There’s no disputing that the V&A Waterfront is the pinnacle of our gorgeous city’s tourism industry. Forget the tourists, though – I too love dining at the fabulous restaurants that the Waterfront has to offer! I mean, what’s better than sipping on champagne and tucking into excellent food, all in the majestic surroundings of Table Mountain, Robben Island and the sparkling ocean? Nothing, of course. The only downfall, however, is the exorbitant price tag that comes with such a sublime dining experience!
Here’s the good news though: Although many of the restaurants in the Waterfront are priced for tourists, a lot of the top ones offer some fantastic drink and food specials! Yes, that’s right – you can indulge in spectacular views, extravagant cocktails as well as gourmet food without sending your wallet into a spin. Let me tell you where.
Keen for sushi, anyone? Sevruga is hands down my favourite sushi spot in the Waterfront! Situated right on the water’s edge, this trendy restaurant offers an amazing half price promotion on sushi, dim sum and cocktails every Monday through Saturday from 12pm until 6pm, and every Sunday from 2pm until 6pm. No further convincing is necessary – simply book a table, grab a few friends and enjoy the stunning venue, vibrant atmosphere and even better sushi! Must-tries include the Volcano Roll (6 pieces for R60 on special), the Kingklip, Chili and Ginger Dim Sum (3 pieces for R26 on special) and the White Chocolate Martini (R27 on special).
#2: Seelan Restaurant & Bar
Whether you’re seated outside on the water’s edge or inside the stylish restaurant, you’re sure in for a treat at this Mediterranean-inspired eatery! On weekdays, you can tuck into brilliant lunch and drink specials at Seelan. For example, from 12pm until 5pm, you can enjoy a tasty seafood pizza with a glass of house wine for R90. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, opt for the toasted steak sandwich with a side salad and chips and a 300 ml draft beer for R78. On the drinks side, you can sip on two cocktails for the price of one between 3pm and 6pm. Or, for those of you with a penchant for the colonial life, the Tanqueray & Tonic special might appeal more – two G&Ts and a seafood tapas board to share for R79.
This fine Italian restaurant is a Waterfront stalwart that’s been around for as long as I can remember. It’s a lovely spot to sip champagne and enjoy a delicious pasta right on the water’s edge without breaking the bank! On their menu you’ll find a number of mouth-watering Italian as well African dishes. Two of my personal favourites include the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli (R79 for a full portion) and the Venison Cannelloni (R95 for a full portion). And I’ll have you know that the full portions are huge! On the specials side of things, the restaurant runs regular promotions on different dishes. Bonus: Upstairs you’ll find Alba Lounge, their partner establishment, which is a stylish cocktail lounge that often runs great specials on their creative cocktails.
#4: Quay Four
Mention the name “Quay Four” to anyone who lives in or has visited Cape Town and you can almost be sure they’ll have a story to tell about the tavern! Their food and drink specials change regularly, and are sure to impress both your taste buds and your wallet. If there’s nothing on the specials board that tickles your fancy, take a peek at their main menu for some more well-priced dishes, such as the Quay Four Combo (seasonal catch of the day, three prawns, three mussels and calamari steak with rice or fries for R99). In addition to their top-notch food, they also offer a selection of wines, beers and cocktails at very reasonable prices.
Award-winning international eatery Balducci’s has an elegant grace that compliments their extensive gourmet menu. Every day of the week between 12pm and 6pm, the restaurant offers some brilliant food specials. For example, the R65 gourmet pizza or pasta special (the pear and gorgonzola pizza is a real treat!), the R95 sirloin steak special, and the 23-piece Bento Box sushi special (which comes with delicious complimentary miso soup). Sit in the breezy outside area or the classy Royal Sushi Bar inside and get ready to enjoy simply fabulous food at bargain prices!
#6: Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs
This cool and trendy joint offers one of the most impressive burger menus in the Mother City. With simple selections such as the Gibson’s Classic 100% Pure Beef Burger and the Philly Burger as well as more gourmet options like the Governor’s De-luxe Burger and the Tex-Mex Burger, you’re bound to find a deliciously stacked creation to sate your burger craving. On Mondays, you can get any two burgers for the price of one, while on Wednesdays you get a free burger whenever your order ribs (and you can be sure that their ribs are just as mean as their burgers!). Just be sure to get there early to avoid having to stand in a long queue!