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“Urban feelings at the Harbour House” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Harbour House V&A Waterfront

Harbour House V&A Waterfront
Quay 4, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 418 4744
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Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Bern
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Urban feelings at the Harbour House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

A stay in Cape Town without drinking and eating at the Harbour House is like breakfast without coffe!
Harbour House offers one of the best sea food platters ever seen. The location is perfect to get spoiled and the service of Gabriel is flabbergasting, amazing and merely perfect. Not only the wine selection but also the food is excellent. And if language is a passion of yours then take your time to chat with Gabriel. He is an expert and we learned new words like "absquatulate" what you certainly not will do if you are at the Harbour House. And the Harbour House does also not belong to what Gabriel calls "floccinaucinihilipilification" - in contrary!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A fabulous meal in an awesome location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

As the Waterfront is so touristy and the location of this restaruarant is so magnificent, i thought that the food would be compromised. I was so wrong! It was superb. We had a selection of starters as there were too many delicious options. (delicious mussels, fabulous gnocci,yummy calamari). the seafood platter being delivered to other tables looked like something we really needed to come back for when we were really hungry and could do justice to. I have had many great meals at their original Kalk Bay restaurant, but this was possibly even better.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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“Excellent fresh Fish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We always visited this restaurant in Kalk Bay on our Cape Town visits .The sister restaurant at The Waterfront although very different is just as good.It is more upmarket , fantastic atmosphere, very buzzy in a great location with a beautiful outlook.
The fish as always,superb...we had a salad to start and then the chef's recommendation of Cob and Yellowtail well flavoured and simply grilled with fresh green vegetables as accompaniments
It was a stunning evening superb food, great service and we just loved the whole experience!
We will be back!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cape Town
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“Definitely for seafood lovers!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

It is not really fair for me to review this restaurant as I do not eat seafood. The menu for me was disappointing with mainly fish, sushi and seafood. I started with the beef tataki which wasn't the best I have tasted but the finely sliced veggies were crisp, fresh and heavenly. I eventually decided on the cob which was good but nothing that special. The others raved about the sushi which looked incredible.

I couldn't resist ordering the caramelised lemon tart, choc icecream and raspberry coulis. Wow it was definitely worth the calories!

On arrival it took us a while to be seated as the restaurant was packed and we wanted an outside table. Once seated, after fifteen minutes of being ignored by the many waiters we had to call somebody. From then on the service improved and we enjoyed a good meal.

I could quite easily have spent the entire day there right on the harbour with magical views and people watching. The restaurant is rather pricey and it would be great if there were a few more options.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great fish in a prime location on the Waterfront”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

There are so many restaurants on the Waterfront, but Harbour House is hard to beat, particularly if you like fish. Its probably not the most innovative menu, but the total package of the location, atmosphere, food, drink and service makes it the best restaurant we experienced on the Waterfront.

The clientele, like the menu, was quite upmarket and there was a definite buzz to the restaurant, as befits its location in the heart of the Waterfront. The sushi salad was great and the line fish specials (they change every day) was delicious. The place was full, so service was not rapid, but we were not looking to be rushed out of the restaurant either so this was fine.

Would certainly recommend and go back on our next visit

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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