The Top 12 Seafood Experiences in Cape Town

The Top 12 Seafood Experiences in Cape Town

The tang of salt in the air…

The Cape’s stunning coastline sparkles with opportunity for spectacular seafood delights. Whether you’re after a beach-foraged tasting menu up the West Coast, humble fish and chips on the harbour with attendant seals, a deft touch of fine dining theatre, a push-the-boat-out bucket list spoil, or a rustic beach-combing fire-cooked feast, Poseidon adventures abound.

If you’re not looking to venture out of the Mother City, don’t miss The 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in Cape Town.

Wolfgat

Seafood Experiences Wolfgat

Needing little introduction, Wolfgat and the restaurant’s chef-patron Kobus van der Merwe epitomise the West Coast dream. Having adapted his unique approach to the food of the region, Kobus’ cuisine is predominantly a mixture of foraged botanicals, locally sourced ingredients and fresh-caught seafood. Seven-course tasting menus transmit Kobus’ passion for sustainability, paying homage to the indigenous culture of the San hunter-gatherers and the flavourful mix of Cape Malay and Afrikaans fare – all served as an interpretation of the award-winning chef’s signature Strandveld style.
Good to know Booking is essential and, while the wait for a reservation is lengthy (only 20 diners per sitting), the experience is a lasting one.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12.30pm
Friday + Saturday, 6.30pm
Contact diewolfgat@gmail.com
Where to find it 10 Sampson Street, Kliprug, Paternoster
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Nobu

Seafood Experiences Nobu

Everything from the sleek, double-volume interiors and swanky backlit bar to the highly skilled chefs and efficient and friendly staff is top-drawer at Nobu, One&Only Cape Town’s flagship restaurant. Gastronomically speaking, the Japanese-Peruvian dishes will send your tastebuds to Osaka and back, and the black cod miso is legendary (if you’re in the mood to splurge). Up for a culinary adventure? Go for the omakase (chef’s choice) tasting menu (there are vegan and vegetarian options too) and linger through multiple delectable courses, or take a seat at the sushi counter for signature classics such as the scallop and smelt egg hand roll, the eel and cucumber maki and yellowtail sashimi. Nobu is an impressive destination for a special occasion.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 431 5888, reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com
Where to find it One&Only Cape Town, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Kalky’s

Seafood Experiences Kalkys

Edwin and Liz Rosslind’s large cabin-like restaurant on the Kalk Bay quay offers some of the best fish and chips on this coastline. Daughter Allison and manager George run this famed institution, where business is brisk – especially on weekends when crowds queue for just-caught fish. The most popular dishes are battered hake and chips and snoek and chips, but the calamari, kingklip, yellowtail and prawns are also delicious. A waitress shouts out your number when your order is ready and you tuck in at one of the plastic-covered tables – it’s casual, value-for-money for the whole family and a community favourite.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 7pm
Contact 021 788 1726, kalkys@mweb.co.za
Where to find it Kalk Bay Harbour, Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town

Veld and Sea

Seafood Experiences Veld And Sea

Foraging expert Roushanna Gray hosts a series of courses across the peninsula aimed at learning about, exploring and sustainably foraging the unique ingredients that abound in our oceans. The Veld and Sea course starts on the beach, where you get to delve into freshwater tidal pools, hunting for edible seaweed, mussels and other gems. Once your bounty has been collected, you’ll head to the Veld and Sea classroom at Cape Point, where you’ll help prepare a beautiful outdoor lunch. (Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of a seaweed face mask as you cook!)
Cost R1 400 per person
R700 per child
Contact admin@veldandsea.com
Where to find it Good Hope Gardens Nursery, Plateau Road, Cape Point, Cape Town
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Harbour House Kalk Bay

Seafood Experiences: Harbour House

Perched high above the bustling fishing pier like a ship run aground, Harbour House is known for its seafood (fresh, delicious, not cheap), but you’re here for the luxury of lifting a glass to the ultimate knock-out view… False Bay in all its glory. Seafood is, naturally, the primary focus: sushi, grilled crayfish, scallops, tuna tartare and oysters, as well as the popular seafood platter for a little taste of everything – langoustines, prawns, chardonnay mussels, linefish, calamari tubes, and more. The creative chef’s pairings with swordfish, kingklip and seabass head towards the finer side of dining, and there are meat options too. Be sure to enquire about the daily specials – you never know what the trawlers may have hauled in that morning.
Good to know If luck is on your side, ask to sit at table 40, the only outside table on a tiny balcony facing the sea with the waves crashing directly beneath you.
Harbour House has a second branch at the V&A Waterfront.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 12am
Contact 021 788 4136, kalkbay@harbourhouse.co.za
Where to find it Kalk Bay Harbour, Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
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Hōseki

Seafood Experiences Hoseki

Chef Virgil Kahn’s elevated cuisine at Delaire Graff epitomises everything people love about the Winelands – a feast of flavour, with a visual spread and theatre to match. The elegant Japanese kaiseki dining experience at Hōseki offers the same expertise, creativity and finesse that wowed diners at its predecessor, Indochine. Kahn uses Asian herbs grown on the estate and draws on his work experience in the East, including at Michelin-starred Saint Pierre in Singapore. For the full experience go for the beautifully executed chef’s tasting menus. Or browse the à la carte menu, where miso black cod, crab or rock shrimp tempura, scallop or market fish robata, salmon tataki and sushi vie for your attention.
Contact 021 885 8160, restaurant.bookings@delaire.co.za
Where to find it Delaire Graff Estate, Helshoogte Road (R310), Stellenbosch
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Chapman’s Peak Hotel Restaurant

