The Best Restaurants with a Sea View | Cape Town

Words: Jess Spiro

Summer is here and Capetonians live in one of the best coastal summer cities. What better way to embrace the city and the weather by enjoying a delicious meal by the sea? Here’s our pick of the best sea view restaurants Cape Town.

Sea View Restaurants Cape Town – Atlantic Seaboard

Bobo’s Brasserie

Eating in Mouille Point just hits differently than eating in other parts of town. You’ve got the incredible sea views, the crisp fresh air, and that relaxing atmosphere. Bobo’s is right in the middle of that, good food, great views and an ambience that is a stylish contemporary take on old-world comfort. The menu caters everyone’s needs, to meat-eaters to vegetarians and vegans alike, so everyone leaves happy.

Location: 1 Two Oceans Beach, Beach Road, Mouille Point
Good to know: They’ve got beyond burgers on the menu!
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 12h00-23h00
Contact: 021 439 9027

bobos.co.za


La Perla

This Sea Point restaurant has been around for some time and it’s fabulous views over the promenade and Italian fare and seafood inspired menu keep it a popular choice for visitors and locals alike.

Location: 209 Beach Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town.
Good to know: Perfect for sundowner drinks.
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 11h00-23h00
Contact: 021 439 9538


Lily’s

sea view restaurants cape townLily’s seems to have amassed a cult following instantly. This probably has something to do with the unbeatable combination of good food, great location and unbeatable sea views.

Location: Shop 1, East-West Building, corner Beach Rd and Surrey Place, Mouille Point
Good to know: They do breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner but we like coming here for their LFC (Lily’s fried chicken).
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 07h30 – 22h00
Contact: 021 204 8545

lilysrestaurant.co.za


Rockpool

sea view restaurants cape townThis casual eatery located on the Sea Point promenade (previously La Vie) has always been a popular spot for sundowners and a good pizza. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and are also pooch friendly, so you can stop off mid walk for refreshments.

Location: 205 Beach Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town
Good to know: they make a mean pizza but also a great place for a casual brekkie.
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 08h00-20h00
Contact: 021 433 1530


Strolla

Perfect for on-the-go coffee, simple yet sophisticated all-day dining and great cocktails on the sun deck. A great view of the ocean from the upstairs seating area.

Location: 313 Beach Road, Bantry Bay.
Good to know: their chips literally come in a bucket, the portion is huge!
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 07h00-23h00
Contact: 021 430 7778

strolla.co.za


The Grand

sea view restaurants cape townHang out with your toes literally in the sand at this iconic Cape Town restaurant. The Grand is the place to be when you’re keen to let your hair down and have a little fun but the food itself is pretty good too. Expect to find lots of fresh, well-prepared seafood, along with crispy-based pizzas and steaks.

Location: 4 Haul Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Good to know: You can book for certain areas of the restaurant, be it beach-side or within the restaurant or bar, so just ensure you know what you’re looking for to avoid disappointment.
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 12h00 – 21h00
Contact: 021 425 0551

grandafrica.com


Sea View Restaurants Cape Town – Camps Bay

Azure at The 12 Apostles

Azure-RestaurantAdmittedly, you can’t technically walk from the beach to Azure but, with sea views like theirs, what kind of list would this be if we didn’t include them? If you’re looking for a slightly more high end ‘beachy’ dinner, this is it. The menus on offer are a tasting and a la carte menu, depending on what you feel like.

Location: Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Good to know: The accompanying Leopard Bar and Cafe Grill offer a laid-back alternative, in case you’re not in the mood for a full on foodie affair.
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 07h00 – 22h00
Contact: 021 437 9029

12apostleshotel.com


Bilboa

sea view restaurants cape townThere literally aren’t any restaurants in Camps Bay that don’t boast a great view – it’s a given. What we love about Bilboa though is the stylish look (signature Kove Collection) combined with really efficient service and great food.

Location: Camps Bay, Cape Town
Good to know: the salmon is to-die-for.
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12h00-22h30.
Contact: 021 286 5155

bilboa.co.za


Bungalow

sea view restaurants cape townBungalow is the hang out for those who want to see and be seen. Occupying what once was La Med (back in the OLD days), the spot is really a well-loved haunt for locals. These days the restaurant has an amazing deck that overlooks the sea with awesomely comfy beds. You’ll need to kick off your shoes (its the rules) and then lie back, snack on tasty food and take in an incredible Cape Town sunset.

Location: Glen Country Club, 3 Victoria Road, Clifton, Cape Town.
Good to know: The menu is varied and includes sushi, seafood, meat and salads.
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12h00-22h00
Contact: 021 438 2018

thebungalow.co.za


TIGER’S MILK, Camps Bay

Tiger’s Milk has become synonymous with a chilled cool and laid-back vibe and the Camps Bay edition is no different. With million-dollar views of the ocean, it’s the perfect spot for anything you have planned – be it a casual date, drinks with mates or a quick lunch. The menu is the same at all branches with delish burgers salads and pizzas, craft beers and wine. Definitely one of our favourite Camps Bay restaurants.

