Kalk Bay is a coastal haven where culinary delights and breathtaking ocean views coexist. Because each restaurant has its own character, there’s no doubt you’ll find an eatery to satisfy your food cravings. Experience a kaleidoscope of flavours, from seafood straight from the sea to exotic flavours from around the world. Whether you want an elegant fine dining atmosphere, a rustic beachside retreat, or a carefree café atmosphere that embraces the sea breeze, Kalk Bay is the quintessential destination for dining by the deep blue.
Kalky’s has held a special place in the hearts of the community for many years, remaining a beloved favourite and often the sole motivation for a trip to Kalk Bay. It’s a restaurant that truly deserves a visit for those seeking a taste of the sea in the most endearingly casual setting, with a scenic view and consistently good food. A keen instinct for spotting soon-to-be-vacant tables and quickly catching the attention of the current occupant to secure a seat before any other eager diners do, as well as a sharp eye to deter seagulls from snatching your hake from the basket, are two essential elements for a successful visit to Kalky’s.
Address: Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Operating Times: Monday – Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm
Contact: 021 788 1726
Salt, a restaurant just down the street from the trendy Olympia Café, serves a menu inspired by Cape Town’s past as a thriving trading post, from which a diverse range of exotic flavours and cultural influences emerged. Salt’s menu pays homage to the restaurant’s roots by featuring a symphony of flavours and textures from around the world, including those from Germany, India, Korea and Thailand.
Salt’s owner, Nic McLeod, is steadfast in his pursuit of ‘healthy food made tasty’ in his carefully crafted menus. Nic and his father have curated a remarkable yet concise wine list at Salt, which includes gems like Waterkloof’s Cape Coral Mourvèdre Circumstance, widely regarded as one of the country’s finest wines, as well as an array of on-tap and bottled craft beers, hot drinks and non-alcoholic refreshers to complement the restaurant’s delectable fare.
Salt’s 50 available seats make it an ideal venue for any event; and its inviting atmosphere and delectable cuisine make it a popular choice for occasions, whether it’s a birthday party or a casual lunch.
Address: 136 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Operating Times: Monday – Wednesday, 6 am – 11 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 6 am – 11 pm
Contact: 021 788 3992
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3. Olympia Café
Olympia Café has been creating culinary wonders since 1997. It all started when Kenneth McClarty, craving a flat white in the coffee-deprived South Peninsula of the nineties, decided to take matters into his own hands. Over glasses of chardonnay, Kenneth and his foodie comrades hatched a plan to establish their own local spot – a place that would serve simple, spontaneous and passionately prepared dishes, just like the ones Kenneth loved cooking for his loved ones. Funding may have been scarce, but the abundance of passion and talent among the group made up for it. In November 1997, the transformation began. The old, greasy fish-and-bait shop known as Olympia Café received a new addition to its signage: ‘and Deli.’ With that change, the iconic corner doors swung open, marking the birth of a legend.
There’s no need for formalities at Olympia Café. Join the queue, just as countless others have done before you. Take a moment to peruse the chalkboard showcasing today’s enticing menu. Experience the sizzling dance of pans and the irresistible aroma of coffee filling the air (with flat whites, Americanos and an array of options) and enjoy a meal or hot drink in one of Cape Town’s best seaside locations.
Address: 134 Main Road, Corner of Windsor and Main Roads, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Deli restaurant times: Monday – Sunday, 7 am – 10 pm
Bakery times: Monday – Sunday, 6:30 am – 7 pm
Contact: 021 788 6396
4. Chardonnay Deli
Located in the heart of the picturesque town, Chardonnay Deli Kalk Bay finds its home within a stunning building that carries the charm of 1895. Positioned opposite the beloved Dalebrook Tidal Pool, the restaurant offers a delightful sea view over False Bay.
At Chardonnay Deli Kalk Bay, you’ll be greeted by a warm and inviting ambience. Sit back and relax as you savour the delightful flavours of just-brewed coffee or indulge in a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed juice. Treat yourself to a nourishing meal prepared with love or indulge in the tempting assortment of cakes and homemade goodies.
For those enjoying a weekend cycle, Chardonnay Deli Kalk Bay conveniently doubles as the perfect rest stop. Take advantage of the self-managed lockers, which allow you to securely store your belongings while you make a quick trip across the road to the inviting waters of Dalebrook Tidal Pool for a refreshing swim.