Seafood Experiences Chapmans Peak Hotel

There’s a liberal seasoning of nostalgia to this iconic hotel restaurant with its epic views over Hout Bay. The delicious fried calamari are what everyone keeps going back for, drizzled with garlic and lemon butter. Or go for piri piri prawns, kingklip, Portuguese grilled sardines, or the prawn and calamari combo served in the pan. It is perfect for a family day out, with seating outside on the terrace, or in the cosy interior. After your meal, take a stroll along the beach, and watch the surfers, kiters and sea creatures at play.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 9pm
Contact 021 790 1036, reservations@chapmanspeakhotel.co.za
Where to find it Chapmans Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town
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Explore Collection: A West Coast seafood feast

Seafood Experiences Explore West Coast

For a bucket-list seafood experience, whisk up the coast, from Cape Town to Saldanha Bay, in just under half an hour… the views are incredible as you’ll be flying in a helicopter above land and sea. The landing spot is a white-sand beach, where Kyle Dods, the Mussel Monger, hosts you for a seafood feast straight from the ocean. Think steamed mussels on the fire, the juiciest fresh oysters shucked on the spot (and sourced from the nearby sea farms), smoked fish and freshly baked bread, with the bubbly flowing, of course. It’s a glorious al fresco meal you will never forget. There’ll be time for a dip in the ocean or a beach stroll before your flight back to the city.
Good to know Booking is 72 hours in advance.
Times Daily, 10.30am – 3.30pm (or by arrangement)
Cost R24 000 per person
Where to find it 36 East Pier Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Die Strandloper

Seafood Experiences Die Strandloper

For an authentic West Coast sand-between-your-toes, sun-kissed seafood feast, head to the fishing-net-hung boma on the beach at Langebaan. It’s fire-cooking in its original form: blackened potjies slow-cooking fish curry on the coals, pots of mussels, braaied snoek, sweet potato, and crayfish (when available) and lashings of fluffy pot bread, jam and farm butter in between. Wander in between the fires to watch the cooking and get braai tips, and hang out on the rocks and sands soaking up the salty breeze until the next course is ready. With 10 generous courses over four hours, it’s a feast of epic proportions.
Good to know Booking is essential and operating days vary according to the season. It’s delicious, but don’t overindulge on the pot bread at the start. Bring your own bottles and ice (no corkage) or buy from the cash bar.
Opening times Wednesday + Friday + Sunday, arrive 12pm for 12.30pm start
Saturday, 12pm for 12.30pm start, 6pm for 6.30pm start
Contact 083 227 7195, info@strandloper.com
Where to find it Jan Olfsen Street, Leentjiesklip, Langebaan
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Delicious Fish

Seafood Experiences: Delicious Fish

A veritable emporium of all things fishy, this father and son fishmonger/deli/takeaway in Sea Point is the place to discover new seafood cravings: tuna biltong, snoek paté, Beluga caviar, bottarga and more in the deli section, fresh and frozen fish and shellfish of all descriptions in the fridges. Steph is a retired fisherman and sources much of their sustainably-caught fish from his brother’s boat. After stocking up, head to the fish and chip counter for the freshest hake and chips with heavenly tartar sauce (you can also go for snoek, kingklip, sole, calamari or prawns), or try their seared tuna, and snoek samosas. There is limited seating inside, but part of the experience is taking your fish parcel (wrapped in eco-friendly materials) down to the promenade and feasting on piping hot fish and chips as the waves wash on the rocks and the seagulls screech overhead.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 8pm
Contact 066 363 1438
Where to find it 89 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

De Vette Mossel

Seafood Experiences De Wette Mossel

A long and lingering seafood feast is what De Vette Mossel is all about. The rustic open-air restaurant is right on the Klein River Lagoon near Hermanus, channelling island-style beach vibes against a picturesque mountain backdrop. A generous rolling buffet of hearty seafood dishes is cooked on the fires as you watch. Tuck in to steaming pot bread, mussels steamed in white wine (and a mussel shell as your spoon), grilled snoek with sweet potato, lavish seafood potjies (and a meat one too), plus salads, fruit, veggies, sides, coffee and koeksisters. And if you still have space (it really is an all-you-can-eat extravaganza) there are optional extras such as calamari steaks, prawns, abalone and West Coast rock lobster.
Good to know A covered seating area with sand under foot gives shelter whatever the weather.
Opening times Sunday, 12pm –  3pm
December: Daily, 12pm + 6.30pm
Contact 064 552 6627
Where to find it Prawn Flats, R43, Voelklip, Hermanus
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The Codfather

Seafood Experiences: Codfather

It’s all there in the name. Camps Bay’s OG of seafood has been doing things the unconventional way since its inception in 1998. With no menus (you read right), you can be sure that what’s on offer was still swimming a few hours earlier. The sushi conveyor belt is always rammed with locals and tourists, providing a buzzy vibe day and night. Just up the road from the seafront, the upstairs restaurant has glimpses of the ocean over trees and of Lion’s Head, but it’s the huge display of seafood you’ll be feasting your eyes on: yellowfin tuna, Norwegian salmon, wild-caught prawns, Mozambican langoustines, deep-sea south coast crayfish, scallops, smoked salmon and salmon roe, as well as butterfish, kingklip, yellowtail, swordfish, marlin, east coast sole and sardines (depending on availability). Get plenty of help from the knowledgeable and friendly staff in choosing from the fishmonger counter (and ask about prices and portion sizes as you deliberate).
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10.30pm
Contact 021 438 0782/3, codfather@mweb.co.za
Where to find it 37 The Drive, Camps Bay, Cape Town
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Which are your favourites? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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Time of publication: 13 March 2024

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