Beejuice Café – is a lovely café housed in the original Wilderness train station. It’s just a stone’s throw from the beach, so is the ideal place to stop for coffee after an early morning walk. They serve delicious breakfasts, but also a wide range of meals and tapas for lunch and dinner.
Friday night is curry night and Sunday serves up roast lamb. Book early, because it’s popular!
Tel: 073 9759613
(If you’re walking from the village, just go through the underpass by the garage, cross the railway line (it’s no longer in use) and you’ll see the café a little further along on the opposite platform.)
The Blue Olive – is a great meeting place for the young and young at heart. Fairy lights adorn the decking area where seating is tucked around the milkwood trees.
Whether you’re looking for cocktails, live music on a Friday night, or great food, The Blue Olive won’t disappoint. There’s so much to choose from, but we love the range of burgers – and if you’ve spent the afternoon on the beach and feel like a cold beer and a snack, there’s a whole range of tapas to choose from. Last time we ordered the garlic roll and olive tapenade, which was delicious.
Tel: 044 877 0731
Cocomo – is a large and friendly restaurant with live music every weekend. It’s a fun place to go as a group or even as a couple and offers a good range of food at reasonable prices.
Tel: 044 8770808
Flava – is a small cafe/restaurant located next to the Girls restaurant.
They serve a wide range of food from gourmet burgers to artisan sandwiches, all at reasonable prices. The food is beautifully prepared and presented, and it really is delicious. Sit inside the cosy dining area and relax with your afternoon coffee and newspaper, or sit on the front stoep or the upstairs deck and soak up the sun. The food is great and the setting manages to be cosy while being well positioned to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Wilderness Village.
Tel: 044 877 0345
Don’t be fooled by the location of this restaurant (it’s tucked away behind the petrol station!) as appearances are most definitely deceptive in this case.
The Girls Restaurant has twice won awards for best casual dining in the Garden Route and they’ve received numerous other awards for their restaurant.
The food is fresh, locally sourced where possible and they pride themselves on being distinctly different. Unusual flavours and a warm African vibe help make this restaurant stand out in the crowd.
Tel: 044 8771648
Joplins is a popular steakhouse located on the outskirts of Wilderness just off the N2 (Follow signs for Pirate’s Creek). If you’re looking for a fun, relaxed evening in an unpretentious setting with an uncomplicated menu then this is the place. You’ll be assured of a warm welcome from Rose, the owner, and a great steak cooked up by Rose herself.
Open Tues-Saturday 12-9
Tel: 044 8771101
If you’re visiting Wilderness over a weekend and looking for something to do on a Friday evening then head straight to Milkwood Village for the regular Friday Night market. You can enjoy live music while browsing the market stalls and sampling the food on offer; buy a delicious Shwarma roll from one of the stalls and eat while you wander, then head to Peter’s Pancake stall for pudding.
If you’d rather sit and relax while enjoying your food then the Royal Siam Thai Restaurant serves fresh, authentic Thai food which you can enjoy while listening to the buzz of the market. Alternatively head to Locals for a snack and a beer while watching the market from your table on the deck.
Royal Siam Thai – Tel: 044 8770326
Pomodoro’s Restaurant – is a firm favourite in Wilderness Village, with locals and visitors alike. A lively Italian restaurant in the heart of the village; this is the place to sit and watch the Wilderness world go by!
Pick a seat in the spacious outdoor area, or in winter sit yourself inside, where the large pizza oven will help to keep you warm. Delicious pizzas and pastas, friendly service and Claudio, the owner, will always greet you with a smile.
Tel: 044 8771403
Rondeview Café – is located in Milkwood village, and is a lovely peaceful spot where you can enjoy breakfast or lunch on one of the open decks. Or maybe you just want to treat yourself to a coffee and a slice of one of their delicious cakes! They offer quite a range, so there should be something for everyone.
Tel: 044 8771433
Salinas Beach Restaurant
Salinas is a relative newcomer to Wilderness but is fast becoming a favourite for its food and cocktails and also because of its spectacular setting. If you’re in Wilderness then it’s definitely worth stopping off at Salinas for lunch, dinner or sunset cocktails on the deck.
The restaurant is built in the dunes and overlooks the ocean, so the views are something very special. In their own words, “if we were any closer to the sea we’d be in it”. There’s also a passenger lift which accommodates wheelchairs, so everyone can enjoy sundowners on the deck.
Situated on the edge of the lagoon, Serendipity is the perfect place for a romantic meal if you’re celebrating a special occasion or if you just want to treat yourself. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace overlooking the lagoon. Visiting this restaurant is a real treat.
Tel: 044 8770433