As the name indicates, the speciality here is seafood and this restaurant, by the same group, is formulated after the original one in Kalk Bay, established in 1996. The Waterfront branch is the more contemporary, upmarket outlet. Line fish are trawled by local fishermen, brought in fresh each morning and processed by the company’s own fish processing outlet. Adhering to SASSI’s list of sustainable seafood options, the yellowtail served with a smooth beurre blanc is a popular option. Kingklip and angelfish also make regular appearances. Sushi is served upstairs and a small plates concept (think game fish crudo, crispy prawns and white fish goujons) has been introduced. The masala-dusted calamari, seafood ceviche and West Coast mussels served in a light white wine, garlic cream sauce are top starter options. The lavish seafood platter for two is pricey but a favourite for splurges and celebrations. A chalkboard with multiple options, brought to the table is filled with daily specials. These mains tend to be pretty to look at, but are not the best value – expect a small portion of line fish on a few piped potato mash rosettes with a scattering of vegetables and foams dotted around. Order extra sides if you’re ravenous. If you’d prefer steak, there are options but vegetarians aren’t well catered for. Desserts, like the panna cotta served in a berry soup and the crème brûlée, are hit and miss.
There’s a good local wine list that’s relatively well priced too.
Usually very good, with a warm welcome, attentive welcome.
Located right at the harbour with pretty views of the boats and water, the outdoor and upstairs seating are prime spots in warm weather. A fresh palette of white, black and white stripes and a hint of rich navy set the tone for seaside opulence. Evenings see the restaurant packed, with all-day shoppers, travellers and locals. It’s best to book, especially during the peak season.
The best views are had upstairs or out on the deck – specify when you book to avoid disappointment.
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Excellent service and fresh food as well as staffs knowledge is on point.
New Years Eve Disappointment....
We live in CT and have travelled the world many times... We've never experienced something like this... We have booked a specific table at Harbour House for New Years Eve, already in June 2017, we paid a deposit of app. R10.000.. written confirmations followed from the staff.. we received reconfirmation two days before the venue to discover on New Years Eve, that the manager has given away the table to guest who booked outside and - potentially bribed him - to sit inside. Instead of fulfilling his duty as manager and arrange the booked table for us, he did hide in in his office and we had to wait 75 Minutes to then sit in the rain .... This manager is totally incapable and if not his staff and the brand manager would have intervened, we would have ended up without a table and without a venue for a once a year event....
Be careful to consider this place for important events..
Johann van de Merwe
Being as lucky as we are in CPT to have so many good restaurants to choose from, I must say that I was very let down by choosing to take out of town friends to the Harbour House at the V&A last night. The R210 steak was at most 150g of poorly prepared, tough B grade Sirlion, the R190 seafood pasta was so bad that it could have been a microwave dinner bought at your local supermarket. Not impressed at all! It's ok to pay a premium for good quality dining but I feel that the Harbour house is on the top end cost wise for very mediocre food. Won't be going back there in a hurry...unfortunate because location is awesome
We went through to Harbour House for a drink this past weekend. I ordered a cosmo, which set me back R70 and really was not anything to rave about. Having worked at a bar before where we made great cocktails with fresh ingredients, I could immediately taste how cheaply and poorly the cosmo was made. It tasted more like energade mixed with vodka.
My friends were also a bit upset with their order when the waiter suggested a chenin blanc for them to try which came to R80 a glass and was also very average to say the least.
I've given Harbour House a try a few times now, all in all I can say they are very overpriced and the quality of the drinks and food doesn't match up at all.
I recently had dinner here with my husband and found the service to be the worst I have experienced in a long time in many countries. It was painfully slow with no offer of water or properly dressed table - we wondered why we didn't get a table cloth when those around us did. When the entree of mussels eventually arrived it was lukewarm with a few dubious mussels that I didn't eat. My husband had a closed mussel in his which obviously you can't eat and the bread for both was stale. The mains were also a long time and lukewarm when they arrived. We both had king prawns which were messy to eat and the finger bath bowls arrived well after we had finished and already needed to clean up. I had wanted to visit for a while but was extremely disappointed with the whole experience bar the waterfront location although we were nowhere near a heater and needed a couple of blankets to stay warm.