Where to Eat in Simon's Town: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 22, 2017 Velvet Mowry

Simon's Town (Afrikaans: Simonstad), sometimes spelled Simonstown, is a town near Cape Town, South Africa, which is home to the South African Navy. It is located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. For more than two centuries it has been a naval base and harbour (first for the Royal Navy and now the South African Navy). The town is named after Simon van der Stel, an early governor of the Cape Colony.
Things to do in Simon's Town

1. Seaforth

Seaforth Beach, Seaforth Road, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night (+27+21) 786 4810
Excellent
27%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 725 reviews

Seaforth

Reviewed By Garth100

Can get very busy due to location on beach near the penguins , however staff seemed friendly and efficient and restaurant was very clean and any spills where cleaned up straight away..
We had the Chicken and the curry both very nice with good large portions, in fact the chicken was a small bite meal but my partner was unable to finish it as there was so much !! .
Neither of us are seafood lovers but there are plenty of other options to be had on the menu.

2. Black Marlin

1 Main Road, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Seafood, Soups, International, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +27 21 786 1621
Excellent
26%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
7%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 562 reviews

Black Marlin

Nestled unobtrusively on one of the most scenic coastlines in the Cape, en-route to Cape Point, this historical building, ensures an idyllic lunch or evening experience. Black Marlin has earned a reputation for its stunning seafood and attentive service not to mention the incredible views.

Reviewed By GeraldineOttawa - Ottawa

It is a very friendly, relaxed restaurant with good service in a lovely setting overlooking spectacular sea views. I would rate the food as good - nothing particularly outstanding but nevertheless good quality, fresh food, properly prepared and reasonably prfesented.

3. Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant

4 Boulders Place | Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available, Full Bar Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$314 - HK$1,177 +27 21 786 1758
Excellent
30%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
8%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 302 reviews

Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant

Simple rooms, luxury linen, great food. 50 meters from the beach and the penguins...on the 'other side'

Reviewed By Mono_Jockos - Barcelona, Spain

We went here before walking to the penguins as part of an admittedly large tour group, and for this reason it appeared that the food had been booked in advance - either fish or chicken.
As I have no problem eating fish, it was assumed I would have fish, but upon hearing that there was chicken available, I fancied that instead only to be told that there were limited chicken dishes and if I didn't have an eating disorder I had to have fish.
The fish was pretty good to be honest, but going to a restaurant and being told what I had to eat was something I have never experienced before.
Good wine, OK service, pretty good food, but given that everything except the drinks were included in the cost of the excursion, I can't really complain too much...

4. Cape Farmhouse Restaurant

Junction M65 & M66 | 3km From Scarbourgh Towards Cape Point, Redhill, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$39 - HK$118 +27 21 780 1246
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Cape Farmhouse Restaurant

Reviewed By Ursula S - Plumstead, South Africa

Excellent location for families with children as they can enjoy the outdoors and swings. Great food and desserts and drinks from well thought out menu. Reminisce about good times and bad. Horse rides available and an opportunity to buy african ornamental art at the entrance into the property..........

5. Bertha's Restaurant

Quayside Centre, 1 Wharf Road, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$118 +27 21 786 2138
Excellent
16%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
10%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 758 reviews

Bertha's Restaurant

Reviewed By KrigGB - Zug, Switzerland

Being at Berth's is a bit like being in the Waterfront in Cape Town, but at a more relaxed and calming pace. We stopped for drinks in the afternoon and had a wonderful bottle of wine with some deep fried calamari, which were very tasty. A great place to chill and watch the world go by. One thing is that the buskers do like to perform in front of the guests, so make sure that you have some change in your pockets.

6. Salty Sea Dog

2 Wharf Street | Waterfront, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +27 21 786 1918
Excellent
38%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 611 reviews

Salty Sea Dog

Reviewed By James H - Cape Town Central, South Africa

Yet another visit to this simple seafood themed sit down or takeaway establishment in the Deep South Peninsula of Capetown. Did not make a booking despite it being the height of the tourist season. The place was extremely busy all the time but this did not detract from the service from the very friendly local South African staff. In addition the quality of the food served also was not affected by the very busy lunch crowd present. I had a serving of plain grilled Hake and chips and my wife the small Calamari tubes plus tentacles. Contrary to some prior reviewers complaints of small portions, all I can say is that our portions were more than adequate. First class and really worth a visit; highly recommended.

7. Two & Sixpence Tavern

88 St Georges Street, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa Television, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$110 +27 21 786 5735
Excellent
50%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Two & Sixpence Tavern

Pub grub available at the Two & Sixpence Tavern. Draughts on tap - Black Label, Castle, Castle Lite, Guinness & Windhoek Craft Beers on tap - Jacob's Pale Ale, Sandstone Lager & Pilsner

Reviewed By Polychrest - Belfast, United Kingdom

Proper bar this great selection of beer. I was able to sit and enjoy some beer and a bit of cricket on the telly. Staff were friendly and welcoming and I was able to have a chat with a couple of locals. First pub I have been in for years which had sawdust on the floor, just like the old days. In fact the sawdust was being out down fresh when I arrived. An evocative smell and memory from the past. The bar is full of naval memorabilia, signed ensigns, plaques and other trinkets. I would think the atmosphere would be a bit different if a couple of ships were in and the sailors were on shore leave!

8. The Sweetest Thing

82 St Georges Street, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch 0028-21-786-4200
Excellent
55%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 170 reviews

The Sweetest Thing

Reviewed By postscript65 - Cape Town Central, South Africa

One of the great joys of travelling is uncovering a gem - often hidden and of sparkling quality. So it is with the Sweetest Thing which bursts into life from inauspicious beginnings. In fact you could blink and miss the petite entrance opposite the Simon’s Town shipyard. Enticed by the shopwindow of exquisite gateaux, the shop opens into a raised Seating area then reveals a secret courtyard.
The breakfast menu is just a treat with rosti to die for, superb eggs benedict and a host of other delectibles.
Service, presentation and ambiance all top class. Ripe for a franchise??

9. Cafe Pescado

118 St Georges Street, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Italian, Pizza, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night HK$63 - HK$157 +27 21 786 2272
Excellent
39%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 285 reviews

Cafe Pescado

Vibey local restaurant in the heart of Simon's Town with the best pizza's in down South.Prawns and Calamari are our specialities. Situated in the old Criterion cinema(est 1921) and 1st Anglican Church in S.A.(est.1814) creating memories in a wonderful historical building!

Reviewed By DavidAlves - Inveresk, near Edinburgh Scotland

Excellent friendly service and ok food. My partner loved his hake and chips but my lasagne was very ordinary with a strange lack of pasta. Live music and a conversation with the charming lady owner marked it out as an overall nice evening. The place is a wee bit shabby and could be significantly smarter.

10. Dixies Restaurant

134 Main Road, Glencairn, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available Bar, Pizza, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +27 21 786 2105
Excellent
31%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 352 reviews

Dixies Restaurant

Reviewed By Denise and Dirk B - Cape Peninsula National Park, South Africa

I often go to Dixies with my wife and we invited a good friend and recommended the hollandse biefstuk R 195. We ordered medium and it arrived dead overdone tasteless. Unfortunately the waiter could not handle the situation and management showed no interest whatsoever after we complained to him. A great pity to pay a R 800 bill for very poor meals. May be more luck next time. I just do not understand that waiters who expect a 10 % or more tip cannot come up with an alternative or solve the problem, offer some compensation or simply bring a proper replacement. I think management was more interested in the bar at this time. Very disappointed.

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