Winter specials

Location: 35 Victoria Road, Camps Bay
What you’ll love: one of the best burgers in town.
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12:00 – late
Contact: 021 286 2106

tigersmilk.co.za


Chinchilla

The perfect spot to drink a couple of cocktails while having the backdrop of Camps Bay. A menu featuring café classics has been expertly tailored to Chinchilla’s unique location.

Location: Second Floor, The Promenade Building, Camps Bay
Good to know:
Hours: Monday – Friday: 16h00-23h00 | Saturday- Sunday: 12h00-23h00
Contact: 021 286 5075

chinchillarooftop.co.za


ZenZero

sea view restaurants cape town

Zenzero is part of the Kove Collection group which dominates the Atlantic Seaboard restaurant scene and with good reason. You have the obvious benefits of the views of the Platinum Mile that is Camps Bay, along with great contemporary Italian food.

Location: Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Good to know: the razor clams are to die for.
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11h00-23h00
Contact: 021 438 0007

zenzerorestaurant.co.za


Sea View Restaurants Cape Town – Hout Bay and Beyond

Chapman’s Peak Hotel

The iconic Chapman’s Peak Hotel is simply one of the best stalwarts beach-bound restaurants we have. If you’re hosting out of towners, your first port of call should always be Chapman’s Peak. Between the endless sea views and killer prawn and calamari combos, you won’t have a reason to go anywhere else.

Location: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay
Good to know: You can’t book for the outdoor seating, so make sure you get there early to secure your sea view.
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12h00 – 23h00
Contact: 021 790 1036

chapmanspeakhotel.co.za


Dunes

dunes-hout-bay

Dunes is another Cape Town institution and really is the all-round package – great view, varied and well-priced menu and a great play area for kids that is visible from most tables. It gets busy so expect a lot of people but also a great laid-back vibe and friendly service.

Location: 1 Beach Cres, Scott Estate, Hout Bay.
Good to know: we love their traditional fish and chips.
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 09h00-21h00
Contact: 021 790 1876

dunesrestaurant.co.za


Harbour House Kalk Bay

sea view restaurants cape town

The original Harbour House that started it all is this one in Kalk Bay. The original is best in this case, as the Kalk Bay branch has an almost uninterrupted sea view thanks to their floor to ceiling glass windows. Their food steals the show, however, and when prawns are off the red list be sure to order the prawn cocktail. It’s timeless for a reason.

Location: Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Good to know: Even though their seafood is the scene stealer, they offer some great veggie and meat options, in case you’re dining with people with particular dietary requirements.
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 12h00 – 23h00
Contact: 021 788 4136

harbourhouse.co.za


Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic

sea view restaurants cape town

There are fewer places where you’re going to get closer to the sea than at Tintswalo Atlantic. Here, the waves lap gently against the rocks that are home to the hotel and restaurant’s outdoor deck. Tables overlook the spectacular view from all angles and the restaurant’s chic curated interior is both stylish and comfortable. This setting is really ideal for a special or celebratory occasion.

Location: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, 7806, South Africa
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12h00 – 14h00 | 18h00 – 20h30
Good to know: Expect excellence
Contact: 021 541 0165

chefswarehouse.co.za


Sea View Restaurants Cape Town – West Coast

Blowfish

Blowfish-restaurant

As close to a restaurant on the beach as possible, Blowfish was something of an insider’s secret for Milnerton locals. Now, it’s almost a no-brainer to hop in the car and drive out there for a scenic view and for a delicious seafood meal.

Location: 1 Marine Drive, Table View
Good to know: The sushi is the thing to order here.
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 08h00 – 22h00
Contact: 021 556 5464

blowfishrestaurant.co.za


Onse Huisie

sea view restaurants cape town

If you are looking for somewhere to take the family, Onse Huisie is a great choice. Located right on the beach in Bloubergstrand, this restaurant is an institution in the area. It’s a thatched fisherman’s style cottage restaurant and the menu is full of South African inspired favourites. There is a fabulous entertainment and play area for kids so you can kick back with a cold beer or glass of wine and take in the scenery.

Location: Stadler Rd, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town
Good to know: try the bredie!
Hours: 09h00-22h00
Contact: 021 554 1553

onshuisie.co.za


On the Rocks

sea view restaurants cape town

As the name suggests, this restaurant really is one of the closest you can get to sea. It is literally situated right on the shoreline of Bloubergstrand and boasts one of the best views in the city and of Table Mountain. They serve breakfast lunch and dinner and recently added The Hatch, a coffee window that opens at 07h00 and serves coffee and pastries to passing walkers. Inspired!

Location: 45 Stadler Rd, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town
Good to know: It’s a great place to host a function.
Hours: 09h00-22h00
Contact: 021 554 1988

ontherocks.co.za

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