Where to Eat in Harrismith: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 4, 2017 Darwin Bolte

Harrismith is a large town in the Free State province of South Africa. It was named for Sir Harry Smith, a 19th century British governor of the Cape Colony. It is situated by the Wilge River, alongside the N3 highway, about midway between Johannesburg, about 300 km to the north-west, and Durban to the southeast. The town is located at the junction of the N5 highway, which continues westward towards the provincial capital Bloemfontein, some 340 km to the south-west. This important crossroads in South Africa's land trade routes is surrounded by mesas and buttes. It is located at the base of one of these called Platberg (i.e. "flat / flat-topped mountain" in Afrikaans).

1. Silver Rapids Spur Steak Ranch

110 MC MC Kechnie Street | Spur Village Centre, Harrismith 9880, South Africa Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff Steakhouse, Barbecue Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$628 - HK$942 +27 58 623 1319
Excellent
25%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 35 reviews

Silver Rapids Spur Steak Ranch

Silver Rapids Spur at Spur Village Centre in Harrismith looks forward to welcoming you and your family to a distinctive combination of family fun, great value and generous portions of tasty food. Join South Africa's most loved family restaurant for the best steak, burgers and ribs served in a warm, relaxed environment. We offer something for everyone on our famous Spur Menu, so bring the kids along for your favourite meal and dessert. Sit back, relax and enjoy the Spur experience!

Reviewed By Rudi C

We usually avoid the chain restaurants as they serve generic food and struggle to live up to the high expectations their advertisements create. This Spur is no different. Reasonable food served in a fairly short time frame and a friendly writer to boot. The onion rings were a disaster on my plate but otherwise not to much to complain about. But it would have been nice to have this view and a good old fashioned restaurant atmosphere.

2. Maxi's Restaurant

N 3 National Highway, Harrismith 9880, South Africa Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff Lunch, Dinner +27 58 623 0647
Excellent
5%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
10%
Terrible
25%
Overall Ratings

2.5 based on 20 reviews

Maxi's Restaurant

Reviewed By Faye J - Johannesburg

We were frankly surprised that a roadside breakfast at 06:00 could be that good.. kid's served first and they polished of their mini breakfasts. Dad enjoyed his Cafe breakfast and I was amazed how delicious my cheese topper was, complete with a very fresh salad, as I said folks it was 6AM. Swift service and spotless well done team Maxi.

3. Wimpy

N Highway 3 Berg Street, Harrismith 9880, South Africa Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +27 58 622 1190
Excellent
32%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
8%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 58 reviews

Wimpy

Reviewed By MikeSATraveller - Johannesburg, South Africa

Wimpy is a nation-wide chain of fast food. Outlets can be found all over the country. I do not normally consider Wimpy as a restaurant of choice but on this trip it was convenient and looked very busy (a good sign) and was accessible.
The lunch meal was tasty and nicely presented. The waiter was pleasant and efficient.
An unexpectedly good break on a quite long drive

4. Rocky Mountain Spur Steak Ranch

N 3 Hwy | The Bergview Complex, Harrismith 9880, South Africa Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating Steakhouse, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$31 - HK$86 +27 58 623 1640
Excellent
18%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
15%
Terrible
18%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 33 reviews

Rocky Mountain Spur Steak Ranch

Rocky Mountain Spur is a family-friendly restaurant that serves the best ribs, burgers & steaks. Bring along your kids for some great tasting food & dessert from our famous Spur menu!

Reviewed By Annalien d

I always stop at this Spur on my way to Durban. You always get good value for money. They are very quick to bring your food. Staff is friendly. Place is clean. Nice play area for kids.Dear Annalien d, Thank you for your review of our Rocky Mountain Spur Family Restaurant. We are delighted to know that your experiences with us are always positive. We look forward to having you back again soon! Kind regards, Spur Family

5. Nando's

N3 Hwy | Bergview Complex, Harrismith 9880, South Africa Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, Portuguese, European Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +27 58 623 1251
Excellent
17%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
17%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 28 reviews

Nando's

Experience a truly South African dining experience at Nando's in Harrismith. Our flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken restaurants are world famous for their succulent, grilled to perfection, butterfly-cut chickens. Add spice to your life with a meal from our Portuguese style menu. We've set the eating experience on fire and we can't wait for you to join our table because if there's one thing we love as much as PERi-PERi, it's lots of people to enjoy it with!

Reviewed By David M - Bristol, United Kingdom

As a tourist, I tend to eat in food safe establishments like Nando's, but naturally I favour those that offer complimentary wifi to customers. Come on Nando's, your food is great, your staff are good and clearly have the right training and your customer experience is exactly where it should be, but you're starting to lag behind the others

6. Simply Delicious and Country Classic

Bergview Complex, Harrismith 9880, South Africa Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +27 58 622 2890
Excellent
26%
Good
62%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Simply Delicious and Country Classic

Reviewed By redrose59 - Angus, United Kingdom

We stopped here for breakfast on our way to Clarens from JoBurg. The food was freshly prepared, hot and delicious. There is a good choice to suit all tastes.
Staff are friendly and welcoming. Simply delicious is a lovely place to stop, clean and pleasant surroundings. Would certainly use again.

