Top 10 Restaurants with Sea Views Near Ballito

Ballito, found in KwaZulu-Natal, is a beach paradise, filled with gorgeous beach spots, fun local attractions and good restaurants for visitors to enjoy.

Situated along KZN’s Dolphin Coast, Ballito is a place of natural, vibrant beauty… With the ocean kissing its shorelines, this special town offers plenty of breathtaking scenery and outdoor thrills.

It’s no surprise then that the local establishments, particularly its restaurants, benefit from this ocean beauty…

Here are the top ten restaurants, in or around Ballito and surrounds, that are blessed with sea views:

#1 Al Pescatore

If you are looking for a warmly welcoming Italian- and seafood-restaurant with gorgeous ocean views, good food and excellent service, then Al Pescatore is the place for you.

This cosy Italian eatery – which offers a wide assortment of delicious dishes, cocktails, local wines and much more – is a consistent favourite among Ballito locals and visitors alike.

It is one of the oldest and best Ballito restaurants around – and they have successfully stood the test of time, changing as needed to accommodate more modern eating wishes.

Plus, with its deck seating – which offers prime views of the balmy Indian Ocean – this is one of the best spots in Ballito to enjoy uninterrupted ocean scenery as you eat.

Contact: +27 (032) 946 3574,  


Location: Al Pescatore Italian Restaurant, 14 Edward Place, Ballito, KZN, South Africa.

Al Pescatore
Al Pescatore via Facebook

#2 Two Shrimps Restaurant

Situated a short drive away in Salt Rock, Two Shrimps Restaurant is another local gem when it comes to impeccable scenery.

Found inside Canelands Beach Club & Spa, Two Shrimps Restaurant is dedicated to providing guests with a memorable dining experience.

Whether it’s dining on the pretty deck, sharing an intimate dinner for two on the beach or simply enjoying a hearty meal with your family, Two Shrimps has all the bases firmly covered… What’s more, service is top class and the food is cooked to perfection, no matter what you order.

Two Shrimps really does have it all: good service, food and best of all, sublime ocean views.

Contact: +27 (032) 525 2300,


Location: Two Shrimps Restaurant, Canelands Beach Club and Spa, 2 Shrimp Lane, Salt Rock, KZN, South Africa.

#3 NIKOS Ballito

With branches scattered across South Africa, the NIKOS restaurant franchise needs little introduction. And one of its most beautiful offerings is the Ballito branch: it offers the same incredible Greek fare – but with showstopping ocean views thrown in for good measure!

Affectionately known as ‘NIKOS by the sea’, this branch offers special sea views as it overlooks the beach. There is an outdoor deck (perfect for fair weather), where you can sit and enjoy the scenery while you eat, although the indoor seating is lovely too.

If you are craving a generous, great meal with good service and a lovely restaurant setting, NIKOS Ballito is a wonderful place to start.

Contact: +27 (032) 586 0493,


Location: NIKOS Coalgrill Greek Ballito, 12B Compensation Road, Ballito, KZN, South Africa.

NIKOS Ballito via Facebook
NIKOS Ballito via Facebook

#4 Salt Cafe

While not in Ballito itself, Salt Cafe lies a short drive away in Shaka’s Rock… Still, it is well worth the drive to enjoy all the charm and perfect beach views!

This cheerful, little cafe is situated across the road from Shaka’s Rock Beach so it offers beautiful sea views.

Specialising in mouthwatering coffee and thin, wood-fired pizza, Salt Cafe also offers a good mix of pastries, toasties, smoothies and frappes.

Order a takeaway pizza or coffee-to-go and enjoy it by the beach or dine at the cafe and soak up the warm vibe… Either way, you will love Salt Cafe.

Contact: +27 (032) 525 5576


Location: Salt Cafe, Corner of Ocean Drive & Old Main Rd, Shaka’s Rock, KZN, South Africa.

#5 The Galley Beach Bar & Grill Seafood Restaurant

Found right on the beach, The Galley Beach Bar & Grill Seafood Restaurant is blessed with the best when it comes to ocean views and beach vibes.

This restaurant, which offers excellent service and tasty food, is known for offering authentic, local seafood cuisine, stunning views (think: crashing waves stretching into the horizon) and a taste of Ballito in every sense. It’s perfect for family dining or catching up with friends.

Note: They can get very busy, especially during lunch- and dinner-time, so you may have to wait a bit… but it is so worth it!

Contact: +27 (032) 946 2546,

Website: N/A

Location: The Galley Beach Bar & Grill , 17 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN, South Africa.

