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The Ocean Terrace

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2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks | The Oyster Box, Durban 4319, South Africa
+27 (0) 31 514 5000
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent view and excellent food.

I have visited the ocean terrace a few times over the past two months and have been very impressed every time. As I myself am a chef, I am very fussy when it comes to food, so take my word on it when i say simeting is good. For a delicious light starter try the deep fried camembert, served... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Luke H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I have visited the ocean terrace a few times over the past two months and have been very impressed every time. As I myself am a chef, I am very fussy when it comes to food, so take my word on it when i say simeting is good. For a delicious light starter try the deep fried camembert, served with... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Wonderful views from the ocean terrace & excellent food made our visit a lunch to remember all teamed with excellent service from efficient knowledgeable staff.

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This was my first visit in many years and was awed by the wnderful restoration of the entire property and the upgrading of facilities. No longer the faded grande dame it now gleams as on of the premiere restaurants in KZN. The online booking was efficient, the reception warm, the service impeccable, the food almost beyond description. We opted for... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

An amazing evening with half of our group choosing the buffet and the rest ala carte menu. We started off with some amazing drinks like the signature Umhlanga Schling cocktail.... The buffet looks interesting except that the Singaporean fish dish which seemed too oily. Veg on the buffet seemed limited so a few of us settled for the seafood dishes... More 

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Centurion, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

My wife and I had our twelfth wedding anniversary dinner at the Ocean Terrace restaurant based at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. On arrival we had drinks and fresh oysters in the bar, and when we announced ourselves at the restaurant we were immediately congratulated on this marriage milestone. We had a lovely view from our table on the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We decided to go to the Ocean Terrace for the Indian curry buffet for dinner. At R270 per person, surely starters and desserts should be included but apparently not. The food for vegetarians is quite limited and includes sugar beans curry, dhal, mixed veg curry and roasted butternut & feta - I wouldn't recommend the buffet if you are vegetarian.... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

For dinner I suggest you start with drinks on the second floor bar overlooking the ocean and lighthouse. Them move down for a scrumptious curry buffet. There is a great variety of traditional accompaniments, including naans and sambals. The view is great and the room is also used for breakfast. When it gets hot on the terrace, staff are great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We visited the restaurant for dinner with friends, and most of the dishes had on the menu are good. The curry buffet was, by far, the winner of the evening. The oxtail probably came in second best. All the other meals were good, although the lamb shank could do with a bit more cooking as it didn't fall off the... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

On a visit to the Oyster Box, our room rate came with a free curry buffet at The Ocean Terrace. It's not something I would normally go for, but this is certainly a must. There was a wide variety of curries and they were perfectly cooked. The curries came with roti, nan or rice and there was even tandoori chicken.... More 

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Good food, Xcellent service and well taken care of by Bhekani who assisted us with the choice of menu. well done, Keep it up

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks | The Oyster Box, Durban 4319, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban
  • Phone Number: +27 (0) 31 514 5000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian, Seafood

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