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 10 Family Friendly Restaurants 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.

It is the perfect place for a family holiday, particularly as the Dolphin Coast offers plenty of excellent, family friendly places to eat at and enjoy.

Here is a list of the best family friendly spots near Ballito and surrounds:

#1 La Piazza

This family-orientated continental cafe and eatery is the perfect place to go with the kids, as it even offers its own Bambini kids club!

The indoor kids’ area offers plenty to keep little minds entertained and busy little bees occupied with pure fun. Kids can climb the jungle gym, play arcade games, watch a good film on the big screen or even enjoy some creative sand art.

Best of all, there is no compromise on quality food and a memorable dining experience because La Piazza is a delight all around, providing families with delicious, fresh Italian cuisine, available for enjoyment at breakfast, lunch or dinner… There is everything from pizza to pasta and focaccia too!

And with full-time childminders present, parents can enjoy the best peace of mind and relaxed eating without stressing about their little ones. La Piazza also caters to children’s parties, with a wonderful secure outdoor area available too.

If you are looking for one of the best family restaurants in Ballito, stop the search at La Piazza.

Contact: +27 (032) 586 3565 /(032) 946 1527,


Location: La Piazza, Ballito, KZN

#2 45 on Eat Street

45 on Eat Street
45 on Eat Street

45 on Eat Street is a lovely, tastefully decorated space for families and friends to enjoy together. They offer a delightful outdoor play area, complete with a stylish wood play house, swings, outdoor games and more. Attentive childminders keep an eye on the kids while parents enjoy chatting and eating with pure peace of mind.

They offer incredible, seasonally-inspired food, sumptuous restaurant interiors (designed with the greatest attention-to-detail) and good service.

For parents looking for an upmarket, yet still wholly child-friendly restaurant, 45 on Eat Street is ideal.

Contact: +27  (087) 460 0085 /(032) 586 8168,


Location: 45 on Eat Street, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, CNR 398/445 Main Road, Ballito, KZN

#3 Pappa G’s

Pappa G’s – formerly known as Mamma G’s – is a lovely, relaxed family friendly restaurant in Ballito.

This ristorante cafe takes pride in its cuisine, offering authentic Italian food at its best. (And if you are not in the mood for Italian, there are other menu options available too.)

The atmosphere is relaxing, the owners and staff are welcoming and locals agree the food is sublime. It is the perfect place to go for a child-friendly meal, especially as kiddies love Pappa G’s – and the food  -as much as the adults!

What’s more, food is of a high quality, service is a treat and the dining experience is peaceful from start to end.

Contact: +27 (032) 946 2214 ,

Website: N/A

Location: Pappa G’s, Shop H5, Ballito Junction Shopping Centre, Ballito, KZN

Pappa G's via Facebook
Pappa G’s via Facebook

#4 Sage Cafe and Deli

Sage Cafe and Deli – the self-professed “home of of delicious coffee & scrumptious food” – is a charming, family friendly place for all to enjoy. It is a short drive from Ballito but well worth a good visit.

Open daily, Sage Cafe and Deli offers a delectable selection of breakfast and lunch options. They have everything from homemade cakes and desserts to classic breakfasts, mezze platters, gourmet burgers, baked goods, pizzas and more.

They also have a pretty extensive kiddies’ section on the menu, encompassing everything from kiddies’ breakfasts and drinks to meals, toasted sandwiches, drinks and sweets to ensure lunchtime happiness for the little ones.

Stand-out kids’ options include mouthwatering dishes like penne with ham and cream cheese sauce, ice cream and chocolate sauce, crumpet/French toast with maple syrup and more.

Additionally, there is kids’ entertainment thanks to a great outdoor play area (even equipped with a climbing castle) and a beautiful, airy dining experience, with indoor and outdoor seating alike.

Overall, Sage Cafe and Deli is a wonderful spot for the whole family to enjoy a good meal and quality time together in a gorgeous setting.

Contact: +27 (032) 525 8059,


Location: Sage Cafe and Deli, Old Fort Road, Salt Rock, KZN

Sage Cafe and Deli
Sage Cafe and Deli

#5 The Shed

A short drive out of Ballito (no more than 15 km by the longest route), one finds The Shed.

