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Seelan Restaurant and Bar


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At Seelan, you are treated to a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere that brings a slice of the Mediterranean to the Cape coast. The restaurant is inspired by the languid dining style of the South of France and recreates the joie de vivre (joy of life) of popular French restaurants. Guests can relax in contemporary décor and enjoy sweeping views of the V&A Waterfront. The restaurant exudes a natural air of charm, reflecting the harbour in front of which it is situated. The menu is inspired by the flavours of Europe and features a wide variety of authentic cuisine alongside an outstanding wine menu, including Seelan’s very own house wine, which is made locally.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Steakhouse, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Fusion
Takeout, Seating, Free Wifi, Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed May 15, 2019

We had a reservation for breakfast at Seelan on the 9th May 2019, and although the website had indicated an earlier opening time and we arrived at 10h30, "Pappa Joe" was more than willing to accommodate us. We sat down and had beautiful breakfast, followed...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank DominiqueN451
Reviewed May 14, 2019

We went to Seelan Bistro for our anniversary last night and wow, disappointment is an understatement. We had 1st gone here in October 2018 and the food and service was absolutely phenomenal and that's why we decided to go back. My husband had BBQ Asian...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank carlynr11
Reviewed April 29, 2019

What an gentleman is Papa Piero, real loveable Italian father, one who is passionate about his guests as he is about the food he serves, not to mention the background music Our Waitress, Marlene, your are a darling, your advice, your smile, you are an...More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 10, 2019 via mobile

My friend ordered the steak and chips. The steak was the worst quality meat I’ve ever come across in my life. It looked more like a red/grey block of wood. She ordered medium rare and it was more than well done. It had a grey/green...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank mia_cpt
Reviewed April 10, 2019 via mobile

Went in to seelan today with my friend. The hostess and our waiter(papa Joe) was the best thing about the entire experience. I order the steak and chips and my friend ordered the seafood platter and all I can say is OH GOD. Quite possibly...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank phelisa_manata97
Reviewed April 3, 2019 via mobile

This is hands down the best restaurant with the best food and vibes (service and background music) in the V & A area and probably, at the top of the list of best food in Cape Town! Everything was perfect! From the seafood curry, ribeye,...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank DayoB
Reviewed March 27, 2019

Six of us arrived at Caperown from the UK at around 11am a week or so back. After settling into the villa we took an early evening stroll along the V&A Waterfront and stumbled across this place . We were looked after by a wildly...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Chris O
Reviewed March 21, 2019

We tried this restaurant for a family Sunday morning breakfast, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of service and vast amount of choice on the menu. There was no rush and we could enjoy our meal from about 0900 till 1130 when early lunch...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Gerard M
Reviewed March 16, 2019

Service either super fast or super slow, but who cares. Good for people watching and great seafood but not the best of views as you are at pavement level. However if you’d like a nice oyster lunch at a reasonable place then it’s really friendly...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Lorel2
Reviewed March 1, 2019

3 of us popped in for a light supper on a Wednesday evening a couple of weeks ago. 2 of us ordered the special written on the board at the entrance which was the salmon salad. Sadly they were out of salmon so a few...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Cath100000
SeelanS9, Manager at Seelan Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2019

Good day Cath100000 We are really sorry to hear about your horrible experience. What you describe is definitely nor acceptable by any means. Would you mind sending me a direct message as I would like to get a little more information? I would also like...More

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I rated you guys unfairly: I recently rated your restaurant (From a local), a One, on TripAdvisor and now I regret it. I'm so sorry, I was pissed off and treated you unfairly. I just messaged TripAdvisor asking them to remove it but, they say it takes 30 days. Here is my honest review: Out of 5: Music: Beautiful, lounge type of music, not to loud. Ambiance - 5 Setting is in a beautiful harbour with Azure blue seas (Please remember this is arguably the most expensive real estate on the continent). So, the pricing would be higher than the rest of Cape Town or Johannesburg. Service - 5 stars - Awesome older gentleman that was caring and very attentive.. Manager when we complained - 10 out of 5 , she handled it beautifully and removed the dish we didn't like and didn't charge us for it. I get 0 out of 5 for previously complaining without context. If you are a local: Remember the setting is prime real estate, probably the most expensive on our continent, so, dont expect to pay cheap Kalk Bay prices!! Anyway, apologies again. We had a friend from Switzerland that went to your place the next day and she thought the pricing was quite reasonable. And she is living of unemployment benefits! Euro versus Rand is a bummer. As soon as TripAdvisor removes my rating I'll give you a fair one.
January 7, 2017|
Response from crabattack | Reviewed this property |
this has just appeared as a question on my notifications. however no question has been asked?
December 6, 2015|
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Response from Julio C | Reviewed this property |
Smart casual, but comfortable
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