Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants in Durban

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, delightful Durban, found in beautiful KwaZulu-Natal, is an unforgettable seaside destination for all to enjoy.

It is a city of fun, beauty and above all, great food. So, with this in mind, let’s take a lot at ten of the best family friendly restaurants in Durban for you and your loved ones to savour.

Here are the best family friendly restaurants in Durban:

#1 O & O Cafe

O & O Cafe is one of the most child-friendly places you will find anywhere. They are all for family, love and good food made with care and attention so it’s only natural that this permeates every inch of this beautiful cafe.

Not only do they allow children to roam free and play with a wonderful array of play facilities (including an indoor play room, climbing wall, safe, enclosed courtyard garden area, jumping castle and more)… but they also invite the little ones to assist with making their own little pizzas!

And, aside from the wonderful family friendly dining and excellent, fresh meals (their wood-fired pizzas are particularly well-loved), they even host lovely children’s parties. If you need assistance with planning, theme, decor, catering and entertainment, then O & O Cafe is here to help.

With indoor and outdoor seating and charming interiors, good service and even better food, this cafe is a great experience for the whole family… so don’t miss visiting it!

Contact: +27 (031) 266 1391

Website: www.oandocafe.co.za

Address: O & O Cafe, 1 Link Road, Westville, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

O & O Cafe
O & O Cafe

#2 Olive & Oil

With branches dotted across KZN, Olive and Oil is a winner for so many reasons – not least of all because it is hugely family friendly.

The Glenwood branch offers a nice play area for kiddies, with childminders on duty too. Plus, every Sunday, kids under 12 eat free… talk about Sunday funday, all right!

This family-owned and managed eatery also offers delicious Mediterranean-style cuisine, a lovely setting (especially with the terrace overlooking the street) and attentive staff. All of this combines to make it a great experience for you and the kids.

Contact: +27 (031) 201 6146, glenwood@oliveandoil.co.za

Website: oliveandoil.co.za/branches/glenwood/

Address: Olive and Oil Glenwood, Corner Helen Joseph/Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#3 KZNSA Arts Cafe

KZNSA Arts Cafe
KZNSA Arts Cafe

It’s not often that art and a family friendly cafe come together but with KZNSA Arts Cafe, the two blend together perfectly.

This gorgeous cafe serves up tasty cafe fare (always a winner). And we really love that it also caters to the little folk with its outdoor play area (and childminders, who are on duty on weekends).

There is indoor and outdoor seating to be enjoyed and the courtyard is one of the most popular spots in the city. As a bonus, seating overlooks the beautiful garden patio and children’s play ground, so you can relax and enjoy your meal while still keeping an eye on your little adventurer(s).

Adults are not left out though as the art gallery and shop provide an interesting, fun experience for them too!

Contact: +27 (031) 277 1702

Website: www.kznsagallery.co.za/Content/Cafe

Address: KZNSA Arts Cafe, 166 Bulwer Road, Bulwer, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#4  Marula’s Coffee Shop

Marula's Coffee Shop
Marula’s Coffee Shop via Facebook

This quaint, charming coffee shop is a big hit among families – and rightly so! With its excellent outdoor play area, comfy seating and picnic tables and excellent food, it wins you over in a heartbeat.

Their sushi and other food is unbeatable and the atmosphere is relaxed, welcoming and altogether lovely. As a bonus, they also host functions and kiddies’ parties.

So if you are looking for a place to relax as a family, look no further than Marula’s Coffee Shop.

Contact: +27 (031) 266 7600

Website: N/A

Address: Marula’s Coffee Shop, 112 Maryvale Road, Westville, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#5 Prep Room

Located at Glenwood Preparatory School, this cosy cafe is a delight for parents and children alike because it’s convenient, relaxing and great for families.

It exists within a shipping container, so it offers alluring deck seating with good views of the nearby sports field. It is ideal for a good breakfast, coffee break or even a post-school treat.

Play facilities include a lovely grassy area, wooden jungle gym and a fun jumping castle, while children can also enjoy tucking into tasting treats, like burgers and brownies.

This venue is also available for hire, making it the ideal spot to host a children’s party.

But they aren’t just for people with children – they are for the people of Durban so be sure to pay them a visit!

Contact: +27 (072) 114 3531

Website: N/A

Address: Prep Room, Bath Road, Glenwood, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Prep Room
Prep Room via Facebook

#6 ATasca Durban North

For those who crave good Portuguese food and a lovely, warm restaurant atmosphere, look no further than ATasca Durban North.

This beautiful, tastefully decked out restaurant offers delicious food, great service and a wonderful family friendly spot to enjoy a memorable meal.

Note: In addition to their Durban North branch, they also operate in Malvern, Pietermaritzburg and Westville.

Contact: +27 (031) 563 2603, dbn.north@atasca.co.za

Website: www.atasca.co.za/branches/durban-north

Address: ATasca, 1 Kensington Centre, Adelaide Tambo Drive (old Kensington Drive), Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

ATasca
ATasca

#7 Circus Circus Beach Cafe

This cool, casual beach cafe is popular among everyone, including families. With gorgeous views and a prime location along Durban’s Golden Mile, Circus Circus Beach Cafe is the ideal spot to go for a casual meal with friends and loved ones.

