This buzzy restaurant and bar is as suited to a casual lunch as it is to sunset cocktails followed by a special-occasion dinner.
Perched on the water’s edge at the V&A Waterfront, this nautically themed branch of Harbour House takes full advantage of its marina-facing location, offering superb seafood dishes that are as fresh as the ocean air. (Of course, if your culinary preferences are land-based, fret not. The diverse menu offers a host of impeccably prepared non-seafood dishes, too, including vegan and vegetarian options.)
Conveniently situated on a jetty near the Victoria & Alfred Mall, the restaurant boasts a white-washed interior, with outdoor seating for those keen to soak up the harbourside atmosphere.
With a creative collection of cocktails and a small-plates menu on offer, the upper deck is the perfect spot to recline on one of the couches and watch the yachts pull in and out of the marina. It even has its own sushi bar! I had a Crazy Cranbucha (vodka, elderflower, granadilla, lime, cranberry juice and kombucha) and a prawn kiss (avo roses, prawn, sesame, sweet chilli, teriyaki), which whet my appetite suitably before we headed downstairs for dinner.
Salt of the sea
The extensive menu includes fish prepared in a variety of ways: Norwegian salmon, swordfish, kingklip and more (hauled in fresh every day, so there might not be availability). Other satisfying mains include crayfish, calamari, seafood pasta, and bountiful seafood platters.
We had the house salad to start, which was fresh, prettily plated and packed with tasty goodies, including avocado, crispy bacon, Parmesan, soft-boiled egg, croutons and so on). The masala-dusted calamari was delicious, as was the new-style sashimi, and our favourite of the night was the artichoke-and-leek ragout with kingklip.
And while the seafood dishes come highly recommended, there are so many other options to choose from, including rib-eye steak, gnocchi, and a rack of lamb. Vegans are catered for with the roasted king-oyster mushroom, served with gremolata, hummus, tenderstem broccoli, lentil croquettes, and roasted cherry tomatoes.
If it’s your thing, save room for dessert – we had the ultra-creamy New York-style cheesecake. No words necessary.
Whether you’re after a sushi pick-me-up between shopping and sundowners on the upper deck, or a festive meal with friends, Harbour House V&A Waterfront won’t disappoint.
Uncover the hidden gems of the Cape – subscribe to our weekly newsletter.