Durban Restaurants

Durban's dining public is fickle by nature, and restaurants tend to change hands fairly often. But don't be discouraged—Durban offers some superb dining options, provided you eat to its strengths. Thanks to a huge Indian population, it has some of the best curry restaurants in the country.

Durbanites eat lunch and dinner relatively early because they're early risers, particularly in summer, when it's light soon after 4. They're also generally casual dressers—you'll rarely need a jacket and tie, and jeans are rarely frowned upon.

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  • 1. Havana Grill

    $$$ | Beachfront | South African

    Attention to detail and freshly prepared, quality food combine to make this one of Durban's finest restaurants. It offers spectacular sea vistas...Read More

  • 2. Ile Maurice

    $$$ | French

    One of Umhlanga's culinary gems, this restaurant was built up over many years by the charming Mauvis family. Today ownership is shared by Jean...Read More

  • 3. 9th Avenue Bistro

    $$$ | Morningside | Eclectic

    Chef-patron Graham Neilson has a dedicated following, and deservedly so. While his dishes are based on classic principles, he continues to interpret...Read More

  • 4. Barbacoa

    $$ | South American

    This is an Argentinian-styled mecca for red-meat lovers where steaks are cooked on an open charcoal fire and South American music dictates the...Read More

  • 5. Bel Punto

    $$$ | Italian

    Follow your stomach 15 minutes north of Umhlanga to Umdloti where you'll dine on Italian fare with a contemporary twist. The seafood is outstanding...Read More

  • 6. Café 1999

    $$ | Musgrave | Mediterranean

    Trendy this restaurant may be, but the food is infinitely more memorable than the shopping center setting. The husband-and-wife owners encourage...Read More

  • 7. Cargo Hold

    $$ | Beachfront | Seafood

    You might need to book several weeks in advance to secure a table next to the shark tank at here, but if you do it'll be one of your most memorable...Read More

  • 8. Govinda's

    $$ | Chatsworth | Vegetarian

    This is an inexpensive yet excellent vegetarian restaurant catering to Hare Krishna devotees, who do not use onions, garlic, or mushrooms in...Read More

  • 9. Jack Salmon Fish House

    $$ | Glenashley | South African

    A short drive north of the city, the small suburb of Glenashley has an elevated position that offers diners a pleasant sea view, but this restaurant...Read More

  • 10. Joop's Place

    $$ | Morningside | Steakhouse

    No trip to South Africa would be complete without a good traditional steak, and without a doubt, Joop's (pronounced yopes ) is the best and...Read More

  • 11. Kashmir

    $$ | Indian

    The menu features mainly North Indian dishes that are so large and filling that—take our word for it—appetizers are not needed. Standout curries...Read More

  • 12. La Spiaggia

    $$ | African

    As close to the Indian Ocean as you can get, this restaurant overlooking the main bathing beach has outside tables that are always packed with...Read More

  • 13. Olive & Oil

    $$ | Mediterranean

    You can't go wrong here. Fantastic Mediterranean-inspired fare is good value for the money. The best way to start your meal is with a mezze...Read More

  • 14. Roma Revolving

    $$$ | City Centre | Italian

    In business since 1973, this slowly revolving restaurant, which takes about an hour to do one full rotation, offers what has to be the most...Read More

  • 15. Royal Coffee Shoppe

    $ | City Centre | Café

    This is a popular meeting place for daytime breaks and for pre- and post-theater crowds. Crystal chandeliers, etched glass, formally dressed...Read More

  • 16. Spiga d'Oro

    $ | Morningside | Italian

    On the fashionable Florida Road, Spiga is something of a Durban institution, and it certainly represents the attitude and overall feeling of...Read More

  • 17. VickyCristina's

    $ | Morningside | Spanish

    This L-shape restaurant opens onto a veranda overlooking the buzz of Florida Road. A red-and-black interior with ornamental silver mirrors and...Read More

  • 18. Zack's

    $ | Maydon Wharf | Café

    This popular spot overlooks the Durban harbor and often hosts live music. It serves breakfast until late, as well as lunch and dinner. ...Read More

  • 19. Bangkok Wok

    $ | Thai

    Seafood has a strong presence here—think crispy calamari or steamed fish with lemongrass—and the duck dishes are particularly good. From the...Read More

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