The Best Kalk Bay Restaurants to Grab A Tasty Bite to Eat

Words: Jess Spiro

Kalk Bay is easily one of the most magical places in Cape Town, it’s a short drive out of town and yet it feels like you’re on a holiday when you’re there. It has also just been named by Forbes magazine as ‘one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world’… pretty darn neat. Just in case the gorgeous beachfront and views weren’t enough reason to visit, here are some of our best Kalk Bay restaurants.

Best Kalk Bay Restaurants

Bob’s Bagel Café

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If you’re after a quiet spot to grab a great bagel, Bob is your guy. His bagels are homemade and he fills with all the usual suspects. Added bonus, the restaurant has space outside for the kids to run wild so you can enjoy your bagel in peace. It’s a small little café that gets really busy but the coffee and bagels are worth the wait. Visiting Bob’s Bagels will make you want to give up city life and move to the coast.

Location:  6, Rouxville Rd, Kalk Bay
Hours: Monday – Sunday 07h45 – 16h00
Contact: 083 280 0012


Bootlegger Coffee Company

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Well-known coffee brand, Bootlegger Coffee Company, has found a seaside home on Main Road, Kalk Bay. In a revamped block known as the Majestic Village, you’ll find their signature coffees and light meals. If you’re visiting the area by train, the café is just a short walk from the train station, so pop in and revitalise with a latte and a croissant. They serve a varied lunch menu that includes wraps, sandwiches, burgers and pizza.

Location: 165 Main Rd, Kalk Bay
Hours: Mon – Thur 06h30 – 18h00 Fri 06h30 – 18h00 Sat 07h00 – 18h00 Sun & Public Holidays 07h00 – 18h00
Contact: 021 788 1670

Cape To Cuba

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With sea views, Cuban music and Cajun-inspired food, how can you not have all the fun at Cape to Cuba? This famous Kalk Bay restaurant almost needs no introduction. The food on offer is fun, tasty and almost perfect for sharing. Great for summer drinks and hanging out with friends.

Location: 165 Main Rd, Kalk Bay
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11h00 – 23h00. Friday – Sunday: 11h00 – 00h00.
Contact: 021 788 1566

Harbour House

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One of the most iconic Kalk Bay restaurants, Harbour House was doing seafood and sea views before anyone clicked how cool it was. The food is also consistently good and you won’t go wrong, despite what you choose, but we are suckers for the honestly prepared sauteed calamari with the accompanying Mediterranean flavours. The views are really unbeatable. Be sure to call ahead and book!

Location: Main Road, Kalk Bay
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12h00 – 22h00
Contact: 021 788 4136


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Is Kalky’s technically a restaurant? We’re not sure. But if you’re doing a list of Kalk Bay restaurants, you include Kalky’s. Their no-frills attitude to serving the freshest fish and the crispiest chips has earned them a spot in the hearts of Capetonians. And, strolling over to pick up vis ‘n tjips after a long day on the beach is honestly the stuff dreams are made of.

Location: Kalk Bay Harbour
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10h00 – 20h00
Contact: 021 788 1726



best kalk bay restaurants

Just as the name says, this local spot is lekker and serves up wholesome, tasty food. The vibe and service is always friendly and you can expect fresh ingredients and delicious baked goods. Lekker really celebrates South African culture and we love that. Early birds can pick up a coffee from 06h15 already, and you should probably get a croissant with that too. Look out for great deals and specials and pssst… there’s a branch in Simon’s Town too.

Location: 106 Main Road, Kalk Bay
Hours: Monday to Sunday 06h15 – 21h00
Contact: 021 788 3424

Lucky Fish

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Do we really need to explain this one? Lucky Fish has become synonymous with freshly prepared, sustainable fish and we are huge fans. If there is a famous Kalk Bay restaurant, it’s definitely this one. Expect well-priced and fresh fish and chips, as well as tender calamari and more. Great for a quick takeaway or to sit down and eat.

Location: 157 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11h00 to late
Contact021 788 4133

Olympia Café

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There is nothing quite like Olympia Café anywhere else in Cape Town and it can only be described as a similar experience as going to grab a bite at your mate’s house. If your mate is casually cooking some of the best food in town. Honestly, everything here is great, but the mussels are always a particularly great choice. A stalwart Kalk Bay restaurant.

Location:  134 Main Road, Kalk Bay
Hours:  Monday – Sunday: 07h00 – 21h00
Contact: 021 788 6396

The Brass Bell

Kalk Bay Restaurants 1x5Whether you’re coming for lunch or drinks or the rugby, the Brass Bell never disappoints. We love it for it’s kind of grungy, pub vibe but also because they make a mean fish and chips. Come for the beers, stay for the food and stay for a while. An institution not only for the Kalk Bay area but for Cape Town in general.

Location: Main Rd, Kalk Bay
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 08h30 – 23h30
Contact: 021 788 5455

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  1. These are not all “Restaurants” and there are a few more in the area now which rate well eg SALT and Ohana . Please check them out too.

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