7. Mugg and Bean

N3 | Montrose Stop - Country Highway Complex N3 Highway, Swinburne, Harrismith 9880, South Africa Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +27 58 672 1005
Excellent
22%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
12%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 93 reviews

Mugg and Bean

Reviewed By BarbiCow - Grahamstown, South Africa

The heavy fog made traveling hard work, and then we saw the Mug and Bean. The coffee was excellent and the breakfast went done well with all 6 of us. Friendly staff and a roaring fire made the pit stop an enjoyable experience.

8. Chameleon

Hamilton Street | Spar Park, Harrismith 9880, South Africa
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Chameleon

Reviewed By zerwickrenatevictor - Centurion, South Africa

My husband and I had the absolute pleasure of stumbling upon this little gem during our recent stay in June 2015 in Harrismith.
We were warmly welcomed by Ina and shown to a table outside (it was closed off due to a severe cold front). The restaurant has a wonderful, charming and inviting ambience. The quirky décor adds a special charm to the ambience. The outside area boasts a children’s playground and a swan pond.
The menu boasts a small selection of hand - picked favourites and is extremely well priced. My husband had a cup of filter coffee and I had a delicious Latté.
My husband ordered the vegetable soup which was a perfect choice. The vegetable soup was homemade and tasted absolutely divine! It was served with a cheese Sandwich which was the perfect combination with the soup.
We both ordered the 200 gram fillet steak (R75.00) which was accompanied by potato chips. As a side dish we each received three homemade salads. The salads were a Greek salad, homemade Beetroot salad and homemade Green bean salad. The steak was grilled too perfection (medium) and melt in the mouth tender. The salads were exquisite and made me long for my mother’s homemade salads.
Attention to detail is given to the smallest things. My husband received his cutlery wrapped in a blue serviette and I received mine in a girly pink serviette. What a nice touch!
The front part of the restaurant is also beautifully decorated and serves as the inside Seating area of the restaurant. The restaurant boasts a “tuisnywerheid” (where you buy freshly baked sweet and savoury confectionary). My husband immediately saw the “Jodetert” (a traditional South African Cake) which we seldom see in the City.
We received true and heartfelt hospitality from Ina from the moment we entered Cameleon Koffie Winkel until we said our goodbyes. We would like to thank Ina and the rest of the team from the bottom of our hearts for a wonderful meal in an amazing setting.
If you are looking for a home cooked, hearty meal in a quaint setting, look no further!
We had the absolute pleasure of having lunch at Chameleon again on 3 September 2015 and the food was just as delicious as on our previous visit!

9. Smileys Restaurant

R722 | 45 kilometres north of Harrismith on R722, Harrismith, South Africa Reservations +27 58 625 0071
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Smileys Restaurant

Reviewed By Kardoesie - Johannesburg, South Africa

Matt and Beth have woken a old 'dorpie' (country village) out of her slumber. They recreated a bustling and creative hub consisting of the Central Hotel, a butchery, liquor store, general dealer, wedding venue, self catering accommodation, deli and the Smileys restaurant. This eccentric restaurant offers a magnificent buffet on weekends, but be sure to reserve a table in advance, this bohemian afro-chic venue is packed!
One is welcomed like an old friend or farmer of the area and seated at one of the many tables.
The atmosphere is jovial and full of banter and laughs with children playing safely outside. Patrons can put special requests to Matt who manages the bar and music. Beth manages the kitchen and serving.
The buffet consists of fresh home made bread with soup, salad and a variety of vegetables and meats. Pudding too! A surprising selection of wine and beer is available. Plungers of coffee to follow lunch.
Dishes are tasty and flavoursome and is home style country food.
Service is slower when it is packed, but is good.
Ideal for anyone within 50km in need of a decent meal in fantastical surrounds.

10. The Phatt Chef Roadside Diner and B&B

74 The Border Post, R | Top of Oliviershoek Pass, Harrismith 9880, South Africa Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Contemporary, Gastropub, Bar, Pub, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Brunch HK$24 - HK$102 +27 71 696 3000
Excellent
48%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

The Phatt Chef Roadside Diner and B&B

THE PHATT CHEF RESTAURANT, (relocated from Clarens in Feb 2014), now renamed The Phatt Chef Roadside Diner & B&B, serves breakfast, lunch tea, coffee & scones to passing tourists. The Bent Arm Bar open daily for refreshments. With an innovative new menu, largely influenced by the slow food movement, fresh, local seasonal ingredients and respect for the origin of foodst

Reviewed By zerwickrenatevictor - Centurion, South Africa

On Friday, 24 November 2017 on our way to the Northern Drakensberg my husband and I had the pleasure to stop at The Phat Chef diner. We immediately felt at home when the family dog welcomed us in the parking area. The diner boasts several...MoreDear Zerwickrenatevictor, Thank you for such a lovely review. I am so please you enjoyed your time at The Phatt Chef. We hope to see you again and maybe next time try the crumpets... those are a real winner. Kind Regards Jenna

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