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Buds on the Bay

30 Grunter Gully, | Bayhead Road, Durban, South Africa
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Ranked #131 of 370 Restaurants in Durban
Hours:
Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Reservations
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
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English first
Durban, South Africa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 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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Singapore
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 via mobile

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

No staff to take food orders or drinks. Have to walk to the bar to order drinks or food. Absolutely shocking service. Avoid.

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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We celebrated my Mum's 80th birthday at Buds in late afternoon. Not easy to find but it is a little gem. The food was good for the price but perhaps could do with a little more attention as calamari was tough but it didn't detract from a wonderful experience. I took a photo of my fillet mussel dish which was... More 

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Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Always love the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Then last month they had Barry Thompson there!! What a delight to find our favourite singer and guitarist playing laid back mellow!!! Pity the MC tried to take over. Need more music and less clever talk!!!! Love the Zuklu Sushi and the Capress Salad. Delightful!

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Durban, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Went to Buds for a friends Birthday, we got lost trying to find it. Very glad that we eventually did, it's a breath of fresh air and very unique. From the barber chair, to the hangman's noose & the swings. The food was good, the atmosphere with the live music was great. Staff are friendly and helpful, it's a great... 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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