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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: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Curry Buffet a must

This restaurant has great views over the ocean. They serve a curry buffet in the evenings which is an absolute must in Durban. The selection of curry's is varied but perhaps not the five star food standard that you'd except at the Oyster Box. Service is good and you can also eat of the a la carte... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
Diane L
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This restaurant has great views over the ocean. They serve a curry buffet in the evenings which is an absolute must in Durban. The selection of curry's is varied but perhaps not the five star food standard that you'd except at the Oyster Box. Service is good and you can also eat of the a la carte menu

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I go here whenever I visit Durban. Lovely atmosphere with view of the sea. Get to "experience the outdoors" without the heat or scorching sun The food and service are very good This time, had the curry buffet (had it as a lunch special). Highly recommended: 10 curries with all the accompanying dishes and bits. Actually, it was fabulous The... More 

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

This is some where rated very special for most Durbanites, what with the close up uninterrupted view of the Umhlanga lighthouse and the vast Indian Ocean beyond, service and accompaniments of the grand days past. The Oyster Box never seems to age with every face lift it experiences the old world flavour is never lost! A wonderful spot to bring... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I've eaten here a few times now, and enjoy the amazing setting, the luxurious yet relaxed atmosphere, top service level from the hosts and waiting staff, and very good food. Although known for its curry buffet, that's not my thing, so I always choose off the menu - can strongly recommend the duck!!! The dessert range is excellent - love... More 

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Centurion, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

My husband and I had the absolute pleasure and privilege to stay at The Oyster Box from 5-7 June 2015. We had the pleasure of having breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Ocean Terrace. On the morning of our arrival we decided to have lunch at the Ocean Terrace. We were warmly welcomed by staff members and shown to a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The location is stunning...the staff is friendly. everything else lacks the passion and attention to detail you would expect of a 5 star hotel. The langoustines were drenched in butter and so was everything else on the plate, lemon included. The curries were ok but nothing to remember, the roti and the naan were average. A bit of a let... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Just like a moth to a flame, i return to the oyster box restaurants repeatedly primarily for the excellent curry buffet or just choosing of the menu, its great food , remarkable service and beautiful surroundings.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We had previously had the curry buffet and it was superb so we decided to go again and it was the exact opposite absolutely vile. The food was all cold, the tandoori chicken was so hard I got hiccups from trying to swallow it, the prawn and chicken curry had no prawns. It was a very expensive horrible meal and... More 

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Durbanville, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

During our stay at the Oyster Box Hotel, we had dinner at the hotel's The Ocean Terrace restaurant. The welcome was warm and friendly and we were given the option to sit on the terrace next to the ocean, or be seated inside. It was a beautiful June evening in Durban, so we opted for the outside terrace. As the... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

What a stunning place to have morning coffee. You go back old fashioned service and high standards and you feel like a millionaire when you visit the Oyster Box. It is fabulous. Sit out on the terrace and watch the view, both the scenery and the guests. The food is exquisite too and with the high exchange rate for the... More 

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

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  • 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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