Eastern Karoo restaurants

Top Choice Deli in Nieu Bethesda

The Brewery & Two Goats Deli

Across a bridge from the main part of the village is this charmingly rustic farmhouse on a working dairy farm, where you can sit under the trees sampling a delicous platter of cheeses, salami, pickles and olives. It…
Top Choice South African in Cradock

Victoria Manor

This atmospheric hotel dining room has dark-wood panelling and richly upholstered furnishings in 19th-century English style. Service is attentive, and the Karoo cuisine hearty and delicious. Karoo lamb chops, burger…
Cafe in Graaff-Reinet

Polka Cafe

Polka's food will linger long on the palate. Karoo lamb, matured steaks and bobotie (curry topped with beaten egg baked to a crust) are on the dinner menu; lighter lunches include savoury pancakes, salads and pizzas…
South African in Cradock

True Living

Cafes cluster around the corner of JA Calata and Albert Sts, mostly combined with nurseries or decor shops. In the latter category, this courtyard cafe sells plates and platters of farm-kitchen food, including bobot…
Cafe in Graaff-Reinet

Our Yard

This trendy 'roastery and culture stop' serves excellent coffees, breakfasts, light meals, fruit juices, scones and cakes in a shady courtyard. The evening menu feature meaty mains, including lamb rib and venison. A…
South African in Nieu Bethesda

Die Waenhuis

Occupying a beautifully renovated trading post in the heart of Nieu Bethesda, this atmospheric venue specialises in well-executed South African dishes, including lamb chops, burgers, chicken schnitzel and bobotie. T…
South African in Nieu Bethesda

Karoo Lamb Restaurant

When all the elements of breakfast (from R35) at this large eatery-cum-deli-cum-gift shop are laid out, half a picnic table is occupied. For lunch or dinner, hearty dishes such as lamb chops and potjiekos (stew cook…
Cafe in Graaff-Reinet

GRT Brewery

This multipurpose venue – beer garden, deli and cafe – has an inviting courtyard where you can sip a coffee, sample a craft beer, have breakfast or enjoy a light meal. Pick from vegetarian wraps, toasted sandwiches,…
International in Graaff-Reinet

The Muller House

This hip resto-bar near the Dutch Reformed Church is as adept at serving up tapas (from R40) as it is heartier meals. The menu is concise yet inventive, and the breezy courtyard is atmospheric. A chill-out place by …
South African in Nieu Bethesda

The Tower Restaurant

Locals recommend this cheerful, intimate place next to the Bethesda Arts Centre. The menu features tasteful dishes that use local ingredients – try the Karoo lamb or the chicken curry – and there are a few vegetaria…