Café Zest

mediterranean grill


About Our


Located on the beach front, which offers spectacular views of False Bay. We are a quaint family owned Restaurant that boasts with two qualified Head Chefs. We offer the best dining experience in the Bay, which will even satisfy the hardened critics.



Our Unique


Our stylish menu features a wide variety, including fresh seafood, poultry, beef, pork, in season vegetables from local gardens and farms, as well as homemade soups, breads and decadent desserts, always presented tastefully.

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Operating Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday to Saturday 12:00 – 22:00
Sunday 12:00 – 21:00



Great food is at the heart of every remarkable event. We’ll tailor-make a bespoke menu for your unique event, or you can choose from an array of spectacular party food, from our expertly designed menu.


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People's Experience


  • 4 star review  Nice atmosphere on a summer evening. Honest price. Good value for money.

    thumb hendrik ruiters
    Mar 10, 2021

    5 star review  I judge a restaurant by their potatoes. Crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside and perfectly cooked. The rest of the meal courses were great as well. Check out the fondant... read more

    thumb Kevin C Mortimer
    Jan 31, 2021

    4 star review  What a delightful discovery! You must have the gnocchi !! Coming back here for sure. Great service, lovely view, best menu in the whole area 💕

    thumb Estelle de Beer
    Jan 6, 2021
  • 5 star review  Amazing food and even more amazing dessert! Chef is amazing and the food is fresh and tasty. Very clean and cozy. Would recommend it 100%!! Lovely place!

    thumb Sadie Kruger
    Dec 23, 2020

    5 star review  Great experience! Fine dining in a lovely little restaurant overlooking the water. The food is world class! We had line fish with little mushrooms and a sauce to-die-for, hake with... read more

    thumb Kitty Willemse
    Oct 14, 2020

    5 star review  The best restaurant in Gordon's Bay! Exceptionally good food and service every time, well done team Zest!

    thumb Karen Tam
    May 24, 2019
  • 5 star review  The place was a real surprise. Looks like a boring same-old, same-old no frills place for a quick bite. But we got really well tasting meals served on elegantly presented... read more

    thumb B K
    Apr 28, 2019

    5 star review  The tapas was excellent! 😆 Loved the flavours! 🙄 The wine was exactly to my taste! 🍷 The setting of the restaurant could not be better! 😎 The dessert was... read more

    thumb Elna Lombard
    Apr 13, 2019

    5 star review  The best restaurant in Gordon’s Bay by a mile! Everything I have ordered here have exceeded my expectations. The eggs Benedict is one of our favorites. Delicious and creative menu.... read more

    thumb Mia Kruger
    Feb 24, 2019
  • 4 star review  Dinner was excellent. I enjoyed the pork neck roulade - succulent and meaty. Service is great.

    thumb Rodney Fredericks
    Dec 29, 2018

    5 star review  Really an outstanding restaurant. It fools you from the outside, because it looks very casual, but once inside its just class all the way. The service is outstanding, the employees... read more

    thumb Hilmarie Fourie
    Dec 21, 2018

    5 star review  Very friendly staff, the menu is amazing, great vegetarian options. Very clean and an overall enjoyable experience. The quirky quotes on the walls were funny

    thumb Louise Koegelenberg
    Nov 22, 2018
  • 5 star review  Food was amazing and service was great. Really nice place.

    thumb Allison Gird
    Oct 11, 2018

    5 star review  Most delicious homemade burgers & potato wedges as their Wednesday special offer! Pork empanadas as a treat from the chef were a delightful bite and to finish the delectable chocolate... read more

    thumb Alana den Breeyen
    Oct 3, 2018

    4 star review  Great location. Open atmosphere with great decor. Friendly staff who were happy to accommodate our requests outside of the menu options. Food was tasty and portion sizes were filling. Will... read more

    thumb Manoj Chavda
    Sep 23, 2018
  • 5 star review  Really nice Tapas and Bar. We've tasted all the items from tapas and each one is better than the other. Staff were very friendly and ambience was nice and quiet.

    thumb Rhitankar Pal
    Sep 2, 2018

    5 star review  Love Zest good food and great atmosphere definitely an undiscovered gem...