The Galley Beach Bar & Grill via Facebook
The Galley Beach Bar & Grill via Facebook

#6 Thava Indian Restaurant

This classic Indian eatery offers a beautiful restaurant setting, good service, beautiful sea views and tantalising foods to keep you coming back time and again.

Owner Mathew Abraham opened Thava to give residents a chance to enjoy food from his native Kerala region. Now, Thava uses only the freshest ingredients and offers a unique Indian tapas experience – aromatic small plate food, perfect for sharing.

This Ballito branch offers lovely ocean views, making it the ideal spot to enjoy seaside dining or even hosting a special function.

Contact: +27 (078) 802 7427,


Location: Thava Indian Restaurant, 33 Compensation Beach Road, Salmon Way, Ballito, KZN, South Africa.

#7 Gianni’s Beachfront Ristorante

Serving up Italian continental-meets-seafood cuisine and spectacular sea views, Gianni’s Beachfront Ristorante – fondly referred to as ‘Ballito’s Little Italy’ – is a wonderful restaurant to enjoy with your family and friends.

In addition to their Mediterranean-style menu, they also offer some South African favourites, so there is something for everyone to savour.

This cheerful spot has arguably some of the best views on the coast, making it a must-visit for those residing in or passing through Ballito.

Note: Gianni’s is completely wheel-chair friendly, both in terms of access and bathroom facilities.

Contact: +27 (032) 9463217,


Location: Gianni’s Ristorante, 17 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN, South Africa.

Gianni's Ristorante via Facebook
Gianni’s Ristorante via Facebook

#8 Impulse By The Sea

For the curry lovers (and really, who isn’t one?), Impulse By The Sea is like a match made in (beach) heaven. Their curries are full of flavour and body, leaving guests raving and eager to return soon.

Plainly put: Impulse By The Sea is South African Indian cuisine at its best and it shows. And if that isn’t enough to tempt you, the views, good service and outstanding, welcoming atmosphere certainly will…

Join them for a special meal that will leave your senses singing with joy.

Contact: +27 (072) 790 8901

Website: N/A

Location: Impulse By The Sea, 167 Seaview Drive, Tinley Manor Beach, Ballito, KZN, South Africa.

#9 Concha

Concha via Facebook
Concha via Facebook

Locals agree that Concha Bakery & Cake Ballito – a delightful family-run bakery in the heart of Old Ballito village – is one of the best little bakeries around… and it doesn’t hurt that it is so close to the beach and is blessed with beautiful views!

If you are craving something sweet or savoury, Concha has you covered, as they offer an excellent array of baked goods and fresh coffee… Think: waffles, biscuits, croissants and more!

It is also wonderfully cosy inside, with lovely, soothing decor – and service is always friendly.

Contact: +27 (032) 815 2992

Website: N/A

Location: Concha Bakery & Cafe, 18 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN, South Africa.

#10 Hops Ballito

At Hops Ballito, guests can enjoy both great food and drinks and lovely sea views.

Situated right on the beach, Hops invites you to join them for good food, a large variety of draught beer and of course, seaside scenes that dreams are made of. The views here are quite something and diners agree: Hops offers an excellent selection of both food and drinks (everything from beer to G&T).

At Hops, service is good and the atmosphere pleasant, all of which helps to ensure it is an ideal spot for you and your loved ones or friends to enjoy.

Note: Hops is also happily child-friendly and even offers a menu and dedicated play area for the little ones.

Contact: +27 (032 946 2895/6


Location: Hops Ballito, 14 Edward Place, Ballito, KZN, South Africa.


These are just some of the restaurants around Ballito where you can enjoy spectacular views while you dine… Have you been to any of them yet?

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Top 20 Restaurants in Ballito Restaurants 2017.

Beautiful beach town of Ballito – found in KZN’s Dolphin Coast – is about so much more than the stunning beaches and holiday atmosphere it provides, for it’s also a place rich in food culture and top restaurants, to suit every palate and dietary style.

Ballito, found in KwaZulu-Natal, is a beach paradise, filled with gorgeous beach spots, fun local attractions and good restaurants for visitors to enjoy.

Here are the top 20 restaurants to enjoy in 2017:

#1 Fiamma Grill (Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel)

This Italian grill house focusses on cuts of grain-fed, matured meat, spectacular seafood and seasonal specials, which keep its guests coming back for more.

Situated in the lovely Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel, Fiamma also offers a great wine and cocktail list to help wash down all the tasty food.

The family-owned and operated restaurant dedicates special attention to quality, detail and freshness, even sourcing much of its produce from local markets.

