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 10 Pet-friendly Activities near Durban and Surrounds

Durban is a popular destination for tourists, local travellers and families alike. Not only is this balmy city one of the most beautiful but it offers plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, excellent food spots and plenty of fun attractions to keep everyone entertained.

But what about fur friends? Well, Durban caters for them too with a variety of pet-friendly activities and eateries to enjoy with your  four-legged friends.

Here are the top ten pet-friendly activities near Durban and its surrounds:

#1 Treat Your Pooch at The Bike & Bean

Located on Country Club Beach, The Bike & Bean is one of the most pet-friendly spots in Durban. They welcome four-legged friendly doggies and even ensure they always have treats and water available for them.

Plus, this popular, cosy coffee shop also offers excellent coffee, meals and beach equipment rentals (think: bikes and body boards) for owners to enjoy. And did we mention that the atmosphere and scenic views are top class too?

Contact: +27 (074) 140 1117

Website: www.bikebeandurban.com

Address: The Bike & Bean, 290 Snell Parade Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The Bike & Bean via Facebook
The Bike & Bean via Facebook

#2 Explore Durban Botanical Gardens Together

Provided you keep your pooches leashed at all times, then they are welcome to join you for a wonderful day out at Durban Botanical Gardens.

It’s the perfect place to walk your dog and soak up the beauty of Africa’s oldest surviving botanical garden, especially as it’s open seven days a week.

Informal picnics are allowed in the gardens so why not pack in some food for you and some water and treats for your four-legged friend and enjoy the serene beauty of this local Durban attraction?

Entrance is free to all visitors but donations are appreciated.

Note: You are also required to please clean up after your pets. And pets are regrettably not allowed at events held here.

Contact: +27  (031) 322 4021, reception@dbgt.org.za

Website: durbanbotanicgardens.org.za

Address: Durban Botanical Gardens, 9A John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#3 Spoil Pets at The Oyster Box Hotel

Pets are warmly welcomed at this award-winning, five-star Umhlanga hotel. In fact, they even offer superior garden villas with a range of pet beds and menus to make your pets feel as pampered and looked after as you do! These can be arranged in advance to your stay.

And even if you don’t bring your own pet along, the hotel’s resident and somewhat iconic cat, Skabenga, will make sure you have enough pet love during your stay.

For more information on pet offerings, including food options, at The Oyster Box Hotel, please contact the hotel directly.

The Oyster Box Hotel
The Oyster Box Hotel

Contact: +27 (031) 514 5000, restaurants@oysterbox.co.za, info@oysterbox.co.za

Website: www.oysterboxhotel.com

Address: The Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#4 Head to Jameson Park

At Jameson Park, dogs can run free and have a lovely time. It’s the ideal place to take your pooch for a good walk and you’re likely to encounter many fellow dog walkers here.

There is an abundance of greenery and flowers and this park certainly caters well to doggies – that much everyone seems to agree on!

The park is pretty and offers an enjoyable experience for owner and pet to enjoy.

Note: Please pick up after your dog and if your pet is a bit tricky around other dogs, consider keeping it leashed.

Contact: +27 (031) 322 4096

Website: N/A

Address: Jameson Park, Morningside, Berea, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#5 Grab Lunch at Surf Riders Cafe

This popular hangout is also wonderfully pet-friendly. It offers lovely, generously portioned food for all – and there is even a doggie menu!

Food highlights for your furry friend include Deluxe Snack Biscuit, Poochino or the Vegan Bag of Bones.

As the food spot is right on the beach, you also get to enjoy great views and beach-side vibes while you eat… Overall, the experience is fresh and fun for all!

Surf Riders Cafe
Surf Riders Cafe

Contact: +27 (062) 747 7037

Website: N/A

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

#6 Roadtrip to Shongweni Farmers Market

Founded by a family of keen dog lovers, it’s safe to say that Shongweni Farmers Market is one of the best (and few) dog-friendly markets anywhere near Durban. So it’s definitely worth the drive out if you’re based in Durban.

The only condition is that you bring your own bag and leash to ensure your dog is cleaned up after and secure, if needed!

This delightful market, which started in 1998 from humble beginnings, is also child- and wheelchair-friendly so the whole family can have a great time out.

What’s more, the market offers everything from fresh- and deli-produce to clothing and gifts.

Contact: info@shongwenimarket.co.za

Website: www.shongwenimarket.co.za

Address: Shongweni Farmers MarketLot 457, MR551, Shongweni, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Shongweni Farmers Market
Shongweni Farmers Market

#7 Explore Giba Gorge Nature Reserve

Giba Gorge is a great place for the whole family – fur friends included – to go. It offers excellent walking, cycling, horse riding and dog walking opportunities and the chance to get in touch with nature at its finest.

