Top 10 restaurants in Durban, South Africa

December 6, 2017 Jacquiline Delozier

The Indian and colonial influences in this South African beach city can’t be missed, and the blend of cultures and architecture makes Durban unique in South Africa. Durban’s Golden Mile is a destination for surfers, families and fisherman, due to its blend of natural beauty and modern resort. Major-city attractions abound, making this a good destination for families and couples alike.
Things to do in Durban

1. Butcher Boys Florida Road

170 Florida Road, Durban 4001, South Africa Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Seafood, Steakhouse, European, Grill, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$78 - HK$157 +27 31 312 8248
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 758 reviews

Butcher Boys Florida Road

Butcher Boys, an elegant upmarket steak restaurant, opened its doors in Morningside, Durban in November 1999. This sanctuary for meat lovers serve the best grain fed beef South Africa has to offer and our wet & dry aging process results in exceptional quality and texture. Our in house butcheries will cut to your preference whether it be lean or with a little fat or of a particular weight or thickness. Our unique temperature controlled wine cellars proudly house a diverse selection of indigenous vintage estate wines from the fairest Cape and surrounds.

Reviewed By newyorkseestheworld - NYC

I really enjoyed Butcher Boys. We had a fabulous waiter Simba, who was knowledgeable and friendly. We had a South African Merlot, that was full-bodied as promised. The sauces were good and the steaks cooked to order with a side. I ordered too big at...MoreHI NY, Thank you for taking the time to right this great review. Glad to hear you enjoyed your steak dinner with us and we wish you safe travels. Regards, Bradley

2. Olive & Oil

149 Bulwer Road | KwaZulu Natal, Durban 4001, South Africa Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +27 31 201 6146
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 514 reviews

Olive & Oil

Whatever the occasion, when dining at Olive & Oil, we aim to imbue our Guests with a sense of well-being and comfort. Our friendly staff will be on hand to indulge you with the finest traditions of the Mediterranean – exceptional food and unrivaled hospitality. Our motto is simple; comfortable food made exceptionally well!

Reviewed By Yumeshrey N - Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

I really love Olive and Oil. The food is always great tasting and the service is excellent. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. Can be a little costly if you are on a budget. All age groups are catered for and amazing drinks are made.

3. Havana Grill

Suncoast Casino | North Beach, Durban 4001, South Africa Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards International, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +27 31 337 1305
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 492 reviews

Havana Grill

Havana Grill offers an unforgettable dining experience with the combination of great food, an extensive wine selection, humidor for cigars and an environment that is relaxing, yet remains up-market. With views overlooking the ocean, excellent meals and attentive staff Havana Grill is a must when visiting Durban, Suncoast Casino. The restaurant specialises in steaks where they proudly offer grain and grass-fed cuts of meat; as well as seafood, lamb, poultry and game dishes. The wine list and cellar provide a variety of South African wines. Havana Grill is a popular choice for functions and events as the restaurant can be divided into distinct areas; as well as offers two private dining rooms. The restaurant is an ideal meeting place for corporates in the private dining room; or friends enjoying time together over a delicious meal. Havana Grill is open Monday through to Sunday. Lunch is from 12.00pm (kitchen closes at 2.30pm) and the restaurant closes at 5.00pm. Dinner service begins at 6.00pm (kitchen closes at 10.00pm).

Reviewed By John P - Johannesburg

This resteraunt was recommended and we had a great night with fantastic menu options and great tasting food. Atmosphere a little on the quiet side but made up for by the cuisine.
Staff very friendly and knowledgable about the menu.
Would highly recommend whether it be for a couples night out or a group dinner.

4. 9th Avenue Bistro

Ninth Avenue, Durban 4001, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$196 (+27+31) 312 9134
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 532 reviews

9th Avenue Bistro

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Reviewed By Anil N - La-Lucia, South Africa

This restaurant constantly features in my list of the top five fine dining restaurants in Durban. The service and quality and presentation of food never fails to impress. On my last visit we tries the calamari, pork belly, duck, line fish and steak all of which were cooked to perfection and presented well. Highly recommended for entertaining guests or celebrating that special occasion.

