Bel Punto

6 Reviews
Italian, Seafood
Phone Number 0315682407 Opening Hours

Tuesdays 6pm to 10pm; Wednesday to Sunday 12noon to 10pm


Menu - Bel Punto - Menu - Updated April 2018


R170 avg main meal
Italian, Seafood
R170 avg main meal
Bar scene, Groups, Kids, Special occasions
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Cocktails, Dinner, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, Vegetarian, WiFi

Location and contact

Shop 7, Umdloti Centre, 1 South Beach Road, Umdloti Beach, KwaZulu-Natal

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Nicola Jenvey

The emphasis here is on fresh, good quality seafood – from Knysna oysters to linefish, calamari, queen prawns, crayfish and the rest of the crustacean family. At its heart, Bel Punto is an Italian restaurant owned and operated by an Italian family that specialises in seafood, steaks, poultry, game and Italian specialties.

Starters entice, with dishes like deep-fried olives or squid legs served with various sauces. The mains embrace the sea, from the linefish to seafood platters wholly or partially dedicated to shellfish. The red meat and poultry dishes are equally enticing. Vegetables and side orders are served from a silver platter.

Cherries flambé, Italian kisses in caramel and chocolate, or homemade ice-cream round out some of the dessert choices. The portions are large enough to satisfy sweet cravings, but not overwhelming.

Bel Punto has an award-winning wine list offering both South African and European wines and champagnes. Its expanse means patrons are presented with a stylish tome so lengthy that perusal is worth ordering an interim drink like a sumptuous cocktail or craft beer. There are also extensive options for wine by-the-glass.

The service is exceptional, with professional waitrons consistently ensuring drinks are served, orders are on the table and dirty plates are swept away without notice.

Chic and modern with an open-plan approach and large bar. The glass windows ensure a magnificent view of the Indian Ocean regardless of where you are seated.

Making a reservation can secure a table in front of the window for the best views.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Great service, amazing food and wonderful staff!!! Thank you for being part of our special moment
    I love everything about this restaurant. From the romantic music always playing softly in the background to the sound of the waves just across the road. The food is good quality meals and taste amazing from starter to dessert. We've done endless date nights at this place and we've never been disappointed. Bookings are a must but I've had two occasions where I called and booked when we were on our way. We don't stay near Bel Punto and the drive is always well worth it. The staff are always very professional and always in sight. I used to work for a big Durban based global FMCG and always booked staff dinners there and also had it as one of our top of the list restaurants for international guests. My hubby and I decided to try it a few years back and haven't regretted it since. I'd definitely recommend anyone wanting to try it out.

    The seafood here is always fresh and cooked with subtle but beautiful flavours and the risotto is heavenly. If you want a easy-eating starter, the deep-fried olives are delicious. The incredible sea views are an added bonus.

    Tried this restaurant on my way back home yesterday.... While the view was terrific... My choice from the menu was terrible. Granted I am a vegetarian....but not acceptable to say your Melanzane is freshly baked in your open oven. Even after sending it back since it was cold, it returned slightly warmer... Not to mention the taste was horrible with mainly thick batter on thinly sliced aubergine... Lacked seasoning, all one tastes is the batter! U should call it layered batter... Very disappointing indeed!
    We have been frequenting Bel Punto for years and we keep going back. Great food and ambience, this family run restaurant is well worth the visit.

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