With a coast jumping with seafood, great local produce and crop of stylish eateries, Cape Town is overflowing with excellent seafood restaurants. This summer, make the most of the magnificent views along the coast while savouring the best local seafood at these cafes and restaurants.
1. Miller’s Thumb
For seafood with a difference, head to one of Cape Town’s hidden gems nestled between the Waterfront and the Table Mountain cableway. The converted home is full of character with brightly painted orange and green walls inside and out. You’ll do well to order a smack-of-the-sea piece of grilled fish or try a Cajun-, Moroccan-, Malay- or Creole-flavoured dish. Either way, you’ll discover why many claim it’s one of the best seafood restaurants in Cape Town.
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 12.30pm – 2pm
Monday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Contact 021 424 3838
Location Miller’s Thumb
2. Baia Seafood Restaurant
Located at one of Cape Town’s premier shopping destinations, the V&A Waterfront, Baia serves world-class fish and seafood – from fresh oysters, lobster ceviche and linefish sashimi to oven-baked linefish, Portuguese-inspired prawns and langoustines and Norwegian salmon. The cataplana – a Portuguese-style casserole of prawns, mussels, calamari and various linefish – is divine. Make sure you book in advance to get a seat on the terrace with a magnificent oceanview.
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 421 0935, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Baia Seafood Restaurant
3. Panama Jacks
What better place to indulge in some fresh seafood than a fisherman’s harbour? The charming location, overlooking the very water where most of the catch is caught, adds to its authenticity. Panama Jacks has never succumbed to the swanky Cape Town restaurant scene and has always continued to serve simply prepared seafood whose flavours speak for themselves. Go with a group and order a seafood platter (deep-fried prawns, grilled baby Mozambican lobster, kingklip, calamari strips, grilled scallops with garlic butter and mussels with cream sauce). Or be adventurous and order the wild abalone, which you get to select from a tank.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 447 3992, email@example.com
Location Panama Jacks
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Inspired by a combination of Cuban and vintage styles, this restaurant offers an exotic experience removed from the chic shopping centre it’s housed in. The Insiders believe NV-80 has the best prawns in Cape Town, which are served grilled with garlic, white wine, olive oil and paprika or lemon, garlic, chilli and parsley. For some lunchtime or after-work indulgence, take advantage of these awesome NV-80 specials.
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 2.30pm; 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Contact 021 439 7112/4, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location NV-80 Grill & Bar
If you’re looking for tasty seafood with a serving of lively entertainment (think bar mitzvah band), Pigalle is where you want to be. The grilled calamari (succulent baby tubes, grilled in lemon butter and lightly brushed with a garlic marinade) is delicious, as is the Mozambican prawn curry – or splash out and order the shellfish platter. After your meal, hit the dance floor and boogie until the wee hours. NB: No children under 14.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – late
Location Pigalle Restaurant
6. The Codfather Seafood & Sushi
The Codfather is relaxed and contemporary seaside restaurant in Camps Bay. There’s a sushi conveyor belt on the one side – who doesn’t love immediate gratification? – and tables and chairs on the other, with big display fridges of fresh fish and seafood. You’re guaranteed the freshest catch, as you get to pick your own, which is then cooked immediately, so that you can enjoy it with generous helpings of sides.
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 11pm
Contact 021 438 0782/3
Location The Codfather
7 . Blowfish
This Table View restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the ocean and Table Mountain, is a favourite for sushi, but also has good seafood. Pick you your own seafood from the popular fish counter (priced according to weight) and have it grilled to your taste. Or order off the à la carte menu – we recommend the prawn-stuffed calamari skewers, the spicy creamy Szechuan calamari and the seafood chowder. Check out the TGIM Seafood Platter Special and other promotions currently running at Blowfish.
Opening times Daily, 6.30am – 10pm
Contact 021 556 5464, email@example.com
8. Willoughby & Co
Even though it is located in the middle of a shopping mall, Willoughby & Co’s tables are still the most sought after in the city. Serving Japanese-inspired cuisine, this Waterfront restaurant has continued to grow in popularity because it continues to serve consistently excellent (and fresh) seafood and fish. While you’re there, ask George to help you select some fish or seafood from the always busy fish counter to take home with you.
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 10.30pm
Contact 021 418 6116
Location Willoughby & Co
9. Chapman’s Peak Hotel Restaurant
Famous for its succulent and delicious fried calamari drizzled with garlic and lemon butter, this iconic hotel’s restaurant is a favourite among locals and visitors. Aside from the famous calamari, there are loads of other fish and seafood dishes to choose from. It is perfect for a family day out, with both terrace seating and a cosy interior. After your meal, take a lovely stroll down the beach and enjoy the rest of your day. And while you’re in the area, check out the Best Things to Do in Hout Bay.
Opening times Daily, 12pm – 12am
Contact 021 790 1036, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Chapman’s Peak Hotel
10. Café Orca
This beachfront eatery in Melkbosstrand, with some of the best views in the city, prides itself on serving local and sustainably procured seafood. The patio is a popular seating option among diners, but when the weather isn’t cooperating, the cosy beach-cottage interior offers comfort and intimacy. The menu is varied, with something for everyone. Some of our favourites include Orca’s local mussels topped with tomato salsa, cheddar and bacon bits; spicy shrimps (de-shelled prawns, Cajun butter and Asian noodles) and the kingklip Alaska topped with creamy garlic and smoked-salmon sauce.
Opening times Tuesday, 12pm – 3.30pm; 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday – Saturday, 11.30am – 3.30pm; 6pm – 9pm
Sunday, 11.30am – 3.30pm
Contact 021 553 4120, email@example.com
Location Café Orca