Young and old will enjoy this cafe. It is ideal for families with younger kids, especially as they have a small outdoor play area for kiddies.

And let’s not forget that the food and location are perfectly dreamy too – even the little ones will be charmed by this lovely spot!

Contact: +27 (031) 337 7700, beachcafe@circuscircus.co.za

Website: www.circuscircus.co.za/beachcafe

Address: Circus Circus Beach Cafe, Shop 1, Snell Parade, Bay of Plenty, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Circus Circus Cafe via Facebook
Circus Circus Cafe via Facebook

#8 Cargo Hold

Dine among the sharks at this unique restaurant, situated within the popular uShaka Marine World. Begin your outing with a tour before stopping by for a nice, relaxed meal with your loved ones.

The restaurant offers some excellent cuisine, taking you on a global journey with dishes from different countries and cultures. The setting is elegant and stylish, with a touch of natural wonder, thanks to the shark tank near at hand.

When it comes to dinnertime, this restaurant is probably better suited to families with tweens or teens who are able to dine quietly but younger children are still welcome here on selected days (please see below for more information on this).

Please note: Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted for the dinner seating except for Mondays and national school holidays.

Contact: +27 (031) 328 8065/6/7

Website: ushakamarineworld.co.za

Address: Cargo Hold, uShaka Marine World, 1 King Shaka Avenue, Point, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#9 St. Clements

This restaurant, garden cafe and plant nursery in one is a delight for all who visit it. Located in Musgrave, St. Clements charms with its scrumptious food (which includes mouthwatering Thai cuisine), rustic restaurant and soothing garden cafe.

Both the restaurant and cafe are great choices. The restaurant really has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere, with a beautiful courtyard and garden for children to explore.

This is a nice experience for everyone, kids and all.

Contact: +27 (031) 202 2511, st.clements@durbs.com

Website: N/A

Address: St. Clements, 191 Musgrave Road, Musgrave, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#10 Chez Nous Westville

This delightful, bistro-style eatery is another great spot for families, especially with its warm atmosphere, yummy food and dedicated kiddies area.

Little folk can enjoy playing in the spacious children’s area, which is complete with an assortment of fun goodies and toys.

There is also a TV, art fun and gaming consoles, ensuring that both younger and older children are kept entertained. What’s more, the on-site childminder provides extra peace of mind, enabling parents to dine freely.

There is also a great kids’ menu, which offers some good dishes for children, pizzas, mac and cheese, burgers, spaghetti bolognaise and chicken strips with chips. Adults are also presented with a wide range of great food and drink options so everyone gets to leave with a full tummy.

Contact: +27 (031) 266 7011, taryn@chez-nous.co.za

Website: chez-nous.co.za

Address: Chez Nous, Westville Junction Shop 1, 31 Westville Road, Westville, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just a few of the excellent family friendly spots in sunny Durban!

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Best Restaurants with an Ocean View near Durban

Durban is arguably one of the most beautiful coastal cities in South Africa and beyond. Thanks to its relaxed, fun and balmy way of life – it offers the best in food, surfing and temperatures.

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, delightful Durban, found in beautiful KwaZulu-Natal, is an unforgettable seaside destination for all to enjoy.

Here are the best restaurants with ocean views in Durban and surrounds:

#1 California Dreaming

With gorgeous views of the beachfront and crashing waves (especially from upstairs), California Dreaming is aptly named, inspiring feelings of the best beach-side places around the world.

Inviting guests to drink, dine and dream, this elegant, yet relaxed, restaurant is one of Durban’s finest. The food and drinks are varied and interesting, service is friendly and the venue overall is a dining delight.

Sit out on the deck overlooking the Indian Ocean to enjoy the perfect sundowner, savour a beach cocktail from the bar or dine al fresco out on the terrace… and know you’re in for a treat at this Durban eatery.

Contact: +27 (031) 332 0037, info@californiadreaming.co.za

Website: www.californiadreaming.co.za

Address: California Dreaming, 150 O.R Tambo Parade, Dairy Beach, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

www.californiadreaming.co.za
www.californiadreaming.co.za

#2 Jack Salmon Fish House Glenashley

With branches spread across KZN, Jack Salmon Fish House is one of the most popular and well-known seafood institutions you will find in Durban or beyond. At Jack Salmon Fish House, great food and beautiful settings merge, ensuring a memorable food experience.

In particular, the Glenashley branch offers incredible ocean views, making it both poetically beautiful and romantic. The restaurant offers an excellent selection of seafood, priced very reasonably.

Not only can you dine here as normal – but you can also host special functions and occasions at this glorious seafood restaurant.

Contact: +27 (031) 572 3664, glenashley@jacksalmon.co.za

Website: jacksalmon.co.za

Address: Jack Salmon Fish House, Shop 15, Glenore Centre, 1 Aubrey Dr, Glenashley, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#3 Afro’s Chicken Shop

If you are a fan of all things chicken, this eatery is the one for you! What originally started as a food truck back in 2012, soon blossomed into a successful, popular chicken shop in South Beach.

