Fresh fish smoked over oak fires

The Smokeries are an integral part of Mariner’s Wharf. Out of the smokeries comes our famous smoked snoek, smoked over genuine oakwood, from trees that are pruned or condemned. We are environmentally conscious, and no oak is especially cut from healthy trees.

When the Smokeries are operating, the warm freshly-smoked fish literally flies off the shelves in the Fishmarket. Besides snoek, other varieties of fish such as tuna and angelfish are also produced.

Two qualities of smoked snoek are produced in the smokeries, one being the top-of-the-range Cape Coast® brand from a recipe that has been passed down from one generation of the Dorman family to the next. It has a distinctive taste and homely brown colour, and is much sought-after by locals and tourists alike.

The Smokeries also produce the well-known Smokiesnoek® brand. This is more of a cooked product at a more affordable price.


An age-old tradition

Oak-wood fires are prepared and patiently tended to before the smoking process begins and the age-old process of salting and cleaning of the fish before smoking creates a bustle of activity in the Smokeries.


Freshly smoked fish

On days when the smokeries is operating, the warm freshly smoked fish literally flies off the shelves in the Fishmarket


From generation to generation

Our top-of-the-range Cape Coast brand of smoked snoek is from a recipe that has been passed down from one generation of the Dorman family to the next.

What people are saying


Always a winner for the best seafood in Cape Town!


Fish and chips delish! There is a queue but it moves fast. They have sauvignon blanc, Hunters Cider, live music, lively scenery. Expensive curio shops but lovely trinkets. Lovely walk down the quay


Fantastic shops with lots of gifts, treats, snacks and delicacies!


There are many places in Cape Town, who make an awesome Fish & Chips parcel, but Mariner's Wharf makes the best Calamari & Chips. The taste and quality have been consistent, over my lifetime of coming here.

Food was divine. We bought the family meal which came packaged perfectly. More than enough for 4 people....maybe 5 or 6. Host was extremely friendly and informative. There was a long line but it went relatively quickly. Was full but managed to find seating. Overall was such a nice day and lunch with my family.

The best cajun calamari in Cape Town. Wonderful venue and great staff. Always a wonderful welcome from them. We only have cajun calamari, just can't try anything else!


Best fish and chips ever. Fish batter beautifully crispy.

The best snoek and chips in the world. Best view in Houtbay. The best of Cape Town.
You really feel like a tourist in your own town, when you have some sea food at Mariner's Wharf. Old school soul food.
Best seafood ever.
Amazing food! Couldn't risk the food getting cold, so we stopped at a viewing point and enjoyed in the car!
Wow!! The seafood platter was amazing!! The sea, sand, seagulls completed the meal!! LOVE on a plate!! Thank you! You cannot visit Cape Town and not have a meal here.
Authentic Fish & Chips so fresh off the trawlers! No better place to eat it than right on the wharf in the sun and cool sea breeze with seals barking and waves splashing...
Wonderful fish, tastes delicious
Enver Halim
The hake was so crispy and fresh!! The calamari was the best I've actually had.

Best fish in Cape Town! The prices are affordable and the quality is exceptional. Perfect place to take the family for fish extravaganza.

The best fish and chips in Cape Town. Crunchy battered fish fresh off the boat 😉. Very well organised for COVID with fast friendly service.
Very unique experience. The smell and the sound of the sea right next to you. Staff makes you feel welcome. Will definitely visit again.
(34°02’49.70 S 18°20’53.60 E)
Harbour Road, Hout Bay
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa