The Best Seafood Restaurants in Cape Town

Words: Jess Spiro

There’s nothing quite like a seafood supper, it has an air of luxury to it and always makes you feel light and healthy. We’re lucky in Cape Town to have some amazing local seafood, as well as great restaurants that serve it. Here are our picks for the best seafood restaurants in Cape Town.

Seafood Restaurants in Cape Town


Seafood Restaurants in Cape Town

One of the seafood stalwarts in Cape Town, Baia has been keeping Waterfront visitors well-fed for ages. The menu features all the seafood favourites, with a distinctly Portuguese flair. Their scallop and langoustine sashimi is to-die-for, as is their pumpkin seed crusted salmon. They also have a wide range of meaty dishes, in case you need more options.

Location: Victoria Wharf, First Level, V & A Waterfront
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12h00 – 15h30. 18h30 – 22h00.
Good to know: really a great spot for a good post-shopping meal with views of the Waterfront.
Contact: 021 421 0935


Seafood Restaurants in Cape Town

One of the original and best, The Codfather is a nod to old-world dining. With an extensive menu that includes a wide range of fish and shellfish. Most of the preparations are fairly simple and allow the flavour of the fresh fish to shine through. While there is a limited range of sushi available, the menu takes on a mostly Mediterranean feel.

Location: 37 The Drive, Camps Bay
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12h00 – 02h00
Good to know: there’s something particularly civilised about sitting at the bar, watching the action from high above.
Contact: 021 438 0782

Chapman’s Peak Hotel

Seafood Restaurants in Cape Town

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times – Chapman’s Peak Hotel is one of the best places in Cape Town simply to kick back and enjoy the scenery. And since they’ve undergone a recent facelift, the food is better than ever. When available, their pans of prawns can’t be beaten and we love that they serve the often-underappreciated hake. Make sure you get in early as you can’t book for their outdoor veranda, and make sure that once you’re there, you don’t rush off until the sun sets.

Location: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12h00 – 00h00
Good to know: despite a very touristy clientele, the prices here are still very reasonable, so don’t be put off thinking you’re going to be ripped off.
Contact: 021 790 1036

Den Anker

Seafood Restaurants in Cape Town

Considering Den Anker is slap bang in the heart of the V&A Waterfront and that they never seem to close, their seafood offerings are some of the best in the city. Their mussels really are the scene stealer, but they also have a number of Kingklip dishes, as well as a stellar seafood stew on the menu.

Location: Pierhead, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11h00 – 22h00
Good to know: if you’re hosting out of towners, this is a great spot to take them for views of the Waterfront and Table Mountain.
Contact: 021 419 0249


Seafood Restaurants in Cape Town

As the name suggests, Firefish is a combo of a grill and seafood restaurant. Located at the V&A Waterfront, it has gorgeous views over the bustling harbour space and Table Mountain. The seafood selection is great, with several options on the starter menu such as Devilled White Bait, Crispy Prawns, Mussels or Tuna Tartare. The main selection is also creative and varied, including their Signature Battered Fish, Szechuan Crusted Kingklip Fillet and Pan Fried Sea Bass with champagne yuzu miso sauce, which we can highly recommend.  There is also a great sushi menu with lots of interesting options like a sushi doughnut!

Location: Shop 154, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront
Good to know: there are plenty of great grill options in case someone in your party is after something meaty.
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12h00 – 22h30
Contact: 021 286 4933

Harbour House

Seafood Restaurants in Cape Town

The original Harbour House in Kalk Bay is the little seafood restaurant that started it all and the group has only grown from strength to strength from there. The group also now includes a branch located at the top of Constantia Nek, as well as at the V&A Waterfront. The seafood is legendary, with a mix of quality sushi offerings as well as classic and contemporary seafood dishes. We are suckers for the crispy calamari, which pairs as well with the endless views at all three branches, as it does the local MCC in your glass.

Location: Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town | Hout Bay Rd, Constantia | Quay Four, Ground Floor, V&A Waterfront
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12h00 – 22h00
Good to know: you have three options to choose from, so there’s bound to be one close by on your radar.
Contact: 021 788 4136

Live Bait

Seafood Restaurants in Cape Town

With two locations in idyllic seaside-y parts of town, Live Bait has been serving some of the freshest fish for a while now. While both are beautifully designed, with a refined beach house aesthetic, the Kalk Bay branch has a slightly more upmarket menu with old-school classics like fish tartare and prawn cocktail. Muizenberg, however, is no dive-bar and offers seaside standards like mussels in white wine and good old fish and chips.

Location: 70 Beach Road, Muizenberg & Kalk Bay Harbour
Hours: Muizenberg: Monday – Sunday: 11h00 – 23h00. Kalk Bay: Monday – Sunday: 10h00 – 22h00.
Good to know: both branches offer some really tasty sushi.
Contact: 021 788 2705

Pesce Azzurro

Seafood Restaurants in Cape Town

Also something of a best-kept secret, Pesce Azzurro is a great place for some incredible Italian-inspired seafood. There’s only one chef in the kitchen, so everything is lovingly made and no detail is skipped. The menu changes often depending on what is available, but you can always bank on delicious fresh pasta and, of course, seafood. We love the Frutti di Mare pasta, as well as the crispy calamari.

Location: 113 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 12h30 – 14h30; 18h30 – 22h00
Good to know: they allow you to take your own wine for a small corkage fee.
Contact: 021 447 2009

Saltwater Grill

Seafood Restaurants in Cape Town

The Saltwater Grill in Pinelands is the very definition of an insider’s secret. It’s tucked away in a little shopping centre in the heart of the ‘burbs, but it has very quietly been producing some of the best food in the country. Ask most locals and they’ll tell you this is the best seafood restaurant in Cape Town. The menu is well-put together and exciting, while still offering some reliable old favourites.

Location: Howard Centre, Corner Howard Drive & Forest Drive, Pinelands
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11h00 – 21h30
Good to know: they do a smashing Spaghetti Vongole, complete with tomatoes and white wine.
Contact: 081 558 6450



Seafood Restaurants in Cape Town

One of the newest kids on the block – and already one of the coolest – Seabreeze has set up shop comfortably on upper Bree street. The menu highlights everything there is to love about local and sustainable seafood, so you can expect to find an ever-changing menu featuring often-overlooked fish. Rumour has it their tuna burger is out of this world.

Location: 213 Bree Street
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 12h00 – 21h30
Good to know: they offer a R10 oyster happy hour every day from 12h00 – 12h00 and 17h00 – 18h00.
Contact: 074 793 9349

Enjoyed checking out the best seafood restaurants in Cape Town? How about cooking your own? Read up more about local fish available and then how to make an amazing seafood meal.

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