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The Tug

A.Schad Promenade, Molen Road | Jetty Area, Swakopmund 9000, Namibia
+264 64 402 356
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood” (141 reviews)
“kingklip” (47 reviews)
“line fish” (12 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Seafood, International, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
A.Schad Promenade, Molen Road | Jetty Area, Swakopmund 9000, Namibia
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Reviewed yesterday

We were on a group tour across Namibia with Ultimate Safaris and one of our dinners was at the Tug. We ordered the fried fish which was just average. We also ordered the shrimp with pasta. Having had a few meals in Swakopmund and Walvis...More

Thank PandaHouston
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This was the best restaurant that I've been to in Namibia. We couldn't get a reservation in advance but found great, cozy seats a the bar. Crisp, delicious bottle of Chenin blanc and a round of oysters as fresh as the sea to start. Waiter...More

Thank Chelsea S
Reviewed yesterday

Always a nice spot to visit, either for snacks and a drink or for a full meal. Good location and popular with all visitors.

Thank Toff_Hill
Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful the setting, the sea, the decor. The tables were custom made so beautiful you did not need any table decorations. The food was excellent. Good portions, taste and well presented. Good wine list and the service was also good. But you must book early

Thank annemariesl
Reviewed 4 days ago

We all enjoyed our meal here, stunning setting in a boat on the sea front, although it didnt look much from the outside the inside was lovely. We sat by the window and would have had lovely views if it wasnt dark. Lots of fish...More

Thank Lisajfraser
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This restaurant was highly recommended to me and I can see why. The restaurant was very vibrant, our waiter was friendly and attentive. We all had seafood dishes the food was delicious and fresh.

Thank rmb-tkac
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thought we MUST eat there - in the end we thought it is just another place which is crowded with tourists. Reservation absolutely necessary. I booked a table 3 weeks in advance, asking for a sea view place. We got a table in without...More

Thank kaiserschmarrn2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely evening at The Tug, highlights were a drink in the beautifully restored bar downstairs. We had a table upstairs for dinner which felt a bit remote that evening away from the buzz of the restaurant, and it was a bit chilly...More

Thank Laura T
Reviewed 1 week ago

After years I went there again, usually it was fully booked and we went somewhere else. I was so happy about that wide ranch of exquisite food. As a vegetarian I often find similar food, there it was completly new to me and tasted so...More

Thank Jelena K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Converted from an old tug with great atmosohere and staff. Had a delicious dinner and greatly enjoyed our evening

Thank Joanna C
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Is there a dress code? Safari boots or tennis shoes are allowed?
22 August 2016|
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Response from LillianTravel12345 | Reviewed this property |
No not really but you shouldn't be wearing a pair of raggedy clothing casual.
Hi. As a regular visitor to a number of restaurants in Swakopmund, including The Tug at least once or twice a week, I find it truly very strange that Shaldon comments on a Zebra fillet which has not been on the menu or been a special since I arrived here in March!
4 July 2016|
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Response from KeithBatch | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see it on the menu either
Sabine W
Gibt es einen besonders empfehlenswerten Tisch, den man reservieren sollte?
8 October 2016|
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Response from Sebou_Hu | Reviewed this property |
Upstair and aSk for sea view. You'll be sure to see it instead of being in the middle
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
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12:00 - 22:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: A.Schad Promenade, Molen Road | Jetty Area, Swakopmund 9000, Namibia
  • Location: Africa  >  Namibia  >  Erongo Region  >  Swakopmund
  • Phone Number: +264 64 402 356
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THE TUG RESTAURANT OPENING HOURS, SEATING AREAS, DINING SERVICES SEATING AREAS OFFERED: Terrace: No reservation possible, and weather permitting. Bar: No reservation possible. Inside Cabin: Reservation recommended OPERATING TIMES LUNCH All Areas Friday/Saturday/Sunday & Public Holidays: 12noon to 3pm LATE AFTERNOON Outside Deck - Weather Permitting Friday/Saturday/Sunday & Public Holidays: 3pm to 6pm TERRACE SUNDOWNER Drinks & Light Snacks Monday-Thursday: From 4pm DINNER All Areas Monday to Thursday: 5pm to 10pm Friday/Saturday/Sunday & Public Holidays: 6pm to 10pm The Tug Restaurant had first opened its doors during December 1993. Starting out as a small beachfront restaurant on the edge of the wild and mystical Atlantic Ocean, with splendid views onto the iconic Swakopmund jetty, The Tug's popularity has grown as time moved on. Dining areas inside and on the outside deck terrace have been extended considerably, while the restaurant has become a culinary destination for travelers from around the globe. The Tug restaurant offers authentically prepared cocktails, a selection of more than 140 of the finest South African wines, French champagne. Special delights from the wild Namibian ocean include kingklip, kabeljou, lobsters, angel fish and sole, John Dory, local oysters, fresh green Swakopmund asparagus. The richly diverse menu includes stuffed Patagonian squid, prawns, Norwegian salmon, Sashimi tuna. For the carnivore there are tasty cuts of beef and tender lamb, in addition to game delicacies such as Oryx carpaccio or grilled Oryx steak, Surf & Turf. There is a wide selection for the vegetarian and our delicious homemade Spanakopita is a favorite. Both owner partners George Hopking and Brett Southworth believe that no successful establishment should rely solely on its popularity. They engage in consistent attention to quality and freshness of their products, as well as continuous training and motivation of their staff, in order to provide the customer with decent service and an extensive menu and wine list.