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The Deckhouse Crab Shack and BBQ

The Deckhouse Crab Shack and BBQ
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Cost
R155 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Food
Burgers, Food from the Americas, Light meals, Seafood
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R45

Critic's review

Jess Spiro

Run by the experienced team that brought Manna Epicure to life, The Deckhouse Crabshack offers a dining experience inspired by the cuisine of the Southern Coast of the States. And it’s a fairly authentic take on it, with a menu featuring Southern dishes, steamed and fried seafood options and, of course, lots of crab.

Food
There is a large menu packed with a number of delicious-sounding dishes to choose from, which can be a little overwhelming. Stick to the name on the door, though, and go for the seafood, you won’t be disappointed. The Blue Swimmer crab was unavailable on the day we dined, but the Namibian golden crab was a worthy substitution. Lightly steamed and tossed in a g00d-enough-to-drink sweet, spicy and sticky Indonesian sauce, this dish is messy and requires all hands on deck. Insider tip: wear the provided plastic bib. Other standout dishes include the moreish popcorn shrimp, served with a spicy mayo, and the chicken wings, which come fried and tossed in the restaurant’s famous homemade Jim Bean basting sauce. If you have space for it, the desserts are suitably ‘American’, with rib-sticking dishes such as Missippi mud pie comprising a cookie layer topped with a chocolate cake-like batter and whipped cream.

Drinks
In keeping with the American theme, the cocktails are inventive and often come with the option of being served in a pitcher. The wine list is nicely-stocked and well-priced, and there are some great local and international beers available, too.

Service
The front of house is spot on here, and armed with a good menu knowledge to offer real advice on what to order.

Ambience
As the name suggests, there is a great deck offering world class views of the city bowl, and on weekends, the place gets a pretty great vibe going.

Best for...
Their amazing specials on nearly every day of the week, making this a perennial crowd-pleasing spot.

(2018)

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User reviews

  • Service was friendly and attentive. Shrimp pops were tasty but there was no crab in sight, no wines accept red wine and no ciders. We were told they had a crab supply issue even though we dined at various other restaurants which had a good supply of crab! The place needs urgently tlc, shabby chic became shabby shock. Very disappointed. needs urgently tlc, shabby chic became shabby shock. Very disappointed.
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  • Was a real let down cause they only had the orange shell crab of which is the most expensive, convenient. Expected alot more and was disappointed.
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  • Had a very tasty & reasonable mid-week dinner at the Deckhouse & Crab Shack. They have great specials running at the moment and the restaurant has a very relaxed yet upmarket vibe. The only disappointment was that they had run out of the crab on the special we wanted to order, so will definitely be back for this. All in all it was a very enjoyable evening!
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  • A little disappointed with the quality of the meal. Prawns not cleaned properly. Hake a Grey colour clearly not fresh and the very expensive crab not edible.
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  • Quite easily one of our favourite "wind-down" (yet classy) midweek spots on Kloof Street, Cape Town. Always amazed with the DELICIOUS dishes they have to offer. Even more, the innovative manner in which they present it. A true feast for the eyes, tastebuds and soul! You won't be disappointed!
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  • We visit the Deckhouse on a regular basis as we simply can't deny ourselves great food at really good prices. They have a variety of exciting specials (posted to their facebook page in a quirky, entertaining way;) no matter what day of the week we pop in- and the local artists that perform (Sunday) never dissapoint!! I absolutely love the crab cakes and shrimp popcorn followed by either blue swimmer crab or the very tasty Jim Beam ribs or a sneaky piece of delicious king crab!! I would recommend the Deckhouse with the greatest pleasure!! Relaxed vibe with an amazing view of Table mountain!!
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  • Those shrimp popcorn are to die for...I would eat them again and again...more and more!!! followed by either an amazing crab...or an absolutely delicious cheese and bacon burger on a corn bun....yum yum...and to finish it all, the one and only..."THE amazing Mississippi mud pie".
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
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  • Serves food
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