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Baia Seafood Restaurant

Baia Seafood Restaurant
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Cost
R200
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Portuguese, Seafood
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Great mountain and harbour views with outside dining areas. Fresh, real seafood and great winelist. Order the trio of salmon and seafood bisque. (EO mag 2014)
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    While the extensive menu runs from fowl to meat, the big deal is the fish. Starters include prawns in many guises, tossed with garlic and delicious chenin blanc sauce; mains are sautéed in beer or just plain grilled. All seafood is great, with nods to the Portuguese roots of the cuisine. Meat dishes include superb rib-eye steak with rosemary and chilli, lamb fillet with potato rösti, and various flame grilled game cuts. Orange brûlée and baked cheese cake with honey Chantilly cream make a nice change from their ubiquitous cousins.

    Wine
    There is an excellent list with some treasures you won’t find everywhere.

    Service
    Smooth, slick and there when you need it.

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    With its unrivalled position overlooking the hustle and bustle of the harbour, this is the place to take overseas visitors if you want to knock them out. Elegant and plush in the modern style, with a sense of occasion that always impresses.

    And...
    Book ahead and get a front-row seat near a window. (GL, October 2012)
  • Horst Frehse

    Recommended for its waterfront location with great Table Mountain and harbour views, outside dining areas, great winelist and fresh, real seafood experience in the Portuguese tradition. Visit on a vibey Friday / Saturday night and order the trio of salmon, seafood bisque, grilled whole baby kingklip and cataplana. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • Baia has a beautiful setting being right in the middle of the V&A Waterfront and therefore upmarket location.

    That being said, I have to say that I found the service to be very attentive and good but overall the food was incredibly mediocre and exorbitantly expensive for what we had.

    I wont be returning again because I consider it a total rip-off and daylight robbery.
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  • The food was exceptional. The scallops were juicy and sweet. But the highlight of my meal was the langoustine, definitely doing it again.

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  • I wondered why before I ate at Baia there were no reviews displayed, now having eaten there tonight for the first time I think it could be due to most of the customers being tourists. For a large established restaurant the staff seemed to be tonight overwhelmed with the number of guests . The food was good but with wrong wine offered, wrong vegetables on one dish and the constant clearing of the table before the last guest has finished eating (a real no no at GOOD restaurants) we felt the whole of the evening was being served at the convenience of the restaurant so they could be away by 10pm. By the way we were told when we asked for a jug of tap water that Cape Town water was not good for drinking! Not even the view could compensate.

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  • Absolutely superb dining experience. I have eaten at Baia many times and have never once been disappointed. Yes, it is rather pricey but that being said, it is worth absolutely every cent (and I actually feel that the prices have come down slightly since my last visit in Feb 2011). We were lucky enough to get a table at the window on the terrace and the view of the harbour and Table Mountain is amazing from there.

    The service was impeccable. Our waitress served us flawlessly, was always there when needed but not too familiar or too arrogant.

    We both had the shellfish platters which consitsted of baby lobster, languistines, prawns, calamari and linefish. This is seafood at its absolute best. Nothing fussy about it, cooked to perfection and served with a side of lemon butter and paprika garlic butter.

    The wine list has a good selection and the prices are on par with the Cape Town Restaurant prices.

    All I can say is that I cannot wait to return. Thank you Baia for the wonderful dining experience.

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  • Overpriced and trading on a three year old reputation. Nothing compared to three years ago.

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  • Very nice place to have a delicious meal with an exquisite view. Pricey.
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  • I only do the fish dishes, but had a WOW experience each time Ive been there. Fantastic for celebration dinners, a definite must visit when in CT.

