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Live Bait (Muizenberg)

Live Bait (Muizenberg)
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Cost
R90
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions, Views
Food
Seafood, Sushi
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50

Critic's review

Tshepang Molisana

Food

Lunching at Live Bait is like enjoying a meal inside a seashell. As waves crash close by, enjoy mouthfuls of fresh seafood at this sleek seaside eatery.

To start, we share a plate of black West Coast mussels, which is served to us in a garlic white-wine cream sauce. You could start adventurously with sushi before progressing to the sardines salsa verde off the coals. Or order the grilled calamari as a main, stylishly served with olive oil, garlic, aioli, chilli salsa verde and chips.

For dessert, spoil yourself with a slice of cheesecake with ice cream, or a tri of sorbets that includes lemon, orange and passion fruit, served on a pineapple Carpaccio with pineapple, lime and salsa.

Drinks

The Harbour House Group has distilled trendy wine lists into a fine art. Live Bait – in its prime Muizenberg position – features various bubbly options, such as Steenberg MCC. A range of white and red wines are available, and soft drinks and cocktails are also on offer.

Service

Muizenberg is cool. The surfers wafting into Live Bait are cool and the service is equally sleek.

Ambience

Live Bait is beautifully decorated. The room is a mesh of white, blush sand, stone and wood. With large, ceiling-high windows, the restaurant invites the ocean in. Enjoy a cool glass of wine while gazing at Muizenberg’s colourful beach huts, or drink in the ocean at a table overlooking the Atlantic ocean. Live Bait provides you with a scenic invitation to fall in love with the ocean.

And…
Parking is ample, but you have to compete with surfers in the afternoon and on weekends. Still, everyone you run into is friendly and relaxed, so the only thing you might have to contend with is how many times you will repeat the phrase, “No, you go first, I insist.”

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User reviews

  • Great venue with stunning views. Food however average, no flexibility when asked if a salad could replace the chips( so settled for the oily chips). Pricy too- saving grace was the half price desserts as a Sunday
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  • Food here is fresh, flavorful and well priced. Views are gorgeous! Service was fast and friendly. Recommended visit. The sushi platter for two was a tad small, but delish nonetheless. The line fish was superb. We loved the tomato soup too, generous portion with two cheesy bruschetta for dunking.
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  • Love Live Bait in Muizenberg. Firstly the decor - fresh, bright, beach-house look makes you feel on holiday. And of course the view is up to the part! The tables are nicely spaced apart so that the restaurant feels vibey and also spacious - and you can hear your table companions talking. Something you can't say for many restaurants these days. I love seafood, and Live Bait definitely delivers. The crisp calamari starter is delicious and the linefish with salsa verde and yum garlic mash left a rather delicious taste in the mouth. The day we were there, there was no option to order the whole fish, which was a bit disappointing... but just a good reason to go back! PS: The wine list could be improved, but at least they allow BYO.
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  • My wife and me walked in for early supper yesterday. We were the first time visitors and were surprised by the ambience and, of course, the view. We were attended promptly and in great expectations after being told about a variety of sauces and side dishes that would accompany our choice - line fish of the day. After somewhat lengthy wait, which was surprising as the restaurant was not even half full at a time, our food arrived - what a letdown..... Amongst various garnishes and sauce on a beautiful wooden tray my wife discovered 2 fish fingers the size of dominos and I was treated to a cutlet from mid-tail section of 3-4kg yellowtail. I called the manager and advised him that they should state the price, rather than weight on the menu (110 in this case), but he assured me that that is the price indeed.... At the end, although well prepared and very tasty, our supper left us with somewhat bad taste of being taken for granted, or by the fact that one should take a starter if hungry, which is obviously implied. Unfortunately this is neither a class nor a level of restaurant where this is a norm.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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