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Harbour Lights Seafood Grill

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Beach Road, Gordons Bay Old Harbour Cape Town, Gordon's Bay 7140, South Africa
+27 21 856 1830
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 17
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  • 23
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  • 37
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Early New Years Eve Dinner

We've been several times over the past two years (If rumor has it, there has been a change of ownership during that time), but in all honesty we have always enjoyed the food. We go there for a good meal and nice view. Our last visit was on New Years Eve and after some trouble with the booking... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Alicia M
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Strand, Western Cape, South Africa
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Strand, Western Cape, South Africa
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We've been several times over the past two years (If rumor has it, there has been a change of ownership during that time), but in all honesty we have always enjoyed the food. We go there for a good meal and nice view. Our last visit was on New Years Eve and after some trouble with the booking (I had... More 

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Thank Alicia M
Wellington, NZ
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118 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Harbour Lights is in a wonderful location and came with high recommendations. We were a group of 7 visiting for lunch, and the friendly waiter quickly prepared a table for us with a view overlooking the bay and got us drinks. The atmosphere and view is very nice, but when it came to getting food for lunch it was all... More 

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1 Thank Duncan W
Gordon's Bay, South Africa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've just stopped by after work to pick up a meal to go, and decided to have a drink while we waited. I ordered a glass of house wine, my husband a draft beer. The female bartender left the bar, and brought me a glass of wine from upstairs. I declined it (still politely) as the glass was dirty, and... More 

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3 Thank dgb2016
Pretoria, South Africa
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I was looking for a romantic spot to dine and found it here at the Harbour Lights seafood grill. The service was good and the seafood excellent. This is a lovely Grill and also enjoy the lights at night at the old Harbour

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1 Thank Rika B
Newlands
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived with high expectations from visits long ago. Very disappointing and amazing how a restaurant can deteriorate if the owners are not passionate about it

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1 Thank Mike M
Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our first visit to the restaurant hoping to enjoy a good meal fresh fish and chips, asked about the "catch of the day" was told by the apparently new waitron that it was yellow tail! Great ordered! and nearly halfway through the meal discovered that the fish had a hard skin and scales on it unlike yellow tail! Called the... More 

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1 Thank mvanschalkwyk
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

This place do have a lot of possibilities. The view is excellent and the food we received was very tasteful. The service however needs attention as it was slow in the beginning and the restrooms needs a lot of attention.

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1 Thank Cobus B
KwaZulu-Natal
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We had lunch here, the food was really good as was the service. We sat upstairs overlooking the yacht club and harbour, we found it very relaxing to watch the world go by, would visit again.

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Thank Zini6
Pretoria, South Africa
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

The fact that Harbour Lights still operates is beyond comprehension. Even when the restaurant was in better shape a couple of years ago, it was never entirely well kept and I fear that it has deteriorated yet more. Being a night on which little else was open for dinner and therfore without many options, we took our chances at Harbour... More 

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1 Thank ChanteD-R
apanebianco, Owner at Harbour Lights Seafood Grill, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, Thanks for reviewing our venue so quickly. You are right, the owner and his family were sitting next to you to have their end of year supper,being busy all day we are still human being, got family and have the right to eat. The reason why the owner did not get involved in that was because our... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

What used to be a really classy restaurant in a spectacular setting with awesome seafood, has now become just another poorly run, expensive, poor quality food joint. On New Year's eve they ran out of shrimps (really! They are always bought frozen) ran out of smoked salmon, ran out of Jagermeister, ran out of Red Bull....all this on New Year's... More 

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2 Thank ColinvdH
apanebianco, Owner at Harbour Lights Seafood Grill, responded to this review

Sorry we have never had or have smoked snook in our restaurant! We doo not have and ever served red bull either! Our platters arn't small but certaiinly expensive for who is looking for snook in a fine restaurant. Think you wvisited another restaurant thinking it was ours. We invite you to come and experience our foods and chooose from... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Beach Road, Gordons Bay Old Harbour Cape Town, Gordon's Bay 7140, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Gordon's Bay
  • Phone Number: +27 21 856 1830

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

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