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The Greek Fisherman

The Greek Fisherman
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Cost
R160 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance, Family friendly
Food
Mediterranean, Seafood
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Critic's review

Graham Howe

Food
Taste your way through a delicious platter of your favourite meze (with a selection of twenty classics available). Don’t miss the white bait, spanakopita, grilled sardines in coarse salt, haloumi, fried baby marrow, mussels in tomato and feta or grilled prawns with lemon and olive juice. Mop up the sauces with warm pita bread and a trio of dips (hummus, taramosalata and tzatziki).

The flavours are sun-splashed Mediterranean, authentic expressions of traditional Greek dishes down to mamma’s homemade moussaka (available in a vegetarian version too). But leave room for the hearty mains: a seafood skewer, signature slow-roasted spit roast lamb, tender lamb souvlaki or stifado beef and tomato stew – all served with lashings of olive oil, rock salt and oreganum. Good, fresh ingredients, generous portions and great value make this family-owned Greek restaurant a waterfront landmark.

There are good alternatives for vegetarians – and a special kiddies menu with half portions and prices. Leave space for a strong cup of Greek coffee with ouzo to wash down a stand-out dessert like chocolate hazelnut baklava, loukoumades (doughnuts in spicy honey syrup) or dodoni feta cheesecake with sour cherry syrup.

Drinks
They have an extensive cocktail menu and an award-winning Cape wine list with vintage wines, served by a knowledgeable sommelier.

Service
Warm and attentive, from the waiters to the sommelier.

Ambience
It's family-friendly: lively and relaxed. Here you get warm Greek hospitality in a fabulous waterfront setting with spectacular terrace views.

And…
Gyros (lamb, beef or chicken pitas) are served from 11am to 6pm. Share a meze set menu for four or more (R220 to R280).

(September 2016)

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  • Sue-Anne Allen

    Food
    The Greek Fisherman offers a fairly large menu comprising of a wide range of meze, soups, salads, pasta, and main course dishes. Whilst not only offering Greek fare, there is an authenticity to their meze, which is best enjoyed by ordering a number of dishes, along with fresh bread to be shared and enjoyed by the whole table. The whole grilled sardines, dressed simply in coarse salt and lemon and grilled on open coals, is exquisitely prepared. The skin is crisp and the flesh moist and flavoursome. The Biftekia – mince patties stuffed with feta cheese, also prepared on coals – is another must try. The Mixed Greek dip platter comprising of tarama, tzatsiki and hummus with toasted pita bread is another good way to start. When it comes to the main course, the seafood dishes naturally come highly recommended. The Falkland calamari is simply prepared with a herb and garlic butter sauce and is gently grilled until tender. Another recommendation is the Prawn Aegean dish, which sees prawns stuffed with garlic, parsley, salt an paprika, and flambéed with fresh lemon juice. If sharing is more your thing and you are stuck as to what to choose, consider the Seafood Feast platter, comprising of crayfish, prawns, calamari and mussels, all on a bed of savoury rice served with chips. A feast it certainly is. Duck, rabbit and chicken dishes can also be found on the menu, as well as a number of meat cuts. With the City Grill restaurant next door being the sister restaurant of this establishment, all steakhouse cuts are SAMIC/NDA certified grain-fed South African beef. When it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth, a number of Greek favourites are on offer, from loukoumades, baklava and sweet mezedes (a selection of mini Greek desserts).

    Drinks
    There are a number of cocktails on offer as well as aperitifs, which include items like Campari and ouzo. The wine list is comprehensive, with some French champagne’s on offer as well as a good selection of local MCC’s. The selection also includes a good variety of wines by the glass, at fair prices. Craft beers feature as well.

    Service
    Friendly and efficient. Staff are also very knowledgeable as to the menu and available specials.

    Ambience
    The elegantly decorated interior is warm and inviting, but the large outside seating area with its views of the harbour and Table Mountain is where you want to be on for warmer days.

