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Cargo Hold Restaurant

Bell Street - Ushaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa
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Ranked #45 of 339 restaurants in Durban
Price range: $20 - $25
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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71% Recommend
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English first
Pretoria, South Africa
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Sitting in the hull of a replica boat with tables right next to an aquarium full of sharks and other interesting fish. The irony of eating seafood while looking at fish wasn't lost on me but it did not detract from an excellent meal.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

My husband & I dined at this gem stone of a location early June 2014. From spectacular food & brilliant service to an ambiance like no other, we were pleased with our choice. We both order the Duck which was absolutely stunning. Well balanced flavours and accompanied by a bottle of Pinot Noir. Compliments to the staff & management. Very... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We visited The Cargo hold restaurant on 24 December 2013 as Christmas was fully booked. The restaurant looks great from outside as it is an abandoned ship. The experience was unforgettable. The fish tank and abandoned ship was the main attraction for me. Kitana loved watching the different types of fish. We spent most of our time by the tank.... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This was a unique dining experience set inside the hold of a large beached shipwreck which offered views from all levels into the three storied Shark Tank of uShaka SeaWorld. There was a nice buzz about the place, the service was fast and the seafood we had was good value for money, washed down with reasonably priced quality local wines.... More

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Second time in Durban after one year , i went back to Cargo hold to repeat the great experience the year before. Happy to see that the quality of the food is still there We tried different dishes from meat to fish, plus dessert. Everything very good. What makes this place special beside the obvious water tank with sharks is... More

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Miami, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I had a very nice meal that this unique restaurant that looks into a shark tank at uShaka Seaworld. There were four in our party and all enjoyed the food and service. Our server recommended an excellent bottle of white wine from a local vineyard.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Myself and two friends went to this restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, decor and service. However the seafood that we ordered was all cooked from frozen stock and was awful. The staff openly admit that the fish is frozen and say it is due to supplier issues. They were very apologetic and replaced our meals for something else of... More

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Hazyview, South Africa
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We booked at this place nearly 2 weeks in advance to ensure a table by the aquarium window. We received an email that our booking was confirmed and they would be in touch 24 hrs prior to reconfirm.. We arrived in the morning to visit Ushaka and decided to check our booking,as we had heard nothing.The most unhelpful staff rudely... More

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2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We booked a table at the Cargo Hold about a week ago. Upon arrival we found they had not registered our booking but still gave us a table. We were sat nowhere near the aquarium and when I asked to move to one of the many empty tables closer to it, we were told we couldn't as they 'might' be... More

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2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

What a bad experience. it was a very special night for me as it was my anniversary. i booked my table 2 weeks in advance. when i called to confirm my booking. no one could assist me, when i arrived i was pushed in a little corner in the restaurant, children was running up and down and playing table tennis... More

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