At the Jetty 1905 Restaurant, you are surrounded by the ocean on five sides - the front, back, left right and bottom. Windows on all five sides (yes, including the floor) allow you to be sure of it. More than a novelty though, the Jetty is beautifully appointed, well-staffed with efficient and friendly servers, and offers a creative and well executed menu.
For more than a century, the Swakopmund jetty has been an integral part of the town’s history for shippers importing goods to town, fishermen trying to catch a meal, and couples looking for a romantic walk. Since its original construction in 1905, the jetty has undergone many reconstructions, refurbishments and reinforcement projects until finally the Lighthouse Group took responsibility for the care, development and maintenance of the jetty on behalf of the Municipality. And on October 14 2010, the Jetty 1905 Restaurant was born.
Now the jetty structure, fully refurbished and completely safe, is a platform for fishermen on one side, and a walkway on the other to the Jetty 1905 Restaurant, which boasts one of the best views in Swakopmund. Have a look from the rooftop deck before going in. You can scan the ocean horizon and watch the sun go down, or turn your gaze inland to see the better part of the Swakopmund hamlet.
As you enter the restaurant, you will cross your first “ window” in the floor to reach the reception desk. The glass is several inches thick and stronger than the wooden floor, but it still gives many guests pause. Turn your gaze level again and youwill see the walls are essentially windows, too. It’s all about the view. The décor is simple, classy and comfortable, so as to compliment the view rather than distract from it
The menu is made up of several short chapters: sushi, oysters, salads, soups and starters, light meals, light seafood, 1905 Sushi (restaurant specialties), seafood, mains and desserts. A few of many standouts are the baked garlic oysters, beef teriyaki salad, litchi escargot, and seafood skewers. Heavyweight dishes from the seafood and main chapters are the gratinated Kingklip and ratatouille, and the Namib springbok loin – beautifully imagined and perfectly executed
The Jetty offers a terrific Swakopmund experience blending an integral part of the town’s history with the modern comforts of today. While it is certainly a novel location, the restaurant is much more than a novelty. The Jetty goes a step further with a real commitment to good service, great atmosphere and excellent food.
End of the Swakopmund Jetty, Swakopmund
Drag the world westward to find land and a sense of direction!