5. Cafe 1999

Shop 2, Silvervause Centre | 117 Vause Road, Musgrave, Durban 4001, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$235 - HK$1,177 +27 31 202 3406
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 251 reviews

Cafe 1999

Reviewed By Samantha P - Perth, Australia

Good clean food; well presented and tasty. Waiters and service are fantastic. Restaurant has great energy. The experience is expensive, it’s more a special occasion type of place. The meal portions I found small and although I really and thoroughly enjoyed the experience; I felt...MoreThank you for your kind words and we shall hope that we shall see you soon!!!

6. Joops Place

9th Avenue, Durban 4001, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Steakhouse Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +27 31 312 9135
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 246 reviews

Joops Place

Reviewed By Meredith H

From a simple grilled steak to a pan fried filet with sauce and button mushrooms with veg - there really isn't much in this world that comes close to a steak from Joop's place!
Jopp (pronounced "Yope") is a master and you really have to try it! worth the trip from wherever you are!

7. Mooki Noodle Bar

Brand Road | Glenwood, Durban, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +27 31 811 9199
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 131 reviews

Mooki Noodle Bar

Telephone No. +27 31 811 9199

Reviewed By Helen A

Tasty, freshly cooked, noodle combinations and curries. We just wanted a relaxed 'last night' in Durban and Mooki's was perfect. Small restaurant, very friendly and helpful staff, great food, fantastic value, cosy and fun!

8. Quo Restaurant

Gillitts Shopping Centre | Corner of York / Clifton Roads, Gillitts, Durban, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating Asian, Fusion, Cafe, International, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night +27 82 320 7906
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 233 reviews

Quo Restaurant

A unique dining experience situated in the heart of Gillitts specializing in fusion cuisine. We’re set in beautiful courtyard surrounds within the Gillitts Shopping Centre, our attentive waitrons await your arrival. Ideally situated and able to seat up to 60 patrons comfortably, Quo is well known for its private functions and business lunches. We also have a specifically designed menu to meet the needs of anyone wishing to host a fabulous function. We offer daily and weekly specials, including a special lunch menu and a pensioners’ day every Tuesday. We look forward to offering you a unique and memorable dining experience.

Reviewed By Mich D

Having been once before, heard new owners so we were worried but nothing to be worried about. Had a fantastic and special anniversary dinner. The signature pork belly dish (yes with crackling) was sublime and don't even get me started on the bread and butter pudding... yummy. A lovely restaurant for that special occasion.

9. The Little India Restaurant

155 Musgrave Road | M, Durban 18689, South Africa Parking Available, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer Diner, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Central Asian, Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +27 31 201 1121
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 435 reviews

The Little India Restaurant

Reviewed By Roger C - Cape Town Central, South Africa

We recently had dinner here. The menu is very comprehensive and we were not keen to miss out on anything . Our waiter (Alan) was very well informed and his advice was spot on. In the end I had the non veg Thali and my...MoreThank you Roger C

10. parc

394 Esther Roberts Road | Shop 2A Oslo Buildings, Glenwood, Durban 4001, South Africa Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations Cafe, Fusion, Healthy, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$24 - HK$71 +27 31 205 7285
Excellent
60%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 122 reviews

parc

At parc. cafe we aim to provide you with the best possible cafe experience in Durban, through intelligent, thoughtful and affordable food, friendly and efficient service and a homely comfortable ambiance. Nestled in the heart of Glenwood, parc. offers you a social, casual dining experience that captures the essence of Durban culture.

Reviewed By sage125 - Umhlali, South Africa

My girls and I came across Parc when one of them was going upstairs to have make- up done. What a gem! I had the liver pate with potato and rosemary bread. So yummy, all the interesting preserves and pickles on the plate made it a real experience. Girls us rare sirloin Samis, their only complaint was the enormous amount of rocket- but they were so delicious too. Well done, we will definitely be back. Oh and our waitress was really lovely!!

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