    But the individual Lindt choc pudding/cake is the absolute BOMB to end your meal with,-)
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  • We had lunch at Baia on 4 June and I ordered what is termed in their write-up the superb bouillabaisse with line fish. Not only was it not authentic (rice in the soup?) but it tasted awful. Fortunately I only ate a tenth of my plate because I got food poisoning. An email to the restaurant was left unanswered.
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  • Thursday, the 13th of May 2010, my husband and I paid a return visit to Baia Restaurant for lunch, having first dined there on the 3rd of April. We were far from happy after our lunch on the 3rd and you may have seen our initial review following that visit. However, our second visit was outstanding. Darryl and her team, including Tanya our waitress, made our visit an extremely memorable one. Every aspect of each course was just so beautifully presented. The flavours were honed to perfection by wonderful sauces and we cannot commend the chef and the service staff highly enough. Baia Restaurant, you deserve your success and we are just so pleased that we did, in fact, decide to return upon Darryls invitation. Her highly professional approach to our first review was much appreciated and we now know what Baia CAN do. Thank you to the team. We will, without doubt, be visiting you again and highly commend your establishment.
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  • My husband and I were guests of friends visiting Cape Town on a Cruise Liner who chose Baia Restaurant for us to have lunch on Saturday 3rd April. I ordered the trio of Norwegian salmon as a starter and my husband ordered the chicken livers. According to the menu the salmon was to be accompanied by a pickled ginger salad. Upon starting the dish the first mouthful was completely unpalatable. The salmon was soggy and oozing water, and I quickly came to the conclusion it had spent considerable time in a freezer for this to have happened. It was devoid of any flavour whatsoever and had a very unpleasant texture. The salad had a selection of baby green salad leaves and what appeared to be a mound of chopped, wet tomato. I am still wondering where the pickled ginger was! The dish was devoid of any flavour whatsoever and overall was just a disgrace. I struggled to finish eating the portion purely and simply so that I didnt cause any offence to our hosts. It was appalling and a complete waste of money!As for the main course, both mine and my husbands choice was line fish - apparently blue nose. My fillet of fish was undercooked, as was my husbands, so I sent my serving back to the kitchen - my husband soldiered on. My portion of fish was returned to me and it appeared to be no longer raw in the middle, the texture, however, left a great deal to be desired. The flesh was tough and saturated on top with an unpleasant tasting oil/butter. I had ordered my fish to be grilled and my husbands was to be pan fried. We both had the same toughness to contend with and neither of us finished our main course. Our hosts remained tight-lipped but they too did not finish their course of baby kingklip. By this time I think we were all struggling not to let our disastrous food upset what was meant to be a lovely reunion in a lovely restaurant - what a disaster!Here we were with friends who took the trouble to make a reservation in your restaurant from half a world away and this was the result. Our hosts are world travellers of some renown and I shudder to think what impression they had of this so-called up-market restaurant. My husband and I were both acutely embarrassed in the company of our friends with this appalling standard of food. We could certainly never recommend Baia restaurant to anyone - it is outrageously expensive for the standard of food that we experienced and, in our opinion, needs a major review. How can we possibly be proud of our world class status Waterfront if this as a prime example of the best we have to offer . Maybe the Management can shed some light on Saturdays fare............we wait with baited breath!Yours sincerely.
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  • The view was fantastic and the food was even better. I can highly recommend their Lindt chocolate pudding. One of the nicest restaurants Ive ever been to...Everything was just perfect.
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  • A group of us flew down to Cape Town and decided to have seafood for dinner - Baia was recommended and WOW, what a super restaurant! The food was divine, the service great and the decor was just so beautiful - not to mention the view! I totally recommend Baia!
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  • We just came back from a really outstanding meal at Baia in the Waterfront. Service was fast and attentive and the chateaubriand outstanding. crème brûlée delicious. The only part to mar a perfect experience was a very strange charge of R30 on the bill for steak knives- one for each of the 3 steaks we had ordered.When questioned, the waiter didnt even need to look at the bill and immeadiately said he had forgotten to take it off, but they had to order steak knives from the Kitchen as many were being stolen.My question is, why not put the steak knives on the system as a R0.00 transaction instead of a charged amount which many tourists probably dont understand and pay anyway. The customer should not have to check their bill for extra charges.Baia is a really classy act and this just doesnt seem their style. Otherwise congratualtions on a really excellent evening in all respects.