Contact: (032) 946 1029
Location: Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel, 63 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

#2 Mo-Zam Bik

What started out as a dream between two friends – Ryan Stewart and Brett Michielin – has grown into a chain of several family restaurants, spread across both KZN and Gauteng.

The restaurants offer traditional Portuguese cuisine, all based on the authentic Mozambique ‘Barraca’ (which means hut in English). They are rustic beachside eateries, with a menu that caters to all tastes.

These restaurants all share their passion for food and cooking with you, allowing you to encounter Mozambique from SA.

Contact: (032) 946 0979
Location: 4 Boulevard Centre, Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

 #3 Eat Local Grill

Eat Local Grill is a passionate local restaurant, which specialises in grilled food. They have a branch in both Ballito and Salt Rock.

This restaurant provides great food, company and service, as they offer the likes of gourmet burgers and combos, salads, wood-fire pizzas, premium cuts, seafood and even pasta.

Contact: (032) 586 1609
Location: 12 Library Lane, Belvista Centre, Ballito, KZN

#4 Beira Alta

Situated in the heart of Ballito’s popular Lifestyle Shopping Centre, Beira Alta is a Portuguese restaurant, with an African influence.

Named for a historic region in Portugal where royalty reigned, this restaurant serves a great selection of starters, soups, salads, meats, seafood vegetarian and of course, dessert.

At this family-owned and run restaurant, they believe in a hands-on approach, and prepare their food using only the freshest ingredients, spices and herbs as they have a firm commitment to quality.

Contact: (032) 946 2388
Location: Lifestyle Shopping Centre, Shop 6, Main Road, Ballito

#5 Impulse By The Sea

The temptingly named Impulse By The Sea Curry Restaurant is an authentic and family-friendly Indian restaurant, which has been a family-run, long-standing institution for some 28 years.

It offers magnificent sea views, a relaxed restaurant atmosphere and of course, traditional, flavourful Durban curries. Other offerings include Butter Chicken, masala-grilled fish or even prawn curry. Service is warm and welcoming, particularly from the dedicated owner.

Contact: (032) 554 4626
Location: 167 Seaview Drive, Tinley Manor Beach, Ballito, KZN

#6 Al Pescatore

This Italian and seafood restaurant offers a unique food experience, with owner-designed specials every day for visitors to enjoy.

It also offers breath-taking views of the warm Indian Ocean, fine food and delightful service.

Contact: (032) 946 3574
Location: 14 Edward Place, Ballito, KZN

#7 Mamma G’s

This buzzing Italian café and restaurant is well-known for its warm hospitality and delicious gourmet pizzas.

Using only the freshest ingredients, Mamma G’s prides themselves on offering visitors a true Italian experience.

The diverse menu caters to everyone, including kids, and includes a selection of pizza, salad or sandwiches, grill, poultry, veal or seafood offerings and more.

Contact: (032) 946 2214
Location: Shop 5, Ballito Junction, Ballito, KZN

#8 Giannis (Beachfront) Ristorante

This Italian beachfront restaurant, complete with a balcony, offers awesome Mediterranean food, wood-fire oven pizza, pasta, South African cuisine and even seafood.

It is a continental eatery suitable for the whole family, and offers diners one of the best locations and sea views on the coastline.

Contact: (032) 946 3217
Location: 17 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

#9 Ayoba! (Fairmount Zimbali Resort)

Set in Fairmont Zimbali Resort, Ayoba! Restaurant offers Central American flair and South African hospitality.

The restaurant specialises in “a fiesta of Mexican flavours” and allows diners to choose from a selection of Mexican fare.

Please bear in mind that reservations are recommended at Ayoba!

Contact: (032) 538 5000
Location: The Beach Club, Fairmont Zimbali Resort, KZN

#10 La Piazza

This restaurant is big on family and invites everyone to come together and enjoy a delicious meal.

Serving hearty Italian, including pastas and pizzas, it’s definitely a great spot for big eaters or simply those with a penchant for Italian cuisine… and who doesn’t love Italian food?

Contact: (032) 586 3565
Location: The Well, Albertina Way, Dolphin Coast, KZN

#11 The Beach Hut

Situated right next to the beach, this restaurant serves fresh, good food in a relaxed environment. They are open from Mondays to Saturdays to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

With great options like breakfasts, light lunches, seafood, local delights (including oxtail), beverages and even toasted paninis – there’s something for everyone to tuck into at The Beach Hut!

Contact: (071) 869 0031
Location: Library Lane, Ballito, KZN

#12 Thava Indian Restaurant

Thava Indian Restaurant is owned by Matthew Abraham, who hails from Kerala, a place of great food and rich mixed cultures and religions.

