For the seafood lover, relax and eat all you can at De Vette Mossel@Parys!

De Vette Mossel@Parys - Parys - Free State

De Vette Mossel@Parys, Parys, Free State

If you are looking for a fancy restaurant in Parys offering the finest bone china, cut-crystal glasses, silver cutlery and white linen tablecloths, De Vette Mossel @ Parys is not it. But, if you are looking for a ‘roll-up-your-sleeves-and-dig-in’ place to satisfy your seafood cravings without travelling all the way to the coast, this is it!

While it is relatively easy to find a restaurant with seafood on their menu, I am convinced it is De Vette Mossel @ Parys’ killer combo of plentiful fresh seafood dishes traditionally found only at coastal restaurants, service excellence, great value for money, a great location and an informal family-oriented environment that sets them apart and keeps their customers coming back for more.

“Johan and I love Parys as a destination and we saw the opportunity for something different in the area. And why not the beach!  So we brought the West Coast to the Free State! We make sure the fish is fresh every week so that our guests only get the best!” says Karin Visser, Owner of De Vette Mossel@Parys

And guests do not seem to get enough of this establishment. Often meals take up to three hours as the different dishes are prepared and served one after the other. True to their name, which means The Fat Mussel, De Vette Mossel @ Parys also boldly challenges patrons to eat as much as they like – or can; but this is not as easy as it sounds…

De Vette Mossel @ Parys menu

The De Vette Mossel @ Parys menu consists of nine courses – or 16 dishes. With each dish, Rock lobster and Prawns are additional.

Who can resist dishes such as Mussel meat with onions, lots of garlic and farm butter; West Coast Snoek with sweet potato (West Coast style); and Seafood pot with four types of fish, calamari strips, mussels prawn tails.

They do offer rice for those, who want to catch the sauce; a garden salad – although they seldom talk about salads; and a vegetable dish with milk and cheese that even Karoo farmers cannot resist.

Understanding that even family members, who do not eat seafood for one reason or the other, might to come for the experience, De Vette Mossel @ Parys does offer a meat potjie. There is also coffee and Koeksisters – unfortunately, they don’t do tea!

On arrival, you can expect a complimentary glass of good Cape wine from their well-stocked cash bar that also serves amazing beach cocktails. Patrons are also more than welcome to bring their own drinks – no corkage fee charged!

Why I would support this restaurant; they donate all food that could not be finished – and there is often a substantial amount, to seriously needy families in the Parys area. Nothing goes to waste here!

The Venue at De Vette Mossel @ Parys

Due to its popularity as an inland ‘beach’ restaurant, the De Vette Mossel @ Parys venue has hosted many beach-themed weddings. The restaurant also lends itself perfectly to other large group events such as corporate and year-end functions, birthday bashes and family get-togethers. There is enough space to seat up to 260 guests.

Although De Vette Mossel @ Parys is partly an open-air restaurant, all seating is under-roof. There is also ample parking and other amenities.

You may be on the shores of the majestic Vaal River, but De Vette Mossel @ Parys wants you to experience the beach. Here, you do it as you would at the coast – getting your feet on the sand, seeing your sumptuous meals being prepared in full view on open fires and eating out of the mussel shell.

The restaurant also has a pool to cool off in during those hot summer days and the venue is pet-friendly so your fur-children are welcome to join in the fun!

Johan and Karin Visser, your hosts at De Vette Mossel @ Parys, go out of their way to ensure everything mirrors the vision of the De Vette Mossel Restaurants chain.

You now have a great excuse to take a detour off the N1. To find out more about De Vette Mossel @ Parys, give them a call on 060 486 7686 or email Visit their website at  Find them on Google Maps

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