    thumb Mandy Richard
    Aug 23, 2018

    5 star review  Spent a lovely Sunday afternoon with family, sharing various starters and main meals. Little niece stated that their french toast is the best in the whole world! Exceptional quality and... read more

    thumb Johanna Erasmus
    Jul 23, 2018
  • 5 star review  Really a lovely cozy restaurant. Their food is delicious and excellent quality. Their staff is friendly and patient. Thank you for this Gem with the amazing beach views.

    thumb Charmaine Van Der Spuy
    Jun 7, 2018

    4 star review  Nice place to to enjoy a sundowner and watch the world go by. Service is good and the food is tasty and well presented. Worth a try.

    thumb Andrew Lynott
    May 28, 2018

    4 star review  A unique location to see the sun set in Gordon’s Bay. We had the burger which was a fairly large burger. Staff were friendly and accommodating for the large group... read more

    thumb Stuart Summerfield
    Apr 16, 2018
  • 4 star review  This place was pleasantly surprising. I did not expect such a gem. Excellent gourmet burger. The service was more than reasonablr as well. This place is super under the radar.

    thumb Calumet Links
    Apr 4, 2018

    4 star review  Never judge by appearance only. Ambience the is ok, menu as well. But food was very very good! We had veggie dish and burger of the day. Delicious. And friendly... read more

    thumb Magdalena Drexler
    Feb 24, 2018

    5 star review  Honestly amazed by the food quality. We had absolutely excellent meal. Food was presented in such a beautiful way and everything was simply delicious! Wish this place was closer to... read more

    thumb Des Mar
    Jan 8, 2018


  • positive review  Lovely food!!! tx made our last night in the Cape truly special!

    thumb Angelique Le Roux
    Jan 30, 2021

    positive review  It’s easy to find pub-type places in this area. Also easy to find places with similar, standard menus. Much harder to find a place with great food, creative menu, atmosphere, friendly service, a view and BEST panna cotta for dessert! Thanks for surprising us. We’ll be back - often 😁😁

    thumb Estelle DeBeer
    Jan 7, 2021

    positive review  Wow. As a self proclaimed foodie, I am proper impressed. We have been eating at numerous places the last couple of days from Yzerfontein, Bloubergstrand, Houtbay, right around up to Hermanus and we were not spoiled like this. Food was exceptional. Service was perfect even for a fully packed restaurant. Food was fresh and tastefully prepared. Calamari was super fresh, Yellowtail fish was cooked to perfection. Frozen Nougat desert was out of this world. Well done to the staff and chefs. Do NOT under estimate this little gem of the False Bay area.

    thumb Juan Raubenheimer
    Dec 31, 2020
  • positive review  Lovely food. great owner. he even made my baby a bit of puree and plated specially for my son. loved our meals As Well. we wish them all the best in these difficult times and hope they are around for many years to come.

    thumb Cheyenne Campbell
    Dec 30, 2020

    negative review  We used to love this restaurant frequenting it often.... But after 3/4 attempts over the last year and half to get the food and menu we were used to.... We are officially never going back. Faaaaar too expensive for a super limited menu (8 main meals @R140 ave) and genuinely underwhelming, horrible, bland food... Very disappointing.... Not sure what happened to this place but it's just sad.

    thumb Lauren Bruce
    Dec 27, 2020

    positive review  Incredible food - prepared quickly, professionally and a true taste sensation!

    thumb Cliff Saunders
    Dec 6, 2020
  • positive review  myself 61yrs old and my 86yrs old Dad decided to have lunch today. Both had seafood. me grilled Yellowtail. was excellent. My dad had grilled Hake. Excellent. no complaints at all. We will be back. All the way from Belville.

    thumb Ross Royston Nicholls
    Dec 2, 2020

    positive review  Of the best flavored and tasting food in town!

    thumb Liesel Prinsloo
    Nov 8, 2020

    positive review  Beautiful setting with chill atmosphere and lovely staff and delish seafoods and curries!

    thumb Jen Krüger
    Oct 6, 2020
  • positive review  great atmosphere. awsome service

    thumb Vida Lombard Badenhorst
    Sep 16, 2020

    positive review  Kind and friendly atmosphere with a view

    thumb Sean Loriston
    Aug 4, 2020

    positive review  What a taste experience?! Everything fresh and complimentary flavours and fragrances. Such a pity during Covid that there weren’t more people enjoying the sunset views and exceptional dining. Will see us soon again.

