Are you planning a wonderful stay in Simon’s Town at Mariner Guesthouse and need some inspiration to the best dining this gem of a town?

Here are the Top 10 Restaurants according to


It might be the naval suburb of Cape Town, but Simon’s Town is about so much more than the famous Boulders penguins, naval ships and deep-seated sea history.

And while it offers plenty to see and do, with world-famous attractions like Boulders Beach and Cape Point all within easy driving distance – it’s the good food that takes everyone by surprise.

Here are the top 10 restaurants in Simon’s Town:

#1 The Lighthouse Cafe

Boasting fabulous food, people and vibes, The Lighthouse Cafe may have only been around for a few years now – but it has fast cemented itself as one of the most popular eateries in Simon’s Town.

This pretty, airy space – bursting at the seams with laid-back, charming decor – has both a Provencal and coastal feeling to it… Best of all, its menu is as relaxed as its interiors. Meal choices are short but stellar and varied, ensuring there is something to satisfy all stomachs.

Dishes are freshly prepared, service is sound, reviews are solid and complimentary and the wine list is good… What more could you need from a cosy, local cafe?

Contact: +27 (021) 786 9000


Address: The Lighthouse Cafe, 90 St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 The Sweetest Thing

Famed both locally and internationally for its delightful sweet treats, The Sweetest Thing is indeed aptly named.

The focus is on breakfast, lunch and of course, coffee time – ensuring you’re well looked after right throughout the day.

This wonderful patisserie provides customers with quality cakes, pies and pastries, with all food items (excepting the chocolate truffles) skillfully prepared on the premises.

We would go so far as to say that this sweet delight would impress Willy Wonka himself!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 4200


Address: The Sweetest Thing, 82 St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Saveur

Hailing from the Saveur Restaurant Group, Saveur Simon’s Town has, for the past four years, consistently proved a big hit with locals and visitors alike!

The menu, which offers an array of dishes, is sure to delight, with its generous portions and reasonable prices.

Service is good, the staff are friendly and the restaurant’s own relaxing atmosphere adds a prevailing peaceful mood.

So if you haven’t tried this restaurant yet, be sure to visit it as soon as possible!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 1919


Address: Saveur, Shop WC2A, Simon’s Town, Boardwalk Centre
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Saveur Restaurant Simonstown via Facebook
Saveur Restaurant Simonstown via Facebook

#4 Seaforth

This elegant, bustling restaurant – situated just across from Simon’s Town’s Seaforth Beach – is sure to delight with its excellent range of primarily seafood-orientated options.

Seaforth is a well-run establishment, found in a prime location (it’s within close walking distance to both Seaforth and Boulders Beach). Add to that, efficient service, a solid menu and great food – and it’s hard to lose.

Oh, and did we mention it offers stunning views of the nearby beach and ocean?

When in Simon’s Town, this sensational seafood restaurant is a safe bet every time.

Contact: +27 (021) 786 4810


Address: Seaforth Restaurant, Seaforth Beach, Seaforth Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Monocle & Mermaid

At Monocle & Mermaid (or M&M, as it’s fondly referred to as), there is an intense passion for coffee, burgers and beer – which, as many will agree, are three of life’s finest things.

Situated close to the Simon’s Town train station, M&M is big on its breakfasts, lunches and burgers… and it shows! The food is delicious, interiors are trendy and service is great, ensuring that the whole M&M experience is smooth from start to finish.

Whether you visit it for a flat white, mouthwatering burger or some good beer, you will leave M&M with a full tummy and a desire to return soon!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 1370,


Address: Monocle & Mermaid, Shop No. 1, St George’s Building, St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Black Marlin Restaurant

Located between Simon’s Town and Cape Point, one can find the delightful Black Marlin Restaurant.

The food focus here is firmly on great tasting, quality seafood meals, served in a beautiful and fun setting at Miller’s Point.

Once a whaling station, it is now a place of joy and good food, with views to rave about. And, during whale season, guests can even do some whale watching while they dine – talk about meals to remember!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 1621,


Address: Black Marlin, Miller’s Point, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 One Three Six Restaurant

One Three Six is yet another Simon’s Town restaurant blessed with perfect sea views.  Far more than that though, this still-new restaurant impresses from its location at the Harbour Bay Shopping Centre.

It is popular with both locals and tourists, particularly as it offers everything from daring starters (think braised rabbit ravioli) to filling, sensational mains, like the Wild Sea Bass or Peppered Ostrich Fillet. Last but not least, the desserts will leave a sweet taste on your lips!

