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Black Marlin

Main Road, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa
+27 21 786 1621
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good39%
  • Average20%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible8%
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“seafood” (54 reviews)
“salad” (24 reviews)
“prawn curry” (5 reviews)
Opens in 20 min
All hours
Seafood, Soups, International, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Main Road, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were highly recommended to this restaurant and called at luchtime to find it packed with coach party travellers. We therefore booked for dinner, and found ourselves the only guests bar one other couple. The terrace was therefore unatmospheric, the staff were efficent enough but...More

Thank mysteryshopper40
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the worst place we went to during our tour of 4 countries in Southern Africa (if we had visited more countries I still think it would be hard to find a place as bad as this). We were an English tour group and...More

Thank Goodhotels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great ambience on the beach where you can dine inside or out. The food was okay but they get lots of tourist buses so in defense of them it is hard to cook for so many. The presentation is lovely & service was outstanding. It...More

Thank Carole P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had visitors from overseas who specially wanted to eat fish and, having scanned the local restaurant websites, we settled on the Black Marlin, partly because we've eaten here before. The visitors had Kingklip du Jour and the Cape Malay Seafood Curry. I had the...More

Thank robdotinfo
Reviewed October 5, 2017 via mobile

Although full of tourist buses, the langoustines and prawn curry were excellent and not mass produced. We were well satisfied even though initially but off by the crowds

Thank Susanhilary1313
Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

We came here as part of a large group, and our lunch was pre-ordered. That, however, did not in any way detract from the food or service. Service was prompt and friendly, and our lunch was delicious. And, of course, the superb views!

Thank AnnieMG
Reviewed October 1, 2017

We came here en route around the Cape. It was lovely to eat outside, looking at the coastline to see if we could spot any whales! The portions were great and the seafood was delicious. Nice wine too. Good service.

Thank Liam R
Reviewed September 28, 2017

sea view was impressive… you may see the baboons around. service was very fast… portions were full… we recommend any kind of seafood… Gratuity we gave was not found enough by the waiter !! It was just tip, not your salary… talk to your manager...More

Thank Saffary
Reviewed September 19, 2017

Black Marlin was recommended in our guide book as a must stop place to see whales in teh bay whilst having lunch. On our trip down to the Cape we passed the restaurant at around 1230 and it was mobbed with 3 or 4 coaches...More

Thank Martynjw
Reviewed September 17, 2017

It's not peak season yet and this place was packed for lunch. Good thing Thabang, our guide, made reservations. It had fantastic views, great tourist location (thus the crowd), nice people, rather chaotic (they forgot our salad, oh well). I enjoyed it, but I can...More

Thank ACBrown153
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Lucinda J
November 1, 2017|
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I agree. Why not just contact the place directly rather than load up the traveller sections with this question?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Validated Parking
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Simon's Town
  • Phone Number: +27 21 786 1621
Nestled unobtrusively on one of the most scenic coastlines in the Cape, en-route to Cape Point, this historical building, ensures an idyllic lunch or evening experience. Black Marlin has earned a reputation for its stunning seafood and attentive service not to mention the incredible views.
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