Dutchies

Sunsets and fairy lights at this beachfront eatery

Beachside restaurant in Hermanus
 
+27(0)28 314 1392
10th Avenue Grotto Beach | Voelklip, Hermanus, Overstrand
https://dutchies.co.za/
info@dutchies.co.za
https://www.facebook.com/dutchieshermanus/
dutchiesrestaurant

Sunsets and fairy lights at this beachfront eatery

Dutchies has cocktails, sushi, a sea view and welcomes all (dogs, too)

Last updated: 18 January 2023

Grotto Road, in Hermanus, winds down through wild, green coastal growth and delivers you to Dutchies, a charming, family-friendly beachfront eatery, where nature is all around. 

In front is Grotto beach, which has Blue Flag status, an award that acknowledges safety, ecological value, beauty, and accessibility (it’s a 10-minute drive from central Hermanus and is safe for swimming, surfing, and other watersports). The back and sides of Dutchies is hugged by dune forest, and small wagtails and mossies comb the grounds of the restaurant for crumbs.


Sit under the colourful umbrellas and have a drink with friends. Image: Dutchies

BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ALONG

There’s a choice of three seating areas there: inside the restaurant, which at night is lit with candles; the courtyard, where wooden tables under umbrellas are set out around an ancient milkwood tree; and the breezy outside "porch" areas to the front and sides, which has generously spaced low tables and comfy chairs. Wherever you sit, you can kick back and relax; you won’t be rushed. Which is why it is a popular space for families.

Co-owner Joke Gonggrijp says, “What we most love are familiar faces. For over 10 years, we’ve watched families grow. Babies became energetic grade 2s, juniors became teens and teens become adults. Everyone is welcome here at Dutchies, including your four-legged fur-babies.”.


Bring your family and furry friends along, all are welcome at Dutchies. Image: Dutchies

ENJOY FRESH FOOD, MADE FROM SCRATCH

If there’s one thing Dutchies prides themselves on it’s the freshness of the food. Joke Gonggrijp is uncompromising on quality. The tuna for sushi comes from Mauritius. The rest of the fish is bought locally, from Whale Coast Seafoods in Hermanus, or from Gordon’s Bay.


Taste salmon flown in fresh from Norway. Image: Dutchies

There’s plenty of seafood, of course (and scrumptious hake and chips), but what the kitchen does that is unique to Hermanus is the Dutch fare, including wentelteefjes (French toast with apple), bitterballen (deep-fried meatballs with mustard) and the Dutch Special (beef croquettes on bread), stroopwafels and deconstructed stroopwafel.


Taste some of best seafod dishes, by the ocean. Image: Dutchies

TRY THEIR TAPAS MENU + VARIOUS VEGETARIAN OPTIONS

Sometimes when you step off the beach, you only feel like light snacks and an ice-cold drink (Dutchies has fantastic cocktails). The tapas menu answers the snack need with light choices to share, such as dates filled with chorizo and wrapped in bacon, garlic shrimps, spicy crab wontons. 


Go for instagrammable cocktails with friends. Images: Dutchies

Vegetarian options are tomato-and-basil bruschetta and tortilla chips with guac and salsa. There are more substantial choices for mains, a chickpea-and-avo salad, mushroom risotto or grilled sweet potato topped with cheese, sour cream and avo dressing. Omnivores are spoilt for choice, with grilled sirloin, fillet and burgers among the dishes.


Enjoy a variety of vegetarian options that will make your carnivore friends jealous. Image: Dutchies

EXPLORE GREAT OPTIONS FOR YOUR KIDS 

The kid’s menu is exactly all the food children love and crave when fresh off the beach: chips, fish fingers, chicken strips, junior ribs and, naturally, beef or chicken burgers.

And how about this delightful touch? Dutchies makes its own dog biscuits (why do the dogs go nuts for them, we asked? Peanut butter is the secret), and dog bowls with fresh water are put down for pooches to lap up after long walks. Everyone is really made to feel wanted and at home here. 