Address: 20 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Operating Times: Monday – Sunday, 7 am – 6 pm
Contact: 083 326 0184
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5. Sirocco Café
Sirroco captures the essence of casual sophistication with its charming outdoor café setting. As you step in, the aroma of freshly ground Lavazza coffee fills the air. Settle in for freshly baked, buttery croissants and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Breakfast at Sirroco is a leisurely affair that seamlessly transitions into sun-drenched lunches. Breakfast options include three-egg omelettes, creamy Eggs Benedict, bacon and eggs, smoked salmon croissants and other classic brekkie foods. As lunchtime approaches, delve into the world of seafood with linguini teeming with oceanic delights and tender baby calamari tubes, expertly cooked to perfection. For seafood purists, fresh line fish steals the spotlight, showcasing the finest catches of the day.
Sirroco combines quality, taste and a laid-back ambience to create an unforgettable dining experience. Whether you’re seeking a blissful breakfast or a leisurely lunch, Sirroco caters to your culinary desires, ensuring every bite is a moment to savour.
Address: 75 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Operating Times: Monday – Sunday, 7 am – 10 pm
Contact: 081 310 3067
6. Harbour House
The Harbour House Restaurant is located in the heart of a historic working fishing harbour. The rhythmic splashing of waves against the windows sets the tone for an unforgettable event. The emphasis at Harbour House is on providing the best seafood and line fish the ocean has to offer. What distinguishes this culinary gem is its dedication to sourcing its own catch from the restaurant’s very own boat. Indulge in the finest seafood delights, prepared to perfection by the talented culinary team.
Address: Kalk Bay Harbour, Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Operating Times: Monday – Sunday, 12 pm – 10 pm
Contact: 021 788 4133 | [email protected]
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As evidenced by the constant flow of diners throughout the week, Satori Restaurant and Pizzeria is a beloved treasure within the Kalk Bay neighbourhood. This laid-back eatery offers an unpretentious, comforting and enticing menu with a charming blend of Tuscan artistry and an eclectic atmosphere. The staff at Satori is adamant that a thoughtfully curated menu with hand-selected ingredients and impeccable presentation, paired with excellent service, is the key to consistently delivering a remarkable dining ‘experience.’ The salads are vibrant and visually stunning, bursting with the freshness of garden produce. The carefully crafted pasta sauces come in an impressive array of approximately 15 flavours, while the thin-crust, wood-oven-baked pizzas satisfy with their delicious toppings. Save room for dessert, as Satori’s selections are nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy homemade tiramisu, a divine brandy tart or the most amazing lemon cheesecake.
Address: 78 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Operating Times: Monday – Sunday, 11 am – 9:30 pm
Contact: 021 788 1123
8. Brass Bell
The Brass Bell lines the picturesque False Bay shores, a location renowned for its breathtaking beauty. This dining complex, composed of multiple terraced dining areas, integrates seamlessly with the walls of the tidal pool, providing visitors with a unique seaside dining experience.
The Brass Bell began as a humble council-run tea room in 1939 and has undergone a remarkable transformation under the visionary leadership of its owner, Tony White. Tony, along with his dynamic hospitality team, has grown the Brass Bell into a thriving collection of waterfront dining venues, transcending its humble beginnings to become a beloved household name. The Brass Bell now proudly displays an impressive array of nine distinct dining and event spaces, each with its own charm and allure.
Address: Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Operating Times: Monday – Friday, 11:30 am to late | Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to late
Contact: 021 788 5455
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9. Ohana Café
Address: 23 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Operating Times: Monday – Sunday, 7:30 am – 4 pm
Contact: 021 788 4761 | [email protected]
10. Cape to Cuba
There’s no comparing the festive atmosphere of this beloved Kalk Bay gem, where ubiquitous Che Guevara replicas oversee the action. The allure of Panama hats, cigars and evocative Catholic imagery will transport you to the lively atmosphere of Cuba as you enter. However, it is not only the enthralling decor that sets the tone for an unforgettable experience. The extensive list of libations is sure to entice you, offering a wide range of tantalising tipples to satisfy even the most discerning palate. This establishment knows how to create the perfect drink to complement your evening, from classic cocktails to unique concoctions.
When it comes to satisfying your hunger, Cape to Cuba offers the finest seafood and succulent steak, whether you crave the flavours of the sea or the savoury richness of a perfectly cooked steak.
Address: 165 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Operating Times: Monday – Sunday, 11 am – 9:45 pm
Contact: 021 788 1566
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Written by Sarah du Toit for Cape Etc
Feature image: Unsplash/ Igor Starkov