Pet Friendly Restaurants on the Garden Route

Road Tripping
Road Tripping

Who doesn’t love a roadtrip? Your pooch gets to stick his head out the window and have his tongue flap free in the breeze? Don’t feel like cooking on your journey? No problem. Here is a list of some pet friendly restaurants along the way if you’re driving down the Garden Route. Please don’t forget to check each restaurant’s pet friendly policies when making a reservation and call in advance to confirm that they have room for you and your pet.

CAPE TOWN – we already have a blog post with a list of pet friendly restaurants in Cape Town. Please see here.

BETTY’S BAY – The Whaling Station Restaurant is an authentic Greek Restaurant with a wonderful sea view. It is run by a husband and wife, Costas and Maria. Well-behaved pets are welcome, provided they are on a leash, can sit in the Restaurant’s spacious outside area, weather permitting, where they have tables with umbrellas.

Opening Times: Monday to Sunday:  08h00 – 15h00; 18h00 – 22h00
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Address: (R44 from Gordon’s Bay to Betty’s Bay)
2662 Clarence Drive, Betty’s Bay, 7141
Tel: (028) 272-9238
email: info@whalingstation.co.za
Cuisine: Greek, pizza, pasta, seafood, steak
Licensed: Yes

For more information about Whaling Station Restaurant please feel free to visit their website here.

GORDON’S BAY – Old Cape Restaurant and Coffee Shop
Old Cape Café is a casual beachfront Social Café with dining lounge, cocktail deck, bar & big screen facility. Nestled in the quaint, old village of Gordon’s Bay at the foot of the Hottentot’s Holland Mountain, it overlooks False Bay. Well-behaved pets are welcome outside, provided they are on a leash.

Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday:  09h00 – 22h00
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Address: 33 Beach Road, Shop 1, Old Cape Mall, Gordon’s Bay, 7150
Tel: (021) 856-0248
email: fanie@oldcapecafe.co.za
Cuisine: Breakfast, British, Brunch, Burgers, Diners and Seafood
Licensed: Yes

For more information about Old Cape Restaurant and Coffee Shop please feel free to visit their Facebook page here.

HERMANUS – Europa Coffee Shop & Restaurant is a daytime restaurant with Mediterranean theme.. Well-behaved pets are allowed to sit outside with their owners. They offer a large, undercover outside area in the front and have water bowls & dog biscuits. The staff are dog and child-friendly and there is a play area for young children. There is also wheelchair access to the restaurant.

Opening Times: Monday to Sunday:  08h00 – 18h00
(Breakfast & Lunch)
Address: 6 Market Square Street, Hermanus, South Africa, 7200
Tel: (028) 312-4377
email: barchris@hotmail.co.za
Cuisine: All day breakfasts, pancakes, seafood, pastas, sandwiches
and homebaked cakes
Licensed: Yes

For more information about Europa Coffee Shop & Restaurant please feel free to visit their Facebook page here or the Village Square’s website here.

KNYSNA – Die Gieter Deli Restaurant is pet friendly for Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds, Cats and even Caged Birds. Located just outside of Knysna it is situated on private reserve overlooking the Knysna River.

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday:  08h00 – 23h00
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Sunday:  12h00 – 15h00
(Breakfast & Lunch)
Address: No 5 Phantom Pass Road, Knysna, 6571
Tel: (044) 386-0201 / (082) 921-9046
email: info@knysnariversidelodge.co.za
Cuisine: French Country style Cuisine
Licensed: Yes

For more information about Die Gieter Deli Restaurant please feel free to visit their website here or their Facebook page here.

GANSBAAI – Lighthouse Tavern is a fully licensed Country Pub & Restaurant situated on the Birkenhead Estate, in the middle of a nature conservation area. They welcome all pets and have dogs of our own which love to interact with other furry visitors.
It is a quaint pub/restaurant with a cozy fireplace in the winter months. They have TVs so you don’t miss any sporting events. They also have a dining room that accommodates up to 35 people. The outdoor facilities consist of a pool, braai areas and outdoor tables where you can enjoy your meals weather permitting.

Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday:  11h00 – 24h00
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Saturday:  10h00 – 24h00
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Sunday:  10h00 – 17h00
(Breakfast & Lunch)
Address: 48 Van Bloemenstein Street, Birkenhead Village Estate, Gansbaai, 7220
Tel: (082) 332-6634 or (083) 441-9965
email: lighthousetv@worldonline.co.za
Cuisine: Breakfast, Burgers, Diners, Sandwiches, Seafood, Steakhouses and Vegetarian
Licensed: Yes

For more information about Lighthouse Tavern please feel free to visit their website here or their Facebook page here.

PORT ELIZABETH – Elephant Walk Restaurant is a wonderful destination venue.

Opening Times: Monday to Sunday:  08h00 – 17h00
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Address: 94 Doorly Road, Colleen Glen, Port Elizabeth
Tel: (041) 372-1470
Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, Pasta, Vegetarian
Licensed: Yes

For more information about Elephant Walk Restaurant please feel free to visit their website here or their Facebook page here.

PORT ELIZABETH – Sacramento Restaurant. Small and medium sized pets are welcome.

Opening Times: Monday to Tuesday:  09h00 – 17h00
(Breakfast & Lunch)
Wednesday:  09h00 – 21h00
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Thursday:  09h00 – 17h00
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Friday:  09h00 – 21h00
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Saturday to Sunday:  09h00 – 17h00
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Address: 32 Marine Drive, Schoemakerskop, Port Elizabeth, 6070
Tel: (041) 366-2312
email: sacramento@workmail.co.za
Cuisine: Breakfasts, Lunches – light meals, Seafood, Steaks, Pasta, Burgers, Toasted Sandwiches and a selection of Cakes
Licensed: Yes

For more information about Sacramento Restaurant please feel free to visit their Facebook page here.

For Pet friendly accommodation along the Garden Route please visit our pages:
Pet Friendly accommodation Western Cape; or
Pet Friendly accommodation Eastern Cape

Or for Pet Friendly Accommodation elsewhere in South Africa please see here.