    thumb Neil Brown
    Jul 21, 2020
  • positive review  Thank you Zest Home Dining, my home cooked meals have never taste this good! Freshly prepared ingredients delivered to our door with instructions. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    thumb Alida Schwartz
    Jun 19, 2020

    positive review  My boyfriend planned the best date by getting a delivery from Zest and we had the best experience following your recipes and cooking together. The food came out amazing and it was just such a beautiful, romantic and fine dining experience in the comfort of our own home. HIGHLY recommended!

    thumb Kendra Lee Lovell
    Jun 18, 2020

    positive review  The owner and chef is a true artist! His passion is obvious in his presentation and flavour combinations! A gem for Gordon's bay ♥️

    thumb Nicci Van Zyl Louw
    Apr 9, 2020
  • positive review  One of the best settings in G.Bay and outstanding cuisine. Don't expect "huge servings", this is something else and to be enjoyed.

    thumb Naomi Slabbert Smith
    Dec 29, 2019

    positive review  Zest never disappoints, I’ve recommended this establishment to all our guests and they always come back happy, today was no exception, the food was delicious, friendly service and great atmosphere. Zest is one of the Gems of Gordon’s Bay

    thumb Izzy Trainer
    Nov 30, 2019

    positive review  Amazing food ,freshly prepared ,great service,wonderful venue and inexpensive added to my favorites list

    thumb Rowena Roberts
    Sep 27, 2019
  • positive review  Friendly service, scenic view and fine food!

    thumb Karin Vermeulen Ferreira
    Jul 13, 2019

    positive review  we were there for a 60th birthday celebration! The food was excellent and nicely presented and the staff were friendly and attentive! We will definately be back there!

    thumb Melanie De Smidt
    Jul 7, 2019

    positive review  Compliments to the Chef and the Menu for 'Mother's Day' - still love the 'French' influence ... a warming soup of the day (beef and lentils), Moules mariniere, Arancini, Ribeye with 'Pommes Pont Neuf' , Ballotine of chicken, White Wine Pear with chantilly cream, dark chocolate and almonds... and good wines... Tres bien! Excellent place for gourmets in Gordon's Bay! (also appreciate the correct wording of your menu!)

    thumb Annette Beller-Sogor
    May 13, 2019
  • positive review  Warm welcome and Helmien jou truly went the extra mile for my kids... Thank you so much.... See you Wednesday!!

    thumb Sandra Walters-lewis
    Apr 27, 2019

    positive review  Great service, good food, fabulous views

    thumb Yvonne Young
    Apr 1, 2019

    positive review  Great food and real value for money

    thumb Miranda Dubois
    Feb 25, 2019
  • positive review  The Food was great and the view was amazing. Good service

    thumb Sandra Broodryk
    Feb 9, 2019

    positive review  nice place. nice food. recommended

    thumb Christene Buys Scriven
    Jan 20, 2019

    positive review  The best hamburger & wedges i've esten in the Cape province.

    thumb Andrew Liebenberg
    Jan 12, 2019
  • positive review  Tasty & fresh food made with huge amounts of tlc; friendly and professional staff. Definitely recommended!

    thumb Yvette Bester
    Jan 12, 2019

    positive review  Fantastic food, freshly made by professional chefs. Beautiful view of the beach! Our favourite restaurant to go to!!

    thumb Anita Bertrand
    Jan 10, 2019

    positive review  very good food excellent service

    thumb Dorah Visagie Johannes
    Jan 7, 2019


    star rating  Fab meal with excellent service - pork belly with amazing crackling and fish and chips both pronounced excellent. Dessert - panecotta and apple strudel Wines - very good

    Nov 26, 2021

    star rating  A great lat afternoon. We enjoyed the mussel risotto and the mussels... really great, tasty... wanting you to come back. Real worthwhile, will come back again.

    Oct 20, 2021

    star rating  What a lovely experience! I thoroughly enjoyed the beer battered hake, crispy outside and buttery soft inside, served with cooked-to-perfection potato wedges. The home made mayonnaise (requested extra) was a... read more

    Oct 16, 2021


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