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  • On January 9th I visited Baia with a party of four. It was recommended to me as one of Cape Towns best restaurants. Unfortunately this evening it was a very poor performance. When ordering in the beginning a bottle of Veuve Cliquot Champagne I was told they ran out of this brand due to delivery problems. The ordered meat was prepared well-done instead of medium-rare. On top of it our waiter was quite nerved about my complaints. Us four - a small group of gourmets - who are used to visit the world`s best restaurants without any interests but to eat excellent. We are looking forward to eating again in Michelin-awarded places, mainly in Western Europe, as we live in Munich, Germany. Despite this bad experience Cape Town is a wonderful place, where we had much better food experience than in the Baia.With best regards, Aron, Laiby, Olga and Tiina Chasklowicz.
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  • For supreme dining I expected supreme service, needless to say. If Baia has a shortcoming its definitely the appalling and condescending service.
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  • A party of 13 of us dined out at the Baia recently & found that the waiter ignored me when I asked for a particular Wine. It seemed like he was trying to sell me a much more expensive bottle. When I ordered my meat I was not asked how I would like it cooked - when it was served up the meat was well done. The meals for the party did not come up together & were generally not very hot. I do not intend to return.
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  • Brilliant, fantastic. Wonderful - What an amzing experience- great food, excellent service, fine dining as it is to be expected and enjoyed. Even the salad was exceptional, I will be back soon
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  • brilliant,perfect,phenominal. quick. these are but a few words to describe the nr1 restaurent in the country. Many thanks to all the brilliant meals. It will stay our favourite place.
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  • HI!ME AND MY HUSBAND WENT TO BAIA FOR THE FIRST TIME ON SATURDAY EVENING. WE LOVE RESTUARANTS AND HAVE BEEN AROUND. (WE ARE LOCAL)FIRST OF ALL THE WHOLE BAIA EXPERIENCE WAS AWESOME AND WE WILL DEFNITLEY RECOMMEND PEOPLE TO THE RESTUARANT, I THINK FOR ME THE WHOLE PACKAGE WAS GOOD, AND THE SERVICE REALLY STOOD OUT.WE HAD A CHICKEN WITH COCONUT SALAD FOR STARTERS AND IT WAS FRESH AND THE FLAVOURS WORKED WELL, WE REALLY ENJOYED IT.WE HAD ORDER THE CALAMARI FOR THE MAIN, AND MUST BE HONEST WE WERE A BIT DISSIPOINTED. THE FLAME GRILLED FLAVOUR WERE SO OVERPOWERING THAT IT WAS HARD TO TASTE ANY OTHER FLAVOURS. YOU KNOW WHEN YOU EAT SOMETHING AND YOU JUST KNOW SOMETHING IS MISSING, THAT WAS HOW WE FELT. THE TECTURE OF THE CALAMARI AND PRESENTATION WAS EXCELENT.WELL I AM A FIRM BELIEVER OF FEEDBACK AND I HOPE YOU CAN USE THIS, AND I WISH YOU AND YOUR TEAM AT BAIA A LOT OF HAPPY DAYS, YOU DEFNITLEY KNOW HOW TO RUN AND MANAGE A RESTUARANT.REGARDSDOREEN
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  • Food brilliant! ambience fantstic! service? they need to get of their high horse and come down to earth!!! THese are real people coming through the door! treat us as real people and dont judge us by what we wear, its only food!
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  • After making a reservation, we arrived 20 minutes early, and were curtly told that we could not be accomodated at that time and should return at the correct time. Upon our return, at the correct time, we were shown to the Bar where we waited 10 minutes to be served and another 15 minutes to be seated at our table! All this whilst there were open tables throughout the restaurant. The lady at reception did her best to make us feel most unwelcome, not to sure if it was because we were not suitably dressed for the restaurant. We were celebrating running the Two Oceans and were dressed in holiday gear (short and flip-flops). However I can say that the meal was delicious. The mussel starter fabulous and the prawns for mains devine! We will be back for the mussels. Hopefully the door lady decides to move on.
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  • Whilst the food at Baia lived up to expectations. Well cooked, My husband especialy liked his rice. The prawns were well cooked but the lemon and garlic sauce on them was a bit to overpowering. The whole dining experience however was marred by the extremely over attentiveness if you can call it that by the two hovering waiters. We felt that we were being rushed to place our orders. The waiter tried to steer us towards the most expensive wine - there are nocheap wines in Baia anyway and you cannot take your own any more (we had taken two bottles, so could not take advantage of that.) Is it really necessary to have every single bottle of wine on the wine list over R100 and treat your customers in a condescending manner - I dont think so. Those who are South African and read this will not agree with this statement, but we are English and get different treatment, even though we do live here. So Baia we will not be back again.
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  • Amazing food, not just for seafood. they do a melt in your mouth trio of steaks and a delioious veal dish. And for a starter, definitely have the mushroom dish!
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Set menu - Baia_Menu - Updated July 2017  

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