Cape Town’s seafood offering is bountiful – which is not surprising, considering its splendid ocean setting. From takeaway fish & chips to more refined sit-down seafood feasts, there are plenty of options.
The Royal Oyster Bar
Love fresh oysters? Then make sure to head to this dedicated shellfish bar on the Waterfront end of Bree Street. The sidewalk seating is great for warm summer days – watch Capetonians go about their day as you sip on bubbly and enjoy platters of fresh seafood and shellfish. Psst: The menu also caters to vegetarians and carnivores – think vegetable platters, steaks and pasta dishes.
Boasting unparalelled views of Camps Bay from its panoramic Clifton terrace, The Bungalow is one of the city’s hottest summer destinations. Arrive straight from the beach for cocktails and Mediterranean-style cuisine, including a sheer endless seafood menu – from oysters, prawns and baby squid to mussels, salmon steaks and fish burgers. For the full shebang, order the seafood platter.
This latest Sea Point hotspot is an upmarket affair that brings a touch of Riviera glamour to Cape Town. Overlooking the promenade, the elegant space is light and airy, with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors letting the sunlight and salty sea breeze stream in. Seafood, line fish and freshly made sushi dominate the menu, making this an ideal spot for pescatarians.
SeaBreeze Fish & Shell
Known amongst Capetonians as one of the city’s top seafood destinations, Bree Street’s SeaBreeze, run by Scottish owners Alex and Ruth Grahame, is a real delight. Take a seat out on the terrace or at the Oyster & MCC bar for fish dishes with a difference. If you’ve ever wanted to try hake ceviche with cream cheese and squid ink mayo, or a fresh line-caught tuna burger with crispy onions, this will be your happy place.
The Codfather Seafood and Sushi
Don’t ask for a menu at this buzzing Camps Bay eatery – run in the style of a fish market, you’ll be guided to a display of fresh seafood on ice, where, with the help of your waiter, you are invited to select your fish and shellfish in the quantities and style of your choice. Sushi fans meanwhile should make a beeline for the sushi bar.