    And …
    During the winter months, a speciality lamb dish is prepared, and is a signature of The Greek Fisherman. Tender lamb on the bone is slowly oven roasted with lemon, black pepper and oregano. The dish is uncomplicated and really does allow for the ingredients to speak for themselves, a must for colder days, in fact it’s so good it could and should be enjoyed at any time.

  • Not your typical Greek tavern, but the food is authentic and delicious. Order mama’s meatballs, the mixed meze platter or Greek lamb. (EO mag 2014)
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    With old family recipes handed down from one generation to the other, the things to try are the biftekia, cheese filled meat patties grilled on open charcoal, or the mixed meze platter with dips and pita bread, then go on to lemony roast lamb and potatoes with origanum and garlic, or rich moussaka, all deliciously irresistible. Finish with sweet and smooth crème brûlée.

    Wine
    A very good list with some Cape treasures, even retsina, some with a hefty mark up.

    Service
    Slick and friendly.

    Ambience
    Not quite your average taverna, it has an urban gloss, especially inside, but first prize is sitting outside on a fine summer evening with the lights of the harbour all around and Table Mountain views.

    And...
    Become a regular and sign up for the loyalty card for extra savings and promotions. (GL, September 2010)

User reviews

  • What a find! This beautiful restaurant has incredible food to match. I had the slow cooked lamb with tzaziki which was honestly one of the most delicious meals I've ever had. It literally fell off the bone. The staff are on the ball, the view is gorgeous and the food to die for. Definitely worth a visit!
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  • Great location with a view on the boats in the harbor. I had the fisherman's soup which was to die for. Lots of seafood and lots of flavor. Pricey, but to be expected at the V&A. Waiter service was on point. Glasses were never empty. Afternoon well spent!
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  • Appalling! I think this may be the worst restaurant I have been to in Cape Town. Fish was completely overlooked - blotting paper. When we complained the manager was downright rude. Service was slow, and wrong. Stay away.

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  • Great meal. Awesome vibe. Will definitely join them again. The stuffed calamari on the menu is a winner. Thank you.

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  • Absolutely outstanding lunch at The Greek Fisherman. We were welcomed and given a great seat. Our waiter, Edward, was wonderful and guided us through the wonderful menu. He suggested a couple of meze starters for us and we loved it. Our wine recommendation by the wine stewart was stunning and matched our mains perfectly.

    I can highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for an amazing meal with efficient friendly staff. Thank you Greek Fisherman for a stunning afternoon.

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  • We were there 2 weeks ago. The service was friendly enough but very slack - the waiter was training someone at the same time as serving time and trying to take orders, he got everything wrong, kept forgetting what we ordered. The owner was very friendly until you sat down and then ignored you all evening. Not the same Greek hospitality it once had.

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  • Absolutely appalling service. One dish had fish so old and dry it was like blotting paper. When we sent it back, the manager came and shouted at us! Go at your peril - I will never return.

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  • Took my wife for a lunch at the V&A Waterfront and stumbled across this magical restaurant. The options on the menu were fantastic and great value for money. Waiter was extremely friendly and the wine sommelier chose the perfect wine with our meal. Great experience!

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  • The fantastic meze options makes you think that you are in Greece. Absolutely awesome value for money.

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  • Excellent meal! We had such an awesome time in this great restaurant. Will definitely visit here again soon.

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  • Great value for money. The meze options are definitely the way to go. Try the biftekia and the haloumi cheese. Wow - amazing! The souvlaki for a main is also a typical Greek favourite. Will most definitely make a turn again soon.

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  • Excellent food, great staff. Definitely visit here again soon.

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  • Excellent food. Just disappointed with the manager's foul language. He was swearing on top of his voice with one of the other managers. Everyone else made the night very worth while though. The waiter was charming, the sommelier was very knowledgeable and the food was great.

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  • We had such a wonderful evening at the Greek Fisherman - from the delightful service to the quality of the food that was presented to us.

