Review: Enjoy sensational seafood in an upmarket setting at Tightline in Durban

Fast Facts

Restaurant name: Tightline
Address: Marine Walk Shopping Centre, Salta, Umdloti
Phone number: 082 779 9966
Opening times: 9am to 9pm
Average price of main meal: R180
Corkage fee: No BYO
Parking situation: Mall-style parking
Food Type: Seafood


Tightline is an expansion of Tyler Loomes’ family’s fisheries business – Tightline Fisheries, which distributes seafood not only throughout KwaZulu-Natal but to the rest of the country too. Tightline is all about experience and lifestyle. As you enter, you can browse the fresh fish counter and select your favourite from the catch of the day. Begin your experience with their selection of small plates and sushi. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out their Insta-worthy sushi burger. Their fresh oysters are perfectly complemented by the delicate sweetness of the honey vinaigrette. When it comes to mains, you obviously can’t go wrong with their seafood, so of course one of the most popular items is their whole deep-fried fish, served hot and sassy with tomato, red onion and pickled ginger salsa. Another favourite is their famous wagyu sando, set on Japanese milk bread with a smatter of tonkatsu sauce. Last year, Tyler opened up Tyler’s Butcher, which supplies Tightline with premium cuts that are grass-fed, dry-aged and locally sourced. They have also now introduced hibachi-style cooking to the menu. On the sweeter side of things, keep some space for their burnt cheesecake, a contrast of pearly-white filling coated with an ooze of burnt caramel sauce. While seafood and now meat are clearly the stars of the show, Tightline is an all-day eatery and offers a small breakfast menu, and a dedicated takeaway menu too. Upon departure, you have the option to bring home your choice of fresh and frozen fish from their deli.


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Enhance your dining experience by pairing your meals with their classic cocktail selection, such as martinis, negronis, and old fashioneds, or indulge in a glass or two of wine from their carefully curated list.


The service at Tightline is flawless. The staff go above and beyond to make sure your experience is enjoyable and comfortable. They are knowledgeable about the menu offering, and present platters of pre-cooked steaks and fish directly to your table, allowing you to make your own selection. For those customers who prefer to order in, Tightline has a dedicated delivery team standing by.


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Tightline is situated in the heart of Marine Walk Shopping Centre, which is an upmarket lifestyle venue in Umdloti that brings local favourites and communities together. The overall vibe is chic and cosmopolitan, with a touch of urban flair that appeals to those seeking a trendy dining experience. The modern design leaves a lasting expression.

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