9/17/2020 Update: Reopening Tuesday, September 22 at Andrews Square (56 E. Andrews Drive NW) after relocating from its previous location in Buckhead.
The menu will remain much the same, fusing South African flavors with New American cuisine. The interior is designed to capture the spirit of Cape Town.
Yebo Beach Haus is following safety precautions including socially distanced tables and limited seating capacity, extensive sanitation measures, a mask requirement for guests and staff, and more. The restaurant will be open Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be placed here.
Every year from December to February, the restaurant transforms from Yebo Beach Haus into Yebo Ski Haus, a pop-up ski lodge complete with blankets, outdoor fire pits and a comfort food-focused menu.
Original Post 10/20/2016:
By Hope S. Philbrick
Like a first date with someone who’s long been a friend, when I recently visited Yebo Beach Haus in Atlanta, Georgia, for the first time, I already knew that I was going to like it. It’s owned and operated by the same team behind 10 Degrees South, Biltong Bar and Cape Dutch, all stellar restaurants. What’s more, I really liked the original Yebo in Phipps Plaza, which was closed and the concept changed for this location, where there’s more space indoors and out, a fresher ambiance, and a stronger South African focus.
“We definitely brought what worked over here,” says manager Jaime Genovese. There are some familiar faces, menu items and details. “But we also used this as an opportunity to refine and refocus. While Cape Dutch is the sort of restaurant you might find in South African wine country, this is a South African beach haus—with white tablecloths.” As with the space the restaurant occupies, the menu feels lighter and fresher, too.
My husband and I opted for four shared plates, which turned out to be a highlights tour of some of my favorite things to eat. We started with red bean hummus ($8), a thick creamy spread served with a rainbow of carrots, radishes and bread. Then it was on to scrumptious Peri-Peri prawn tacos ($16 for two). The spicy prawns are tucked into corn tortillas and topped with sweet mango salsa, cilantro and avocado. Curry crab claw ($18) nestled several crab claws into yellow basmati rice with marinated tomatoes and an addictive sauce that marries spice with sweet coconut milk in perfect harmony. The peppadew mac and cheese ($10) is a culinary match made in heaven: creamy comfort-food decadence meets sweet-hot exotic peppers. “No one should ever make mac and cheese without peppers,” my husband mused, completely won over after one bite.
Both the Camp’s Bay and BB Cooler cocktails were refreshing and food-friendly. The wine list offers several South African wines, including a delicious dry rosé from the Western Cape, along with selections from France, New Zealand, and California.
For dessert we split amarula cheesecake, which makes a compelling case that cheesecake without amarula is just plain blah.
The menu offers nosh bites, a cheese board, cold and hot small plates, and large plates with prices ranging from $4 to $33 per dish. Yebo Beach Haus can thus fit any budget or hunger level, from a snack to a feast.
There’s also a range of dish options to suit various diets and cravings. “There’s certainly seafood options on the menu,” admits Genovese. “This is a ‘beach haus’ after all. But the 12-ounce ribeye with chipotle and lime is really really good!”
The restaurant can also accommodate nearly any dining situation: You could request a seat at the bar, a table indoors or out (weather permitting), host a group in the private wine cellar, or host a group of four to ten at elongated tables upstairs.
The owners’ sense of humor comes through the décor, especially a series of photographs in the downstairs hallway that show Barbie and friends in various poses on a beach.
Yebo Beach Haus serves seriously good food and drink, with lighthearted spirit.
Yebo Beach Haus
56 E. Andrews Drive NW
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