Africa’s very first harbourfront emporium

The Wharfside Grill is regarded as one of Africa’s best seafood restaurants, not only for its authentic harbourside ambience and spectacular bay views, but because of the amazing food it serves - the lobsters, the prawns, fisherman's baskets and innovations like Calaprawnia® and Houtbaisse®.

Although seating more than 350 diners when full, privacy does not take second place. There are also six private dining cabins themed to seafaring history and famous ships, such as Queen Mary, Shipwreck, Navy and those of the Union-Castle line, including the actual 8 foot 11 inches model of the Pendennis Castle, their flagship which frequented the Cape.

With many olden-day maritime artefacts surrounding you, you can be forgiven for thinking you are taking a step back in history when entering The Wharfside Grill.

Besides which it’s good to know that Wharfside Grill has been open for over 35 years which few, if any, other local restaurants can claim - and still be pulling in the crowds.

Please note that whilst Wharfside Grill Restaurant is open, there are limitations on the number of diners seated at any one time and alcohol may not be served. This is until further notice due to government-imposed Covid regulations.

35 years of rich maritime history

A unique harbourfront emporium
Since opening its doors in 1984, Mariner's Wharf, with its enviable position right on the edge of the sea and at the end of Hout Bay beach, continues to entice visitors from near and far. The Wharfside Grill Restaurant through the years has been the mainstay of Mariner's Wharf delighting patrons with its many displays of maritime mementos and interesting pieces collected from around the world.

The impressive collection includes a 8 foot 11 inch builder's model of the Pendennis Castle gracing the Union-Castle dining cabin and a ship's figurehead of Lord Nelson, an impressive presence at the entrance of The Wharfside Grill.

The five impressive private dining cabins each have their own bona-fide decor. The Queen Mary, Shipwreck, Navy, Masthead and Union-Castle shipping line cabins display mementos which have been broadened over the years with the discovery of more interesting pieces.

We invite you to take a meander around our expansive restaurant and enjoy our rich maritime culture that has something interesting to see or read at every turn.

What people are saying

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