Dogs are most welcome but they must be kept leashed at all times. Please also remember to clean up after your pets.

There is no entry fee to the nature reserve but donations are welcome.

Contact: +27 (060) 458 6726, info@ggep.org

Website: ggep.org

Address: Giba Gorge, Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#8 Stroll along Durban’s Promenade

Durban’s Promenade has long been a favourite among locals and visitors to the city. It’s perfect for walking, jogging or cycling.

It offers beautiful views of the beachfront and provides good exercise for you and your furry friend. Please just remember that pets must be leashed at all times.

The six-kilometre beachfront promenade is also lined by restaurants so you can grab a bite to eat if you feel peckish. And there are also a handful of beaches and other attractions edging or close to the promenade.

Contact: N/A

Website: N/A

Address: Durban Promenade, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 Brunch at Old Town Italy

Old Town Italy via Facebook
Old Town Italy via Facebook

Situated in Umhlanga Rocks, Old Town Italy is one of the most frequently cited pet-friendly eateries near Durban and its surrounds.

This gem is a local favourite, which offers a warm and welcoming taste of Europe right here in South Africa and, better still, it allows dogs to sit outside with their owners.

The restaurant oozes charm and quality so while you enjoy a tasty brunch out in the fresh air, your pooch can keep you company.

Contact: +27 (031) 566 5008

Website: N/A

Address: Old Town Italy, 39 Meridian Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#10 Head to Umhlanga Rocks Promenade

This lovely promenade is a popular place for joggers, couples, families and yes, fur friends too! However, pets must be leashed at all times.

You can do the full 5km stretch or walk as far as you fancy and there are some coffee shops along the way in case you need some java. Plus, the views from the promenade are beautiful so you can soak up the scenery as you stroll, ride or jog.

Contact: N/A

Website: N/A

Address: Umhlanga Rocks Promenade, 70 Marine Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just some of the excellent pet-friendly activities and places in Durban and beyond!

Top 10 Restaurants near Durban Beachfront

Durban Beachfront is famed for its beautiful Promenade, gorgeous beaches and balmy weather, which is great right through the year… but did you know that it’s more than just a haunt for sun lovers and surfers? For here, tucked away most unassumingly, one finds some truly memorable restaurants…

The mood might be lighter than your average SA eatery – but trust us, at these top restaurants in and around Durban Beachfront, the food and ambiance are winners every time:

#1 Havana Grill

This world-class grill, situated at the Suncoast Casino, is one fine eatery to enjoy along Durban’s Golden Mile.

It overlooks the popular Suncoast Beach, boasting 180-degree views, which extend from the Bluff to Umhlanga Rocks.

Not only do they offer an interesting menu, but they also boast an extensive wine list, featuring some top South African wines… Because, at Havana Grill, quality is assured on all fronts.

Contact: +27 (031) 337 1305

Website: www.havanagrill.co.za

Address: Havana Grill, Suncoast Casino, North Beach, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#2 Surf Riders Cafe

If you are looking for a relaxed, fun place to enjoy – and we quote – ‘just good chow’, then Surf Riders Cafe is the place to go for this… and more!

Situated on the Golden Mile, this beach-side cafe is a favourite for breakfasts by the beach, mouth-watering lunches and great drinks, which even include an award-winning wine list!

At Surf Riders Cafe, service is friendly and laid-back, helping to put you at ease and allow you to enjoy the cheerful cafe and all its offerings.

Contact: (062) 747 7037

Website: www.facebook.com/pg/SurfRidersDBN

Address: Surf Riders Cafe, 17 Erskine Terrace, South Beach, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

Surf Riders Cafe via Facebook
Surf Riders Cafe via Facebook

#3 The Ocean Terrace

Found at the glamorous and oh-so-elegant Oyster Box Hotel, this beautiful restaurant is like something out of a dream… And while it is a little further on from the Durban Beachfront, it is certainly worth the journey!

With sweeping views across the warm Indian Ocean and truly stunning decor, The Ocean Terrace always ensures a memorable meal, whatever the occasion.

Serving up a bistro-style menu, this restaurant is perfect for special celebrations, family meals and al fresco dining. There is something for every palate to savour, from freshly baked pizzas to fish and chips or even some excellent seafood!

Other standouts include the popular Curry Buffet – which will tempt true Durbanites and new visitors alike with its sinfully good eats – and tantalising sundowners!

Contact: +27 (031) 514 5000

Website: www.oysterboxhotel.com

Address: The Ocean Terrace, Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa.

#4 Beach Bums

Beach Bums might require a bit of a drive but it’s definitely worth it! And, because it’s something of a Durban favourite, it is a great place to visit.

Forever chilled (since 1997), this restaurant and events venue is found on the shores of Casaurina Beach, and offers wonderful indoor and outdoor seating options alike.

For those craving both sand and sun, Beach Bums is the perfect place – and the meals are suitable for the whole family, meaning no one leaves without a full and contented tummy!

Contact: +27 (032) 943 1132

Website: www.beachbums.co.za

Address: Beach Bums, 65 Casuarina Beach Drive, Tongaat, KZN, South Africa.

Beach Bums via Facebook
Beach Bums via Facebook

#5 Cafe Vacca Matta

This restaurant, martini bar and nightclub is synonymous with stylish nights, delicious food and a host of cocktail delights.

Here, prestige and opulence come together perfectly, but Cafe Vacca Matta still provides guests with a casual ambiance despite this.

It offers a choice between either fine dining or al fresco menus, and this Mediterranean-style restaurant can seat up to 120 people. This makes it ideal for functions and special events, no matter whether they are of a personal or corporate nature.

Note: Restaurant and club times are 8 till late.

Contact: +27 (031) 368 6535

Website: www.vaccamatta.com

Address: Cafe Vacca Matta, 153 Florida Road, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#6 Cargo Hold

Situated within the fun Ushaka Marine World, Cargo Hold is an entrancing dining affair on all accounts!

Dine with the sharks in one of Durban’s most refined and spectacular settings, which lies hidden away in the stern of the Phantom Ship.

And, not only is it elegant but it’s fun too – perhaps best of all though, Cargo Hold offers a great selection of culinary adventures for you to dive right into! They span from countries across the globe, providing a hint of spiciness, exoticism or fruitiness!

In addition to its normal dining options, Cargo Hold is also perfect for corporate affairs or year-end functions.

Please note: Children under 12 are not permitted for dinner, except on Mondays – and the dress code is smart-casual, with preferably no open shoes for the gentleman.

Contact: +27 (031) 328 8065/6/7

Website: www.ushakamarineworld.co.za

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

#7 Wodka Restaurant & Bar

Wodka is a stylish offering and one which is complete with edgy urban decor and oh-so-palatable dishes. These factors combine to make this eatery at The aha Waterfront Hotel & Spa a worthy candidate for fine dining experiences in Durban.

This restaurant and bar overflows with vibrant urban energy, even as it provides guests with a choice between stunning indoor or outdoor spaces to choose from.

It’s perfect for year-round dining and is especially popular for after-work drinks… So be sure to give it a try!

Contact: +27 (031) 332 8190

Website: www.thewaterfronthotel.co.za

Address: Wodka, The aha Waterfront Hotel & Spa, 40 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#8 The Grill Room

Yet another Oyster Box offering, The Grill Room, has been a local institution of note for over 70 years… So, with this restaurant, you know it’s the real deal.

The menu incorporates a variety of classic favourites – thought up by Bea Tollman and brought to life by executive chef, Kevin Joseph – as well as a selection of contemporary creations and signature dishes, which are carefully inspired by global food trends.

Join them for a touch of class and food history in Durban.

Contact: +27 (031) 514 5000

Website: www.oysterboxhotel.com

Address: The Grill Room, Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa.

#9 Cafe Jiran

Cafe Jiran is for the coffee lovers among us… that’s for certain! Situated across from the breezy Durban Promenade, this spacious, tasteful cafe is great for coffee connoisseurs or foodies with a discerning palate.

The menu offers a good choice of options, but choosing a few from them might just be the hardest decision of your day. Still, it will be worth it for whatever you do settle on!

They have everything from nibbles to proper meals and desserts, so whether you’re a health-conscious eater or a true gourmand, there is something here to tickle everyone’s taste buds.

Contact: +27 (031) 332 4485

Website: www.cafejiran.co.za

Address: Cafe Jiran, North Beach, Durban Beach Front, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

#10 Zack’s

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zacks.co.za

This independent cafe, which first opened in 2001, is a true South African-style cafe… Open seven days a week, from 8 till late, Zack’s prides itself on its  flexibility and the ability to cater to every taste out there.

Meanwhile, their colourful, but deadly, cocktail menu keeps their loyal fan base returning for more!

And music forms an integral part of life at Zack’s, particularly as they support local musicians, giving them a stage to perform on.

Contact: (031) 305 1671

Website: www.zacks.co.za

Address: Shop 23, Wilsons Wharf, 14 Boatmans Road, Durban, KZN, South Africa.

These are some of the best eateries in and around Durban’s beautiful Beachfront – and they are just waiting for you!