On the Cape West Coast you can peruse any menu and take your pick of the freshest seafood plucked out of the icy Atlantic Ocean. Along the Cape Overberg you can watch whales from your table and in the Cape Garden Route there are dolphins to spot while you eat your fill. While summertime in Cape Town and the Western Cape is epitomised by having your favourite ice-cold drink in hand as you enjoy the brilliant sunset at dinner.
However, there are a handful of superb restaurants that are actually right on the beach; no-shoes-required kind of places where you can wiggle your toes in the sand in delight at the scrumptious local food:
The Grand Cafe & Beach
There’s an eclectic feel to this steel warehouse-turned-chic beach restaurant. Book a table on the sand or relax on the classic Salvador Dali lip-shaped sofa on the beach. You can’t go wrong with their oysters.
CAPE WEST COAST REGION
Muisbosskerm – Lambert’s Bay
They punt themselves as being the first open air restaurant in South Africa and have been voted as having one of the best sea views at a restaurant by National Geographic. The menu boasts the Western Cape delicacies of bokkoms (a fish snack) and waterblommetjie bredie (a stew made using a local flower). It’s a must for seafood lovers.
Boesmanland Plaaskombuis – Langebaan
Food is made in a traditional South African way and all the dishes are prepared on open fires in big black pots every day and served on enamel plates. Their specialty dishes include black mussels in garlic and snoek (a fish famous on the Cape West Coast) prepared on hot coals. You can bring your own wine, champagne or juice and there’s no corkage fee.
Die Strandloper – Langebaan
Die Strandloper is a culinary institution in Langebaan and you can spend hours there stuffing yourself with their mouthwatering 10 course all-you-can-eat meals. It’s a very casual atmosphere – you can bring along your own alcohol, beach games and even musical instruments. Please take note that they don’t have credit card facilities.
Strandkombuis – Yzerfontein
This seafood restaurant is situated on the Sixteen Mile Beach, the longest uninterrupted sandy beach on the South African coastline. It’s a great spot to go to even if the weather isn’t great because you’re sheltered under a Bedouin tent and there are even fireplaces for colder days. They do not have credit card facilities.
CAPE GARDEN ROUTE REGION
De Vette Mossel – Mossel Bay
Everybody is welcomed here with a complimentary glass of Cape wine just to whet your appetite for the nine course seafood meal to follow. Come hungry because it’s an all-you-can-eat extravaganza. Look out for the ostrich meat dish or place a special order for West Coast Rock Lobster. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol at no extra charge, but they do not have credit card facilities.