As one of the largest and most inviting cities along the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Port Elizabeth is home to wonderful cultural restaurants. Over the centuries waves of migration have created an exciting foodie scene, where African traditions mingles with European flavours. We have updated our article on Port Elizabeth’s Top 10 Restaurants: Fine Dining and Local Eats to bring you even more of these wonderful eateries to your attention.
A fusion of French, Belgian and African cooking styles results in a hearty and flavoursome continental menu at Elephant Walk. Using local ingredients wherever possible as well as herbs picked fresh from the restaurant’s own garden, the chef at Elephant Walk creates an extremely varied selection of dishes for diners to choose from. Whether after smoked salmon, moules mariniere, smoked springbot and escargots, Roquefort cheese, venison pie or filet a la moutarde, all cravings can be satisfied here. Situated just down the coast to the west of Port Elizabeth’s centre, Elephant Walk is within easy reach of most hotels and tourist areas and well worth journeying down to.
Elephant Walk, 94 Doorly Road, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, +27 41 372 1470
The place to go for delicious, creatively prepared meals as well as free live music by local artists, Friendly Stranger attracts a varied crowd of hip music fans, coffee addicts and innovative foodies. On a summer’s day nab a table outside and share a platter of tasty treats with friends or tuck into a scrumptious breakfast whilst watching the world go by. For lunch the deluxe burger is a huge favourite, as are all of the crisp, fresh salads. Friendly Stranger also features a variety of craft beers, delicious coffee and a beautiful range of cakes. Popular for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks it can be hard to get a table but the cool vibe and great food means it’s definitely worth taking a chance and trying.
Friendly Stranger, 1 Bridge Street, Upper Valley Road, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, +27 76 437 6850
Fushin Sushi and Eastern Cuisine
With a long-standing reputation for being the trendiest restaurant in Port Elizabeth, Fushinhas won many awards for its range of exotic dishes prepared by owner and chef Mark Oosthuizen. Situated in the trendy neighbourhood of Richmond Hill, the atmosphere at Fushin is elegant and contemporary, welcoming diners into a relaxing and sophisticated environment. The eels are imported from Australia, the salmon from Norway, the snow crabs from Alaska and the scallops from Peru, as Oosthuizen doesn’t believe in taking short cuts that will hinder the taste and quality of his dishes. A couple of must try dishes include the tempura prawns and the selection of Asian tapas.
Fushin Sushi and Eastern Cuisine, Shop 5, Stanley on Bain, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, +27 82 865 2707
Offering a variety of both fresh fish and succulent meat dishes, go to Ginger for an indulgent dining experience. With views over the beachfront and Shark Rock Pier, Ginger is a peaceful restaurant in which to enjoy a delicious meal whilst listening to the sounds of the ocean and enjoying the cooling sea breeze. The chef’s seafood platters featuring a range of freshly caught produce such as lobster and crayfish are hugely popular among locals. Meat-eaters can choose to tuck into a hearty South African game carpaccio or a fillet of venison, ostrich or prime beef. If diners still have room at the end of their main course, the dessert list is divine – go for the pumpkin doughnuts with white chocolate.
Ginger, Marine Drive, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, +27 41 583 1229
A great choice restaurant for romantic meals, family outings and business lunches, Old Austria is an unpretentious yet elegant eatery. Customers can relax at their table listening to the melodic piano playing in the background and can even bring their own bottles of wine without having to endure a hefty corkage fee. The dishes served here are all exquisite and the service is faultless. The steaks and the prawns are both brilliant choices and, as this is an Austrian restaurant at its heart, the rostis are an absolute must to accompany any main course.
Old Austria, 24 Westbourne Road, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, +27 41 373 0299
The Coachman Restaurant
For an immensely satisfying culinary experience, there’s no need to look further than The Coachman Restaurant. The luminous blue lighting around the dining area does give the restaurant an almost nightclub appearance on first entrance but the food on offer really is sophisticated and delicious fare, especially enjoyed in the alfresco eating area with views of the sea. Order the carpaccio or Greek salad for a healthy starter perfect for sharing, and then follow with either the impressive crayfish thermidor, the mouth-wateringly succulent fillet of beef or the light and refreshing seafood pasta. The creamy Irish coffee is the perfect way to end an enjoyably indulgent meal.
The Coachman Restaurant, 103 Cape Road, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, +27 41 373 3440
The Hacklewood Restaurant
Situated within a luxurious country house, The Hacklewood Restaurant features five star cuisine sure to impress even the fussiest of foodies. Step back in time to an era of sophisticated dining seemingly long forgotten in this true gem of a restaurant that specialises in cordon bleu dishes perfect for that extra special lunch or dinner. True wine aficionados can take pleasure in exploring the assemblage of rare vintage wines in the restaurant’s wine cellar and pick their favourite to enjoy with their meal. To truly celebrate in style, book a room at The Hacklewood Hill Country House and dine in the restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Non-hotel guests are also welcome to reserve a table in the restaurant.
Hacklewood Hill, 152 Prospect Road, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, +27 41 581 1300
Port Elizabeth’s Vovo Telo is the brand’s flagship bakery and cafe and can be found tucked away in the most fashionable area of the city in Richmond Hill. The layout of the eatery allows diners to watch the bakers at work as they create the most magical tasting breads, pastries, pizzas and rolls that go so perfectly with a cup of delicious steaming coffee. The aroma that leaks out of Vovo Telo and onto the street outside is sweet enough to tempt even the busiest of passers-by in for a spot of lunch or a quick treat to take home for later.
Vovo Telo, Corner of Raleigh and Irvine Street, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, +27 041 585 5606
Bocadillo’s Bakery & Cafe
A perfect example of the city’s multiculturalism, Bocadillo’s Bakery & Cafe is a casual and affordable eatery that serves winter warmers and international dishes. Stop by on a Wednesday to take advantage of the popular curry night, where diners can enjoy a choice of two curries with all the trimmings for just R89. The curries on offer vary weekly but have previously included options such as Kapitan chicken curry, cauliflower and lentil curry, Durban lamb curry and coconut vegetable curry. Those with a preference for Italian fare over spicy curries can reserve a table on a Monday to enjoy a half price pizza.
42 6th Avenue, Walmer, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, +27 41 581 1523
The Two Olives
Bringing Spanish-style sociable eating to South Africa, The Two Olives is a tapas restaurant that serves tasty, healthy dishes ideal for sharing along with the most refreshing of ice teas and great bottles of wine. Diners can order a medley of tapas dishes such as lamb shank spring rolls, chickpea falafel, Portuguese chicken livers, calamari tubes, mashed potato and Mediterranean roasted vegetables to share buffet-style with their table. Alternatively they can choose to order a main course each from the a la carte, pasta or pizza menus. Be sure to save room for the deep-fried Lindt balls for dessert too – chocolate lovers will be dreaming of these little balls of joy for weeks after.
The Two Olives, Stanley Street, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, +27 41 585 0371