SandBar Restaurant & Cocktail Bar (Umdloti Beach)

6 Reviews
South African, Tapas
Phone Number 0315682140 Opening Hours

Tuesday to Sunday 12 noon - 10pm

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R100 - R120 avg main meal
South African, Tapas
R100 - R120 avg main meal
Groups, Quick meals, Views
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Beer served, Booking required, Cocktails, Dinner, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Takeaways, Vegetarian, WiFi

Location and contact

30 North Beach Road, Umdloti Beach – (By the tidal pool)

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Nikita Buxton

The food here is fresh and simple; everything you want in relaxed dining. Kick things off with mussels served in a fragrant Thai-style coconut sauce or the spicy creamy peri-peri chicken livers. If you prefer to start on something light, the sushi here is super fresh and well-prepared.

For mains, don’t miss out on the fish and chips. It’s of legendary status and comes with a hearty two-piece portion of battered hake with some of the best chunky chips around. The grilled baby calamari and queen prawn combo is perfectly cooked. You won’t regret ordering it with a hit of peri-peri sauce that leaves just enough on the plate for your chip-dunking pleasure.

Grilled dorado with garlic, chilli and pineapple is refreshing and well-cooked; while the seared tuna is portioned a touch on the thick side, which leaves for a slightly underdone centre. The soya reduction is tasty, though.

If you’re after meat, you’d be remiss if you don’t order the pork loin ribs. The individually cut portions are grilled and cooked in a sticky and moreish secret sauce. It’s messy and satisfyingly so.

The dessert list is short but, if there’s space, end on sticky toffee pud. Else order another portion of chips and be done with it.

The drinks list features everything from local craft beers to a decent selection of wines, with both easy quaffers and more special bottles. If the sun is shining, sip on one of the many cocktails. The Happy as Larry cocktail features 031 Naartjie & Rooibos gin, ginger syrup and lime, and is topped off with soda.

Friendly and laid-back in true Durban style.

The setting is airy and beach-themed. The quirky bar is adorned in Durban-esque knick-knacks while the dining area is all hues of blues and white. A wall of distressed mirror cheerfully reflects the bright blue ocean views. If you’d prefer fresh air, the outdoor deck offers a few shaded tables.

Head here for their Beach House Sessions on Saturdays from 4pm to 7pm, when there’s live music and flowing gin cocktails.

(February 2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Best piece of Sesame Tuna Steak! I travel the world and I have never had anything like this! I cannot see myself having anything else. Booking is essential but sure everyone knows that? Parking also somewhat problematic. My favorite spot for a sunday afternoon in any kind of weather!
    Best good, best vibe and best waiter (Clifton). Ribs are the best ever tasted and cocktails are amazing Waiter Clifton is for sure an asset to restaurant!!
    Despite having a wide-range menu, each type of meal is their speciality. We ordered 4 x different meals and ended up sharing amongst the 4 of us because everything was just so delicious. We had the ribs, seared tuna, Dorado and lamb shank, and thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The sushi starter we had was also very tasty. Our waitress was very knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. A really enjoyable dining experience!
    Walked in at 5:30pm for family dinner of 3. Got the impression that they wanted to turn us away but got seated by the kitchen and waiter station

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