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Top 10 Waterfront Restaurants And Bars In Durban, South Africa

Picture of Corlena Bailey
Updated: 9 February 2017
Along the coastline of the Indian Ocean you will find the vibrant metropolis of Durban with many restaurants and bars in which to enjoy the stunning view across the waters. We feature the top 10 waterfront restaurants and bars in this South African city.

Beach Bums

Located along the shores of Casaurina Beach, Beach Bums is a fun-filled family-friendly restaurant and bar where you can enjoy perfectly blended cocktails alongside tasty dishes. The name suggests that Beach Bums is a laid-back spot to hang-out; that is true in the day time. In the night, Beach Bums is transformed into an up-tempo setting. The restaurant provides delicious meals prepared by expert chefs which can be served indoors or outdoors. Have your meal and cocktail outdoors underneath swaying palm trees as you enjoy the tropical breeze.
Beach Bums, 65 Casuarina Rd., Genazzano, South Africa, +27 32 943 1132

Joe Cool’s

Located right on the beach front with a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean is Joe Cool’s, a long established and popular hang-out spot for Durban’s elites. Joe Cool’s is a stylishly decorated establishment featuring seven fully stocked bars where you can order some of the best cocktails and shooters in town. The place may need a little refurbishing, but once you taste their famous cocktails, served by expert bartenders, you will want to stay there for the whole night. You can order a delicious meal with your drink.
Joe Cool’s, 137 O R Tambo Parade, Durban, South Africa, +27 31 332 0977

Bel Punto

Bel Punto is the perfect spot if you want to experience fine dining at an Italian restaurant with a stunning ocean view. The sophisticated establishment with its tasteful decor offers a large indoor dining area as well as an equally large terrace with a clear view of the Indian Ocean. You can order a bottle of quality wine from their extensive wine list to go with your meal, or ask the bartender to whip up a mean cocktail especially for you.
Bel Punto, 1 South Beach Rd., Umdloti Beach, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa, +27 31 568 2407

Moyo

A beautiful waterfront restaurant and bar is Moyo. Moyo (which means heart) is situated right at the end of one of Durban’s famous piers, offering a panoramic view of the Golden Mile as it gently curves from the harbor to Moses Mabhida Stadium and beyond. At Moyo they’re also experts in cooking African dishes. Enjoy the soulful music of African jazz playing in the background as you dine in elegance. Moyo’s staff are friendly and willing to comply with any request.
Moyo, 1 Bell St, uShaka Marine World, Point, Durban, South Africa, +27 11 452 8770

Moyo Pier. Durban |© South African Tourism/Flickr

Havana Grill

Havana Grill is a fantastic restaurant located on the famous Golden Mile beachfront. The venue has an outstanding 180-degree view of the sea. The classy environment suggests this restaurant is all about good food, wine, cigars, good company and friendly vibes. All their cigars are imported from Cuba, and they have non-smoking areas for those who don’t wish to smoke. However, the main reason this place attracts so many visitors are its delicious meat and seafood dishes that are renowned worldwide. Enjoy the delicious taste of prime beef, tender chicken, voluptuous king prawn and other delectable meals, all cooked to perfection.
Havana Grill, Shop # 42, Suncoast Casino, Battery Beach Rd., Durban, South Africa, +27 31 337 1305

Lighthouse Bar

The Lighthouse Bar is a colorful establishment with a wonderful view over the Umhlanga Beach. From there you will also be able to see the Umhlanga lighthouse. Lighthouse Bar is located on the premises of The Oyster Box hotel and promises sunset views to accompany your drinks while you are also entertained by live music. Lighthouse Bar’s signature drink, the Umhlanga Schling, is a must-try. Ingredients particular to Durban, such as cane sugar and cane spirit, are used to make the drink. At this bar you can also watch live sports with friends from the large plasma screen TVs.
Address & telephone number: Lighthouse Bar, 2 Lighthouse Rd., Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa, +27 31 514 5018

Zack’s

Zack’s is located along Boatmans Road from where you can watch Durban’s rich and famous mooring their luxury yachts, and the huge container ships moving in and out of the city harbor. Music is the life-bread of this exotic venue, which offers live entertainment by local musicians who play everything from mini-rock shows to afternoon jazz. They also host regular open mic events where upcoming musicians can demonstrate their talent. Order a sizzling cocktail and some food while you enjoy the music.
Zack’s, 14 Boatmans Rd., Durban, South Africa, +27 31 305 1677

Café Jiran

Located along Durban’s Golden Mile beachfront, Café Jiran is a good place to go if you are a coffee lover who appreciates the bistro culture of Europe. They serve excellent coffee prepared from 100% Arabic coffee beans. Here you can start off your morning by the sea with a hearty breakfast and sample a delicious fruit smoothie only Café Jiran knows how to prepare. Alternatively, you can finish off your day by dining in style – you can order from a menu which features a large selection of starters, salads, soups, wraps, burgers, and desserts.
Café Jirin, 151 Snell Parade, Durban, South Africa, +27 31 332 4487

Ocean Basket

Ocean Basket is a popular seafood restaurant on Durban’s beachfront where you can enjoy hearty meals for the entire family at affordable prices. The menu offers a wide selection of dishes and caters for a variety of tastes, including small children. You can order great seafood platters,  sushi, maki, sashimi, calamari, prawns and creative sandwiches. The love of seafood was the reason why Ocean Basket was opened in 1995, and their good work has allowed them to open many other branches throughout Africa. Order the mermaids calamari rings, and the captain Hook’s prawns are a fun treat for children.

Ocean Basket, 243, Mullington Pl., O R Tambo Parade, Durban, South Africa, +27 31 569 5871

The Cargo Hold at uShaka Marine World

If you’re looking for a unusual dining experience come on board the infamous Phantom Ship and make a stop at The Cargo Hold at uShaka Marine World. Dine in style surrounded by sharks and the deep blue in one of Durban’s most remarkable restaurants. Enjoy some spicy, fruity and exotic flavors with their dishes, made from the freshest produce in KwaZulu-Natal. Here you can sample expertly prepared meals as you witness the beauty of the ocean and the sharks swimming in the tank. Try the grilled crayfish or the langoustines, a delectable dish prepared with herbs, spices, lemon and olive oil.
The Cargo Hold at uShaka Marine World, The Phantom Ship, King Shaka Ave., Durban, South Africa, +27 31 328 8067