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“the most fantastic restaurant at Ushaka Marine World”

Cargo Hold Restaurant
Ranked #28 of 604 Restaurants in Durban
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Durban, South Africa
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122 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“the most fantastic restaurant at Ushaka Marine World”
Reviewed January 4, 2012

When we arrived at Ushaka Marine World, our first stop was the Cargo Hold Restaurant, which has a ramp taking you up to the restaurant. We had seafood for lunch with the Sharks swimming around us. All you can imagine is an aquarium with sharks swimming around you while you eating. It was a awesome experience. They have a great variety of dishes at your choice!

  • Visited December 2011
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Washington Grove, md
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12 reviews
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“Great experience and great food”
Reviewed January 3, 2012

Great ambience and opportunity tosee the sharks and fish while we ate, yet the food was excellent - not what you expect in a theme restaurant

Visited December 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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15 restaurant reviews
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“Great once but wouldnt go back”
Reviewed November 30, 2011

It is great from a novelty factor. The food is good but not what you expect from the prices, but you are paying for where you are and the fact that sharks are swiming around you. Service was ok but not great. All round the actual resturant is nothing special, but for a one off date or a meal with friends you will enjoy it and remember it.

Visited November 2011
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Yorkshire
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“An evening with a difference”
Reviewed November 20, 2011

This was my second visit to Cargo Hold and I booked this one about 6 weeks in advance. Last time we had a table quite far from the shark wall, but this time I'd requested a table next to the glass and was lucky enough to have been given what seemed to be the best table in the house - on the bottom level in the middle. Meant we could see the entire shark tank and watch sharks swim vertically as well. We were a party of 6 and all enjoyed their meal with the exception of the person who ordered the creme brulee and really didn't rate it well at all. We had the prawn and chicken curry (serving was huge and I was happily given a doggy bag), steak, peri peri chicken, fish of the day and 2 oxtails. The latter came in pastry and were declared very good. 2 of us had the chocolate fondant for pudding and this had to rate as one of the nicest puddings I've had in a restaurant for many years - rich and oozing int he middle as it should be and just all round a delight on the plate. The surroundings at Cargo Hold are brilliant and it's amazing just how quickly one gets used to seeing shark swim less than metre from where you're having dinner! Expensive by SA standards, but still good value with pounds (eating out is one of the decreasing list of things that still represents good value for money for UK tavellers in SA) All round a fab evening.

  • Visited November 2011
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Oxford England
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“Eat with the sharks”
Reviewed August 15, 2011

This really is a unique place where you eat a la carte in a ship wreck with huge sharks staring at you. Fish meals were excellent and the service was very good indeed.

  • Visited August 2011
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