If the views and the food at One Three Six don’t delight you – then few restaurants will!

Contact: +27 (021) 180 4776


Address: One Three Six, Shop GF09B Harbour Bay Centre, Corner Dido Valley & Main Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Cafe Pescado

With its pizzas, burgers, steaks and delicious seafood, this family-friendly eatery has something to keep everyone happy.

Prices are good, staff are warm and friendly and the vibe inside Cafe Pescado is cosy, comfortable and welcoming, making you feel instantly at home.

Whether you pop in for lunch, a romantic (pizza) date night or supper with some live music. At this warm eatery, you won’t be left wanting… that much is certain!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 2272


Address: Cafe Pescado, 118 St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 I Love Waffles

Calling all waffle-, muffin-, ice cream-, pancake- and coffee-lovers… Gather round because I Love Waffles is the place to cure all cravings!

This bright and cheerful place is where culinary magic happens… After all, who doesn’t love good coffee or a sweet treat (or better still, a bit of both)?

But it’s not just for sweet tooths, as I Love Waffles serves up the likes of salads and sandwiches too, helping to keep all kinds of hunger pangs firmly at bay.

So whether you need a coffee fix, sweet indulgence or quick snack, I Love Waffles has you sorted!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 9361,


Address: I Love Waffles, Shop 6 & 7, Quayside Centre, Wharf Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 TastyTable

Those looking for a homely restaurant with good bites need look no further than the family-run TastyTable.

This contemporary-style bistro offers fresh, artisanal food with an honest and fun approach. What’s more, the service is attentive and helpful, catering to your every food need.

Locals and online reviewers praise TastyTable across the board – and it’s not hard to understand why.

Contact: 076 933 7643


Address: TastyTable, 132 St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These restaurants are just some of the many reasons to make Simon’s Town your next port of call!


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Located on the eastern side of the picturesque Cape Peninsula is Simon’s Town. At the centre of the town is a thoroughfare of where one can bask in the town’s great atmosphere. Once used as a naval base, the town has now become the home of the African penguin. With the increase in tourism, the town has flourished and produced high quality restaurants.

Bertha’s Restaurant


Set on the quayside, Bertha’s Restaurant is a central giant of a restaurant on the Simonstown seafront. Not only has it got some of the best views of the town’s famous aquatic inhabitants, otherwise known as the ‘city slickers’ or African Penguins, but also of the other interesting birds this town attracts. The main charm however comes from the food that is served up. The menu combines classic African cuisine with a warm home comfort feeling. Starter dishes like the West Coast Mussels perfectly whet the appetite for a hearty meal ahead. Connoisseurs of seafood will be aptly placed to relish the menu but the Grilled Aged Sirloin served with crispy onion rings should not be passed up on.

Bertha’s Restaurant QuaysideCentre, 1 Wharf Road, Simon’s Town, South Africa +27 21 786 2138

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The Meeting Place Upstairs


The Meeting Place Upstairs offers a concise menu that provides the perfect solution to the problem of food indecision. The perfect spot for an impromptu meal this restaurant has a sleek interior décor which contrasts with its rustic veranda that overlooks the stunning and elegant harbour below. So unwind to the sounds of the ocean and also the jazzy tones of the live band, whose music serves to create a distinctly sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere. The meals on offer are is hugely moreish and provide a mouth-watering spread of familiar favourites combined with a loving flourish of style and pastiche; the homemade fish cakes with summer salsa are a treat to behold.

The Meeting Place Upstairs 98 St George’s St., Simon’s Town, South Africa +27 21 786 5678

Calamari Rings|©Michael Saechang/Flickr

Seaforth Restaurant


This quaint restaurant offers a little more in the way of friendly and personable service. With the restaurant’s close proximity to the sea you can be sure that the fish you order is fresh out of the ocean. A particular dish to try is the hake and potato wedges. Offering a taste of traditional English comfort food with a distinctly South African view, this meal is sure to fill every corner. Seaforth’s house wines come highly recommended and are excellent vintages, perfectly balanced to accompany your seafood feast. If you want to try something with a more local feel, the Calamari sticks with intensely spicy chilli sauce have proved to be a crowd pleaser at Seaforth.

