1Strandloper at Langebaan
The ultimate gourmet hippy beach party. Mussels oozing garlic butter, braaied snoek, seafood potjie (stew) and in season, crayfish fresh from the ocean. Off the R27 at the Langebaan turn off, 1-hour from Cape Town. Tel: +27 (0)22 77 22 195
2Salt at the Ambassador Hotel
The modern Mediterranean menu complements the best ocean view of any eatery in Cape Town – floor-to-ceiling glass walls look out onto the rocks and seas.
The Ambassador Hotel, 34 Victoria Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town. Tel: +27 (0)21 439 7258.
3Salty Sea Dog
Simon’s Town harbour serves up the friendliest fish shop in the Cape. The sign above the door says: 'Make a friend. Share your table.' Do it, you wont be sorry…
6 Wharf Street, Simon’s Town, Western Cape. Tel: +27 (0)21 786 1918.
Perched above the rocks and crashing waves this restaurant was made for lazy Chardonnay-fueled, line fish laden lunches. It can’t be beaten as a venue for soulful seduction.
Kalk Bay Harbour, Western Cape. Tel: +27 (0)21 788 4133.
The Prawn Shak© is a deliciously scruffy beach-bum culinary adventure on the dunes. Piri-piri prawns, Zulu sushi and much, much more. Ideal for family feasting.
Amatikulu Beach, approximately 110km from Durban on the N2 North, KwaZulu-Natal. Tel: +27 (0)31 466 6100, mobile: +27 (0)84 737 6493.
6Ski Boat Club
A favourite with local boat guides. In whale season they will tell you what’s going on as you watch the whales cavort close to this primo vantage point. Plus chips.
Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape. Tel: +27 (0) 44 533 4147.
Ocean views and graceful milkwood tree surrounds. At least three different species of fresh fish on a daily basis, live oysters and spicy tomato mussel soup. Atlantic Drive, on Onrus Beach, Hermanus. Tel: +27 (0)28 316 1516
8The Delicious Monster
Sit on the restaurant deck and look out onto the Bulolo estuary as it merges with the sea. The fish are fantastically tasty and the chocolate brownies are too.
3 Lloyds Cottages, 2nd Beach, Port St Johns, Eastern Cape. Tel:+27 (0)083 997 9856.
West coast traditional cuisine, sand-between-the-toes and the best beach views. From crayfish pulled out of the sea as you watch to 'hotnotskool' (indigenous wild asparagus) stew its all fabulous.
Seafront Elands Bay Road (5km from Lamberts Bay), Western Cape.Tel: +27 (0)27 432 1017.
The wide terrace has sweeping views of the beach and is the ideal spot to linger over crab soup or to savour a bowl of deep-fried olives stuffed with ricotta.
1st floor, Umdloti Centre, 1 South Beach Road, Umdloti, KwaZulu-Natal. Tel: +27 (0)31 568 2407.