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The Cuckoo tree

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$$ - $$$
Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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Rothnick Croft Building, Corner Dirkie Uys and High Street | 155 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
+27 28 312 3430
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Long Compton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there with our family including a 17 month old baby, they could not have been more welcoming or attentive. Excellent food and service, great ambiance. Took all the stress our of eating out with a little one. A real find.

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Bellevue, Washington
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a beautiful, just right cooked half of a line fish - it was very moist and better than any halibut or salmon that I ever had. Seemed like locals ate there. Lots of birds at the tree feeder to keep you busy while you waited.

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Thank Vince C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visit this restaurant quite often and we have tried almost all the menu dishes. We highly recommend this spot sitting in the garden for a good meal and its excellent friendly service. Great value for money.

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Thank grean523
Hermanus, South Africa
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103 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this cosy restaurant for lunch this week. We all enjoyed the tasty home-style cooking. My husband was delighted with his oxtail and mash and I enjoyed a very tasty chicken stir fry. Very reasonable prices and friendly service.

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Hermanus, South Africa
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I do know the Cuckoo tree for years, and it is really fantastic there. It is very peaceful in the garden. There service are excellent. Especially there Breakfast.

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Hermanus, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you read my other reviews you will see that I am always quick to criticize service issues. There is a good reason for this. I was a waiter at a big restaurant and worked the busiest time time of the year (season) twice as well as a few times at smaller places, as a waiter and later as a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

We visit this small family owned restaurant regularly for lunch and we are always excited about the service and the food. Their breakfast is equally amazing and we highly recommend all the dishes.

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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Friendly owners and staff. Excellent dinner and wines and atmosphere. Last at restaurant 9 years ago with previous owner. Still thoroughly recommend

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Hermanus, South Africa
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Love going to The Cuckoo Tree. Excellent food and lovely friendly service. Parking right there. Patio dining available, nice ambience.

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Hermanus, South Africa
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Lynn and her daughter Michelle run this delightful coffee shop cum restaurant with its lovely garden. Food is freshly prepared and the evening menu changes according to the seasonal ingredients available. Good and friendly hostesses and staff.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rothnick Croft Building, Corner Dirkie Uys and High Street | 155 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Hermanus
  • Phone Number: +27 28 312 3430
Description
The Cuckoo Tree was recommended by a friend. Had it not been we would not have come across it. Seating only ablout 30 people, it is an elegant and warm restaurant, run by a mother and her daughters. Lovely ambience, we noticed the others there looked like people "who know their food". An advanatage is you can take your own wine without corkage. Tastefully set tables. I would descibe the menu (dinner) as almost eclectic. Not large, but an emphasis on more unusual dishes, not the run-of-the-mill ones seen so often. We shares a double blue cheese souffle. Beautifully dopne, soft and featherlike and not too overpowering in terms of cheese. We each opted for the crispy duck - two generous portions and while crispy on the outside, the flesh was tender. Served with an orange and Van der Hum liqeur sause (the latter being a South African liqeur). it was served separately so as to prevent the duck becoming soggy. Vegertables just cooked - therefore crispy - without sugar added which is a disgusting South African habit. For dessdert we shared camembaert cigars in a rasberry coulis. Mmm. Afterwards sat out side - beautiful evening - drinking coffee and polishing off the last bit of wine. Were joined by Mum and daughters and ended up chatting for about another hour. I/we eat out a bit and travel a lot so have a pretty good idea of what is good and what is excellent. I would award 5 stars. If asked where my best dining experience was in the last year, I would have no hesitation whatsever nominating The Cuckoo Tree. Their telephone number: From outside South Africa: 00 28 3123430. From within: 028 3123430.
They also serve teas, breakfast and lunch. And change the menu every now and then.
Peter Francis
Lakeside
Cape Town
South Africa

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