The Mother City is a gastronomical paradise for food lovers, specifically when it comes to oceanside delicacies. You will find plenty best seafood restaurants throughout Cape Town, and all share in the benefit of guaranteeing its customers freshly caught seafood on a daily basis. Whether an easy fish and chips joint, or a classic seaside lunch along the beach, the seafood choices are appealing to pescatarians and experimentalists alike. In no specific order, the following are recommended seafood restaurants in the City.
1. Ocean Jewels Seafood
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Ocean Jewels owner, Julie Carter, tells the amazing story behind her idea for a seafood restaurant. With a strong fishing history as part of her background and upbringing, there is no doubt that Ocean Jewels is the go-to place for good fish. Recognised as a trailblazer by the local media, Ocean Jewels is infamous for its lunch deli offerings, take-away deliveries, and freshly caught fish available for sale to the public on the daily. With a range of fish and calamari on offer, the seafood varieties take many forms of delivery. From fish cakes, wraps, salads, and even snoek samosas, Ocean Jewels perfectly combines a nautical experience with tradition. Lunch is served between 11 am and 3 pm on weekdays. The restaurant also features at the Neighbourgoods Market in the Old Biscuit Mill on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm with fresh fish and fishy takeaways available in a jiffy. This is perfect for fish-lovers on the go or to order in.
Ocean Jewels Deli offers fresh seafood on the daily, and can be further explored at the Neighbourgoods Market on Saturdays
2. Baia Seafood Restaurant
Offering an amazing view of Table Mountain in the backdrop, Baia is comfortably located along the V&A Waterfront Wharf. Baia specialises in the best fine dining seafood available in the City, and offers other meat alternatives to accommodate all. Main chef, Patricio Cumaio, adds a traditional Portuguese flair in preparing the seafood, reminiscent of South Africa’s Portuguese history. Enjoy a feast of prawns, mussels, calamari, and langoustines, coupled with vintage wines unique to the Cape. Watch as boats and liners dock at the harbour while enjoying a meal in one of the most picturesque parts of the City. Trading hours are from 12h00 to 15h30 for lunch, and dinner is served between 18h30 to 22h30.
Enjoy a meal at Baia Seafood Restaurant and delight in the magnificence of its harbour views.
3. Azure Restaurant
Another absolute seafood gem, Azure is perfectly situated in Camp’s Bay at the Twelve Apostles Hotel with the mountain range clearly visible in the backdrop. Lion’s Head can be seen from a distance, and the Atlantic flanks the City to the west, offering the most breathtaking view. Four tasting menus have been devised to satisfy every palate. Nonetheless, an a la carte menu is available, with options which meet the needs of vegans, as well. A first-class Sushi Bar is also available. Although situated within the Hotel, the restaurant is open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. From starters through to dessert, only the best and organic ingredients are used. Azure harmonises fine dining and location in one package.
Opt for one of four tasting menus at Azure Restaurant and enjoy a variety of ocean goodness.
4. Chapman’s Peak Hotel Restaurant
Chapman’s Peak is a well-known road among locals and travellers alike. Spanning the western expanse of City, Chappie’s, as it is affectionately known among locals, offers great ocean views and a sprinkle of summer. The Chapman’s Peak Hotel Restaurant is conveniently situated in Hout Bay, a coastal and high-end suburb of Cape Town. Foodies are sure to enjoy the garlic calamari and lemon butter option which makes this Restaurant a city icon. Perfect for the whole family, the Restaurant has a buzzing atmosphere and is optimally located right along the beach. The Restaurant is open seven days a week, between 12 pm and 21h30 pm on weekdays and Saturdays, and between 12 pm and 21h00 pm on Sundays.