    It's not often that you get such quality and value for money in the Waterfront. We were extremely impressed by the manner of the management and the staff throughout the night.

    Hats off to an excellent restaurant. We will definitely be back.

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  • We decided to give this restaurant a go as it was the busiest in the strip of restaurants in the V&A Waterfront. What a fantastic choice it turned out to be.

    From the starters to the dessert, everything was incredible. The wine advise was spot on and the food delivered a sensation in my mouth. Spectacular value for money!
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  • Excellent experience! Food was spectacular and the selection of South African wines to die for! Best meal in SA so far!
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  • Been coming to Greek Fisherman for years. It has become way more slick than in the old days, but one thing still remains the same, The food rocks! It has become one of the best restaurants in the Waterfront and I am sure will be there in another 20 years! Thanks for the great food experience over the years!
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  • Wonderful authentic Greek cuisine! One of the best meals I had while in Cape Town. Fantastic South African wine list as well.
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  • Wonderful food but watch out for the prices. I had a souvlaki, which is described as skewered meat but really it was just a few pieces of steak (maybe 150g) on a stick. Cost R150. Be careful.
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  • Its not many times that you get a restaurant in the V&A Waterfront that cater for the locals. Well we have found one. The Greek Fisherman has a fantastic menu, good quality and quantity food. What made the evening even more special was that we were greeted by the manager, Marton, in our mother language. This made the evening. I can highly recommend the Souvlaki and the calamari. Both these dishes were amazing! We will definitely be back.
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  • On a recent visit from NYC we decided to try the Greek Fisherman (apparently one of the oldest restaurants in the V&A Waterfront).We were welcomed by a Turkish host (interesting) that really knew the menu and explained their fantastic seafood platter feast. We decided to sit down and go for that as our mains. We were asked by our waiter if we would like the sommelier to come and recommend a bottle of wine with our food. He recommended we go for the Sir Lambert Sauvignon Blanc. This was absolutely incredible with our food. The knowledge and service of the staff was very impressive.Definitely a restaurant with lots of heart! We thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful evening!
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  • Absolutely gorgeous food. The garlic butter sauce was the perfect addition to the steak. The Souvlaki was a perfect dish, except for the tzatziki, which was acidicy. We were lucky enough to get a table outside, which gave a great atmosphere. However, the service was absolutely shocking. We were served by Niell, who completely ignored us for his larger tables. There were dirty glasses on the table the entire evening and our empty plates waited on the table almost as long as we waited for our bill. Upon leaving, we informed the manager of the poor service. Instead of apologising, he told us that we were wrong and that Niell is their best waiter and he definitely did not give us bad service ! As a restaurant at the Waterfront, this is unacceptable. We will not being going back.
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  • We were invited by South African business partners to dine at the Greek Fisherman. The evening started off with the general manager, Barry, introducing himself to us and chatting to us about SA wines. His insight to the pairing of wine and food was quite impressive.

    Our evening was made even better when he brought out a special bottle of Shiraz for us to enjoy. My fillet steak was one of the best I have ever had. The seafood platters were great value for money and very tasty.

