We’re lucky to live in a city that provides an abundance of culture, history and, most importantly, food. Cape Town is surrounded by great seafood, giving it the ability to immerse its people into a world of fantastic restaurants that serve it. Explore tasting menus that feature incredible dishes, giving the following favourites recognition as some of the best restaurants in the Cape. Take a look at our five ideal picks for you to enjoy.
Cape Town Fish Market
The Cape Town Fish Market (CTFM) is a unique restaurant that has followed changes in the food industry, developing its menu into a fusion of globally inspired foods and Japanese delicacies. Their menu features a coalition of Spanish tapas, Hawaiian bowls, and meat-focused meals, transforming them into a widely loved seafood restaurant. Their highly skilled chefs have experimented with recognised traditional foods and have altered their cooking techniques to provide you with dishes that ensure a unique and memorable dining experience.
The CTFM is a prime destination for the freshest fish, straight out of the ocean. Enjoy a selection of affordable platters, sushi salads, as well as extraordinary sushi that can only be found on the menu of this franchise king. They even cater to the budding seafood lovers to allow for a family night out.
Restaurants in Cape Town have also seen John Dory’s wash up on its shores, and we have our very own branch right here at Canal Walk. Neighbouring the Cape Town Fish Market, this seafood spot offers the latest catch for you to enjoy an affordable lunch or dinner with the whole family. Fall in love with their sushi salads, their catch of the day, or dive into an entire belt of classic and unique sushi inventions so good you won’t even want that extra side of ginger.
Their menu also features an assortment of combos and platters starting at a mere R155. Enjoy combinations of yummy hake fillets, calamari, prawns, chips or rice that are sure to leave you with a full stomach and a full wallet. John Dory’s ensures that every meal is prepared with love and the freshest fish, ethically sourced from their sustainably-driven fishy friends.
You know you’re at an Ocean Basket as soon as you taste their renowned lemon butter sauce, right? What once started with only six tables and a handful of dishes has now become a long-standing franchise recognised around the world.
With 201 restaurants spread across countries including Russia and Mauritius, it goes without saying that this family go-to has dominated the seafood restaurant industry, changing with the times yet still existing as one of the most affordable Cape Town restaurants.
Their meals are created with an ethos driven for the love of family and sharing. Enjoy a simple meal of fish and chips, or satisfy your seafood cravings with sharing platters of calamari, squid, the best rice in the city, and prawns that are going to leave you licking your fingers and wanting more.
Of all our favourites, Fishaways is by far the most affordable Canal Walk restaurant. For a sit-down meal or a quick takeaway, families love a great portion of their traditional fish and chips. This fast-food chain offers both a standard menu, as well as an “under 500 calorie” menu for the health conscious fish lovers.
Their menu is comprised of sharing platters for as little as R130 that offer a sea of hake fillets, calamari, prawns, fish burgers, and wraps. Otherwise, go the healthier route and ask for your meal to be grilled instead of fried.
We mean it when we say that Fishaways didn’t miss the memo when Capetonians became a lot more aware of what they were eating. So, whether you’re in dire need of something deep fried, or you’re focused on healthier alternatives, Fishaways has adjusted their menu to cater to all. Now you can savour their new meals of grilled fish and stir fry, shrimp salad, or even a honey soy fish wrap.
Deciding where to eat in Cape Town is a task that takes more time than finding the next series to watch on Netflix. Yes, the quest for seafood around the city is bound to send you online, searching for the best of the best. So, if you’re on the lookout for some answers, look no further.
Simply Asia, though you may not have expected, is indeed one of our favourite choices for those looking to satisfy their sushi fix. While their menu is predominantly Asian inspired, it still features a variety of sushi options fused with authentic Thai flavours.
Now with 50 stores nationwide, this award-winning food chain offers quality and authenticity. Dine in or grab a takeaway. Whatever it is you’re looking for, you can indulge in their sushi menu of fresh sashimi, inside out rolls, or their chef’s specials.
You don’t have to go far to get what you want in the Mother City. If seafood and sushi are what you’re looking for, you know you can trust in Canal Walk to have you filled and fulfilled.