This rustic outdoor eatery and bar, situated at Litchi Orchard, offers a fun experience for young and old, with excellent, unpretentious food and great service to top it off.

There is a nice play area on the lawns for kids to enjoy and a child-friendly menu, which includes options like burgers, toasties, wood-fired pizza and more. High chairs and a changing facility (in the ladies’ room) are also available.

It is perfect for lazy lunches with the family, with plenty of space for kids to roam around in the fresh air and play before or after the meal… This is a wonderful outdoor dining experience for all.

Contact: +27  (061) 359 4067,


Location: The Shed, Litchi Orchard, Salt Rock, KZN

#6 Wonderland Coffee

While it is situated a short drive (less than 7 km away if you take the quickest route) from Ballito, Wonderland Coffee is a nice spot for families.

The ultimate coffee-focused retreat, Wonderland Coffee provides guests with a great cafe experience. Food is available but coffee is definitely the focal point here.

The setting of this vintage-style cafe is idyllic, with modern touches, divine aromas and good service to enhance it even more.

It is child-friendly, with its own entrancing jungle gym, Vortex 3000… Oh and their gigantic cookies are sure to be a big hit among children and adults alike!

So if you are looking for a lovely coffee shop for the whole family to visit, Wonderland Coffee is for you.

Contact: +27 (078) 168 1792,

Website: N/A

Location: Wonderland Coffee, Linc Campus, Salt Rock, KZN

#7 Burnedale Cafe

Burnedale Cafe via Facebook
Burnedale Cafe via Facebook

Although not in Ballito, Burnedale Cafe is a short drive (less than 7 km away by the fastest route) from Ballito so it certainly deserves a mention.

This rustic, country spot is ideal for families who wish to escape the suburbs and enjoy some peace and quiet. Located on a farm, with some cute farm animals on-site, and a wonderful play ground, Burnedale Cafe is extremely child-friendly.

As the little ones play and explore, adults can tuck into lovely, fresh food (like wood-fired pizza, a burger and beer or coffee and cake) or browse the little shops.

This is a very popular place among children and provides a pleasant experience for young and old alike.

Contact: +27 (032) 947 0133,

Website: N/A

Location: Burnedale Cafe, 1 Salt Rock Road, Umhlali, KZN.

#8 Thava Indian Restaurant

Thava Indian Restaurant Ballito
Thava Indian Restaurant Ballito

If you are looking for a classic Indian eatery, Thava Indian Restaurant is your one-stop in Ballito for all the best curries, biryanis, stews, rice dishes, traditional breads, Indian desserts, specialty coffees and so much more mouthwatering goodness!

Service is friendly, the views are excellent (especially from the balcony) and they even offer a kids’ menu, meaning everyone is welcome here.

The restaurant is warm and cosy, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a family lunch or dinner, especially with your tweens or teens.

Contact: +27 (078) 802 7427,


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

#9 Old North Karibu

If you love a relaxing restaurant experience with beautiful scenery, then Old North Karibu – a short drive from Ballito – is for you.

This good restaurant and bar even offers a lovely play area for kiddies to enjoy while you dine. There is a tramopline, wooden adventure and for special occasions, like kiddies’ parties, a jumping castle too.

There is a nice kiddies’ section on the menu, with meals like chicken strips and chips, mac and cheese, kiddies’ beef/chicken burgers and pizzas too!

They are also pet-friendly (provided you keep pooches leashed and clean up after your doggies) so this is an ideal place for the family to go and enjoy a good meal overlooking a pretty dam at Karibu Farm.

They also have live music and broadcast key sporting events… So, all in all, it makes for a nice family friendly outing and fun meal for all.

Contact: +27 (032) 947 0520


Location: Old North Karibu, Salt Rock Road, Umhlali, KZN

These are just a few of the best family friendly eateries near beautiful Ballito!

#10 Turn ‘n Tender

This long-standing, legendary steakhouse is a family friendly restaurant with good food, generous portions, sound service and a lovely restaurant atmosphere.

It might be better suited to older kids, like tweens and teens who are comfortable dining quietly, but it is nevertheless a nice place for the whole family to enjoy a hearty meal.

Contact: +27 (032) 586 0975,


Location: Turn ‘n Tender, Ballito Junction, Ballito, KZN.

These are just some of the best family friendly spots in and around beautiful Ballito!

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