Top 10 Restaurants in the South Coast

The South Coast is a special, diverse region – situated on the southern coast of KZN, South Africa – that offers glorious outdoor experiences, charming holiday towns and beautiful beaches for visitors and locals to enjoy.

In this post, we look at the top ten restaurants found along KZN’s alluring South Coast, so you can enjoy the best eats, relaxing accommodation finds and outdoor beauty in one dazzling trip.

Here, in no particular order, are the ten best restaurants in the South Coast:

#1 Flavours Restaurant

For those seeking a selection of quality food from around the world (with a South African spin), Flavours is the one to try.

This popular Ramsgate restaurant is known for its good service, delicious food and pleasant dining experience.

Add to that, food made using the freshest local ingredients and attention to detail and you have an all-round satisfying eatery.

Menu highlights include options like Oxtail Pasties, Spicy Moroccan Lamb, Homemade Tomato Soup, Aubergine Stack and Thai Green Curry, to name only a few of the delicacies you can enjoy here.

Contact: +27 (039) 314 4370

Website: N/A

Address: Flavours Restaurant, The Lifestyle Village, 2450 Marine Drive, Ramsgate, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#2 C-Bali Restaurant

Anyone desiring a gorgeous, family-friendly eatery that specialises in seafood and sushi will love C-Bali.

This local institution, found in Shelly Beach, offers everything from gourmet burgers to stunning seafood.

What’s more, it even has its own craft gin bar and cocktail deck, meaning they serve up some specialty drinks alongside the delicious fare.

With a fun vibe, beautiful, ocean-fronting location and good service to boot, it isn’t hard to see why this is one of the most well-loved eateries in the South Coast!

Contact: +27 (039) 315 0473, cbali.kzn@gmail.com

Website: cbali.co.za

Address: C-Bali Restaurant, 1 Bay Road, St Michael’s on Sea, Shelly Beach, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

C-Bali Restaurant via Facebook
C-Bali Restaurant via Facebook

#3 Jaxx Restaurant

Situated in Port Shepstone, Jaxx Restaurant is another local institution of note. It is known and loved for its incredible food (everything from divine pizzas to juicy ribs), wonderful atmosphere and beautiful views.

At Jaxx Restaurant, diners can enjoy quality dining for all, with tasty food that will both tantalise and satisfy your senses.

Jaxx Restaurant is one of the best eateries anywhere – not just in the South Coast – and is therefore an unmissable local spot!

Contact: +27 (072) 120 8767

Website: N/A

Address: Jaxx Restaurant, Old Saint Faiths Road, Umtentweni, Port Shepstone, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Jaxx Restaurant via Facebook
Jaxx Restaurant via Facebook

#4 The Lobster Pot

The Lobster Pot is one of the oldest restaurants anywhere in the South Coast- and yet, it is also one of the most consistently good!

Here, at this popular Ramsgate restaurant, they are all about delicious seafood and other good food – offered at reasonable prices to suit every budget.

No matter whether you try the famous lobster, calamari, platters or grill specialties – whatever you order here is sure to be great!

Contact: +27 (039) 314 9809 or 081 348 2603, thelobsterpot@telkomsa.net

Website: lobsterpot.co.za

Address: The Lobster Pot, Lot 955, Marine Drive, Ramsgate, Margate, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#5 The Cellar at Honeywood

For those seeking gourmet dining along the South Coast, it’s impossible to go wrong at The Cellar at Honeywood. Situated in Sea Park, just some five kilometres north of Port Shepstone, guests can find this special restaurant.

Here, you can enjoy an intimate, elegant dining experience, with contemporary, fusion-style cooking and great service from husband-and-wife team, chef Dylan and Kate Smith.

The Cellar provides a memorable dining experience that stays with you long after you leave its welcoming embrace.

Contact: +27 (039) 695 1036, info@thecellarsa.co.za

Website: www.honeywoodsa.co.za

Address: The Cellar at Honeywood, 32 Abelia Crescent, Sea Park, Port Shepstone, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The Cellar Restaurant at Honeywood via Facebook
The Cellar Restaurant at Honeywood via Facebook

#6 La Capannina Italian Restaurant

If you fancy a little taste of Italy in the South Coast, then you really can’t go wrong with the lovely La Capannina Italian Restaurant.

This little Ramsgate eatery is your ticket to a true taste of Italy in the stunning South Coast.

With the choice between cosy indoor seating or the beautiful al fresco deck, with ocean views for days, guests are spoilt for choice when visiting this popular place.

And let’s not forget all that mouthwatering Italian cuisine and excellent service to ensure an all-round quality meal!

Contact: +27 (039) 317 1078, lacapramsgate@gmail.com

Website: www.lacapannina.co.za

Address: La Capannina Italian Restaurant, 206 Marine Drive, Ramsgate, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#7 Bell and Anchor Restaurant

Found in Scottburgh, Bell and Anchor Restaurant is another local gem.

Here, guests can enjoy incredible seafood and steaks. Recently, they have also added a tasty sushi menu to the mix!