Seaforth Restaurant,Seaforth Beach, Seaforth Road, Simon’s Town South Africa +27 21 786 4810

Grill plate|©George Alexander Ishida Newman/Flickr

Monocle & Mermaid


The rustic interior of this seafaring themed bar and restaurant provides little disguise to some of the best food in Simonstown. Monocle & Mermaid is a coffee spot at heart yet the Chef’s food menu is where this trendy venue really shines. A unique menu is bolstered by dishes like ‘the Venedict’, comprised of succulent, lean Eland Steak, perfectly poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and pomme frites.

Shop 1, St Georges Building St. George’s Street Simon’s Town South Africa +27 21 786 1370

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Cafe Pescado


One of the finest Italian restaurants in Simonstown, Café Pescado has a menu that is perfect for kids and adults alike. The staff are friendly and prices are reasonable. Live music events provide entertainment which creates a fun and friendly atmosphere. The pizza and pasta menu complement a wide variety of seafood and meat dishes. Try the mussels which are served in abundance with a plethora of extras that leaves you spoilt for choice. If you are new to the world of seafood but willing to experiment you’ve got to try the deep fried squid tentacles which, while they may not sound appetising, are simply heaven on a plate.

Cafe Pescado 118 St Georges Street, Simon’s Town, South Africa +27 21 786 2272

Grilled Lamb Skewers, Pumpkin Cous Cous, Tzatziki – Grill’d AUD11.90|©Alpha/Flickr

Saveur Restaurant


Saveur is one of the best restaurants for overlooking the harbour. First class service and stunningly presented food complement a stunning sunset view over False Bay. The modern European style food has been highly praised by those who visit. A favourite dish that has been particularly crowed about is the Moroccan spiced lamb skewers served on a bed of roasted Mediterranean vegetables, with a delicous mint couscous. This is not to be missed.

Saveur Restaurant, Boardwalk Centre, Wharf Street, Simon’s Town 7975, South Africa +27 (0)21 786 1919

Seafood Curry|©Jill Shih/Flickr

Two & Sixpence Tavern


This is a modest bar restaurant which punches above its price tag. Almost hidden behind the front bar, this secretive spot serves supreme burgers and meat dishes. The food has a really authentic South African feel and the menu represents this diverse and colourful nation. Not to be beaten on the seafood front, the Thai seafood curry made with Coconut milk packs a warming punch. If that doesn’t tickle your taste buds try the Yellowfin Tuna with seasoned baby potatoes.

Two & Sixpence Tavern, 88St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, South Africa +27 21 786 5735

Mezze platter.|©Lauren Friedman/Flickr

The Lighthouse Café


Inviting guests to feel utterly at home in its warm and beautifully relaxed atmosphere, The Lighthouse Café offers a distinctly French charm on this, the South African coast. Its shabby chic décor perfectly complements the restaurant’s seaside location. This nearness to the sea also ensures that the food, which is cooked form scratch by café owner Brett Rathbone, is incredibly fresh. The mezze platter for two with its variety of cheeses and dips is the perfect way to fill the corners without over eating. Alternatively, the half Peri-Peri chicken is a wonderfully moreish dish that will leave you loosening your belts and ordering rounds of water.

The Lighthouse Café, 90 St Georges Street, Western Cape, Simon’s Town 7975, South Africa +27 21 786 9000


Neptune’s Galley


Although situated in the False Bay Yacht Club building, Neptune’s Galley is, thankfully, open to non-members. With an almost entirely seafood based menu, Neptune’s Galley is famous for its well-honed skills with fresh sea ingredients. Guests can enjoy their meal either on the stunning deck overlooking the harbour full of pristine club boats or indoors in the minimalist café seating area. Recommended dishes include such feasts as ‘Neptune’s Prawns’ which, when accompanied by chips and a lemon butter sauce, is a foodie’s dream.

Neptune’s Galley,False Bay Yacht Club, St. George’s Way, Simon’s Town, South Africa +27 21 786 4638


Boulders Beach Lodge And Restaurant

A restful spot for early morning breakfast, the Boulders Beach restaurant offers morning feasts on the famous beach. A particular mid-morning favourite is the Asian Wok Fried Eggs which consists of steamed Jasmine rice, two fried eggs and various vegetables all drizzled in chilli/soy sauce. The stunning views that the restaurant provides are a wonderful accompaniment to any meal especially seaside classics such as the Red Coconut Seafood Curry which includes linefish, prawns, mussels and calamari. During winter evenings, the view can be enjoyed from beside an indoor fireplace with a glass of red wine.

Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant, 4 Boulders Place, Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town, South Africa +27 21 786 1758