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.

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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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Top 20 Durban restaurants 2017.

Durban is loved for its tropical climate, beautiful beaches and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy – but this balmy, coastal-lying KZN city also offers some top notch eateries too.

Here are some of the best to try in 2017:

#1 Mali’s Indian Restaurant

This delicious Indian restaurant offers a broad menu, which incorporates both North and South Indian dishes.

Enjoy the likes of dosas, seafood, lamb, vegetable or chicken curries – or order a thali, with soup, succulent lamb curry, butter chicken, naan bread and so much more to enjoy… either way, your mouth will water from the spicy goodness that is Mali’s!

Contact: (031) 312 8535

Website: none

Address: 77 Smiso Nkwanyana Road, Morningside, Durban, KZN

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#2 Butcher Boys

Butcher Boys is, as its name implies, a haven for meat-eaters. With a focus on succulent rumps, sirloins, rib-eye steaks, fillets and espetada to name but a few delicacies – this restaurant pays great attention to good-quality meat.

In fact, the beef is all wet- or dry-aged, over a period of 25–35 days, before being carefully basted and then expertly grilled over an open flame, according to your order preferences.

Contact: (031) 312 8248

Website: butcherboysgrill.co.za

Address: 170 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban, KZN

#3 Little India Restaurant

Serving Indian classics, this first-floor, open plan eatery – which offers both a delightful balcony and modern décor – strives to provide diners with an ultra-satisfying, yet modern dining experience.

Here, one can enjoy diverse dishes from all major corners of India.

Contact:  (031) 201 1121

Website: littleindianrestaurant.co.za

Address: 155 Musgrave Road, Berea, Durban, KZN

#4 9th Avenue Bistro

Widely travelled owners, Graham and Gina Neilson, offer a sleek, award-winning bistro, with artfully crafted dishes, that are inspired by seasonal goodness, quality and creative flare.

Also, at the esteemed EatOut Awards, 9th Avenue was voted the Best Bistro in 2012.

Contact: (031) 312 9134

Website: www.9thavenuebistro.co.za

Address: 2, Avonmore Centre, 9th Ave, Morningside, Durban

#5 Quo Restaurant

This award-winning restaurant may be unpretentious, yet its food offerings are decidedly flavourful and pleasing. Dishes are basic continental, or with an Asian influence.

Contact: (082) 320 7906

Website:  www.facebook.com/quorestaurant

Address: Gillitts Shopping Centre, 2 Clifton Road, Gillitts, Durban, KZN

#6 The Wok Box

Take a culinary trip to Thailand with The Wok Box’s fresh and delicious dishes.

Think steaming soup or roasted duck with pancakes and honey, ginger and sesame sauce, served with steamed rice.

Contact: (031) 564 2939

Website: none

Address: 10-D, 8-12 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, KZN

#7 Jack Salmon Fish House

This restaurant prides itself on offering a range of fresh seafood offerings. It has a lovely Mediterranean feel, which adds to the overall ambience.

Prawns, calamari, kingklip, oysters, mussels and more are available for your seafood/fishy enjoyment.

Contact: (031) 572 3664

Website: www.jacksalmon.co.za

Address: Shop 15, Glenore Centre, 1 Aubrey Drive, Glen Ashley, Durban, KZN

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#8 Spiga D’oro

Spiga is known for consistently providing wholesome food – suitable to vegetarians and vegans, as well as meat-eaters.

The food is good – but so is the atmosphere, with visitors comparing it to a corner café in Italy.

Contact: (031) 303 9511

Website: www.facebook.com/SpigaDurban

Address: 200 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban, KZN

#9 Café 1999

Using only the finest local and international imported goods for its menu, Café 1999 offers a dining experience that will delight all your senses.

Chef-patron Marcelle Roberts’ award-winning contemporary Mediterranean cuisine is ideal for sharing, and their wine list is full of gems to complement her fine food.

Contact: (031) 202 3406

Website: www.cafe1999.co.za

Address: Shop 2, Silvervause Centre, 117 Vause Road, Berea, Durban, KZN

#10 The Grill Jichana

This steakhouse provides diners with quality, flame-grilled premium cuts, sourced from the best local producers before they are seasoned, infused and flavoured with exotic African East Coast spices.

Jichana means ‘eating good’ in Swahili slang and at The Grill Jichana, you’ll be doing just that!

Contact: (031) 362 1300

Website: www.tsogosun.com/grill-jichana

Address: Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, 63 Snell Parade, Durban, KZN

#11 The Chefs Table

Executive Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn and her 12-chef brigade have crafted their menu to revolve around fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, with dishes inspired by readily available ingredients.

