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. 8 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. Takeaways available.  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: info.@oystersrus@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: girlsbookings1648@gmail.com

The Blind Pig and Bootlegger Brewery is located right next to Girls on the Square. A small, typical pub menu. Great burgers and other greasy pub stuff. Friendly and efficient service. A good range of craft beer available on tap. A great spot to watch live sport and over weekends there be music. No menu is available, but here is a link to their Facebook page. Takeaways available. 
Mes Amis rating: food * * * ambiance * * * service * * * 
tel: 078 860 4820

Ilali is a new eatery that opened after the Covid lockdown. It is owned and run by 101 on Meade, a well-known and well-respected George restaurant. Their main schtick is cocktails, tapas and pizza. Grilles steak is available as well as a couple of fish dished. The ambience is fresh and cafe-style. If you are into the cocktail-mixer juggling thing, (see here) you will love Ilali. There are, however, other reasons to go. The pizzas are good and the tapas tasty. They are located diagonally on the right opposite Pomodoro. Here is a link to their menu.
Mes Amis rating: food * * * ambiance * * * service * * *
tel: 044 877 0808

The Village Pub is located in Milkwood Village behind the Spar supermarket. Great atmosphere- a real vibey village pub with great pub snacks. 
Tel: 0794465218

Pollocks in Milkwood Village is owned and run by the Pollock family. The eatery spills out onto the Milkwood square. Their menu is an eclectic one and is, in terms of the styles of food, rather disjointed. Pizzas live cheek to jowl with eisbein, nachos, burgers and fillet steak. That said, their food is very very good and extremely well priced. Reasonably prices wine as well.
Tel: 044 877 0481

Zucchini is an a la carte restaurant that prides itself on its organic homegrown vegetables. It has only
5 tables inside. The ambience is homely, and a cheery fire greets guests during winter. The food is
unpretentious peasant style fare, but a good buy in view of the modest prices charged. The wine list is
short, but the prices more than fair. Open Wednesday - Saturday evenings and Sundays for lunch.
Turn right onto the N2 when leaving Mes Amis. Zucchini is in the Timberlake complex on the left 8km
from Mes Amis. Here is a link to their menu. tel: 044 8821240
Mes Amis rating: food * * * ambiance * * service

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.  Takeaways available.  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: jeenes555@gmail.com

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 menu and here for directions. Email to book a table: info@BlueOliveRestaurant.co.za

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: salinas@telkomsa.net


Several restaurants started offering takeway meals during the Covid pandemic and a 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 is the only take-away only option:
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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