Surf Riders Food Shack

Surf Riders Food Shack
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R80 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Café fare, Coffee
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Nicola Ashe

You can’t get closer to the beach in Durban – this restaurant and coffee shop is just metres from the sand, with a killer 180-degree view of the promenade and the Indian Ocean.


All-day breakfast, burgers, pizzas and hotdogs – this is simple food, with a twist.
Like eggs Benedict? Try them one of five ways: served with salmon, tuna, mackerel or bacon, or the usual with just ham and hollandaise. Or, if you’re nursing a sore head, go for the breakfast works: two poached eggs, gouda, cheese and wors gravy, baked in the pizza oven and drizzled with hollandaise.

Keep it simple with a cheeseburger made with grass-fed hormone-free beef patty served on a sesame bun, or expand your burger horizon and tuck into the Camemburger, served with an oozy slice of Camembert, balsamic jam and berry relish.

Despite its seaside location, there’s no fish and chips on the menu. Instead, get your seafood fix with either the marinara (squid, mussels, prawns and capers) or chorizo and prawn pizza – the perfect flavours for a beach-view meal. Pizzas are cooked in the wood-fired oven and have deliciously crisp bases, smothered in homemade tomato sauce with your choice of topping. Healthier menu options include fruit salad, granola and muesli, served with stewed fruit and thick Greek yoghurt.

Piped doughnuts, chocolate mud pie, sticky toffee pud or Eton Mess – the dessert menu is designed to delight those sweet of tooth. The Rocky Road ice cream is crammed full of candied nuts and honeycomb and is a feast of sweet flavours.

This is the spot for fresh-from-the-fruit juices, decadent milkshakes and a variety of alcoholic concoctions that will have you whiling an afternoon away people-watching. The coffee and surfboard-shaped biscuits are winners too.

Very friendly and eager to please, but can be quite haphazard during busier periods.

This is laid-back Durban at its best. There’s no dress code and the simple wooden tables are arranged to give you the best view of the promenade and all who pass by. It bustles on weekends and during the holidays, meaning you’re sure to bump into someone you know if you’re from Poison City. If you can bag a table in the shade, you’re golden – otherwise bring the sunscreen and a hat.

Best for…
Brunch on a beautiful Durban day, or lunch after a morning on the beach. Plus they let you bring your pooches – there’s even a special menu just for them!


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  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food


  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways

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