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The Tug

A.Schad Promenade, Molen Road | Jetty Area, Swakopmund 9000, Namibia
+264 64 402 356
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood” (164 reviews)
“kingklip” (53 reviews)
“calamari” (45 reviews)
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International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
A.Schad Promenade, Molen Road | Jetty Area, Swakopmund 9000, Namibia
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Reviewed today via mobile

We had a great dinner. The oysters were so large and fresh as were the fish dishes. Highlights were the oysters, John Dory and springbok The restaurant was very busy and had great views and character

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there March 28/2018 and had an excellent dinner! I have a rare allergy and they were over the top careful with my meal. I had the Caesar salad and Spanakopita which was fantastic! Others at my table had the oysters, calamari & fish...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Even before we got to Swakopmund, the reputation of The Tug was trumpeted, so we went there. The place is certainly popular with groups and it was very busy on the night. We had oysters and prawns as entree, salmon and cod as main. Service...More

Thank Dirk W
Reviewed yesterday

Our guide, Charles, made reservations for us at the Tug Restaurant, at the foot of the Swakopmund jetty. The restaurant was designed and built around an original tugboat at the bar and in the upper bridge. This is where they had reserved a table for...More

Thank Sa-i44
Reviewed 3 days ago

The venue itself at the Jetty is quite quirky as it seems to be a real Tugboat that has been incorporated into the restaurant. There are many nooks and crannies and different little spaces which is interesting. We had fish which was good and enjoyable,...More

Thank Magriet11
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited Namibia in April for my partner’s 70th birthday and we ate here the two nights we stayed in Swakopmund as it was so good the first night! Excellent ambience and service (in spite of the restaurant being very busy) and in a great position...More

Thank MaryLuisa
Reviewed 6 days ago

You need to book the table in advance! With a warm atmosphere, the restaurant was build partially in an old boat. There are some tables and the bar placed in the real boat, the remaining tables are in the building built around the boat. Very...More

Thank Jorge60
Reviewed 1 week ago

We truly had the best meal ever....so delicious, prompt. helpful, friendly.....and all whilst we could watch the ocean sweep underneath us. Then we found that the tug was actually from Cape Town and we had seen it there many years ago, that was memorable in...More

Thank Paddy N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely ambience, and despite the busyness of the place our server was delightful, gave good guidance on the food, the oysters were the best i have ever eaten. One to return to -must book

Thank rosgoldfarb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent the afternoon on the Deck having drinks, before moving inside for a Fabulous dinner. (we were a table of 7) Great food & service, the only negative would be the large noisy tour group in the restaurant. otherwise, a fabulous place that we...More

Thank Mairi68
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22 August 2016|
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Response from raadjjh | Reviewed this property |
Casual smart was the order of the day when I had dinner there. I wore a smart shirt, no tie and felt a bit over dressed.
4 July 2016|
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Response from KeithBatch | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see it on the menu either
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Brunch, Drinks
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, Accepts Credit Cards
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Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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.
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