Moody Lagoon at Benguela Cove

  • Moody Lagoon at Benguela Cove Hermanus, Western Cape
  • Breakfast, Cocktails, Contemporary, European, Fine Dining, Light Meals, Picnics, Seafood, South African, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine bar
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, High Tea, Lunch
  • Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, R43, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa

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Relaxed lagoon-side dining with cocktails and great wine!

Moody Lagoon at Benguela Cove is set in the heart of the Benguela Cove winery complex.   The restaurant is in an elevated setting with expansive views of the lagoon and the Atlantic ocean.  The kitchen at Moody Lagoon is the domain of Annie Badenhorst a talented young Namibian chef with a passion for finding only the best fresh produce and creatively turning dishes into simple but creative menu items.

You can expect outstanding views, a casual and relaxed daytime and Friday - Saturday nighttime eatery in Hermanus, with outdoor covered seating areas. We offer a choice of dishes, together with food and wine pairing with Benguela Cove’s Estate wines.

In the evening, Chef Badenhorst likes to cook to create an occasion, and Moody Lagoon restaurant is the perfect place for a date night or a night out with friends.   

Private Dining

We offer private dining in our vinotheque for up to 12 guests with a combination of exceptional food, superb wines and outstanding service.

The Barrel Room can accommodate 60 guests. Booking essential

Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is also open for vineyard tours, wine tastings
on the lagoon, live music on Sundays and wine tastings and pairings at the Tasting Room. 

Who's Cooking?

Chef Annelie Badenhorst  Photo

Chef Annelie Badenhorst

Chef Annelie Badenhorst hails from the beautiful Otjiwarongo in Namibia. Annie’s training in classic French cooking at the Zevenwacht Chef School, combined with her love of comfort food, makes her the perfect fit for Benguela Cove’s restaurant.

Annie’s career has been very intertwined with that of our other Benguela Dining chefs, namely executive Chef Jean Delport at Restaurant Interlude in the United Kingdom.

Annie worked at All Things Culinary and thereafter at Sophia’s Restaurant at Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate. 

Our Must Try Meals!

  • Steamed Mussels

    Fresh and delicious mussels, in Thai green curry sauce, served with freshly baked Ciabatta. A must try dish to enjoy with panoramic ocean views.

  • Oysters | Large & Freshly Shucked

    Absolutely fresh, locally sourced Oysters from reputable suppliers. 6 or 12

    Or enjoy the oyster & wine pairing experience at Benguela Cove, in the Walker Bay Cape Winelands. This includes four oysters prepared in four different ways to match the intrinsic qualities of four different wines in the Benguela Cove range. 

    The Benguela Cove Joie De Vivre Cap Classique is paired with a pineapple pickled oyster served with celery. The Semillon tames the vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with a creamy note that echoes the texture of the oyster. Whilst hints of celery highlights the fynbos nuances in the wine, pineapple adds a sweet yet tangy edge to the delicious medley of citrus and green apple.

    The Benguela Cove Chardonnay has a certain opulence and richness which needs that extra texture and weight when paired with food. The fried oyster is the perfect match, set off against the zingy and slightly quirky addition of a spicy three bean salad that underpins its flinty notes.

    The moreish combination of the Benguela Cove Pinot Noir and the baked oyster is a match made in lagoon heaven. The richness of the baked oyster enhances the velvety character of the wine; the Cremona Blue Cheese highlights its earthy notes and candied bacon helps the red fruit leap from the glass.

    Over to a heavier red and on the contrary not an obvious choice with an oyster, the Benguela Cove Collage ends this experience on a high note. The fresh oyster is gently smoked before dressed with a bone marrow emulsion and tangy diced beetroot. This smokin’ combination is both adventurous and contrasting with the richness of the bone marrow with this bold red leaving a soft velvety finish in your mouth.

    *Our menu changes based on what fresh seasonal produce we can get to ensure the best quality ingredients are used in our dishes. We can accommodate most dietary requirements including vegan and gluten free diets.

  • Sharing Platters

    Delicious Platters served daily 10:00 - 17:00 in the Benguela Cove Tasting Room, with panoramic sea and mountain views and exceptional service.

    • Mixed Platter (4 Oysters, Cured Salmon, Two Cheeses and Two Cold Meats)
    • Seafood Platter (6 Large Fresh Oysters, Cured Salmon, Curried Mussels, Smoked fish pate)
    • Charcuterie Platter (Chefs selection of sic cold meats, locally sourced)
    • Cheese Platter (A selection of cheeses that pair perfectly with Benguela Cove wines)

  • Bottomless Bubbly Brunch

    Celebrate your weekends with Bottomless bubbly at our scenic lagoon-side estate, the perfect way to enjoy your summer in style. Chef Annie Badenhorst has selected a variety of locally sourced fresh ingredients and carefully created a delicious brunch menu to suit all tastes.

    Delicately prepared brunch options to tantalize the taste buds, using only the freshest ingredients and mastered only by our remarkable Cap Classique.

    Enjoy bottomless bubbly for only R99 per person when you order from our brunch menu. Bring your friends and family and make the most of your weekend. 

    Booking is essential.


Group Capacity : 300+ People Cost Per Head : R75+

  • Cuisine : Breakfast, Cocktails, Contemporary, European, Fine Dining, Light Meals, Picnics, Seafood, South African, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine bar
  • Ambience : Business, Dine and Dance, Family, Fireplace, Formal, Quiet, Relaxed, Romantic, Ship / Boat, Traditional, Trendy, Upmarket, Wine Farm
  • Entertainment : Live music, Childrens Entertainment, Internet or WiFi
  • Dress : Smart/Casual, Casual
  • Reservations
  • Functions
  • Outside Area
    Outside Area
  • Smoking
  • Secure Parking
    Secure Parking
  • Bar
  • Child Friendly
    Child Friendly
  • Kids Menu
    Kids Menu
  • Wheelchair Access
    Wheelchair Access
  • Cellar
  • Private Dining
    Private Dining
  • Weddings
  • Conferencing
  • Aircondition
  • Generator
  • Place of Interest
    Place of Interest
  • Pet Friendly
    Pet Friendly
  • Events and Catering
    Events and Catering

Credit Cards Accepted

  • AMEX
  • Debit Card
    Debit Card
  • VISA
  • Mastercard


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