Cape Town is without doubt a seafood-lover’s haven. From choice Cape West Coast lobster (crayfish) to fresh fish and mussels – seafood restaurants are abundant and with 3 working harbours on the Cape Point Route alone, fresh fish is the order of the day on the southside of Cape Town.
The fish comes from the boat to the plate. We recommend asking for the daily catch which normally means cape salmon, kob, red roman or yellowtail. Tuna is usually only fresh in summer (see our spring fishing article… the tuna are coming!).
Hot tip: Arrive at Kalk Bay harbour between 2 and 3pm and you will be part of the fish auction where the local fishermen shout their wares and haggling with fish buyers!
Make sure the seafood you want to buy and eat is not on the list of endangered species. SMS the name of the fish to +27 (0)79 499 8795 and you will receive an answer within seconds. This service, a world first, is provided by the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI). The SMS is charged at standard cellular rates. You can also download the SASSI Pocket guide. Most restaurants do not serve anything off the red list.
Two Oceans Restaurant | Cape Point
Consistently in the Top 10 Restaurants on Trip Advisor and No 1 for Cape Town Seafood… it doesn’t get better than this! A sublime view, a sushi bar of profound quality and seafood to die for. The menu changes with the seasons, to make sure its fresh and current. The Seafood on the menu is extensive and ranges from prawn & avocado salad and the Two Oceans Chowder soup to everything from Calamari Steak Strips to Prawn Curry, Fresh Line Fish and of course the signature dish … the Two Oceans Seafood Platter (for 1 or 2 people!) Two Oceans Seafood Platter: West Coast Rock Lobster, de-shelled prawns, crispy calamari, griddled line fish, black beard mussels, Cape seafood curry, Brandade croquettes, savoury rice and a quartette of sauces. Read More…
tel: 021 780 9200
Village Sushi | Noordhoek
Sushi happens to be synonymous with Seafood. Village Sushi has sushi chefs from North Beijing so they are the real deal. Norwegian Salmon, Tuna and Prawn are always available as choices in maki, rainbow & California rolls or Fashion Sandwiches. Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi is a top favourite and the sushi inari spectacular. Click here to read the whole story of Village Sushi as told to Cape Point Route- it’s worth the read! Read More…
tel: 021 789 2760
Wharfside Grill and Seafood takeaway Bistro at Mariner’s Wharf | Hout Bay
On the magnificent coastal drive from Cape Town to Cape Point is Hout Bay’s Mariner’s Wharf, Africa’s first harbourfront emporium. Its restaurant, the Wharfside Grill, is internationally renowned and as it straddles the Wharf’s famous fishmarket, diners are assured of the freshest fish and an authentic harbourside ambience. Tons of Lobster, Prawns, Calamari and Kingklip are consumed annually, and if any seafood place is worth visiting, this is it! Read More…
tel: 021 790 1100
The Lookout Deck | Hout Bay
A spectacular view from the wooden deck suspended over the ocean makes the Lookout Deck an excellent spot for premier seafood dining. Freshly caught linefish from local Hout Bay fishermen, live Cape Rock lobster, succulent LM prawns, juicy Tiger Prawns and steamed black mussels. They have a sushi bar and oyster bar to top off the seafood feast! Read More…
tel: 021 790 0900
The Foodbarn Restaurant | Noordhoek
Get yourself out of the city and head out to Noordhoek Farm Village. Franck Dangereux, chef extraordinaire cooks up fine dining in a beautiful barn and this is one of the few places. that will serve up a mean bouillabaisse. Grilled fish in puff pastry cases or served with the onion & aubergine pulp & minute smoked mussels will have you drooling. Always look out for the wine pairings and the winter specials are paired with selected wine estates and change regular but there is guaranteed to be a delicious fish and wine pairing on the menu. Read More…
tel: 021 789 1390
Pickled Fish | Kommetjie
Located at Imhoff Farm, the Pickled Fish serves up new Cape-style seafood and as they only do seafood, you can be sure of the dedication to excellent quality sustainable seafood. Fish is always fresh, always seasonal and features fabulous local delicacies such as the Malay Pickled Fish. Keep an eye open for the fish braais that are held from time to time in the courtyard. It’s a small menu that changes regularly.
tel: 021 783 5053
Fish Hoek Galley | Fish Hoek
A mixed and varied menu, located right on the beach at Fish Hoek and fairly casual. The decor is not the feature, it’s the seafood! A seafood cocktail and seafood pancakes are appealing starters, lobster bisques and mussel soups score in the soup selection and in the speciality seafood section, we love the grilled seafood kebabs and the kingklip & calamari duo. If you are really hungry and really love seafood tackle the Royal Flush or the Captain’s Choice Seafood Platters. You won’t be disappointed. Read More…
tel: 021 782 3354
Pirates Pub & Grill | Hout Bay
Whilst you might normally associate a Pub and Grill venue with steak, they do some of the best calamari in Hout Bay- they keep it simple and do it properly! If you don’t want to miss out on the carnivore reputation – why not try the Calamari and Rib combo! We also recommend their Laugh Out Loud quiz nights on the first Thursday of the month- – don’t forget to order the calamari! Read More…
tel: 021 790 0484
Chapman’s Peak Hotel | Hout Bay
If you like prawns, calamari, fresh salad and a view then this is the place to go. The menu offers a variety of seafood items from West Coast Lobster (crayfish), Prawns and Fresh Fish or combinations thereof. The house specialty being succulent Calamari, served in the pan, renowned for being tender and tasty! Love the prawn and Chorico skewer OR the prawn & calamari combo with a Greek salad. Read More…
tel: 021 790 1036
We’ve written about these memorable spots where you share your fish with the seagulls in the fresh air! Fish on the Rocks in Hout Bay, Salty Sea Dog in Simon’s Town, Kalky’s in Kalk Bay… and more
Harbour House and their downstairs neighbour Live Bait: Kalk Bay
The group has it’s own fishing boat so fish is guaranteed to be fresh . It’s hard to closer to the ocean (or the fish you’ll be eating) than at Harbour House. They usually have a chalk board menu as well as the regular calamari, prawns, crayfish or seafood platter. You can also try Lucky Fish for take-aways.
Tel: 021 788 4133
Cape Point Route offers day tours, packages, accommodation, activities and car hire in Cape Town’s south peninsula in addition to teambuilding events in Cape Town. We will happily arrange group activities, transport and extended programmes.
Call 021 782 9356 or visit www.capepointroute.co.za