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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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
DrAugustaDorning
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Durban, South Africa
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Durban, South Africa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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london
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Durban
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 reviews 4 reviews
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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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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We enjoyed their curry buffet. One really needs to make an evening of it so that there is sufficient time to savour each curry and do them justice. Service is a delightful combination of respectful friendliness and efficiency. Only challenge, getting a booking.

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Vienna, Austria
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44 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

If you are looking for a wonderful dinner experience in Durban then this is the right place. Service is very friendly and attentive and the menu offers a very good selection (try the crayfish mayonnaise). The curry buffet is delicious, especially the beef vindaloo (not too spicy). The wonderful views of the lighthouse and the Indian Ocean make this an... More 

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is a very classy restaurant with lovely views over the sea. We ate Bunny Chow a Durban favorite and which was really delicious. The Earl Grey tea we drank really complimented the curry which was very spicy The other dishes being served looked equally good

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Cape Town, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We visited the Ocean Terrace for the first time on our trip to Durban. Upon arrival we were glad to get a seat on the outside terrace as the view was incredible.We opted to go with the much recommended Curry Buffet. I am a big fan of Indian food. The spread of the buffet was average for the price. 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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