9 of the KZN South Coast’s must-try fish eateries

For Immediate Attention
27 May 2022

9 of the KZN South Coast’s must-try fish eateries

As the annual Sardine Run descends on the KZN South Coast, anglers from all over arrive to land some of the best catches, while seine netters take to the waters to get their sardine catches. The ‘Greatest Shoal on Earth’ is not only a spectacle to witness, but also a treat for seafood lovers in the mood for a truly memorable dining experience.

“There is such a wonderful cultural fusion along the KZN South Coast that results in a wide variety of delicious food offerings,” said Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT). “While visitors enjoy a taste of the local seafood flavours, they can take in the stunning ocean views and even catch sight of the Sardine Run or annual whale migration that takes place in these cooler months. Now is the time to take that well-deserved seaside break and enjoy the many fish eateries along the KZN South Coast.”

1.      C- Bali Restaurant
Where? St Michael’s Beach

This relaxed beachside venue is renowned for its great food. While taking in the ocean views, patrons can try some of the freshest seafood or the restaurant’s specialty sushi made by their award-winning sushi chef. This can all be washed down with a delicious cocktail as C-Bali’s craft gin bar has the largest selection of craft spirits on the KZN South Coast.

2.      Mariners Seafood Restaurant & Shipwreck Pub
Where? Marina Beach

For some of the region’s best seafood, it’s worth stopping in at the iconic Mariners Seafood Restaurant & Shipwreck Pub. This vibrant eatery has a seafood feast with a menu boasting king prawns, langoustines and the Trawlerman’s Seafood Platter for those with an appetite!

3.      The Lobster Pot
Where? Ramsgate

The ‘seafood specialists’ for the past five decades, The Lobster Pot has a reputation for providing quality food at affordable prices. Prawns, calamari, linefish and a lovely ‘Guppy Menu’… this restaurant is a great spot for the whole family to enjoy.

4.      Crayfish Inn
Where? Ramsgate

For those who prefer to enjoy the ‘bounty of the ocean without the fuss’, Crayfish Inn is the spot to visit. They offer a variety of seafood options but the star of the show is their Specialty Seafood Platter which is loaded with mussels, prawns, linefish and crayfish served with a peri-peri sauce and a salad.

5.      Blue Lagoon Restaurant
Where? Ramsgate

Right on Ramsgate’s Blue Flag Beach is this fantastic restaurant that offers an outstanding seafood menu and ice-cold cocktails. They’re renowned for an outstanding seafood menu boasting big portions and value for money. From the open-air Blue Lagoon deck, patrons can enjoy a meal while taking in the ocean views.

6.      Shelly Beach Ski Boat Club
Where? Shelly Beach

Found at Sonny Evans Small Craft Harbour is a great place to while away a few hours watching the boats come and go while enjoying a hearty seafood meal and a cold beverage. The restaurant is open seven days a week. Alongside the clubhouse there’s a dining room, bar and swimming pool for those looking for a relaxed destination and a great fish menu.

7.      Hibiscus Beach Café
Where? Ramsgate

This hidden gem is one of Ramsgate’s best kept secrets! Situated at the Hibiscus Ski-Boat Club on Ski-Boat Bay Beach, patrons can’t get any closer to the ocean than this. Open seven days a week in season, and Tuesdays to Sundays out of season, this is certainly worth a visit. Cold beverages and good, old-fashioned seaside food is the order of the day, serving some of the area’s best calamari!

8.      Fish on the River
Where? Port Shepstone

As they say: ‘It’s not just our fish that’s fresher, but our batter that’s better!’ Fish on the River is an unforgettable seafood experience with quality food at great prices. Located on the banks of the Umzimkulu River, diners will enjoy a welcoming ambience and wonderful views.

9.      C Breeze
Where? Scottburgh

This delightful eatery is owned and run by renowned French chef, Julien le Pront. They serve a variety of excellent seafood which can be enjoyed while taking in Scottburgh’s wonderful ocean views. It boasts a 5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor so I s well worth a visit!

To find out more about these and other KZN South Coast eateries:

  • Download the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app from Google Play and Apple stores.
  • Visit the ‘South Coast Tourism’ on Facebook or YouTube
  • Visit @infosouthcoast on Twitter or Instagram
  • Visit ‘Info Ugu South Coast Tourism’ on LinkedIn
  • Visit www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za to check out the Events Calendar, the KZN South Coast Meeting Planner Guide and more!
  • To access previous USCT press releases, visit: https://www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za/category/press-release/
  • Follow the hashtags #seaanddo #greatestshoalonearth #sardinerun #subtropicalparadise #kznsouthcoast


All images are complimentary for media use, provided the correct image credit is included and the images are published in conjunction with the content supplied.

High resolution images are available upon request.

(Image: Supplied by USCT)

Fish on the River.

Fish on the River.

Crayfish Inn.

C- Bali Restaurant.

Shelly Beach Ski Boat Club.

C- Bali Restaurant.

Blue Lagoon Restaurant.

Hibiscus Beach Café.

About Ugu South Coast Tourism

Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) is the official destination management organisation of the Ugu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa. The Ugu District comprises four local municipalities that include Umdoni, Umzumbe, Umuziwabantu and Ray Nkonyeni. USCT’s mandate is to grow tourism within the KZN South Coast. This involves implementing marketing and development initiatives that are aimed at showcasing the diverse offerings and experiences of the South Coast as tourist destination. A board of directors oversees USCT, headed by CEO, Phelisa Mangcu.

About KZN South Coast
Known as the ‘Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom’, the KZN South Coast stretches 120 kilometres from Scottburgh to Port Edward and inland to Harding. Here, the spirit of adventure can be discovered among the many cultural experiences, as well as the 35 nature trails and 58 beaches, ideal for activities like river rafting, abseiling, suspension bridges, paintball, surfing, SUP, canoeing, beach horse rides, shark cage diving and free diving. Nicknamed ‘The Golf Coast’, there are 11 golf courses on the KZN South Coast ranging in difficulty, with endless hiking, mountain biking and 4×4 trails for more rugged excursions. Promoting sustainability, the KZN South Coast has a growing agri-tourism sector that offers world-class produce and hosts tours and excursions. The region boasts a number of permanently managed Blue Flag beaches, and is home to some of the world’s top diving sites, Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks. The originality continues with the annual Sardine Run, coined the #GreatestShoalonEarth, which is the largest biomass migration on earth and a marvel to witness. The region’s many nature reserves are inhabited by indigenous bird and wildlife, and it holds the title for ‘smallest desert on earth’, The Red Desert in Port Edward. The KZN South Coast is a fast-emerging MICE destination which also plays host to a number of high-profile events including the The Bike Fest, Uvukile Gospel Festival, Ugu Jazz, Ugu Film Festival and the South Coast Fever MTB & Trail Run Series.

Issued on behalf of: 
Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT)

Disseminated by:
Olivia Jones Communications

For more information please contact:
Olivia Jones Communications
Cell: 083 653 1720
Email: media@oliviajones.co.za 

× How can we help you?