Thava specialises in Indian cuisine, priding itself on aromatic dishes, made using the freshest ingredients, and a unique Indian tapas offering.

Meal options include an array of vegetarian, lamb, chicken and seafood, as well as curries, biryanis, stews, Tandoori and Masala too, all served with traditional breads, rice dishes and sides.

Contact: (078) 802 7427
Location: 33 Compensation Beach Road, Salmon Way, KZN

#13 East Oasis

With a long-standing background in the hotel industry, Sean Touskin, a classically trained chef, is no stranger to good food and since East Oasis’s opening, he has ensured a quality eatery.

East Oasis is well-known for its American-style food, including smash burgers, ribs, pizzas, chicken wings, salads and seafood.

The focus here is on keeping things quality, and offering flavourful, good food to delight palates of all kinds and tastes.

Contact: (032) 586 1034
Location: 16 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

#14 Captain Fine’s Fish Factory

This laid-back seafood restaurant offers delicious ocean fare.

They specialise in different types of fish and chips, scampi (queen prawns), calamari and more, offering food that is tasty, yet very affordable.

Service is good and efficient, and the food definitely won’t let you down in a restaurant space that is in no way pretentious.

Contact: (032) 946 3933
Location: Douglas Crowe Ave, Ballito Business Park, Ballito

#15 Sawagat

Meaning “Welcome” in Punjabi, this North Indian restaurant is fast becoming known for its unusual, yet delicious flavours.

It offers diners a true sense of India, and at Sawagat, they do things the traditional way, even using family recipes.

With Naan bread, Indian cream cheese, paneer and more, there is fresh and flavourful food to be had here.

Contact: (032) 586 1384
Location: 27 Sandra Road, Ballito, KZN

 #16 Osa (Fairmont Zimbali Resort)

Serving fragrant, flavourful fare from India, made from generational recipes, Osa is a wonderful Indian restaurant at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort.

Recommended dishes include their signature Butter Chicken, traditional Thali and signature grills, which will have you drooling from the deliciousness.

Please bear in mind that reservations at Osa are essential.

Contact: (032) 538 5000
Location: Level 1, West Wing, Fairmont Zimbali Resort, KZN

 #17 Zaras Café

Located in Ballito Lifestyle Centre, this trendy hot spot offers a fantastic, well-thought-out menu, true commitment to their guests’ enjoyment and an invitingly crisp, clean décor, which complements the beautiful beach town.

With continental cuisines like Greek, Italian and South African, there are breakfasts, salads, speciality meals, pastries, breads and even aromatic coffees to be savoured at Zaras Café.

Contact: (032) 586 3204
Location: Shop 90, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, Main Road, Ballito, KZN

#18 Loaf Café

This family-owned eatery – run by the experienced, culinary mother-and-daughter duo in Theresa and Gina Rattray – is located in the bustling Ballito Lifestyle Centre.

It’s your go-to restaurant for fresh coffee, all-day Flapjack stacks, wonderful lunch specials and even sweet treats too.

It’s a place for friends to gather, with friendly service and a warm, cosy atmosphere to complement the wholesome, uncomplicated, yet excellent fare.

Contact: (032) 946 1985
Location: Shop 56, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, Ballito Drive, Ballito

#19 SeaBelle Restaurant

Founded some 40-odd years ago in 1971 by the loving Govender couple, SeaBelle Restaurant has consistently served locals and foreigners alike for many years, offering the same excellent food and service that has always made it such a find.

Although it has undergone some renovation and is now run by the couple’s son, Tony, SeaBelle remains as popular as ever.

Here, an Al Carte menu provides diners with a choice between the likes of: starters, seafood grills, curries (including their famous prawn curry), grills, combos, breyani, kiddies’ meals, platters, pizza, pasta and deserts, with all food made to order.

Contact: (032) 941 5551
Location: 62 South Beach Road, Desainagar, Tongaat, KZN

#20 Xing Ye

This Chinese restaurant is best known for its sushi, which can be enjoyed as either sit-down or takeaway.

It is a small, no frills family-owned gem, which offers decent food at affordable prices. Service is slightly limited, so many visitors prefer takeaway.

Contact: (032) 946 0432
Website: none
Location: The Well, Albertina Way, KZN

These are just some of the top 20 restaurants, which you can feast at in beautiful Ballito and surrounds, if you visit (or are fortunate enough to reside in) this wonderful coastal region of KwaZulu-Natal during 2017.

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