Our Food

We believe that food should be fresh,  wholesome,  nourishing,  as well as delicious.  Great care is taken in the preparation of your food;  this includes the use of whole foods and quality ingredients in our recipes. To make your food just that bit more special,  we try to use organically grown vegetables and salad produce whenever possible, avoiding foods that contain additives,  preservatives and colourants. We aim to perfect our waffles to every standard measured by our customers individual needs. Please ask your waiter about our gluten, dairy or egg free waffles.
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Breakfasts

Nothing like eating a hearty breakfast, while gazing at the beautiful Indian Ocean and breathing in the fresh, sea air! Do breakfast, Waffle House style… choose from a range of delicious options including the Waffle House Big Breakfast waffle, scrambled egg, bacon, mushroom and tomato or the Berry Healthy, with muesli, berry smoothy, fruit and nuts.
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Savoury Waffles

After an active morning on Ramsgate beach, or browsing around the picturesque Ramsgate village, we bet you’ve worked up an appetite! Come on over for a spot of lunch at The Waffle House. From traditional favourites like Ham, Cheese and Tomato or Chicken Mayonnaise to Bobotie and Hummus, we’ve got savoury waffles to satisfy any hunger! For the health conscious, we offer Basmati or brown rice as well as sumptuous salads as an alternative to waffles.
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Sweet Waffles

For a decadent tea-time treat, mosey on down to The Waffle House for our famous sweet waffles. Will it be Chocolate Chip Waffle, with explosions of chocolate chips; Banofee Waffle (that’s banana smothered in homemade caramel sauce); or Lemon Meringue Waffle, featuring soft custard, fresh lemon and vanilla meringue? Whichever your choice, we bet you’ll be back to sample our many other scrumptious sweet waffle toppings…
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Drinks

What better way to enjoy our light, crispy Belgian-style waffles than to wash it down with a fresh cup of coffee, laid-back frothy Cappuccino or a rich and creamy Milkshake? Whether your choice is tea, hot chocolate, juice or milo you can get your fix at the Waffle House. Our Milkshakes are made with fresh full cream milk, bananas sourced from top local farms and dairy ice-cream. Delicious flavours include ever-popular chocolate, strawberry, lime, banana and vanilla milkshakes, as well as malted varieties – Chocolate Malted Milo and Horlicks.

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Beer, Wine & Cider

You can’t beat the feeling of an ice-cold beer or refreshing cider after an action-packed day in the sun! The Waffle House, Ramsgate carries all South Africa’s major beer brands, so come on down and grab a cold one. If vino’s more to your taste, unwind with a glass of chilled wine while you enjoy the sunset and ponder what you’re going to eat from our mouthwatering menu
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Little Wafflers

Our little customers deserve a menu of their own, with portions tailor-made for little bellies. Waffle soldiers, toasted treats and a range of sweet waffle add-ons are all available for them to enjoy. To keep them occupied in between mouthfuls, our menu doubles as a picture that can be coloured in and turned into a work of art.
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Our Story

A great place to be…

Established in 1957, this historical South Coast landmark is nestled in tranquil sub-tropical edge of the Ramsgate Lagoon. Once you’ve tasted our unique waffles,  finish your visit with a leisurely walk across the quaint wooden bridge to the beautiful Ramsgate beach for a swim or a laze on the sand.

Bookings

We operate on a first-come-first-served basis. During busy seasons it may be necessary to queue for a short while however we do make very effort to seat you as quickly as possible and we will do everything possible to ensure your wait is well worth it.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 08:00 to 17:00 Closed: Christmas Day

Contact Info

Email Address: manager@wafflehouse.co.za Telephone: 039 314 9424 GPS: S 30°53’17” & E 30°20’53” Address: Lot 839, Marine Drive, Ramsgate, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

The Gaze Gallery Contact Info

Telephone: 039 314 4011 Email Address: gallery@wafflehouse.co.za


Where it all began…

Dating back to 1957, the birth of the Waffle House in Ramsgate, South Africa, heralded the beginning of an exciting journey for John and Doreen Gaze. Opening the restaurant of their dreams, known at that time as the Tea House of the Blue Lagoon, they had no idea it would become the famous South Coast landmark that it is today. After a 15 year period during which John and Doreen leased out the premises, they took it back in 1991 and renamed it The Waffle House. This was in line with the two Waffle House restaurants their eldest son had opened in the UK. The first was in Norwich, Norfolk opened in 1978, and the second was in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Today, the Waffle House is one of the busiest restaurants on the South Coast, specialising in good food and good service. This 220 seater restaurant is popular amongst locals and visitors alike. Holiday seasons are particularly busy however we consistently rise to the challenge of producing and serving quality products throughout the year

Some of our old menus and an article

Lots to see and do…

The Waffle House nestles in a unique natural environment on the banks of the iBilanhlolo River, with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Perfect for lovers of nature, you can see:

  • Bird life at play amongst the trees and reeds, including wagtails, red bishops, kingfishers, woolly-neck storks, Egyptian geese.
  • Water life including mullet, bream, frogs and crabs
  • Animals including monkeys, otters, fruit bats and leguuans

Or you can take a leisurely walk across the famous wooden bridge, through Tanglewood reserve and onto the beautiful Ramsgate Beach or sit next to the small bamboo forest at the river’s edge.

Eating Areas

  • Enjoy the beautiful views from comfortable indoor and outdoor seating areas.
  • From the wooden deck you can enjoy a view of the Indian Ocean as well as Ramsgate lagoon view
  • Or sit on the veranda alongside the lagoon, watch the many fish and listen to the local birds in song.

