Best places to eat on the South Coast KZN

Cocktail bar with a selection of beautifully decorated signature Cocktails decorated with colourful fruits

Are you searching for exceptional ocean-view dining KZN South Coast restaurants that offer delicious food, breathtaking views, refreshing drinks, and outstanding service? Look no further. The Hibiscus Coast in Southern Kwa-Zulu Natal boasts the perfect climate and is also home to fantastic places to relish good food while enjoying a view of the blue Indian Ocean. We have compiled a list of our favourite restaurants in Shelly Beach, restaurants on the KZN South Coast, and other top restaurants on the South Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

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Signature Cocktails made by Sibonele & Sanele C-Bali restaurant Shelley Beach

Beachfront Restaurants St Michaels

C-Bali Restaurant & Cock tail Bar

Overlooking the Blue Ocean, the stylish C-Bali restaurant is voted one of the best Restaurants in St Michaels on the South Coast of KZN. Not visible from the road, they’re a hidden gem you won’t want to miss. With their chilled beach atmosphere and location on St Michaels on Sea Beachfront, it is no wonder they’re on the list of top KZN South Coast Restaurants. They offer inside and outside seating at tables and even have a beautiful romantic corner with comfy chairs inside and a bar where they make the prettiest signature cocktails. Moreover, you can visit them straight after you visit the beach, even in your flip-flops.

What sets the C-Bali family restaurant apart is its unique and extensive menu. It offers a variety of meals, a large selection of local and imported drinks, and excellent service. The menu ranges from breakfasts and light meals to the good old favourite Crispy Fish and Chips. Meat lovers can choose from their wide selection of steaks, indulge in their tasty curries, and enjoy C-Bali’s gourmet burgers. They also have a choice of pasta, pizzas, and salads. Seafood lovers can indulge in various options, including seafood platters, pots, prawns, calamari, fresh oysters, and speciality sushi.

The cocktail deck at C-Bali

The C-Bali restaurant provides a unique dining experience with breathtaking ocean views, the best signature cocktails, craft gins, house lagers, and other drinks. You will be impressed by the bartenders, Sibonelo and Sanele’s skills, watching them while they create the most delicious cocktails, each an enticing masterpiece. This Shelly Beach restaurant is on St Michaels on Sea beachfront.

Cocktail bar with a selection of beautifully decorated signature Cocktails decorated with colourful fruits
Selection of Signature Cocktails
Signature gin cocktail beautiful decorated with strawberries and Mint
Gin cocktail with strawberries & Mint

Craft Beer and Gin Bar

Besides various craft beers, C-Bali is one of the restaurants in Shelly Beach, known for its excellent selection of speciality spirits and featuring a craft Gin Bar. Along with Saints Lager, brewed by CBC, there is a selection of ciders, coolers, shooters, and jars. So, you can relax and enjoy a refreshing drink while taking in the breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. Besides their beautiful signatures, it is one of the restaurants on South Coast KZN, with an outstanding menu and delicious cuisine.

Craft Gin selection restaurants Shelly beach
Craft Gin selection restaurants Shelly Beach
Craft beer selection at Bali C restaurant south coast kzn
A craft beer selection at C-Bali restaurant

The famous C-Bali Sushi Bar Restaurant is popular for its range of South Coast Sushi and the best gourmet burgers in Shelly Beach. Here’s the C-Bali menu.

Although the C-Bali restaurant is both classy and relaxed, pets are allowed. The pet-friendly C-Bali restaurant offers outside seating so you and your furry friends can enjoy the vast grassy area overlooking the ocean.

Sushi south coast kzn #c bali restaurants Shelly beach
Sushi South Coast #c Bali restaurants Shelly Beach
Gourmet Burger c bali Restaurants Margate
Gourmet Burger c Bali Restaurants Margate

Besides their sterling service, St Michaels Sand’s new Rénao Restaurant serves quality food and drinks. The Shelly Beach Restaurant is at 22 Marine Drive, Shelly Beach, overlooking St Michaels Beach and Lagoon. Contact no. +27 39 315 1230.

The Münchner Haus is a German restaurant situated in St. Michaels on Sea. It is renowned for its delicious food, exceptional service, and pleasant ambience. Visitors can relish many dishes, such as Eisbein, schnitzels, snails, burgers with chips, and pizza. Additionally, the restaurant provides a remarkable selection of German beer and cider. Both indoor and outdoor seating options are available. Check first if they are open, as they were closed during our visit in April 2024. Contact no. +27 039 315 5112.

Beachfront Restaurants Shelly Beach

The Buccaneer’s Beach Pub and Grill is a well-liked restaurant in Shelly Beach. It is famous for its vibrant ambience, beautiful sea view, welcoming staff, and mouth-watering food. The restaurant offers breathtaking views of St. Michaels Beach and the Lagoon and has live music performances every weekend. It is a popular spot for locals and tourists and is pet-friendly. Whether coming straight from the beach in your flip-flops or just looking for a comfortable place to relax, this is the place.

The Buccaneer Beach Bar’s menu offers a variety of reasonably priced meals as well as daily specials. I highly recommend trying the hot-plate rump steak and fish and chips, which are both delicious. They are located at 1050 Marine Drive, St. Michael’s on Sea and their contact number is +27 64 655 8122.

