15 Best Hout Bay Restaurants We Recommend You Try
Hout Bay is a beautiful part of the Cape to visit. The thriving fishing community brings colour and personality to this small seaside town and the harbour is always a hive of activity. With markets, shops and eateries popping up all the time, it’s a great place to visit if you feel like a change of scenery from town. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, check out this list of Hout Bay restaurants and take your pick.
Cheyne’s is owner run by talented young chef Cheyne Morrisby. The menu features dishes from sea, land and earth and we suggest that you order a selection to get a true taste of what this great little Hout Bay restaurant offers. Dishes are presented as starter portions and are intended for sharing tapas-style.
You will find seared chilli salmon, chilli salt squid, firecracker crayfish, soft shell crab from the sea section and duck, chicken, chilli beef, baby back ribs, crispy Korean pork belly and teriyaki pulled pork pie from the land section. Chose from flame grilled edamame, deep fried coconut and potato dumplings and pan-fried Asian mushrooms amongst many others in the earth section.
Location: Main Road, Scott Estate, Hout Bay
Good to know: order something from sea, land and earth on the menu.
Why you’ll love it: it’s Asian-style tapas made for sharing.
What we loved: service was great and the food delicious.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12h00 -15h00, 18h00-22h00. Closed Sunday.
Contact: 021 790 3462
Relatively new kid on the block, Lucky Bao, is chef Cheyne Morrisby’s latest venture. It is situated right next door to Cheyne’s, his first Hout Bay restaurant.
With seating for only 8 people around the bar it’s a cosy and intimate venue. The open plan kitchen allows you to watch your food being prepared.
Serving ‘bao’ – an absolutely delicious steamed Chinese bun – with fillings such as grilled pork belly with soy, maple and sriracha, roasted sticky duck with fuji apple and sesame jam, soft shell crab with a lemongrass and fennel salad and tofu tempura with pickled shiitake and lime aioli.
Other tempting choices are beef, chicken or mushroom Japanese ‘yakatori’ (skewers) and nori dusted fries with bull’s eye mayo.
Location: Main Road, Hout Bay
Good to know: seating is very limited so booking is essential.
Why you’ll love it: Asian food and the intimate ambience.
What we loved: the pork belly bao is an absolute must.
Opening hours Mon-Wed 17h00-22h00, Thurs-Sat 12h00-15h00, 17h00-22h00. Closed Sunday.
Contact: 079 067 4919
Dunes restaurant is right on the beach and has incredible views over the bay to Chapmans Peak. It’s a great place for a family get together after a walk along the beach or for a romantic dinner for two as the sun sets over the bay.
This Hout Bay restaurant is a popular venue for families as it has an outside playground and plenty of sand for the littlies to play in. They offer an extensive menu with a wide variety of options ranging from sushi, through to seafood and salads, steaks, burgers, wraps and pizza. Wines are well priced and look out for their winter specials.
Location: 1 Beach Road, Hout Bay.
Good to know: this popular Hout Bay restaurant can get very busy – booking advisable particularly in the summer.
Why you’ll love it: you can enjoy lunch or breakfast after a gentle amble along the beach.
What we loved: the safe and centralised play area.
Opening hours: winter Mon-Fri 11h00-11h00, Sat-Sun 09h00-22h00.
Contact: 021 790 1876
Quentin at Oakhurst
Quentin is situated on the original Oakhurst Farm which dates back to the 18th century, has elegant but homely feel – antiques and walls covered with prints, old wagon wheels and other farm implements add to the rustic charm.
Add a well-stocked wine cellar and superb food to the ambience and you have the ingredients for a great night out. The menu changes with the season but may include some unusual choices such as roasted marrow bones, grilled sheep’s tails, whole lamb neck or braised rabbit amongst the more traditional offerings of lamb shin or chicken curry and roasted monkfish.
Good to know: call ahead during the week to make sure that the restaurant is open.
Why you’ll love it: varied menus change in winter and summer.
What we loved: Sunday carvery buffet and winter dinner special.
Opening hours: Breakfast: Sat-Sun 09:30-11:30, Lunch: Sat-Sun 12:30-14:30, Dinner: Mon-Sat 18:30-21:30
Location: Dorman Way, Hout Bay
Contact: 021 790 4888
Ristorante Posticino Hout Bay
This comfy, casual restaurant is family friendly in the way that only the Italians can make it – greeting each guest with a warm welcome, they make you feel right at home from the moment you enter. Food is great too — authentic pastas, pizzas and various traditional chicken dishes are well priced.
Location: 6 Main Road, Hout Bay
Good to know: gluten free bases available.
Why you’ll love it: authentic Italian food and casual ambience.
What we loved: make your own pizza options including prosciutto and Italian salami.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12h30-22h30
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 791 1166
Located in Kronendal, a gracious Cape Dutch homestead that was the home of the owner of the first farm, which was established in Hout Bay in the 1670s.
