Local’s Top Seafood Restaurants
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE!
The people of Cape Town have spoken!
We asked our fellow Capetonians and Secret Cape Town food enthusiasts what their favourite local seafood restaurants and eateries are – Not only did they deliver, they had us making our very own list of must-visit Cape Town seafood spots. So don’t worry if you find yourself doing the exact same thing!
Without further a due, here are the top local seafood restaurants as chosen by the people of Cape Town. Are you ready for it? Well, here we go!
Enjoy Seafood Lovers!
#1 Kalky’s | Kalk Bay
Kalky’s is arguably one of the most famous, highly sought-after, and absolute BEST local harbourfront fish and chips spots and seafood restaurants in Cape Town – And the people of Cape Town agree!
Freshly caught on the owner’s boat, Kalkys is local seafood, made the real local way, by real Cape Town locals. Known for serving up a sensational variety of down-right delicious seafood, including hake, snoek, line fish (like yellowtail), and SO MUCH MORE – There is something for every head-over-heels seafood lover at heart!
Wrapped in a newspaper (the authentic old-school way) and served with a hefty dose of salt and vinegar (because that’s the way we do it in the Cape), you will undoubtedly be savoring EVERY single bite of your Kalky’s seafood feast! Trust us, we know, and so do the people of Cape Town! How much more convincing do you need?
Paired with a beautiful False Bay, Kalk Bay harbourfront, and ocean view, it’s pure bliss! Not to mention the added bonus of spotting one or all of the members of Cape Town’s Marine Big5 – Cape Fur Seals (they love hanging out, lounging around, and soaking up the Kalk Bay harbourfront sunshine), dolphins, Southern Right Whales, Mola-Mola Sunfish, and the cool and charismatic African Penguins. So be sure to keep an eye out for some spectacular marine life sightings.
Kalkys’ cool harbourfront setting is every bit as authentic as its amazing knock-your-socks-off seafood selection and legendary fish and chips combo. No fancy trimmings. No experimental and inventive flavor combinations. Just a laid back, back-to-basics eating area with a big display menu on the wall listing all the fresh and tasty options for the day.
Its ALL this and so much more that makes Kalky’s one of the best, if not THE best, local seafood restaurants in Cape Town.
- Location: Kalky’s | Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
- Operating times: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 8pm
- Contact details: 021 788 1726 | [email protected]
#2 Quay Four Restaurant & Tavern | V&A Waterfront
Quay Four, need we say more? Quay Four is a local fan favorite spot as well as one of the best seafood restaurants and eateries in Cape Town. Paired with a stunning harbourfront view and sensational seafood – What more could you ask for?
This popular V&A Waterfront restaurant consists of the Quay Four Tavern and Upstairs @ Quay Four.
Quay Four Tavern
One of the first restaurants to open in the V&A Waterfront and now a famous landmark, the iconic Quay Four Tavern is buzzing with locals, tourists, and visitors virtually all year-round. The legendary downstairs Quay Four Tavern’s adjoining terrace fringes the Harbour, resting right on the edge of the water. It is the ideal place to enjoy a delicious seafood platter with friends and family or drinks at sunset as you sit back, relax, and admire your surroundings.
The Tavern offers a variety of light meals, hearty pub fare, and salads, specializing in succulent seafood dishes. Making it a top spot for any and all seafood lovers. In addition to its prime location, beautiful harbourfront view, incredible array of dishes and drinks, and top seafood status, the Tavern and its adjoining terrace is known for its vibrant atmosphere and lively energy – Its always a vibe at the Tavern!
If you’re a lover of live music Quay Four Tavern is most definitely the place to be. Live bands play 365 days a year for your entertainment with some of Cape Town’s best local musicians and live bands taking to the ‘stage’.
Upstairs @ Quay Four
Quay Four has an elegant upstairs restaurant where the emphasis is on fresh seafood. Choose between the exquisitely prepared langoustines and the succulent catch of the day or opt for one of their many sumptuous seafood platters and enjoy the best of both worlds. The a la carte menu includes a great feast of irresistible meat and poultry dishes including some venison options for the more adventurous palate.
Upstairs @ Quay Four pride themselves on offering diners food that is sensational, flavor-filled, and of superior quality as well as high caliber service and a warm wonderful atmosphere that is simply unparalleled.
With so much to offer its no surprise that Quay Four is one of the top local seafood restaurants!
- Location: Quay Four Restaurant & Tavern | Quay, 4 Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
- Contact details: 021 419 2008 | 065 862 4628 | [email protected]
- Website: www.quay4.co.za
- Trading hours: Upstairs @ Quay 4: 8am – late Monday to Sunday | Quay 4 Tavern: 11am- late Monday to Sunday
- Click here for Quay Four’s online booking request form / to make a booking
- Click here to view Quay Four’s menu
#3 Codfather Seafood & Sushi | Camps Bay
If you’re a head-over-heels seafood and sushi lover, the Codfather is exactly where you need to be! The famous Codfather Seafood & Sushi Restaurant is not only one of the top seafood restaurants in Cape Town, but has become an integral part of the Western Cape’s thriving culinary and seafood scene.
Located in the beautiful and sought-after Camps Bay, the Codfather is known for its incredible assortment of sushi and amazing variety of fresh and grilled seafood, ranging from Norwegian salmon and yellowfin tuna, to eel, Cape salmon, yellowtail, butterfish, and more – Ensuring there is something for absolutely EVERYONE to enjoy.
Did you know that the Codfather Seafood & Sushi does not have a standard printed menu or any menu at all for that matter? Well, now you do! This is by far one of our favorite things about the Codfather – the thrilling element of surprise! Instead, they operate with a similar concept as that of a fish market.
The Codfather Seafood & Sushi boasts an extremely large display counter filled with a vast variety of fresh fish. Waiters will guide guests / diners through the abundant display of fresh fish, explaining all the different types of fish, textures, and flavors.
In addition to their iconic display counter, the Codfather Seafood & Sushi is most renowned for their sensational sushi selection and Sushi Bar. Offering an incredible variety of both traditional sushi as well as their own unique sushi creations, combinations, and dishes – Sushi lovers will instantly be transported to their very own piece of sushi paradise! The talented Codfather Chefs merely create their own works of sushi art as inspiration strikes. Depending on what catches your keen sushi eye, you simply take off of the conveyer belt, eat, savor, and enjoy.
As the most popular restaurant in Camps bay for over 20 years, the atmosphere is lively, busy, and buzzing. Paired with a stunning ocean view, its no surprise the Codfather Seafood & Sushi is deemed one of the best local seafood restaurants in Cape Town. This is one great local pick Cape Town!
- Location: Codfather Seafood & Sushi | 37 The Drive, Camps Bay, Cape Town
- Contact details: 021 438 0782 | 021 438 0783 | [email protected]
- Website: codfather.co.za
- Operating hours: Monday – Sunday, 12pm till late
- Click here to book a table online
- Click here to find out more about the Codfather’s unique ‘no menu menu’ and how it works