Bring your dogs too, there's a menu just for them. Image: Dutchies

PICK A DATE AND GO

There’s a time towards the end of day when everything cools down and the wind calms. It is lovely, then, to sit in the garden area or out front and drink a cocktail or mocktail (very fresh and more-ish). 

But there are more special times: in the morning for breakfast when the croissants are still warm from the oven, or dinner time when the candles are lit and the atmosphere is convivial and families in the area occupy tables and hang out with each other. Dutchies has a lot of local support – it has been under the Gonggrijp family for 10 years and they’ve watched families children grow up there. So take note that it’s best to book ahead. 


Enjoy a view of the beach and your food. Image: Dutchies

WHEN + WHERE TO GO  

Dutchies is open: Monday to Sundays, 9am to 9pm
Find it: Grotto Street | Voelklip | Hermanus
Contact them on: 028 314 1392, info@dutchies.co.za, @dutchiesrestaurant 

---

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HERMANUS

Feast on local, fresh abalone with a sea view.

Pop down to the family-fun Waffle Shack in Onrus.

Dutchies is the sister restaurant to one of the biggest attractions in the Western Cape.

Experience little Italy in Hermanus at Rossi's Italian Restaurant

---

Loved discovering this? Make sure you get our popular weekly newsletter. Follow and like us on Twitter ❤ Facebook ❤ LinkedIn ❤ Instagram ❤ Pinterest for updates.  

Cape Town Events Calendar
January 2023
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

Char'd Grill tasting traysSpirit tastings and unique cuts at this ...

Bring out your inner mad scientist: experiment with unique spirits + meat cuts

Pear Tree cocktailsHolistic food + drink at this healthy ...

Sit under the trees and enjoy kombucha cocktails, vegan dishes + a sea view

Ficks 8 things you didn’t know about this ...

Boozy milkshakes, pinchos, wildlife watching + more

Pear Tree HermanusUnconventional vegan dishes at this ...

From tofu tostadas and kombucha cocktails to MasterChef-level desserts

Dutchies Summer LoungeThe best beach day at this summer lounge

Boozy milkshakes, flammkuchen, sushi + more at Dutchies Summer Lounge

Milk on the Beach5 reasons to visit this beach-side ...

Never-ending summer of waffles, hotdogs, cocktails...

Waffle Shack by Milk on the BeachOur team’s top picks at the Waffle ...

Beach-side eatery is perfect for kids, adults and dogs alike

V&A Waterfront Ster Kinekor ImaxThe larger-than-life IMAX with laser ...

Time to enjoy movies again. Win tickets watch Avatar at revamped IMAX at V&A

Ricks Cafe AmericainMonday burger specials + happy hour ...

Enjoy any burger with a free beer at Rick’s Café on Kloof Street

Drumstruck performersDrumstruck at Silvermist! African drum ...

Drumstruck is back from Broadway and playing for a limited run in Cape Town

Promenade MondaysPromenade Mondays – where all things ...

It’s a kick ass way to start your week + make new friends

Taj Jiva SpaJiva Spa Special: 3 massages x 30 mins ...

Select 3 treatments from 7 options, from head massage to deluxe pedicure

Bombay BrasserieBombay Brasserie offers sumptuous ...

Taste 7 unique dishes (+ a surprise) at Taj Cape Town’s signature eatery

Breathwork Africa foundation3+ ways to get your breath back and ...

Classes, courses, retreats on conscious breathing run by the trainers leading the global ...

White Shark Cage Diving - BoatSpectacular rates on shark-cage diving ...

Where conservation meets adventure. R400 off shark-cage diving tour + FREE Buff

Canto Wines champagne + macarons tasting3 unusual pairings at this Durbanville ...

From MCC to tonic tastings: there’s something at Canto for the whole family

GiveawaysTravel Tips