The Tug

About The Tug

The Tug offers patrons fine dining finesse, location, ambience and warm Namibian hospitality all rolled into one.

Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, close to Palm Beach, The Tug is housed in an old tugboat, the Danie Hugo, retired from service in 1984. Built in Glasgow, Scotland, the tug embarked on its culinary journey in 1993, when it was totally refurbished to include a Bar and Upper Bridge which raise the bar on rustic dining.

Why Choose The Tug?

The unforgettable views and convenient location are two of the main drawcards at this venue, and the menu has been adjusted over the years to feature a host of favourite Namibian and international dishes.

Here you can experience a diverse array of meals, all sourced from fresh local ingredients and prepared by accomplished chefs.

Meals to Match the Views

You’re bound to find a little bit of what you fancy here. Let’s see what’s on the menu at this popular Swakopmund eatery.

For starters you can expect a range of tasty and interesting combinations like Indian Kajari Melon and pistachio, smoke salmon tartare and fresh oysters straight form nearby Walvis Bay.

Fish fare includes sustainable fish varieties like kingklip, West Coast sole, kabeljou, and John Dory grilled to perfection and served with all your favourite sides. Some of the options include seasoned vegetables, rice, potatoes in various forms and potent garlic bread.

If you’re looking for a more adventurous seafood feast, how about lobster soup with focaccia bread, or succulent prawns with cheese and garlic sauce?

Vegetarians needn’t shy away either. The beetroot carpaccio with pistachio and goats cheese dressing is a treat, as is the vegetarian pasta. Fresh, inviting salads are always up for grabs too.

All pasta served at The Tug is freshly made on site and changes according to the season, or the availability of novel tasty ingredients.

Dry-aged cuts of meat appeal to hardened carnivores with options like beef fillet, sirloin and rump, or you can opt for slow-roasted lamb shanks or springbok medallions.

Are you in search of local delicacies? The O’Kapana with delicately spiced beef cubes, onion, tomato, garlic and vetkoek won’t disappoint.

End it Off with a Bang

No meal is complete without something sweet to end off the experience. Decadent Chocolate Fondant, Tiramisu, Ebony & Ivory Mousse or home-made ice cream should do the trick.

One of the top hits on The Tug’s dessert menu is a unique take on Baklava, called Namaklava. It’s made with marula nuts, almonds and pistachios and topped with a shot of Amarula.

You’ll find no shortage of suitable beverages to accompany your meal either. A choice of over 14 fine wines are served by the glass, and you can choose from more than 150 different types of South African and Spanish wines, as well as French Champagne.

A full bar service gives you lots of options to say ‘cheers’ to the setting sun as it disappears over the ocean’s edge.

Getting There

You’ll find The Tug on the A.Schad Promenade along Molen Road in Swakopmund and it’s advisable to make reservations for inside dining. If you prefer to dine al fresco on the terrace, arrive early as it’s first-come-first-served.

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The Tug


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