Nothing beats dining out like ordering seafood at a fun joint by the sea. South Africa’s Port Elizabeth is teeming with delectable places serving up the freshest fare brought in from the local waters. Before planning your trip to this beloved city, you’ll want to do your research and make reservations at some of the area’s top seafood restaurants. From places with calamari delights, to refreshing oysters, to colorful fish, here are the top seafood restaurants of Port Elizabeth you’ll want to check out.
Does the idea of a giant pot of hot steaming gumbo make your mouth water? You’ll want to head over to Asada, a hip destination surrounded by brick walls and urban light fixtures. Seafood is the focus of its overall menu with New Orleans, French and Argentinean influence on its dishes. Step inside and you’ll find fresh catches adorned on a bed of ice including lobsters, crabs and variety of fish. If you’re dining with someone who doesn’t like seafood, no worries, Asada has its own impressive selection of non-seafood items like steaks and lamb flank, too. For something unusual in a seafood restaurant, order one of its maple glazed bagels (seafood lovers, you’ll want to order one with the smoked salmon and the dill cream cheese).
What’s a better and more authentic location to slurp on seafood than at a seaside Yacht Club? Chartroom Restaurant is located at Algoa Bay Yacht Club and you do not have to be a member to dine at this prestigious facility. Expect to find items on the menu like tempura prawns, grilled calamari salad, fried hake and various seafood combos. Burgers are also popular in this establishment. And the best part of dining here? You can enjoy the tasty meal out on its waterfront to admire the view of the yacht-lined bay.
Blue Waters Cafe
Whether its a breezy brunch or a night time feast with a view of the moon-kissed ocean, Blue Waters Cafe is a magical place to enjoy a seafood dish. The restaurant is elevated, giving diners a spectacular view of the sea to take advantage of the fresh air. Or if you prefer to eat indoors, you’ll cozy up by the fireplace while dining on items like salmon egg benedict, prawn tails tapas, and smoked salmon and avocado salad. Craving sushi? This cafe has plenty of sushi concoctions including the South African-themed Springbok Roses Roll.
Not everyone’s idea of seafood dining consists of white tablecloth and candlelit dinners with your own sommelier. At Barnacles, you’ll be able to dine on the freshest catch from the comfort of outdoor picnic tables while taking in the view of the rock jagged beach. Step inside and you’ll instantly know that you’ve stumbled upon a local gem with very little tourists and no frills interior decor. But we advise you to sit outside to breathe in the ocean air and crack open a lobster. And don’t forget to say hello to the cats that make the outdoor patio their year-round home.
What seafood lover doesn’t like sushi? Fushin is arguably the best sushi joint in town with an incredibly large menu full of mouth-watering goodies like poke, oysters, mussels and dozens of innovative sushi rolls. The establishment is designed with organic wood featuring sleek, modern design that’s an authentic Japanese style. While eating here, order something unusual and get the stuffed giant squid, linefish ceviche, or the smoked trout martini. You won’t be disappointed.
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