Eating Out: Good food, great service found here


There are two main reasons why people like to eat out.  The first reason is simply a matter of convenience – empty stomach, no time to prepare food, therefore eat out. The second reason is to have an experience, the diner wants good food, great service and conversation with friends or family in a pleasant environment.

There are plenty of fast food outlets to satisfy empty stomachs in an instant but there are not too many places that can create a dining experience.  We at Home Food and Travel explored some of Port Elizabeth’s restaurants to find out how they can make your meal an event to remember.


Nic Gunston, owner at The Chartroom Restaurant which has a unique setting in the PE Harbour says; “What makes our restaurant special is our fresh, tasty and consistently good food. Consistency is key to the success of any business. We also have an awesome team of staff members who pride themselves in customer service and, additional to that, we have a great deck and enclosed restaurant with a wonderful vista of the yacht basin and harbour.” Contact 041 585 2893



Café Capellini in Newton Park specialises in catering for the businessmen, says Jacasta Cannon, the manageress.  She adds; “Café Capellini Newton Park not only caters for your basic day to day social breakfast but for all your business and networking meetings too.  We have a number of private rooms and our service and well trained staff ensure your executive breakfast, lunch and dinner is the experience that you need to improve your bottom line”. Contact 041 363 2847   



Jaco Rossouw, owner at Ziggy’s Rock & Reggae Bar says; “We are the first of its kind in PE, and the only seaside restaurant and bar nestled in the stunning vegetation of the Cape Recife Nature Reserve. Open for both lunches and dinner, we have a varied menu that includes tapas, seafood and grills. With a cosy fireplace in the lounge for winter, and a big, sea facing deck for summer, we cater for all seasons. Visiting us takes you out of the hustle and bustle of the city, even though it’s just a five minute drive from the main beach front hub”. Contact 041 583 3789



The Africanos Country Estate in Addo has added some much needed elegance to the region. Cindy Venter, the Marketing Manager, says; “The Africanos Country Restaurant serves dishes that are typical favourites of South Africans but with a fresh, country twist.  Herbs are grown on the family-owned citrus farm, just 10km from the hotel, and other fresh produce gets sourced from local suppliers. We are also the only sushi restaurant in the region. The restaurant interior is luxurious and very comfortable.  Our staff, all local, pride themselves on immaculate attention to detail and service”. Contact 042 233 0030



Grillers American Diner in Cape Road is a really fun place to be, with décor straight out of the American “Grease” era.  André Castelein, co-owner of Grillers says “Our restaurant serves awesome meals.  Huge hamburgers, tender juicy ribs and delicious hot dogs. The whole atmosphere of Grillers lends itself to a good meal with good service, tasty food and really affordable prices.” Contact 041 365 1688




Christie Handley, owner at Thatchwoods Restaurant says; “Thatchwoods is a family run establishment combining old fashioned hospitality with excellent service. We believe in a hands-on approach and delight in serving our regular and all new customers a delicious Sunday lunch. Our tasty home-made meals prepared in our kitchen are mouth-watering and include home baked bread and brownies, succulent chicken dishes and our famous, tender, roast lamb, with vegetables and roast potatoes. We take pride in creating unforgettable weddings for our brides and help our corporate clients ensure that they have a perfect conference or launch. We believe in our great food, excellent service and keeping our customers coming back again and again”. Contact 041 379 2906