Cape Town is a city that just screams tropical paradise. Tucked into a natural harbour, it boasts some of the most beautiful beaches, glamorous yacht parties and freshly caught seafood. From white-clothed prix-fixe establishments to oyster-slinging waterfront restaurants, here are some of the best places offering a taste of the ocean!
At this stylish seafood restaurant, located in the V&A Waterfront, Constantia and Kalk Bay, you can drink in the views of the tranquil Constantia Winelands or waves crashing metres below you. Shellfish enthusiasts can indulge in top-notch dishes like the Mozambique Style Tiger Prawns or Grilled Cape Crayfish, while meat lovers can enjoy the Grilled Fillet Of Beef or Rack Of Lamb. The ambiance is sophisticated yet engaging, making it an ideal spot for a long, lazy lunch filled with lots of bubbly and great friends.Quay Four, Ground Floor, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (V&A Waterfront), 1 Hout Bay Road, Constantia Nek, Constantia, Cape Town (Constantia) & Kalk Bay Harbour, Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town (Kalk Bay). Details: 021 418 4744 (V&A Waterfront), 021 795 0688 (Constantia) & 021 788 4136 (Kalk Bay).
The Deckhouse Crab Shack & BBQ
This cool and casual Kloof Street haunt offers a beachy atmosphere and a taste of the Gulf Coast right in the middle of the city. Think shrimp popcorn, crispy battered squid and buckets of soft shell crabs … delish! On the meat side of things, you can expect burgers, ribs, strip steak and grilled baby chicken. If you’d like a taste of both seafood as well as meat, go for one of their In And Out Of Water Combos. It’s a fabulous spot for a social lunch or a special date night … the candlelit deck at night is oh-so-romantic (take notes, guys!). 108 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town. Details: 021 424 1020
Baia Seafood Restaurant
For unbeatable views of the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain, be sure to head to this over-the-top glamorous seafood restaurant. The big glass windows afford breathtaking panoramic views, whilst you feast on world-class dishes like Rock Lobster, Linefish Papillote or Pumpkin Seed-Crusted Norwegian Salmon. And don’t forget about their extensive wine list … a bottle of fine wine always makes for the perfect accompaniment to a top seafood meal! Shop 6262, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Details: 021 421 0935
This sidewalk eatery is anything but your average neighbourhood spot. In fact, it’s one of Woodstock’s best-kept secrets! Serving up some seriously mouth-watering dishes that set them aside from the rest like mussels in a fragrant broth of white wine, garlic and chilli, or a robust spinach fettuccine with fish ragu, there’s something for everyone here. Plus, the loud blue interior with blonde wooden furniture gives the restaurant a super-comfortable feel … perfect for family dinners! 113 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock, Cape Town. Details: 021 447 2009
Willoughby & Co.
Well-known and certainly well-loved, there’s a reason this Waterfront restaurant always has a mile-long queue of people at the entrance waiting for a table. Some of Cape Town’s best fish and sushi dishes reside here. In fact, you haven’t really lived until you’ve tried their English Style Fish & Chips or Baby Sole. On the sushi side, you can bet that dishes like the 4 x 4 and the Rainbow Reloaded are just as fresh and tasty. I know, I know … it sucks that it’s located inside a busy mall. But trust me, once you taste their sublime seafood and sushi dishes, you won’t stop returning! Shop 6132, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. Details: 021 418 6115