With the Helderberg mountains in our backyard and the beach in our front yard, our spot in Strand not only offers a stunning setting for a family holiday, but also some interesting opportunities for culinary adventures. From fine dining restaurants with panoramic mountain views to laid-back family restaurants on the beach, the culinary scene in the Helderberg area is just as diverse as the landscapes that surround it.
Here’s a list of our favourite restaurants in the Helderberg area (in no particular order):
Ben’s on the Beach
Ben’s on the Beach serves generous portions of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes in their low-key, yet stylish setting on Beach Road. This unpretentious restaurant is run by veteran award-winning restaurateur Ben and his wife Shirley (a former hotel school lecturer) and is a favourite among local families. Try the beer-battered fish!
Casa Del Sol
Another gem on Beach Road is the ever popular Casa Del Sol (featured left). This vibey restaurant with its deck overlooking Beach Road has a beach bar feel and a laid-back atmosphere. It’s a great place for sundowners, light meals and fresh sushi after a long day on the beach.
This versatile, European-style restaurant has an upmarket feel on the inside and a more relaxed atmosphere on the outside. They offer a range of delicious Belgian and Dutch dishes and an assortment of Belgian beers and great wines from the owners’ wine estate (Almenkerk Wines).
Camphors at Vergelegen
If you enjoy fine dining in a unique setting, why not make the short (10km) trip to the prestigious, 317-year-old Vergelegen Estate, where you can enjoy exquisite meals at their Camphors restaurant. In 2017, this award-winning restaurant earned the number 6 spot on the Eat Out Mercedes Benz Top 10 Restaurant Awards list. Need we say more?
The Restaurant at Waterkloof
Ten kilometres in a different direction (into the Helderberg Mountains) you will find another Eat Out Mercedes Benz Top 10 award-winner, The Restaurant at Waterkloof. This contemporary fine dining establishment with its magnificent views over Strand has been named the 3rd best restaurant in South Africa. If you enjoy panoramic views, Waterkloof is definitely worth a visit – even if it’s just for a wine tasting.
We hope you enjoyed our list of top restaurants. Book a stay at Strand Beach Lodge and come experience the all the exciting culinary adventures that our beautiful area has to offer.