Big changes to Soul Café Hermanus! Not only is the restaurant under new management but their name has changed to Backstage Café & Grill. Our relaunched was on the 28th of June 2019. The new owners, Ewert and Claudia Venter will maintain the high standards and values that the friendly patrons of Soul Café have been accustomed to. Stayed tuned for future updates as more information becomes available.

Our aim is to offer a slightly different experience and allow our patrons to dine in a relaxed and fun filled environment either in our quaint courtyard, wine bar or in our restaurant whichever they prefer. Another big part of the attraction is that diners get to co-create their burgers from a wide range of freshly made add-ons, including a range of gourmet toppings. Soul Café provides a full service, sit-down and take-away options.


A brand new Dining concept for Hermanus and patrons further afield keen to participate in a different dining experience when we open our doors on a Thursday Friday and Saturday evenings March 2016 to entertain this discerning market with a live baby grand Steinway. I lived in the UK in the late 90’s where I was fortunate to be part of a forward thinking team of hoteliers who specialised in brand development. I saw an opportunity to introduce diners to the novel dining concept at a time when there was a growing appetite for hand-made foods and more personalised experiences. The idea was put on the back burner until now as I needed a launch pad or a ideal venue to drive this from.

Hermanus has been part of our lives for 15 years and I have had good time to get to know the discerning market and what would excite them to go an eat out.I’ve never wanted to be another evening restaurant in a relatively overtraded market hence the introduction of a custom made evening menu served every Thursday to Saturday of the week. Soul Café positioning of ‘we’re not formal’ highlights our differentiation from the mainstream dining experience. Our menu will be small but ever changing for the evenings and as mentioned the customers ideas will be taken into account and who knows maybe appear a week or two later.


So come and chat to us. To accent our hand-made approach to our dishes, we also offer a fantastic locally made craft beer in addition to local Hemel and Aarde wines ” he explains. We have opted to focus on the local wines mainly and due to our off sales ability we are able to sell our wines at cellar door prices to our customers. So no more long drives for that special wine at the best price in town. At first I thought the concept would appeal mainly to the younger market but soon diners of all ages started queuing up for the artisanal-style food at very accessible prices.

The Gourmet Burgers start from R95.00 and the nostalgic laid back ambience also resonates with a broad spectrum of people, irrespective of age. Our concept is ideal for the current market with the public hungry for new flavours and ways of enjoying them. He notes, “The response rate from potential customers who recognize this, has been overwhelming, with interest being shown well beyond the Hermanus borders. Please talk to us regarding all your functions / office parties / birthday parties est as we are also now in the position to cater for 40 or less on site as well as off site.




Travel on the N2 from Cape Town towards Hermanus, travel through Somerset West and continue for 58.6kms. Take a slight left towards the R43 and continue straight onto the R43 for about 28.4kms. As you get into Hermanus, the R43 will turn into Main Road.

At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Lord Roberts Street (R43). At the next traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Main Road (R43). Backstage Cafe & Grill will be on the left.


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Food Served
DeliBreakfastCoffee ShopLight Meals
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Trading Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00 - 16:00 & 18:00 - 21:00
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 - 16:00 & 18:00 till late
Sunday: 09:00 - 14:00
Take Out
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Child Friendly
Outside Seating
Smoking Section
Outside Catering
Load Shedding
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