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Octopus Garden

Main Road | The Old Post Office Building, St. James 7975, South Africa
+27 21 788 5646
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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“octopus” (8 reviews)
“pizza” (37 reviews)
“steak” (7 reviews)
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12:00 - 21:00All hours
Bar, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Main Road | The Old Post Office Building, St. James 7975, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right down the street from Blue On Blue B&B where I stayed. Good variety in the bar. I had a pizza which was good.

Thank omariprobinson
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is my home away from home. Wonderful atmosphere and beautiful venue. Love the new look after the recent changes, and especially 'Out of Africa' feel of the outside tented area, with its long wooden poles, lighting and candles, adding a cosy, romantic vibe. I...More

Thank Joanne J
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

How this restaurant has a rating of 4.5 is beyond me. Very limited menu: only pizza. Didn't have many of the ingredients for the limited menu. Service diabolical or non-existent. Then. The wait. Food took an hour and a half and only appeared when I...More

Thank GillianRightford
Geoffrey B, Owner at Octopus Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

I am sorry to hear you had a bad experience. When did you visit the restaurant? I would like to follow up as this is not the norm. Also, in winter we cut back our a la carte menu as we battle to keep all...More

Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

If you're in the mood for lots of apologies, delayed food and poor service pop on by to the Octopus Garden - where you can get ignored for the first 20 minutes after sitting for no extra cost

Thank Jonathan L
Geoffrey B, Owner at Octopus Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

I am sorry to hear you had a poor experience. I am away and will look into it when I return. When dis you visit the Octo?

Reviewed 11 March 2017

Came here with friends. Very chill vibe. It is hard to find places with such a serene atmosphere. Expect stellar service and friendly chatter. It gets even better foodwise. Our pizza's were prepared in a traditional pizza oven and served square, Italian style! Honestly some...More

Thank Tristan H
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Walked in one afternoon with some friends, it was pretty chilled bru. I could spend a while there just talking and enjoying the view, the food was just the cherry on top.

Thank Snehin K
Reviewed 8 March 2017

We went here on our first night in St James, and wen't back for lunch the next day it was so good. The staff is small and friendly, great selection on the menu, and the food was excellent. The value for money was insane, after...More

Thank adam f
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Not only was the service incredible, but the food was AMAZING. Such a lovely atmosphere and a heart-warming environment. Will definitely be back.

Thank prydealexandra
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Our first visit to The Octopus Garden, can highly recommend the pizzas, the burgers, watermelon salad and the desserts. Everything was awesome. Highly recommend the great young waiter, Dylan, very efficient and friendly. Its pet and child friendly, had a great time.

Thank TopsyturvyCapeTown
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Not so long ago, when Octopus Garden was owned by previous people, my partner and I would stop in regularly for a pizza or a steak and, on occasion, listen to music. It was always a relaxed "hippie" kind of place with no pretension. We...More

1  Thank CarolynOnTheGo
Geoffrey B, Owner at Octopus Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2017

Thank you for your comments. I can assure you we do care, I am glad the food you did enjoy is from the new menu and I am so sorry that dirty menus spoiled your experience. Just a heads up, we currently print our menus...More

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Response from GDA999 | Reviewed this property |
The new owners are absolutely wonderful....they are creative, hard working, fun, hospitable and alternative. Cape Town loves them:)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road | The Old Post Office Building, St. James 7975, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  St. James
  • Phone Number: +27 21 788 5646
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The Octopus' Garden Restaurant gets its inspiration from the Beatles song. Ringo Starr was inspired by the tendency of Octopi to collect shells & stones to create an environment/ 'Garden' in which they live 'Under the Sea'. A warm, quirky eclectic vibe, with friendly, sassy staff that make you feel like you have just entered someones lounge. A selection of the finest (locally brewed craft beer) gourmet pizzas and a quirky, interesting menu that suits vegetarians, vegans and carnivores. Best grilled chilli poppers in town!!! There is a large beer garden and shaded courtyard with fairy garden, childrens organic jungle gym and treehouse. Dogs are very much welcomed and are even catered to on the menu Octopus garden. We serve many Vegan and Vegetarian meals.
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