Parking

  • Parking is available adjacent to the Waffle House as well as across the road.
  • Or you can park at Ramsgate beach and amble over the famous wooden bridge
  • A disabled drop off zone is available in front of the restaurant

Toilets

  • Male and Female toilets
  • Disabled toilet with wheelchair access
  • Baby changing facilities

Wheelchair Access

  • Access is available at the main entrance as well as at the veranda entrance

Smoking

  • In line with new Tobacco legislation in South Africa The Waffle House is a SMOKE – FREE environment.

Wi-Fi

  • We are very happy to announce that the Waffle House is now a Wi-Fi hot spot with FREE Wi-Fi available to our customers.

Children’s Play Area

  • A lovely play area is available at the end of the veranda eating area so you can relax and enjoy the environment while the little ones play.

Animals

  • At the Waffle House we love pets, however due to health and hygiene regulations please leave your pets comfortable in the safety of your home when you visit us.

Shopping

  • Visit the adjoining Gaze Gallery and Basket Shop to view works of renowned South African artists, potters and crafters. Then choose a unique gift from an interesting selection.

A Room full of Treasures…

In 1967 the Independently – owned Gaze Gallery was developed and opened adjacent to the Waffle House in a building originally planned for extra seating. Our first artists were Errol Boyley, Tita Faschiotti, Tony Strickland and Lucy and Brian Wiles. In those early days it was the only Art Gallery on the South Coast and sold only paintings and sculpture. As other galleries developed, it was necessary to diversify and start to handle ceramic, glassware and other crafts. For locally produced quality curios you can also visit The Basket Shop. This outlet for local basket makers and crafters was started around the same time as the Gaze Gallery. Its objective then was to give the local crafters an outlet for their products. There is also an interesting selection of functional and decorative gifts to choose from. Tel: 039 314 4011 email: gallery@wafflehouse.co.za

Your Stories

Our customers’ stories are what make the Waffle House special. We love seeing special moments celebrated and memories created at our little restaurant. We really love it when those moments are captured in words or images and shared for everyone to enjoy. Here are a few of the images shared by our customers and some of the stories they have to tell…

Food Review: Waffles of substance

Siphiliselwe Makhanya wrote this wonderful review for The Times Live… Ramsgate’s Waffle House serves up the food of good family-holiday memories. The café and restaurant specialises in Belgian-style waffles heaving with your choice of sweet or savoury... read more

A healthy indulgence? Nope, but I can try

A waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap. – Mitch Hedberg   On our first trip to Ballito in 2008, my boyfriend could not believe that I had never been to the Waffle House. Unfortunately, we did not make it there that particular holiday, however we made up for... read more

Special Offers

You are important to us and to prove it, we have some special offers that we hope will encourage you to visit us again and againŠ…

Loyalty Cards

Regulars make us smile…

Present this card every time you visit us and we will record your purchase on the card.  On your tenth visit, you will be entitled to a free meal to the value of the average amount you have spent over the past nine visits This card cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offers

Terms & Conditions
Please note:

  • This card only be used by the person whose name appears on it
  • The card must be signed by a recognised signatory, dated and show the amount of each entry
  • The card cannot be used in conjunction with any other in-store promotion or discount
  • The value of the free meal is not redeemable for cash
  • No change will be given
  • Only original vouchers will be accepted
  • This card is only redeemable during normal business hours and is for eat-in customers only.

60 Plus Cards

Let us spoil you…

If you are over 60 years of age, ask about our unique 60+ Card. Make sure you bring it with you each time you visit us and you will receive 15% off your meal and drinksYou will need to present your card to qualify for the discount

Terms & Conditions
Please note:

  • Bring a valid ID document or Pensioners card with you next time you visit us to qualify for your 60+ Card
  • This card is only redeemable during normal business hours and is for eat-in customers only.
  • This discount is only valid for the card holder.
  • This card cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offers

Gift Vouchers

Share the love…

A unique gift to spoil the important people in your life… Purchase one of our vouchers online. Vouchers available in R100, R200, R300 and R500. Your vouchers will be emailed to you upon completion of order.

Terms & Conditions
Please note:

  • Not exchangeable for cash unless the Waffle House is unable to honour this voucher within 3 years of purchase

News & Info

Some interesting info about the Waffle House, Ramsgate and what we care about…

Food Review: Waffles of substance

Siphiliselwe Makhanya wrote this wonderful review for The Times Live… Ramsgate’s Waffle House serves up the food of good family-holiday memories. The café and restaurant specialises in Belgian-style waffles heaving with your choice of sweet or savoury... read more

Gloria

Known as our human computer, Gloria has an incredible ability to coordinate, communicate and process every order that comes into the kitchen.  She works closely with the production team to ensure savoury, sweet and salad waffles go out in a coordinated fashion to the... read more

Hilton

This well-known front-man has been serving our customers with amazing consistency since 1991.  Now the ‘wise old man’ of our waitering team, Hilton’s wicked sense of humour and contagious giggle is well balanced with his focus and ability to keep his team on track. ... read more

Going Green – Literally

Some people love change and some people just love to resist it.  Either way as we all know, change is one of the only guarantees in life.  And here at The Waffle House we love change, but we aim to do it as subtly as possible so that we never change that relaxed... read more

Siyoni

Siyoni heads up our scullery team. She’s been with us for 22 years and is a feisty master of her discipline. Every cup, glass and plate moves through her area with precision, coming out the other end ready to serve another of our dear customers. She’s also responsible... read more

Contact Details

We would love to hear from you…

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 08:00 to 17:00 Closed: Christmas Day

Contact Info

Email Address: manager@wafflehouse.co.za Telephone: 039 314 9424 GPS: S 30°53’17” & E 30°20’53” Address: Lot 839, Marine Drive, Ramsgate, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

The Gaze Gallery Contact Info

Telephone: 039 314 4011 Email Address: gallery@wafflehouse.co.za

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