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Ben's on the Beach

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Beach Road, Strand, South Africa
+27 21 853 7977
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Situated on the beachfront in the Strand, Ben's on the Beach boasts...
Situated on the beachfront in the Strand, Ben's on the Beach boasts spectacular views across False Bay, towards Cape Town. Veteran award-winning restaurateur Ben, and his wife, Shirley (a former hotel school lecturer), established Ben's in 2004. They have created a stylish yet relaxed venue, where a varied and well-priced selection of dishes is offered. Ben's is one of the few remaining establishments that continues to dry-age meat - the time-honored and superior method. At Ben's you will not find over-priced and under-portioned "haute cuisine". We believe that the new expression "less is more" is gobbeldygook, where food is concerned. We concentrate on the simple yet timeless dishes that diners return to again and again, such as a great steak, fresh linefish, and the ever-popular creme brulee. At Ben's, you will discover generous portions at honest prices. We look forward to your visit ... And then return!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic food. friendly/ helpfull staff.

We had my dads 80th birthday lunch for 30 people at Bens on the Beach. Shirley was fantastic!!!! Everything, the food, staff, the restaurant, its absolutely wonderful!!!! it was a very special day!! Thank You.

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5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We had my dads 80th birthday lunch for 30 people at Bens on the Beach. Shirley was fantastic!!!! Everything, the food, staff, the restaurant, its absolutely wonderful!!!! it was a very special day!! Thank You.

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Excellent menu and food. Good service. Have been here a few times and always enjoyed the ambience of this restaurant

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Strand, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We were so absolutely 100% happy with our lunch outing. it was a special occasion so it meant even more that everything went smoothly and the food was amazing and we had great service. All in all, a wonderful experience. We will certainly go back to Ben's.

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

My Dad hates eating out! He cant understand why he must pay restaurant prices for food and wine when he is happy just to make it himself and save the extra money. Ben's on the Beach is the one exception for my Dad, and we ate there again a few Fridays ago. Ben prepares and ages all his own cuts... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

This is the top rated restaurant in the area. The food is good. The location wonderful, and the people really great. My dinner was lovely, but if you are looking for "fine dining", this is not it. This a a great little place for good food right on the beach. Lovely for a sunset and a good dinner.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Eager to explore Cape Town and the Atlantic Seaboard,we often forget about False Bay and its natural beauty.Right on the promenade of Strand,50 meters from the surf,is Ben's On the Beach restaurant.No restaurant in Cape Town is this close to the actual waves,so this is decidedly a prime dining spot.The cuisine,one would expect,si mainly seafood,but Ben's have some very local... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Found this little gem on the Strand beach front. Warm atmosphere and prompt service. We had the Mexican Striploin and Old Man Fillet, followed by creme brulee and tiramisu. The steaks were beautifully tender, and the desserts decadent - come prepared for a hearty meal! Definitely worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We did not have a reservation but they found a table for us. The food was superb. It was cold and drizzling but the restaurant was warm and the waitress very friendly

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We went to Ben's after an absence of two years and I can only say that I was very, very disappointed. We were a party of twelve and everybody felt that the standard of the food was much lower than before. My burger was great but the chips tastes like it had been fried in old oil. My creme brûlée... More 

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Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

What a pleasure to go to a restaurant that cares and gives you Good quality Food. Steaks were very good and I could leave after an evening out and NOT feel ripped off. Prices good, Food good, service Good and Wine Good. Thanks Bens

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Additional Information about Ben's on the Beach

Address: Beach Road, Strand, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 853 7977
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Strand
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 8 - 15
Cuisine: International, Grill

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Beach Road, Strand, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Strand
  • Phone Number: +27 21 853 7977

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 15
  • Cuisine: International, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

Description

Situated on the beachfront in the Strand, Ben's on the Beach boasts spectacular views across False Bay, towards Cape Town. Veteran award-winning restaurateur Ben, and his wife, Shirley (a former hotel school lecturer), established Ben's in 2004. They have created a stylish yet relaxed venue, where a varied and well-priced selection of dishes is offered. Ben's is one of the few remaining establishments that continues to dry-age meat - the time-honored and superior method. At Ben's you will not find over-priced and under-portioned "haute cuisine". We believe that the new expression "less is more" is gobbeldygook, where food is concerned. We concentrate on the simple yet timeless dishes that diners return to again and again, such as a great steak, fresh linefish, and the ever-popular creme brulee. At Ben's, you will discover generous portions at honest prices. We look forward to your visit ... And then return!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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