In addition to its quality service and delicious meals, Bell and Anchor also doubles as a lovely party and wedding venue, perfect for celebrating your special occasions.

Contact: +27 (039) 976 0867

Website: N/A

Address: Bell and Anchor Restaurant, 131 Marine Terrace, Scottburgh, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Bell and Anchor Restaurant via Facebook
Bell and Anchor Restaurant via Facebook

#8 The Packshed by Sweetdale

The Packshed by Sweetdale is an amazing, award-winning restaurant that needs very little introduction. Here, visitors can enjoy a range of simple, yet divine artisanal tastes, inspired by the hosts’ travels around the globe.

This marvellous Margate restaurant – which also doubles as a classy events space – offers a range of delectable dishes and good service in a memorable setting.

While you are at The Packshed by Sweetdale, stop by the farm stall (if it’s open) for some excellent, take-home foodie finds!

Contact: +27 (078) 812 7272, info@thepackshed.co.za

Website: thepackshed.co.za

Address: The Packshed at Sweetdale, Old Izotsha Road, Farm 23
Margate, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 Trattoria La Terrazza

This beautiful restaurant on the river is one of the most glorious finds in the South Coast. Here, guests can enjoy gorgeous food – everything from wood-fired pizzas to a wonderful range of Italian pasta dishes – in the loveliest setting.

Despite its effortless elegance, this restaurant – fondly known as ‘The Tratt’ – is far from pretentious, making it even more of a landmark South Coast destination.

In addition to its restaurant joys, you can also host functions and pretty weddings here thanks to their delightful venue space.

Contact: +27 (039) 316 6162, thetrattsouthbroom@gmail.com

Website: trattoria.co.za

Address: Trattoria La Terrazza, Umkobi Beach, Southbroom, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Trattoria La Terrazza via Facebook
Trattoria La Terrazza via Facebook

#10 Pavilion Italian Restaurant

Another Italian gem found in the South Coast is undoubtedly Pavilion Italian Restaurant.

At this Uvongo eatery, guests can enjoy pleasant beachside dining… It doesn’t hurt that the views from this local favourite are also great!

This beautiful, relaxed family-style restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy great food, lovely service and special moments with your closest friends and family.

Contact: +27 (039) 315 0010, pavilionuvongo@gmail.com

Website: N/A

Address: Pavilion Italian Restaurant, Uvongo Beach, Uvongo, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

These are just ten of the top South Coast restaurants to discover!

Plan your South Coast getaway today!

Top 10 Restaurants Near Margate

The charming seaside resort town of Margate, situated in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal province, is a wonderful place to explore. It offers gorgeous views, pristine beaches and an overall fun atmosphere.

Best of all, it also has a number of lovely eateries to enjoy, both in Margate and its surrounds.

Here are the ten best restaurants in and around Margate:

#1 The Packshed by Sweetdale

This award-winning restaurant is a gem among eateries. Here, guests can enjoy “artisanal tastes of simplicity”, inspired by the hosts’ global travels and the food they sampled on them.

Best of all, this elegant eatery – which also doubles as a stylish events venue – has something for everyone and uses home-grown ingredients, many of which are grown on their farm and harvested daily, ensuring optimal organic freshness.

Tuck into divine dishes like spicy prawns with olive and fennel (starter), pork belly or wood board salmon, rump steak or a selection of delicious desserts, including citrus brulee tart and Swiss chocolate fondant.

While you are visiting, pop into the farm stall if it’s open and stock up on some foodie essentials.

Contact: +27 (078) 812 7272, info@thepackshed.co.za

Website: thepackshed.co.za

Address: The Packshed at Sweetdale, Old Izotsha Road, Farm 23
Margate, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Sean van Tonder Photography via The Packshed
Sean van Tonder Photography via The Packshed

#2 Senzi’s Grill & Butcher Restaurant

If you are looking for mouthwatering meat braaied to perfection, then look no further than popular Senzi’s.

Run by husband-and-wife team, Michael and Senzi Fey, Senzi’s has cemented itself as a local institution in the area and offers you a choice between a delicious a la carte menu or their famous shisanyama.

With indoor and outdoor seating alike, Senzi’s offers a relaxed, yet tasty meal experience for visitors.

They also have an upmarket lounge, Senzi’s Lounge, as well as a more VIP experience in Senzi’s VIP Lounge – both of which add to the overall Senzi’s package. This means they are also available for hosting memorable private functions.

Contact: +27 (039) 312 1203, senzinokwe@telkomsa.net/senzisbutchergrill@gmail.com

Website: www.senzisonfaya.co.za

Address: Senzi’s, 3145 William-O-Conner Drive (Marine Parade), Margate, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#3 The Waffle House

Established in 1957, The Waffle House is one of the longest-standing, most well-loved family restaurants near Margate.

Nestled in the subtropical vegetation of the Ramsgate Lagoon, this popular spot doesn’t just offer you an excellent dining experience – they also invite you to browse for art, pottery, curios and crafts at Gaze Gallery or the Basket Shop.

Additionally, they offer a fun, well-equipped play area for kiddies, making them especially great for visiting families to enjoy.

