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The Ocean Terrace

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

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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
Great all-round experience

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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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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15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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Durban, South Africa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

If what you want is superb service with a great view to match this is what you want. The relaxed but efficient approach of the staff makes this the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a tasty meal or a gourmet supper. Superb choice of wines, great variety of snacks, meals and gourmet offerings. Always great, never disappointing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Standards are slipping here. I go every year to this restaurant and every year, I order the langoustine. Last year they were disappointing, but I assumed this was a one off. This year, they were back to a decent size, but the service was so slow, they arrived tepid. Just not good enough. This is a premier location. They need... More 

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

I rate The Oyster Box as a MUST to visit, it is an experience for to-days traveller, bringing back. as the Owners say, the magic of what Hotels used to be.! Especially at a seaside resort such as Umhlanga Rocks, the hotel is right on the sea and fantastically decorated.The elegance of the Ocean Terrace is hard to beat, what... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I love the Oyster Box! It has a wonderful ambiance and an amazing view. Be sure to greet Skabenga, the resident feline on arrival. Whether you are starting your day at the with Breakfast or ending it with dinner, it never disappoints. I highly recommend their Eggs Benedict for breakfast, but if you're an Oyster Lover, you can eat these... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've had the pleasure of celebrating quite a few special occasions at the Oyster Box and have had the most fantastic of times on each visit. From the waiters to the ambiance, everything at this restaurant is above the ordinary. The menu has an option for every ones tastes and the deserts are to die for!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Oyster Box never fails to deliver. Whenever I visit Durban I try to ensure all of my business luncheons are at the Ocean Terrace. Its a classy yet relaxed atmosphere with a good selection on the menu with outstanding service. The terrace itself is far nicer than sitting inside and the view is spectacular. It reminds me if the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Lighthouse Road | 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

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