Dining in Wilderness

The Mes Amis review of Wilderness Eateries

The Covid pandemic has been a disaster for Wilderness restaurants. We used to have 17 odd restaurants in and around Wilderness. 11 remain. Our reviews below are based on our own experience and on feedback from our guests.

Wilderness Express is a local shuttle services to and from Wilderness Village. Rates are reasonable:- around R150 return irrespective of the number of people. He also provide airport and other transport services. 
Phone John Tel: 0749772215

Pomodoro is an Italian eatery. The ambiance is warm and cosy - this is the Wilderness locals' favourite hangout. The usual pasta suspects are present and are as good as can be expected. Remember that pasta in South Africa is generally not cooked al dente, so expect what would be overcooked pasta to the Italian palate. Their pizzas, prepared in a wood-burning pizza oven, are excellent. Take-away is provided. There are seafood and steak options on the menu, but I would stick to pizza and pasta. Except for their Rib Eye Steak Salsa Verde. Which is excellent. If the weather permits, ask for a table outside. Reasonably priced wine list. Open all day. Tel: 044 8771403
Mes Amis rating: food * * * *  ambiance * * * *   service * * * *
Click here for their menu and here for directions. To book a table click here.

Oysters R Us is located off the N2 8km from Mes Amis in the direction of Knysna. They have a rustic (as in rather ramshackle) restaurant on the dune where the only fare is wild oysters which is kept in large tanks. They will keep shucking oysters for as long as you keep eating them. A small selection of cheese and condiments are available, as is wine and beer. Open from 12 every day. Closed 19 – 26 February and in inclement weather.
Tel: 082 578 6817.
Mes Amis rating:  food * * * * *  ambiance *  service * * * *
No menu available, but click here for their website and here for directions. Email them to book a table: [email protected]@gmail.com

The Girls on the Square located in the Palms Garden Square diagonally opposite the Wilderness Hotel. Excellent food and great service. The curries, especially the prawn curry, are superb. Some good meat dishes are also available, but I would stick to the fish and shellfish. Which is great. Great but expensive-ish wine list. Service is excellent. For dinner they do 2 sittings: 18:00 and 20:00.  
Tel: 044 8771648
Mes Amis rating: food * * * *  ambiance * * *  service * * * *
Click here for their menu and here for directions. Email to book a table: [email protected]

Eatz-2-Go opened up as a takeaway only by the Girls on the Square. During lockdown, they decided to close down Flava Cafe and merge it into Eatz-2-Go, which is now offers a combination of sit down, takeaway and delivery.  Their menu offers light options for lunch and a range of choices for dinner. Both fish and meat dishes can be found. The fish and chips is very good and the pork belly excellent.
Click here for their menu and here for directions. Their delivery menu is below,

The Blind Pig and Bootlegger Brewery is located right next to Girls on the Square. A small, typical pub menu. Great burger and other greasy pub stuff. Friendly and efficient service. A good range of craft beer available on tap. No menu is available, but here is a link to there Facebook page.
Tel: 083 640 5403

Joplin's Steak Bar is the place to feed the carnivore in you. They serve only steak and lamb chops- you will ask in vain for fish or fowl or anything else. The side dishes (mainly French fries) is no more than a supporting act for the main show - the steak.  Skip the salad altogether; it is truly awful. The ambiance is wooden-huttish and the service no better than reasonable. Despite that, this is the place to go if you like meat. Which is really, really great. Open for lunch. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Tel: 0733478896
Mes Amis rating:  food  * * * *  ambiance  * *   service  * * *
We could not find their menu online, but think steak and chops. Click here for directions. Email to book a table: [email protected]

Serendipity is a Moet Chandon top 100 restaurant that offers a 4-course set menu with a distinctly African accent for around R500 per person. The food is inventive, at best stunning, and seldom bad. An excellent but expensive wine list. If you value fine food, Serendipity is the place to visit. The ambiance is great, the service superb and the food will often knock your socks off. Rudolph, the maître d' and co-owner, is an engaging host and his wife Lizelle, the chef, is prodigiously talented. Booking is essential. You can book online here. Closed July and Sundays. Tel: 044 8770433
Mes Amis rating: food * * * * *  ambiance * * * * *  service * * * * *
Click here for their current menu (it changes monthly) and  here for directions. To book a table click here.

Views is the informal restaurant in The Views, a boutique 5-star hotel up the road from Mes Amis.  The ambiance is so-so, and it is difficult to choose which is worse: the food or the service. The main reason that they appear on our list is the stunning sea view. Stroll down the beach and have an aperitif or a beer at the Views, but eat elsewhere.
Mes Amis rating: food no stars  ambiance * *    the view * * * * *   service  no stars

The Blue Olive is in the center of Wilderness Village. The deck outside under the Milkwood trees is a most charming spot. Excellent food- you will usually find some form of venison - Kudu, Springbok and the ilk. If the weather is good, grab a table on the deck. The deck bar is also a great place for a cocktail before dining. Service is great, as is their wine list. Open all day in summer.  Tel: 044 8770731.
Mes Amis rating:  food  * * * *   ambiance  * * *   service   * * * *
Click here for their tapas menu, here for their main course menu and here for directions. Email to book a table: [email protected]

Salinas is, other than the Views, the only beachfront restaurant in Wilderness. Two floors of seating with outside terraces provide great sea views. Bistro style fare: steak, ribs, curries and a few fish dishes. Some interesting vegetarian dishes. Although of the food is generally good, and good value for money, the quality is at times inconsistent:- today's excellent dish is tomorrow's ho-hum. Excellent service and an exceptionally well-priced wine list.  Tel: 044 8770001
Mes Amis rating: food   * * *  ambiance  * * * *  service * * * *
Click here for their menu and here for directions. Email to book a table: [email protected]

Cocomo is the only eatery in Wilderness with live music year-round. The artists featured are generally Garden Route locals. Some good, some just ok, some really, really bad. But all very loud. The food is so-so and the service match the food. They offer an extensive menu of very good cocktails. We would not go there just for the food. Or the music. Or the conversation. Which is difficult, given the music. They are also the only restaurant we know of that charge a standard service fee of 10%. Even on take-aways. Go there at your own risk.
Mes Amis rating: food *  ambiance  * * *   service  * *   decibels      * * * * *

Bongos is a bar/pizzeria with a limited offering of pizza choices. Their pizzas are  good. We cannot, however, find many reasons to prefer their pizzas or their ambiance above those of Pomodoros. Especially given their location overlooking and right next to the N2...
That said, they offer delivery to Mes Amis, so if you want a pizza on your patio, we highly recommend Bongos. Tel:  044 877 0544
Mes Amis rating: food * * *   ambiance  * *   service * * *
Click here for their menu and here for directions.


Several restaurants started offering takeway meals during the Covid pandemic and three new takeaway-only places opened. We are not sure that the main restaurants will continue once business is more or less back to normal, but for now, here are your takeaway options:


The following is a nameless outfit that is located in the parking area next to The Blue Olive. Generous portions and very reasonable prices, but they do not deliver. 







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