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Buds on the Bay

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30 Grunter Gully, | Bayhead Road, Durban, South Africa
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Description: This unique site, set amongst the mangroves next to the yachts at Trawlers...
This unique site, set amongst the mangroves next to the yachts at Trawlers Wharf, is the perfect spot for long lazy lunches, where you can spin a yarn with friends in fine nautical fashion, and enjoy a somewhat different dining experience.Ideal for functions, parties or lazy lunches Relax on the deck and enjoy the view of the yachts and the fishing trawlers amongst the mangroves. Sundowners 10 Minutes from Durban CBD
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  • 17
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Redemption

When I heard that my brother-in-law was coming out from Australia to celebrate his 50th at Buds on the Bay I was a little apprehensive considering the below average experience the last visit I had there. Well I must say Buds on the Bay certainly redeemed themselves, even with a 2 hour power... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Durban, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Its rustic, in a working harbour with the dirty harbour smells and sounds, and you have to dodge trucks trying to get there, but its so worth it! I had the Zulu Sushi (fillet with a twist) and believe me, its not a meal i will ever forget. Don't want to say more other than its Melt in the mouth... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

When I heard that my brother-in-law was coming out from Australia to celebrate his 50th at Buds on the Bay I was a little apprehensive considering the below average experience the last visit I had there. Well I must say Buds on the Bay certainly redeemed themselves, even with a 2 hour power outage and over 50 guests they pulled... More 

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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Good atmosphere even if you are the only group there! peaceful and away from the cbd but i the shipyard so you feel connected to durban. yummy shooters and good snack foods.wasabi mash side order is great!

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

If you want a chilled, rustic venue that it is an ideal spot for Long Lazy Lunches, sundowners, parties, events and other functions, visit Buds On The Bay

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Durban, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I use to love Buds on the Bay. The venue is so rough and dilapidated which creates the unique atmosphere it is so popular for. The atmosphere and great food make this an "adventure". However, the latest outing I had there today, 09 December 2014, was very disappointing. The food was below par, took extremely long to come out the... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Being an ex Durbanite and now a Joburger, I tend to expect Durbs to shine when I bring other Joburgers to visit. The Food was great, as always. Superb prawn bunny and lovely chicken strips. Service (ha ha) was pretty much non existent. Good view with a general decent vibe. Jack up the service!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

great location at the waters, good food, service was a little slow but the food was worth the wait. There was a fly problem when we were there, but more annoying that off putting. Enjoyed the prawn curry and lamb chops.

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Durban, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

A group of 10 friends went for Lunch to Buds on the Bay, Friday 23rd May. I ordered a Sprite&Bitters, the waitress brought me Sprite Zero.I ordered a Chicken Enchilada,I can really say that, that must have been one of my worst plates of food that I have ever eaten in any restaurant so far. A friend of mine had... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Nice atmosphere, but very expensive food for what you get. No real service, have to go to bar to order drinks and meals. Quite a drive to get there, so good value for money, and reasonable service should be a priority.

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Durban, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Tucked away on the wrong side of the tracks in the harbour, this wooden diner has a special charm. Shabby chic chicks, bikers and truckers mix with bankers and bigwigs. They are all drawn to the food. Bill Budd owns the renowned Prawn Shack at Amatikulu together with this gem, and his credentials go way back to the legendary Legends... More 

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Additional Information about Buds on the Bay

Address: 30 Grunter Gully, | Bayhead Road, Durban, South Africa
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 30 Grunter Gully, | Bayhead Road, Durban, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

This unique site, set amongst the mangroves next to the yachts at Trawlers Wharf, is the perfect spot for long lazy lunches, where you can spin a yarn with friends in fine nautical fashion, and enjoy a somewhat different dining experience.Ideal for functions, parties or lazy lunches Relax on the deck and enjoy the view of the yachts and the fishing trawlers amongst the mangroves. Sundowners 10 Minutes from Durban CBD
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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