The menu changes a bit every day, so there’s always something fresh to be had, and diners can enjoy watching the chefs work their magic thanks to the open plan kitchen.

Contact: (031) 001 0200

Website: www.thechefstable.co.za

Address: 23-24, Protea Mall, Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban, KZN

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#12 Mooki Noodle Bar

Created by Anzai Yoshitoki – affectionately known as ‘Mooki’– Mooki Noodle Bar provides diners with Pan-Asian salads and delicious noodle dishes, served in a small and colourful café, that’s been decorated with fun and quirky cartoon artworks.

Contact: (031) 811 9199

Website: mookinoodles.wordpress.com

Address: 190 Brand Road, Glenwood, Durban, KZN

#13 Lupa Osteria

With a quartet of stellar branches spread across Hillcrest, Westville, Durban North and also, Fourways – this Osteria is a neighbourhood spot where locals can enjoy a casual and above all, reasonably priced, meal with their loved ones.

The pasta is homemade, while the wood-fired pizza is made using only the finest imported Italian flour, free-range chickens and best veal going. Enjoy the likes of pizza, pasta, shellfish, veal, with a range of drinks to wash it all down with.

Contact: (031) 941 1181

Website: www.lupa.co.za

Address: 6-12 Swapo Road, Durban North, KZN

#14 Four15

This popular Mexican restaurant is a passionately South African Burrito Bar, which provides wholesome and fresh Mexican cuisine, in a unique and unfussy setting.

They work hard to perfect the blend of flavours and textures inside each tortillas, but also encourage integration of ‘mixed ingredients’ within local society.

Contact: (031) 564 0415

Website: four15.co.za

Address: 41 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North,

Durban, KZN

#15 Joop’s Place

Situated in trendy Morningside, this bistro-styled steak restaurant, established in 1993 by former Capetonians, Joop and Wendy Mol, offers a warm and welcoming ambience.

Chef-patron Joop – formerly a butcher – cooks all the meat, with special dishes like Joop’s Special or Joop’s Chicken Cacciatora.

Other highlights include: chicken/veal schnitzel, oxtail casserole, lamb-, chicken- or prawn-curry – and of course, the ‘steaks with a difference’!

Contact: (031) 312 9135

Website: www.facebook.com/Joops-Place-225680304118860

Address: Shop 14, Avonmore Centre, 9th Avenue, Durban, KZN

#16 Mo-Zam-Bik

With several equally highly rated branches spread between KZN and Gauteng, this restaurant serves mouth-watering Mozambique-Portuguese food. At Mo-Zam-Bik, guests can njoy rich meat and seafood dishes alike.

Highlights are chicken livers, trinchado beef and grilled calamari.

Contact: (031) 303 2135

Website: www.mozambik.co.za

Address: 198C Florida Road, Windermere, Berea, KZN

#17 Vasco’s Restaurant

Offering a wide selection of foods, Vasco’s Restaurant lies within the upmarket Hilton Durban, well-known for its classy accommodation and entertainment. In keeping with this trend, Vasco’s is a new restaurant with a look, feel and menu, unique to Durban.

They are a buffet restaurant, with an a la carte menu. You will feel at home, particularly when seated in the comfortable embrace of this African-influenced space.

Contact: (031) 336 8100

Website: www.facebook.com/VascosRestaurant

Address: Hilton Durban, 12 – 14 Walnut Road, Durban, KZN

#18 El Toro

This lively tapas and tequila eatery offers classic Mexican food with an inventive twist.

There are great tapas, burritos, tacos, nachos, paella and more to be enjoyed from its spicy menu, but there is also plainer food for those who can’t take the bite.

Contact: (031) 564 3015

Website: www.eltoro.mobi

Address: 5 Mackeurtan Avenue, Durban North, KZN

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#19 Big Easy Durban by Ernie Els

At Big Easy Winebar and Grill Durban, it’s all about great events, warm hospitality, a fun, relaxed environment and, of course, great food to boot.

Named after world-class golfer, Ernie Els – who is fondly known as ‘Big Easy’ – the restaurant is inspired by all the things Ernie Els looks for in a restaurant, particularly after his extensive global travels.

Contact: (031) 336 8166

Website: bigeasydurban.co.za

Address: 12-14 Walnut Road, Durban Central, Durban, KZN

#20 Capsicum

This popular Durban eatery is situated within the rather historic Britannia Hotel, and is famed for its authentic Durban curries and bunny chows.

Contact: (031) 303 2417

Website: none

Address: Britannia Hotel, 1299 Umgeni Road, Durban Central, KZN

These are just a small, but good selection of some of Durban’s best eat-out spots.