Man at Shelly Beach ski boat club having an ice cold beer overlooking the ocean.
Shelly Beach Ski Boat Club, Shelly Beach Restaurant

The Shelly Beach Ski Boat Club is a fantastic seaside Shelly Beach restaurant on KZN South Coast. Besides their relaxed atmosphere and holiday vibe, they offer delicious food with friendly service and are a favourite among locals and tourists.

Visit them anytime from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a delightful breakfast, lunch, or early dinner while enjoying the fresh ocean air and view. In addition to breakfasts with good coffee, the menu offers a variety of tasty foods, such as craft beers and other drinks.

The Shelly Beach Ski Boat Club menu offers something for every taste. I recommend their fish, Calamari, pizza, snack baskets, and delicious skipper salad with Calamari.

The establishment is pet-friendly, so you can bring your furry friends. In addition to its mouth-watering dishes, the restaurant boasts a spacious swimming pool overlooking the sea, providing the perfect spot for kids to have fun while you relax. The Shelly Beach restaurant and clubhouse have been around for over 40 years and are the closest to the ocean of all restaurants in Shelly Beach.

Established in 1974 by Mr Sonny Evans, they are beside the sea behind the Shelly Shopping Centre. To locate the restaurant, head to Albert Meyer Drive in Shelly Beach. If you need to contact them, their number is 082 555 6666. Bon appétit!

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, Packshed restaurant is a must-visit. Their a la carte menu features delicious fusion-style dishes from all over the world and freshly prepared Harvest specials.

They use earthy techniques like wood grilling and hot and cold smoking to create their dishes. Located only 11 minutes from Shelly Beach, at Ventures by Sweetdale, Old Izotsha Road, Farm 23, Margate. For directions, visit Google Maps.

Shelly Beach Ski Boat Club Menu Skipper Salad with Calamari, Calamari and Chips & Snack Basket with Samoosas, Russians, Chicken and chips
Shelly Beach Ski Boat Club Restaurant

Margate might be best known for its burgeoning art scene and wide sandy beaches.

If you’re in Margate, don’t miss out on the fantastic Village Pub and Grill. They offer amazing specials on food and drinks, as well as a variety of options for indoor and outdoor seating. The Village Restaurant menu has a wide range of delicious meals. Additionally, they host the Legendary ‘Pigs Nite’, have a dance floor, and occasionally play live music. Located on the South Coast Margate National Road. Contact no. +27 79 552 8165

The Village Margate is one of the best Restaurants in Margate KZN
The Village Margate KZN

The Chefs on Marine restaurant in Ramsgate is renowned for its multi-cuisine offerings, inviting ambience, and warm hospitality. This restaurant offers a diverse menu, including French-inspired breakfast items, authentic Indian curries, flame-grilled steaks, seafood, pasta, salads, and vegetarian options. The restaurant is located on Marine Drive in Ramsgate. You can contact them at 067 771 6312 or 083 306 0571 for bookings.

Located at the Ramsgate Blue Flag Beach beachfront, this restaurant is considered one of the Lower South Coast’s safest and best swimming beaches. The Blue Lagoon Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, and its kitchen closes at 9 PM. It is fully licensed and renowned for serving outstanding seafood in large portions, offering great value for money. You can unwind on the veranda while sipping an ice-cold cocktail and feeling the warm sand beneath your feet.

Besides their wide selection of wines, they serve various dishes, including seafood, steaks, and pizzas. They also offer a Sunday carvery, so reserve your table in advance. The restaurant is pet-friendly for seating on the Deck and downstairs. For reservations, please call +27 039 314 4149.

Tip: Unfortunately, we had an unpleasant experience with our alcohol-free cocktails, so we suggest trying the Shelly Beach restaurants instead of the ones at Blue Lagoon.

If you’re looking for the best waffles on the South Coast, head to the ocean-front Waffle House restaurant. It’s an excellent spot for a light meal, with indoor and outdoor seating and stunning views of the natural surroundings and Ramsgate Blue Flag Beach. The Waffle House is famous for its family-friendly atmosphere and motto in Ramsgate: “This is where good food and memories are made.” Along with their wide selection of delicious waffles with sweet or savoury toppings, they also serve other dishes and have vegan and gluten-free options. The restaurant has been voted one of the best family-oriented restaurants in Ramsgate.

To get to the Waffle House, if you’re coming from Margate, you’ll find them on your left, just before the bridge in Ramsgate. Turn left to the Ramsgate beach, where there’s ample parking right next to the beach. Then, take a short walk through a beautiful garden along the lagoon to reach the restaurant. The Waffle House is located at Lot 839, Marine Drive, Ramsgate. You only need to make a booking if you want specific seating or are celebrating a special occasion. Open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, contact no. 039 314 9424. Ramsgate is 10 km from Shelly Beach restaurants.

Nancy in front of The Waffle House Ramsgate
Nancy in front of The Waffle House Ramsgate
The Best Banana, ice cream and syrup waffle made by Waffle House in Ramsgate
Best Banana, ice cream and syrup Waffle House Ramsgate

Overall, the Restaurants in Shelly Beach are of great value for money. Let me know your thoughts and if you come upon Restaurants on the KZN South Coast that I can add to this post. Bon Appetit!

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