Décor is warm and elegant and features decorative features imported from Thailand for added atmosphere and authenticity.
Start the evening in the cosy bar with one of their amazing cocktails.
The menu represents various Asian cuisines but the focus is on Royal Thai cuisine which dates back to the 17th century. The menu is extensive and ranges from sushi and dim sum through to seafood, duck (don’t miss the Ped Pi Roed (Angry Duck) – it’s exquisitely spicy), chicken, beef and pork options. Several interesting sounding curries are also available. They offer an extensive buffet for lunch on Sunday.
Location: Main Road, Hout Bay.
Good to know: set menus are available for more than 12 guests.
Why you’ll love it: extensive menu covering a variety of Asian cuisines.
What we loved: elegant ambience, friendly service and delicious food.
Opening hours: Tues-Sat 17h00 until late, Sunday 12 noon-16h00 (buffet only).
Contact: 021 790 8004/6
Allegria Café and Life
If you’re looking for somewhere to breakfast or lunch in Hout Bay then look no further than Allegria Café. This quaint local café serves up delicious brekkies and lunches with an Italian twist. Think eggs Benedict for breakfast or a tasty gnocchi or pasta dish for lunch. The café is owner run and is always a friendly and welcoming space. They serve great coffee (and did we mentioned the cheesecake and carrot cake?) and the staff are always smiling – it’s the kind of place you want to linger longer.
Location: Mainstream Shopping Centre, Hout Bay
Good to know: there is a parking lot so parking is easy and convenient.
Why you’ll love it: great food and friendly service.
What we loved: the stylish decor and tasty Italian food.
Opening hours: 08h00-17h00
Contact: 021 790 0305
The Lookout Deck
The Lookout Deck, situated overlooking the yachts in Hout Bay, is well named – the breathtaking views of the yachts, sea and mountains add another dimension to your meal.
This Hout Bay restaurant right on the water’s edge, serves up great sushi, oysters, mussels, fresh line fish, rock lobster, prawns, calamari and tuna steaks (when available). They also offer salads, steaks, chicken, burgers and wood fired pizzas, if you aren’t in the mood for seafood.
They offer a variety of local and international beers, including Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Stella Artois on tap, together with local wines.
Location: Lot 65, Quayside Hout Bay Harbour, Hout Bay
Good to know: can get very busy at the weekend so it is advisable to book.
Why you’ll love it: a wide choice of food options and the beautiful setting.
What we loved: the view, the live music, the ambience and their hake ‘n chips!
Opening hours : (winter) Wed-Thurs 10h00-22h00, Fri-Sat 09:00-22h00, Sun 09h00-19h00 (closed for dinner Sundays)
Contact: 021 790 0900 or 060 933 4116
Mariner’s Wharf Harbourfront Emporium and Wharfside Grill
Offers a choice of either somewhat more formal dining at the Wharfside Grill or the more casual Wharfette Bistro and is situated right on Hout Bay harbour.
Explore the harbour precinct and then settle in for a gastronomic treat at the Wharfside Grill, which is renowned for serving the freshest fish and seafood. You will find mussels, fish curry, seared game fish, calamari and squid, together with line fish and the ubiquitous hake and chips. They also offer sushi and there is a reasonably priced children’s menu.
The Wharfette Bistro offers al fresco take outs which you can either enjoy at one of the tables on the water’s edge or you can take your feast down on to the beach which is only metres away. The menu offers a well-priced selection of combo boxes, prawns, calamari, surf burgers as well as hake or snoek with chips.
Visit the Fisherman’s Wharf Market which specialises in fresh fish and live lobsters. The recipe for their Oak-Smoked Snoek has been handed down from one generation to the next and is produced on site.
Location: Harbour Road, Hout Bay Harbour, Hout Bay.
Good to know: can get very busy in the summer.
Why you’ll love it: the authentic atmosphere so close to the beach – perfect for either a sit-down meal or take out fish ‘n chips on the beach.
What we loved: great harbourside atmosphere and fresh fish and seafood.
Opening hours 7 days per week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Contact: 021 790 1100
Owners, Massimo originally from Piemonte, Italy and Tracy, who hails from Liverpool, welcome visitors to Massimo’s as though it was their own home making Massimo’s one of the most popular Hout Bay restaurants.
‘Spuntini’ (snacks in Italian) with a glass of bubbly are recommended to start off your meal. Follow with one of the daily specials from the chalkboard, a wide choice of pasta including homemade pasta or thin based, wood fired pizza. Desserts include mini Italian kisses, life by hot chocolate, ‘Sgroppino’ (palate cleanser consisting of vodka, bubbly and ice cream) and the intriguing Boozy Trio. They also serve a vegan menu of pizzas and pasta.
Location: Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, Hout Bay.
Good to know: Massimo’s is a great place to take the whole family.
Why you’ll love it: great food, friendly service and relaxed ambience.
