paying more attention to our drink situtation. After being served our drinks we were rather forgotten. I didn't find the restaurant terribly kid friendly in terms of food. I had the chicken burger which I found enjoyable enough. My husband had the fish which he said was average. But it did seem as if the manager/owner? took any complaints from patrons to heart. Overall not a bad experience.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Tanya E
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Somerset West, South Africa
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Disappointing New Years Eve dinner”
Reviewed 13 January 2014

We have had a holiday house in Onrus for some time and have frequented The Milkwood restaurant on a regular basis. We were very excited to hear it was under new ownership but unfortunately our experience on New Years eve did little convince us that things had changed for the better. The food was absolutely atrocious - from the menu, to the presentation, to the actual flavour (or lack thereof). One realises that one will pay a premium to eat out on new years eve, but to pay R350 /head for substandard food is unacceptable! I get the feeling that the chef/owner bit off more than he could chew. Unfortunately this experience has put us off going back there - such a pity when it has one of the best views in the Hermanus area.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Lauren J
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Somerset West, South Africa
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159 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Good, and the new oweners try very hard. They deserve a visit”
Reviewed 13 January 2014

Me my wife and friends visited the restaurant for dinner. We are lucky to live about 100 meters from the restaurant. For 10 years we refused to made a booking at Millwood, because the service and food was not up to standard, but at about July 2013 it came under new ownership...and the change was remarkable. HOWEVER,..I think the new owners are still trying to find their feet. Our food was just ok, the service good and very friendly.. but it seems that they could not always cope with the December rush.

They try very hard and I think we must give a decent chance. The view is from the best you can get. Just ask for a view at the window. ...AND they are a fish restaurant...stick to fish !

  • Visited December 2013
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2 Thank Bankiesa
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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125 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Disappointing Experience”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

We were very disappointed with our experience here. We took (foodie) friends and family and the experience was an embarrassment. We arrived at 1245, our last guests arrived at 1315 and we were given our main meal at 1515! The "lobster bisque" was unseasoned water, no flavour whatsoever. 4 people had the fish of the day - Cape Salmon, which was overcooked and dry. The chips were half cooked. Management was poor as well as service - had to ask 3 times for water and eventually had to get up and request wine which had been order, but not delivered. The "chef" and staff need training as they cannot call themselves cooks let alone chefs! We will never return and will certainly not recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Diane D
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Eynsford, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Would Dylan Thomas approve?”
Reviewed 21 December 2013

We tried to get a reservation on the weekend but it was fully booked so this is obviously a popular restaurant, however during the week it was quite quiet. Situated approx 3 miles outside of town overlooking a lovely family beach, I would think this would be a great place for lunch. The food was good typical SA fish etc. not exceptional but fine.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank stephen l
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