Best Bites in the Quaint South African Beach Town of Camps Bay

by Sandy Salle on August 16, 2012



Guest post by Cape Fusion Tour Guide, Pam McOnie

This section aims to be an update of new restaurants that I have tried or want to try in Cape Town and the surrounding wine regions. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list—merely a list of what looks really exciting for this season. We are blessed to live in Cape Town, a creative hub where new restaurants open all the time. As such, our aim is to keep working our way through the exciting offerings in our city! (See the bottom of this post for links to Pam’s past blog posts on dining in and around Cape Town)

Camps Bay is our “Miami area” in Cape Town. It boasts a wonderful long beach, lined with palm trees and a row of bars and restaurants that overlook it. This is the best spot to watch the sun setting accompanied by sundowner drinks. As it is so gorgeous, one simply does not mind the fact that there are very few high-end gems on the strip.

Some nice restaurants in the area are:

The Codfather: This local eatery is a simple seafood restaurant that offers a wide variety of fresh seafood. With a casual, relaxed atmosphere, they offer good sushi and some great seafood dishes! For main dishes, you are led off to the fish counter where you can a combination of a variety of fresh fish, including calamari, prawns of different sizes, lobster etc. And, as always, you always end up choosing more then you can eat – so hold back on the sushi!


Image above of the Codfather restaurant taken from the Codfather website.

Preparation is simple – you can have your dish plain or Cajun.  The formula of excellent fresh seafood is a winner – so make sure you put a booking in for the Codfather. My advice would be to go early and watch the sunset with cocktails on the main road and then head to the Codfather for dinner. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 37 The Drive Camps Bay (behind the Pick n’Pay on the main Rd). Tel +27 (0)21 438 0782/3

The Grand: This restaurant boasts a great setting right across from the ocean. It is the perfect spot to roll into from the beach and enjoy some cocktails and a relaxing dinner. The décor strikes me as slightly colonial in nature. The setting is lovely and the food is good. Prices are on the higher end of the spectrum. 35 Victoria Rd, Camps Bay. Tel: +27 [0]21 438 4253 Closed on Mondays

The Kove: I love this restaurant for its fantastic décor and great ambiance, which is created with chilled lounge music – this is a wonderful spot to have sundowner drinks followed by dinner. The staff is all really nice and very attentive and friendly.  We have had some wonderful evenings here. The food is what I would think of as comfort food – nice, without trying to be too fancy or pretentious. They do really good steaks as they only serve meat that has been allowed to mature. Location: Camps Bay promenade, Victoria Rd – close to the Pick n’Pay side. Tel no: 021 438 0012

Image above of The Kove, taken from The Kove website.

The Sandbar: This chilled-out beach restaurant is where everyone goes to people watch! Nope, it is not a gourmet spot – but I can highly recommend the cocktails and the spinach salad and the steak roll! This is an absolute favorite lurking spot in summer after the beach or after work on a hot night. Open daily. 31 Victoria Road, Camps Bay Tel: 021 438 8336

Image above of Sandbar taken from the Sandbar website.

If you missed Parts I, II, III, IV, V, or VI of this post, view them by clicking the links below:

This Article was written by Pamela McOnie who contributes to the foodie side of this website and also offers private guiding services and gourmet & wine tours of the Cape region.

Have a question for Pam or want to have Pam guide your next tour to Cape Winelands? Contact us today.

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