12 restaurants with glorious views in Durban and surrounds

When it comes to restaurants with stunning views, Durban’s magnificent coastline and city views will leave you spoilt for choice.

Views at Twenty5 (Morningside)

This vibrant vintage-style restaurant’s rooftop views of the Durban city skyline truly lives up to its name. It prides itself on being the go-to spot for good food, good vibes, good music – and Instagrammable views. This trendy social hub is ideal for a catch-up lunch session over a shisanyama platter or a gourmet pizza dinner with sundowners.

9th Avenue Waterside (Wilson’s Wharf)

Delivering on elegant cuisine and scenic harbour views, 9th Avenue Waterside definitely lives up to the adage that one eats with their eyes first. This bistro-style restaurant and cocktail lounge is the perfect setting for relaxed fine dining on any occasion. Their à la carte menu caters for a casual lunch or a sophisticated dinner and can be enjoyed from the main restaurant or private dining room, while their cocktail lounge is set against the backdrop of spectacular views of the bay.

California Dreaming (North Beach)

Grab a sit on the beach-facing deck or terrace with a cocktail and a plate of delicious food and let the stunning views do the rest. Offering a variety of menu options from platters, pastas and salads to seafood to buffets, this eatery has become a hit for a relaxed breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Surf Riders Café (Addington Beach)

Chances are that a walk along Durban’s promenade will lead to Surf Riders for breakfast or their tasty summer seafood. The restaurant’s oceanic atmosphere close to the sea and sand makes for the perfect experience with family and friends. The little ones get to enjoy an ice-cream sandwich after chasing sunbeams and the furry companions munch on tasty treats from a doggie menu.


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The Ocean Terrace at The Oyster Box (Umhlanga Rocks)

Whether it is a morning coffee accompanied by an English breakfast, a freshly baked wood-fired pizza over a casual lunch or seafood delights followed by after-,dinner drinks there’s lots to love about this ocean-terraced establishment. The gorgeous coastal view paired with the nautical charm of the Umhlanga lighthouse is iconic.

NIKOS Coalgrill Greek (Ballito)

This Greek eatery is inviting, thanks to both its delicious home-style Mediterranean dishes and its glorious views of Ballito beach. Relax on their sea-facing deck while sipping cocktails and tucking into mezze-style dishes or dipping into a flavourful tzatziki or hummus.

The views at NIKOS in Ballito. Photo supplied.

Bel Punto (Umdloti)

Dine Italian style with family or friends while admiring the crashing waves against the Umdloti coastline from this restaurant’s covered outdoor seating area. This fine-dining spot is popular for its delicious seafood dishes, pastas, risottos and, of course, its ocean view.

Panorama Bar & Pool Deck (Elangeni Hotel, North Beach)

Take in the tropical sights of Durban’s golden shoreline from the deck of this scenic bar and restaurant. Whether it’s breakfast with the family, a brunch with friends or afterwork sundowners, you get to enjoy it while gazing at the ocean and poolside views.

Jack Salmon Fish House (Glenashley)

Enjoy the sea breeze from their outdoor terrace while feasting on delicious sushi, good ol’ fish and chips, or Durban-style chicken-and-prawn curry. This fish and grill lives up to its description as the place where the sea meets land through its coral-inspired décor and unforgettable seafood flavours.

Circus Circus Beach Café (Snell Parade)

Situated on the promenade, this beachfront café is ideal for a light snack after a jog or a family lunch after a fun-filled day at the beach. Serving up a beautiful view of Durban’s Golden Mile, one can literally walk off the beach and straight to one of the café’s strategically placed tables on the sand. Cool down with a smoothie or cocktail, enjoy a toasted sandwich, burger, wrap or pasta, or indulge in a more substantial curry. This café is a hit for a relaxed day out.

Spice (Westbrook Beach)

Sweeping ocean views and delicious curries, rack of lamb and tasty cumin-spiced tempura prawn are on offer at this eatery. Enjoy a relaxed lunch from their outdoor deck overlooking the scenic Dolphin Coast or enjoy a cosy dinner inside the restaurant.

Joint Jazz Café (OR Tambo Parade)

If a taste of township-style shisanyma paired with pap and chakalaka is what you are craving, Joint is worth a visit. Located on the beautiful OR Tambo Parade, this establishment showcases picturesque views of the beachfront to be enjoyed over an ice-cold beer or cocktail paired with mouth-watering shisanyama platters and good vibes.

Elements Café Bar (Umhlanga)

Meet for drinks, a seafood lunch or an early dinner at the stylish deck opening up to stunning views of the Indian Ocean offered by this café bar. Situated on the terrace of the Beverly Hills Hotel, this plush restaurant plates up a selection of delectable seafood dished, curries, pastas and cocktails that complement the gorgeous sea and poolside views.

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