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The Lighthouse Café (Simon’s Town)

The Lighthouse Café (Simon’s Town)
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Cost
R110 avg main meal
Ambience
Coffee, Groups, Quick meals
Food
Burgers, Coffee, Light meals, Pizzas, Steak
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R40

Critic's review

Sam Linsell

Food

The Lighthouse Café is a popular bistro in Main Road Simonstown that is open throughout the day and evening. They specialise in seafood mainly sourced locally from Kalk Bay Harbour.

Their mussels Marinière, served in either a starter or main course portion, is cooked the traditional French way with garlic, white wine and cream. This delicious dish is served with either chips or ciabatta to mop up the sauce.

The menu is large and all bases are covered with their selection of pasta dishes, burgers, salads and crispy-based pizzas with generous toppings. Meat eaters won’t be dissapointed with the fillet and rump steaks served with a slection of sauces and peri-peri half chicken.

They offer a range of home-made cakes every day and the carrot cake is not to be missed.

Drinks
They have a large wine list and a good selection of drinks and cocktails.

Service
The service is friendly and attentive, with knowledgeable and established waiters.

Ambience
The small and quaint interior looks more like a cosy coffee shop.

(August 2017)

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  • Sam Linsell

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    The Lighthouse Café is a quaint and buzzing eatery on the Main Road in Simon's Town, owned and run by Brett Rathbone and his wife Heleen. It’s a popular haunt for locals and tourists alike, with a large menu that includes pizzas, pastas, casual meals and a good seafood selection.

    Beer-battered fish and chips is a top seller, as are the beef and chicken burgers. The pizzas are delicious, with crispy bases and generous toppings. Brett has a background cooking in the south of France and it shows. The seafood sourced from Kalk Bay Harbour is super fresh and well cooked; the calamari steak strips are tender and flavoursome, served with a small Greek salad. All the bases are covered by the breakfast menu, available until 11.30am. This is a great place to stop for a quick coffee and cake, too.

    Drinks
    The conventional wine list is fairly big, given the size of the restaurant, and reasonably priced. They have a good range of drinks and cocktails, too.

    Service
    Service is quick and attentive, because the waiters are right on hand.

    Ambience
    The decor can be described as shabby-chic meets beach house meets Provence. It’s quaint and inviting, if a bit contrived. The busy space is usually busy but has a relaxed vibe. There are a few pavement tables if you felt like watching the people go by.

    And…
    The Lighthouse Café is a popular stop-off point for cyclists peddling around the Southern peninsula.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • We almost have the same meals as they are consistently good, the burgers including the vegetarian burger are delicious, and so is the peri peri chicken. I also love the polenta breakfast. Great service and beautiful cozy space.
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  • As owner of The Lighthouse Cafe I am responding to the utter rubbish that was written in the review about the food poisoning. We served the same Yellowtail to 11 other customers (some of the guests from the SAME guest house she was staying at) that night and no one else got sick. She had an allergic reaction to the Mackerel family of fish which means Tuna, Yellowtail & Mackerel. When we called the owner of the guest house in the morning he said she was fine?? We are the no 1 restaurant in Simonstown and work incredibly hard to keep our reputation, therefore my rating of 5 stars as this is what we get from 95% of our reviewers. Heleen Marx
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  • I went to Lighthouse Cafe for dinner a few days ago. I ordered their famous bouillabaisse. A few hours later I was taken down by violent food poisoning. The guest house were I was staying had to call the paramedics, who in turn called the ambulance and I landed up in hospital. I really felt like I was dying. I believe that what had happened to me was something called scromboid poisoning. This occurs when Yellowtail fish are caught and get stressed - they release a histamine which is poisonous to humans. While this may not have been directly the fault of the restaurant it did happen to me at their establishment. I know that they knew about it because the guest house I was staying at called them. They say that they are aware of this danger and are very careful about where they purchase their Yellowtail from. The very least they could have done was offer to refund me and follow up on how I was doing. They did none of this. I would therefore not recommend this place to anyone. Now, 4 days later, I have still not completely recovered.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Dog-friendly
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
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