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“Food, ambiance, service - Everything was just PERFECT!!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Galley Beach Bar and Grill

Galley Beach Bar and Grill
17 Compensation Beach Rd | Dolphin Coast, Ballito 4420, South Africa
27 32 946 2546
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Ranked #19 of 57 Restaurants in Ballito
Cuisines: Seafood, Bar, Oyster Bar, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Food, ambiance, service - Everything was just PERFECT!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

If you love sea food - this is the place to be! Shall visit again when in Ballito! Cheerios!! :)))))

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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87 reviews 87 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“The management show blatant disregard for the smoking laws”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

The Galley is right on here beach so had great views. The bar is very tatty and could do with a make over and the management allow smoking in here bar and on the verandah outside the bar this is next to the non smoking area and is open to this area so should not be a smoking area
The bar is not properly closed off from the restaurant so you get smoked on if you are in there restaurant
The food is OK if you have the sea food but it's definitely on the expensive side for the surroundings and standard of the decor

  • Visited February 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Jeffreys Bay
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic friendly restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

On arriving at this restaurant with ample parking outside, we were greeted by very friendly staff and seated with an amazing view of the beach and sea. Although it was a hot day, we had shade and were not affected by the scorching sun. This restaurant is dog friendly and have water bowls at the entrance and have a menu for the dogs too. We ordered a pork banger cut up for her. It arrived in a beautiful bowl and with a bowl of water.
I ordered beef curry and it was fantastic. Not too hot but very spicy - excellent
Other dishes were all tasty and plentiful. The portions were sufficient. These are some of the items ordered at our table.
Prawn and Avo salad - fantastic
Fish and chips - fantastic
Chicken Prego with bacon - excellent
Fishy Basket - different yet so tasty.
I recommend everyone who visits Ballito must visit this place.

The staff were all friendly and welcoming.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Slow Service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

We dropped in here for a snack lunch. The sea view is fantastic from this restaurant especially if you sit outside. The food is plentiful and well cooked. However on the Sunday lunchtime that we visited the service was absolutely terrible. We waited more than an hour for a simple meal. We reminded the waiting staff several times but it didn't make any difference. It was just as well that the sun was shining and the view was terrific.
I don't know why the smokers are given the best elevated position overlooking the sea!

Visited January 2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“A place to hang out, but not much more”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Relaxed and informal, but perhaps a bit too laid back. Service started off just great, then faded into invisibility. At least they had the grace to admit the fish wasn't even fresh frozen.

Fish (kingklip) and chips was not a grand affair, although better than the line fish of the day (dorado), which was "weird" tasting, looked unappetising and was terrible when I tried it. But then how much can you expect from a casual hangout on the beach with reasonable prices (for a tourist trap)?

They should be able to do much better with only a little effort, for it has the appropriate atmosphere with the Papa Hemingway lookalikes lurking in the alcoves and the draconian anti-smoking brigade given short shrift.

Pity, it could have been all it promised to be and much more than the place upstairs.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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