What we loved: it’s kid-friendly and the food is as authentic Italian as you’ll find. PLUS they serve a vegan menu.
Opening hours: 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
Contact: 021 790 5648
If you’re looking for Greek food in a laid back environment, in close proximity to the big city, then this Hout Bay restaurant is for you.
There’s a bar with big screen TV for sports lovers, outside seating close to the kiddie’s play area and a homely restaurant area. There is also a monitored, dedicated play area for kids complete with dress up clothes, books, crayons and TV so it’s great for families.
Meze platters for two or people offering a selection of traditional dips, meze and pita bread offer good value. There are a selection of delicious gyros – chicken, lamb, meatballs and halloumi served with a choice of either chips, salad or a combination.
We shared cauliflower fritters, chicken wings and truly delicious crispy squid and calamari before tucking into our gyros.
Location: 30 Main Road, Hout Bay.
Good to know: this Hout Bay restaurant is popular with locals and visitors.
Why you’ll love it: delicious, reasonably priced Greek food in a relaxed, homely environment
What we loved: gyros enjoyed with a glass of wine while the kids were well looked after.
Opening hours: 12h00-22h00
Contact: 021 791 3897
Fish on the Rocks
You can’t go to a harbour town and not have fish ‘n chips, it would be like going to The Louvre and not seeing the Mona Lisa. At Fish on the Rocks, they’ve been serving up authentic fish and chips right from the harbour for over 20 years. They are a Hout Bay institution and with good reason – expect real deal fish ‘n chips – crispy, golden and slathered with salt and vinegar. Expect no airs and graces, just good, honest food.
Location: Far End Harbour Road, Hout Bay
Good to know: Gets really busy but is worth the wait.
Why you’ll love it: it doesn’t get any fresher than this, off the boat and into the fryer.
What we loved: Peri-peri prawns and chips for only R95!
Opening hours: 10h00-21h00/22h00 daily 365 days a year
Contact: 021 790 0001
A Hout Bay institution, Suikerbossie has been the chosen venue for many weddings and festive parties. Enjoy the magnificent view from the terrace over the Hout Bay valley towards Chapman’s Peak while enjoying breakfast, lunch or tea.
The Sunday Buffet is a generous spread of a selection of pates, mezes, salads and soup to start followed by a choice of roast meats, potatoes, vegetables and salads and a dessert table. A vegetarian option is also available.
The restaurant is family friendly with kid’s breakfast and lunch options, a play area and wide lawns for them to run around on. There is a jumping castle when the weather is fine.
Location: 1 Victoria Road, Hout Bay.
Good to know: booking is essential for Sunday breakfast and lunch buffet.
Why you’ll love it: who can resist roast potatoes and a spread of desserts.
What we loved: both breakfast and lunch buffets are generous and present a wide variety of dishes.
Opening hours: Breakfast: Tues-Fri 09h00-11h30 Sunday buffet 09h00-11h30, Lunch: Tues-Fri 12h30-14h30 Sunday buffet 13h00, Tea: Mon-Fri 09h00-17h00, Sun 15h00-17h00.
Contact: email@example.com or 021 790 1450 or 790 5933
Bugattis is well known to Hout Bay residents. Located on the main road down into Hout Bay it is the perfect spot to grab a seat outside on a sunny day and watch the comings and goings of town. They serve up a menu of tasty pizzas, calzones, pasta, burgers and salads. There is also a kids play area so you can eat in peace while the kids play. Bugattis also serves up a vegan menu.
Location: 40 Victoria Avenue, Hout Bay
Good to know: has a kiddies playground so little ones will be kept entertained.
Why you’ll love it: amazing wood-fired pizzas.
What we loved: their Mediterranean calzone, yum!
Opening hours: 10h30-22h30
Contact: 021 790 6588
Chapman’s Peak Restaurant
The Chapman’s Peak Restaurant has been a popular haunt for visitors and locals for over 25 years. It’s a great choice for a long, lazy Sunday lunch – stay late and enjoy the sunset if you can. Service is friendly and efficient in spite of things getting pretty busy over the weekend.
This pub-style restaurant, situated on Chapmans Peak Drive with a glorious view of the Atlantic Ocean over the Hout Bay beach to the harbour and Sentinel across the bay, is well known for serving fresh seafood and calamari, pan fried with tartare sauce, is a particular favourite.
This popular Hout Bay terrace restaurant is also well known for good quality steaks, salads and Portuguese dishes such as peri-peri chicken and spicy prego rolls. The wine list is extensive with boutique and reasonably priced options available as well as a good selection of craft beers.
Location: Chapmans Peak Drive, Hout Bay
Good to know: can get pretty busy at the weekend so book ahead.
Why you’ll love it: seafood or steak on a sunny terrace with great views.
What we loved: Sunday carvery buffet and winter dinner special.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-22h00, Sun 12:00-21h00
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