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2 Lighthouse Road | The Oyster Box, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
+27 31 514 5000
12:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 12:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Always s pleasure to eat over looking the sea. Food and service as you would expect from 5 star hotel. Prices reasonable and curry buffet a legend in its own lifetime. Pre book its busy.

Thank Ian A
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent bar and grill restaurant with views over the Indian Ocean. Engaging and highly efficient staff. I recommend the Cape (white) Salmon - delicious. I hope to find an excuse to revisit the Oyster Box before too long.

Thank Paul C
Durban, South Africa
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59 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Oyster Box location is unrivalled for spectacular coastal scenery. Throw in a lighthouse, the choice of dining inside or out and you can't ask for a better location. The selection of food is very good as is the selection of wine, beer and spirits. The level of service has been excellent over many years. Food quality never disappoints. The... More 

Thank Philipvg
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am sitting on the table drinking my coffee as i write this review. So first of all the view is amazing! Looking at the lighthouse and the hearing the waves. Amazing!!! The only problem im having right now is its 11.20 am i cannot have anything orther than my coffe as the lunch starts at 12! I wasn't given... More 

Thank dkellyk
Durban, South Africa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The setting was amazing and the staff attentive and extremely helpful. However the food is average and extremely over priced. We ordered an assortment of dishes, shepherds pie, pizzas, and curry. The food was a disappointment and not up to the standard of our previous visits.

Thank suemrabb
Gersau, Switzerland
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222 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I were looking for a quick (yet excellent) lunch venue before his flight on Tuesday. We decided on The Ocean Terrace. They did lose our booking (?!), however, gave us a lovely table on the veranda. We were served by Bradley who did an excellent job (although he forgot my blanket...). I ordered the prawn curry and... More 

Thank Smartie777
Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Super expensive for very ordinary food. Official looking staff marching around in fancy uniforms with massive scowls on their faces. Not a pleasant experience at all. Lovely view and the maitre'd who seated us was gorgeous but other than that it was a very disappointing experience.

1 Thank shangers4n
Durban, South Africa
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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We met some very good friends for lunch and a catchup after years. There is no better venue than The Oyster Box. The upgrade on this earmarked establishment has been refurbished superbly keeping up with it's timeless class. Food is beautifully presented and is absolutely delicious! I can vouch for the prawn curry 100 percent! Looking out at the ocean... More 

Thank Sandiwells13
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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103 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A good selection of curries for lunch on the buffet....accompanied with an assortment of hot breads...Dessert was disappointing....the chef needs to be trained in the art of making kheer and gulab jamuns. Overall...not too bad.

Thank khush79
Windsor, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This is still one of the great places in Umhlanga to eat and drink, with one of the greatest views in the area. The staff are courteous and helpful. Be sure not to miss the champagne breakfast with oysters.

Thank Heather D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Indian, African, Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Seating
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Lighthouse Road | The Oyster Box, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Umhlanga Rocks
  • Phone Number: +27 31 514 5000

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?