If you love a good waffle (and who doesn’t?) – this is the place to go to make all your sweet – or savoury waffle – dreams come true!

Contact: +27 (039) 314 9424, manager@wafflehouse.co.za

Website: www.wafflehouse.co.za

Address: The Waffle House, Lot 839, Marine Drive, Ramsgate, Margate, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Boston Brew Cafe, courtesy of The Waffle House via Facebook
Boston Brew Cafe, courtesy of The Waffle House via Facebook

#4 CBali Restaurant 

Another family-friendly spot is the excellent, seaside restaurant: CBali Restaurant. Here, you can enjoy the very best in relaxed, yet fun dining, top quality food and friendly service to boot.

CBali’s menu offers hints of Thai and French cuisine, enhanced by locally produced food and fresh seafood.

What’s more, they have a great cocktail bar, with everything from original to mainstream cocktails and shooters. They also have craft beer and specialty gins available.

CBali is ideal for everyone from travellers passing through to locals and families with kids alike.

Contact: +27 (039) 315 0473, cbali.kzn@gmail.com

Website: www.cbali.co.za

Address: CBali Restaurant, 1 Bay Road, St Michaels on Sea Beach, Shelly Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#5 The Lobster Pot

The Lobster Pot is among the oldest restaurants in the South Coast. These seafood specialists are all about offering great, local food, reasonable prices (to suit all budgets) and a memorable eat out experience.

Whether you enjoy their famous lobster, crayfish, prawns, oysters or calamari, opt for a platter to try something of everything or order a delicious grill (ideal if you’re not a seafood fan) – this eatery has something for all palates.

Join them for a great meal in the South Coast – especially if you love good seafood!

Contact: +27 (039) 314 9809 or 081 348 2603, thelobsterpot@telkomsa.net

Website: lobsterpot.co.za

Address: The Lobster Pot, Lot 955, Marine Drive, Ramsgate, Margate, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#6 Larry’s Restaurant

A short drive away, one finds this Uvongo-based eatery. Their original Margate branch consistently wowed locals and travellers alike over the years and although it has sadly closed down – you can still enjoy the newer Uvongo branch.

Larry’s Restaurant is another family-friendly restaurant that is well-known for its great, welcoming atmosphere, mouthwatering food and good service.

If you are visiting the South Coast, add Larry’s Family Restaurant to your restaurant list.

Contact:  +27 (039) 315 0190, lholtz@vodamail.co.za

Website: N/A

Address: Larry’s Restaurant, Saints View Building, Lot 9, Stafford Road,  Uvongo, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#7 Breakers Restaurant

Breakers Restaurant via Facebook
Breakers Restaurant via Facebook

Another nearby Uvongo offering is Breakers Restaurant. At this restaurant, guests can enjoy great service, quality meals and a lovely, elegant South Coast atmosphere.

Although they are primarily considered a seafood restaurant, they have a nice, varied menu, offering everything from fresh starters to gourmet burgers, wraps and salads, ensuring there is something for everyone.

Visit them for a delightful meal in the beautiful South Coast.

Contact: +27 (039) 315 6174

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Address: Breakers Restaurant, Grado Centre, Marine Drive, Uvongo, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#8 Green Chilli Fine Dining Restaurant

For those seeking an authentic Indian cuisine experience, Green Chilli is for you. With good food, warm service and a pleasant restaurant atmosphere, Green Chilli is another great local spot.

Offering authentic North Indian food at its best, Green Chilli has delicacies like full chicken tikka, creamy butter chicken, spicy breyani, tandoori garlic/ragin or butter naans – and so much more to enjoy!

Best of all, you can enjoy sit-down dining or grab a takeaway to go.

Contact: +27 (039) 315 0042, pgovender548@gmail.com

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Address: Green Chilli Fine Dining Restaurant, Shop No 1, Deja Vu Boulevard, Marine Drive, Shelley Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#9 Mariners Seafood Restaurant & Shipwreck Pub

Situated right on the beach, with excellent sea views, Mariners is another popular local seafood restaurant. They offer good food, fair service and dreamy views of nearby Marina Beach.

A short while ago, they changed management and apparently the changes have been positive overall.

Join them for a South Coast meal with a pretty sea view.

Contact:  +27 (039) 313 0448, marinersseafood@mweb.co.za

Website: N/A

Address: Mariner’s Seafood Restaurant, 62 Marine Drive, Marina Beach, Margate, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

#10 Village Tavern Coffee Café

Village Tavern Coffee Café via Facebook
Village Tavern Coffee Café via Facebook

Last but not least we have the trendy Village Tavern Coffee Café. They offer a range of coffees and CBD products and treats, as well as a great range of food and alcohol.

This coffee shop looks tranquil, yet vibey and offers both indoor seating and outdoor seating in a pleasant, walled courtyard-type space.

Join them for some great drinks and tasty food.

Contact: vtcoffeecafe@gmail.com

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Address: Village Tavern Coffee Café, Corner Valley and National Road, Margate, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Book your stay in marvellous Margate today!