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The Tug

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A.Schad Promenade, Molen Road | Jetty Area, Swakopmund 9000, Namibia
+264 64 402 356
10:00 - 23:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a sumptuous seafood feast here. I splurged on the lobster, and others ordered a variety of fresh fish. The service was absolutely excellent from start to finish. Don't hesitate to book here--reservations recommended.

Thank LindaFraubie
Nuremberg, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife, son and I had dinner here this evening and everything was very average, except the price. I don't understand how this restaurant rates so highly on TripAdvisor.

Thank TourGuide-KEVIN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We just had a superb meal at the Tug Restaurant in Swakopmund, thanks to the team. However, it is unfortunate that the poor acoustic is not able to cope with the excessive noise made by big group tables. The noise reduces the level of experience. Until next time!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Cape Town Central, South Africa
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I visited the Tug for the first time and it surpassed our expectations not because of fine dining (which thankfully it is not) but the overall experience was professional, friendly and the food fresh and wholesome. The dry aged beef was a winner tasty and tender. Well done to the team. In comparison the 3 restaurants at... More 

Thank Debs1625
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Did try several restaurants in town. This was by far the best. Food, wine and service where all Outstanding. The place was full which reflects my evaluation comparing to other places that were rather empty.

Thank Luc W
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a MUST visit when in Swakopmund, especially to enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, sitting on a deck overlooking the old Jetty and the majestic Atlantic Ocean! Whilst sipping a delicious cocktail, thousands of flamingos fly past on the horizon, whilst the sun gets ready to say its goodbye in grand style. The sunset... More 

Thank GeorgKnoke
Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant by our guesthouse but it was below expectations. Their seafood was not cooked adequately as it was either over cooked (dry) or fried - therefore no real taste of sea The pasta with the prawns was like a napolitana with seafood so no real sea taste on the pasta , let alone that the price... More 

Thank Pin73_11
Windhoek, Namibia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic service, friendly staff members and simply, just good food. My angel fish was seriously tasty. The Atlantic fish soup starter was amazing. My wife had the "Danie Hugo". What an amazing dish. My son had fish curry and that was done extremely well. My daughter's fish curry wasn't prepared well, so the manager took it away and brought back... More 

Thank Alfred-Heinz N
Jedburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must if visiting Swakopmund. It is situated on the beach close to the centre of town. There is plenty parking available. The menu has something to cover all tastes. There is a wide variety of fish as well as meat. The staff are delightful and very knowledgeable about the food on offer. The service is well done... More 

Thank Alexander D
Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On the evening of our visit The Tug was a busy and vibrant place. We were a large group of about 14 people and the waiter was brilliant at keeping orders seperate for our drinks and food. The staff were friendly and efficient and the food was good. We had a very pleasant evening.

Thank Patrick B

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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  • Value
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Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
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Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: A.Schad Promenade, Molen Road | Jetty Area, Swakopmund 9000, Namibia
  • Location: Africa  >  Namibia  >  Erongo Region  >  Swakopmund
  • Phone Number: +264 64 402 356
THE TUG RESTAURANT OPENING HOURS, SEATING AREAS, DINING SERVICES SEATING AREAS OFFERED: Terrace: No reservation possible, and weather permitting. Bar: No reservation possible. Inside Cabin: Reservation recommended OPERATING TIMES LUNCH All Areas Friday/Saturday/Sunday & Public Holidays: 12noon to 3pm LATE AFTERNOON Outside Deck - Weather Permitting Friday/Saturday/Sunday & Public Holidays: 3pm to 6pm TERRACE SUNDOWNER Drinks & Light Snacks Monday-Thursday: From 4pm DINNER All Areas Monday to Thursday: 5pm to 10pm Friday/Saturday/Sunday & Public Holidays: 6pm to 10pm The Tug Restaurant had first opened its doors during December 1993. Starting out as a small beachfront restaurant on the edge of the wild and mystical Atlantic Ocean, with splendid views onto the iconic Swakopmund jetty, The Tug's popularity has grown as time moved on. Dining areas inside and on the outside deck terrace have been extended considerably, while the restaurant has become a culinary destination for travelers from around the globe. The Tug restaurant offers authentically prepared cocktails, a selection of more than 140 of the finest South African wines, French champagne. Special delights from the wild Namibian ocean include kingklip, kabeljou, lobsters, angel fish and sole, John Dory, local oysters, fresh green Swakopmund asparagus. The richly diverse menu includes stuffed Patagonian squid, prawns, Norwegian salmon, Sashimi tuna. For the carnivore there are tasty cuts of beef and tender lamb, in addition to game delicacies such as Oryx carpaccio or grilled Oryx steak, Surf & Turf. There is a wide selection for the vegetarian and our delicious homemade Spanakopita is a favorite. Both owner partners George Hopking and Brett Southworth believe that no successful establishment should rely solely on its popularity. They engage in consistent attention to quality and freshness of their products, as well as continuous training and motivation of their staff, in order to provide the customer with decent service and an extensive menu and wine list.

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