Surfers, cyclists and walkers agree, this is a gem of a food shop, offering some of the tastiest chicken meals around.

Service is quick and friendly, the food is mouth-watering and fresh and the setting is safe and fun by the beachfront… All in all, you really can’t beat the views served up here!

Contact: customercare@afroschicken.co.za

Website: www.afroschicken.co.za

Address: Afro’s Chicken Shop, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Afro's Chicken via Facebook
Afro’s Chicken via Facebook

#4 Circus Circus Beach Cafe

With several branches dotted across KZN, Circus Circus is a popular and great food franchise. In particular, its beach cafe – situated along Durban’s beachfront promenade – is a excellent choice.

It provides diners with a family-friendly, healthy and good value-for-money restaurant – and as a bonus, stunning views of the ocean.

Whether you join them for a classic hot breakfast, specialty meal or simply something healthy and wholesome, you are in for a fresh, local and seasonal treat with Circus Circus Beach Cafe.

Contact: +27 (031) 337 7700, beachcafe@circuscircus.co.za

Website: www.circuscircus.co.za/beachcafe

Address: Circus Circus Beach Cafe, Shop 1, Snell Parade, Bay of Plenty, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#5 Surf Riders Cafe

If you are looking for a chilled, sea-facing and altogether delightful local eatery, then look no further than the child- and pet-friendly Surf Riders Cafe, situated near Addington Beach.

The atmosphere is soothing, relaxing and above all, fun – and the views really are beautiful… But let’s not forget the great drinks and food you can tuck into while you soak up those killer views.

Contact: +27 (062) 747 7037

Website: N/A

Address: Surf Riders Cafe, 17 Erskine Terrace, Addington Beach, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Surf Riders Cafe
Surf Riders Cafe

#6 Spice

For those craving the ultimate in Indian and continental-style foods, Spice – located in Westbrook – is the restaurant of your dreams. Here, classic dishes are given a modern spin and the results are outstanding.

More than this though, Spice offers beautiful sea views – particularly from the deck from which you can even sometimes see dolphins and whales splashing in the waves.

Whether you join them for a fragrant curry, rack of lamb or simply some classic fish and chips, you will be enchanted by the scenic and flavourful Spice.

Contact: +27 (032) 943 3558

Website: www.spicerestaurant.co.za

Address: 37 North Beach Road, Bali Hai, Westbrook, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#7 Roma Revolving Restaurant

Roma Revolving Restaurant via Facebook
Roma Revolving Restaurant via Facebook

This timeless restaurant, where class and beauty come together, is one of the most incredible eateries in South Africa.

As it is the only revolving restaurant in the Southern Hemisphere and is also blessed with prime sea and bay views, Roma is an unmissable Durban attraction.

Enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and 360 views of Durban when you dine at this awesome restaurant.

Contact: +27 (031) 337 6707

Website: www.roma.co.za

Address: Roma Revolving Restaurant, 32 Floor, John Ross House, Jonsson Lane, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#8 Mamma Luciana’s Glenashley

If you are seeking a wonderful place to eat, where homely dining, excellent food, good service and above all, great views come together, then Mamma Luciana’s in Glenashley is perfect for you.

This family restaurant is a favourite among many locals, as it offers a home-away-from-home dining experience, enhanced by its hearty Italian cuisine.

They are particularly famous for their pizzas and pastas so be sure to try those if you can.

Contact: +27 (031) 562 1405

Website: N/A

Address: Mamma Luciana’s Glenashley, 10 Harold Pl, Glen Ashley, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 Bel Punto

Blessed with sweeping sea views enjoyed through its floor-to-ceiling windows, Bel Punto, found near Umdloti Beach, is a treasure worth savouring.

This modern, casual and family-friendly restaurant serves up great food, service and atmosphere in ample servings.

Diners can choose between the spacious indoor dining area or the beautiful terrace, which offers uninterrupted ocean views.

This Italian restaurant (also run by Italians) is authentic and wonderful and offers everything from seafood to poultry to game and Italian specialties too… Join them for a memorable meal overlooking the sea.

Contact: +27 (031) 568 2407, info@belpunto.co.za

Website: belpunto.co.za

Address: Bel Punto, Umdloti Centre, 1 South Beach Road, Umdloti Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Bel Punto
Bel Punto

#10 moyo Ushaka

This uniquely Durban destination is the perfect place to go to relax and mile away the hours.

Sip on cocktails from the beach bar, tuck into tasty, fresh foods or simply marvel at the magnificent views of the Indian Ocean…

Diners can opt for the main restaurant dining experience – or enjoy the more casual pier bar, moyo @ the Pier.

Contact: +27 (031) 332 0606, ushaka@moyo.com

Website: www.moyo.co.za/moyo-ushaka

Address: moyo uShaka, 1 Bell Street, uShaka Marine World,
Point,Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just some of the best restaurants with glorious sea views that you can enjoy near Durban and surrounds!

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