    I can definitely recommend anyone to go and experience a wonderful evening of fine dining and great wines.
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  • The food and service was fantastic. A definite must when in Cape Town. The Greek Fisherman has become one of those jewels in the Waterfront. Consistently excellent food and service. Keep it up!
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  • What a surprise! After eating at their sister restaurant (City Grill) a couple of days earlier, we decided to try the Greek Fisherman. Initially I wasnt sure as both my husband and I arent too keen on seafood.Our waitress, Darisa (excellent) recommended a couple of starters for the table and it was absolutely amazing! We then called for our favourite sommelier (Barry) to come and recommend some wine for our mains, Souvlaki and lamb in the oven. His recommendation of Raats Family Chenin Blanc for our starters was incredible. For our mains he suggested the Paul Cluver Pinot Noir (wow).Overall this restaurant far exceeded our expectations. We were suprised with the incredible variety on offer and the quality of service and food.The owners definitely have a great thing going with these two restaurants. We were told to go and try their third restaurant, Meloncino. Thats on the cards for next week.Awesome experience!
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  • Although we were initially somewhat put off by the location and the sushi bar (complete with Japanese sushi chefs, in a Greek seafood restaurant), we had one of the best restaurant meals ever (and my partner and I have done our fair share of dining the world over). The calamari literally melted in your mouth and there was no need to slide the beef souvlaki off the skewer. It was so tender, you could tear it gently from the skewer with your fingers! The roast lamb was done authentically with lemon and was just as tender and tasty as the other dishes. The service was also first class; friendly and attentive. Our waitress even introduced us to her equally-attentive replacement when she went off duty.
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  • What a treat! In Cape Town for the long weekend and managed to really enjoy some sumptious calamari and kingklip at the Waterfront. The service was attentive but discreet and so professional. A thoroughly enjoyable Sunday lunch on the terrace!
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  • My family and I had lunch at The Greek Fisherman Restaurant on Sunday the 26th April 2009. Being from Joburg we requested a table outside with a fabulous view of the sea and the mountain. It was a liitle chilly so the manager lit the gas heaters nearby for warmth and we were provided with blankets which my children loved. The food was outstanding. We shared a mezze platter for two which was more than enough for the whole family. My husband had the grilled calamari in a garlic butter sauce which was by far the tenderest weve tasted. I had the roast lamb which was fall-off-the-bone tender and authentically done the Greek way with lemon. The chef, Paul, came out to the table to introduce himself, which I found quite impressive. All in all a superb experience. We will definitely be back.
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  • We were at the Greek Fisherman on 14 April with friends from Jhb and had a table of about 8 people. The food was very mediocre and very pricey. I had very tough lamb kebabs (3 small kebabs to a plate) which costs about R120. The kebabs (Souvlaki) were flavoured with dry oregano spice and did not taste like much. The prawns (all four of them) looked very bland and thin. My wife’s moussaka (R120 something!) looked terrible and tasted no better.The service was takeaway-like. The British guests could not understand our waitress.A real disappointment and rip-off.
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  • My husband and I had lunch on 30 January at this restaurant with its great view of the V & A and Table Mountain on a gorgeous summer day. The setting is impossible to improve on and the terrace is obviously packed by foreigners and a few hardy locals who have the guts to brave the ridiculous prices charged over the season! But we knew we were in for a fleecing, and was happy to accept this and enjoy the view and the vibe!What we did not expect was the worst meal - at those inflated prices - Ive had in Cape Town in the last year! I ordered Souvlaki in Pita - the pita must have been microwaved to an inch of its life and was impossible to cut, tear or chew. The souvlaki was a strange grey colour, full of gristle and could not be cut without a huge effort. In the end, I was forced to use my husbands steak knife and then chew really well. The tomato and onion salad was watery and mushy and must have been produced the previous day and left overnight in the fridge? And then the potato wedges - how do you stuff up a potato wedge? These had a really funny taste, which could have been from the use of old oil, or maybe it had been rewarmed one too many times! In their defence, when we complained over and over again as the meal continued, the maitre d looked utterly embarassed, offered to discuss it with the chef and gave us a complimentary coffee and dessert (which by the way was great!) After hearing our complaining, another local sitting next to us showed us her comment card where she also slammed the meal, the dirty wine glass, the inedible calamari tubes etc. I cringe to think what the poor French tour group who had lunch there as well, must think about our food! Hopefully they will end up at other restaurants during their visit, which might save our countrys culinary reputation. So, in spite of the great setting and friendly staff, The Greek Fisherman will not see me again. Im sure this doesnt worry the owners, as they are too busy coining it from unsuspecting tourists, who in any case are not return visitors.
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