the pure art of food
Not just a little cafe!
Sublime seafood, succulent steaks and traditional slow cooking done just right are just a taster of the epicurean delights awaiting you at Cafe 1904.
We are serving Lunch and Dinner
TUES + WED: 17:00 till 22:30 (kitchen closes 21:15)
THURS – SUN: 12:00 till 15:00 and 17:00 till 22:30 (kitchen closes 21:15)
*hours subject to curfew
We have three separate dining rooms that can be booked individually, or the entire venue can be reserved for larger groups.
Bespoke menus are available on request.
A little Special surprise will always be on the table for an anniversary or birthday etc. Endria can be contacted with a special request.
As Cafe 1904 is as much a local favourite as it is a destination for epicurean tourists, booking is essential to secure one of our cozy tables.
Have a hankering for some soul food at home or in your holiday space?
We offer take-aways for pick up.
A dream came true
“One day we decided to make a change in our lives and instead of living life we started to live our dreams….”
A dream came true for Johan and Endria when Café 1904 Restaurant opened its doors on the 1st of April 2017.
Their motto is: the pure art of food, and it shines through in every dish that is lovingly and meticulously created.
Situated 100m from ocean & outlook point in the famous whale town of Hermanus this quaint eatery showcases dedication, heart and soul, from preparation to plate.
Cafe 1904, which now belongs to the Old Harbour Museum, was originally a house in the 18th Century fisherman’s village.
The giant spider gum eucalyptus was a sapling when the house was built, and now provides a welcoming shade for lunch and dinner guests.
Our Name: In 1904 the breakwater in the harbour was raised, replacing the earlier, low wall which had not stopped the fierce waves in the region from damaging boats.
Cafe 1904 took its symbolic inspiration from that growth, expanding from a tiny 16-seater venue to one that can host 55 guests inside and 20 outside on the shaded terrace.
Best Cafe 2019
“The Whale House Museum is worth visiting after tasty meals at this restaurant. The Fusion cuisine is on the menu at Cafe 1904. Many reviewers have noticed that you can try perfectly cooked rump steaks, prawns and hake here. It’s time to degustate delicious house wine. You will be offered great coffee.
The cosy atmosphere of this place makes customers feel relaxed and have a good time. The staff is gracious that’s what makes this spot so nice. Fabulous service is something guests like here. You will pay adequate prices for dishes. As a number of visitors say, this restaurant has the divine decor. On TripAdvisor, clients note that Cafe 1904 deserves the 4.5 star rating.”
MEET OUR OWNERS
Johan takes centre stage in the kitchen. He loves to cook and his passion is obvious in every dish that he and his team send out of the kitchen.
Johan spent years being a business advisor for the retail sector, in his heart was a love of modern home cooking, which is evident in his scrumptious creations.
Johan loves reviews. They fulfill him, and drive his quest for the perfect dish, so if you have had the opportunity to dine at Cafe 1904, please do leave a review.
Having spent years creating lush landscapes, Endria loved the creativity of being a landscaper, but always had a yearning for hospitality in her heart. A gracious host with a keen eye for detail, her passion is evident from the décor to the wait staff and everything in between.
One of the most frequent comments your will find among guests, is that they love the personal contact from the owners on the floor. Endria, makes each guest feel right at home.