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Main Road, Millers Point, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa
+27 21 786 1621
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Pretoria, South Africa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped for a light lunch. The lunch menu is comprehensive and the food was good. I had the seafood pasta, which was perfectly done. Try to avoid big crowds arriving by bus. The view is awesome.

Thank Erma L
Bonnac, France
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

An idyllic situation close to the water not too far from the Cape National Park. We were thankful that, The Black Marlin, is open all day (10am - 10pm) as we were hungry after our morning walking to the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and it was already 2pm when we arrived. The food was delicious, fresh and all... More 

Thank Julie G
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place for a lunch when travelling the area. Stunning views of the ocean. The food was above average but i was not blown away. The service was good but slow. They definately cater for tourist groups and we battled to get a table without booking at lunch. As soon as the tour groups left the place... More 

Thank Richard P
St Kilda, Australia
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75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love seafood. I loved this restaurant. The selection of seafood dishes should satisfy most. The calamari was perfect, the platter looked very impressive, the sardines were delicious and I had the Malay Fish Curry, for something different and it was superb. All for under $50AUD for two courses and wine. Great quality and unbelievably good value.

Thank Jane B
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful setting. Calamari trio the worst we've ever had. Old and chewy is an understatement. Catch of the day also under cooked. A pitty that this is the window of cuisine of South African seafood for all the overseas visitors whom have braved the standard of the lack of freshness of the seafood. Service otherwise of high standard, not supported... More 

Thank Paul B
London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Black Marlin had been recommended to us by some people we met in Cape Town. Living inland we had mentioned our wish to have some really good seafood. Sadly, our spring rolls and chowder were very ordinary and the main courses of king clip and 'fish of the day' were overcooked and accompanied by something called 'salad' (a salad from... More 

Thank Zoe G
Cape Town, South Africa
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant has been there forever so I was so excited about visiting after at least 20 years. It was almost exactly the same, the outside section very attractive and must be great on a sunny day, but we went for Valentines dinner and in spite of the good ambiance the food was disappointing.

Thank BlueCraneJen
Krugersdorp, South Africa
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2017

This is a good place for tourists to visit, as the food is well priced and the view is amazing - it is on the way to or from Boulders or Cape Point

Thank JanePia
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2017

Our first time in South Africa, we followed the advice in the mainstream guidebooks - and Black Marlin comes recommended. Well, the food and service are good, but be warned, expect to find several coaches parked outside. We felt as thought we were in an upmarket fast food restuarant. If that's your thing, you'll enjoy this place. If you're expecting... More 

1 Thank Rob M
kingston, Jamaica
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3 reviews
Reviewed March 21, 2017 via mobile

The staff is great, food is delicious and didn't have to wait long to get great service. Time well spent really enThanks joying company and conversation. I recommend this restaurant

Thank Dane A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Soups, International, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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, Millers Point, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?