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The Galley Beach Bar and Grill

$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood
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17 Compensation Beach Road | Dolphin Coast, Ballito 4399, South Africa
+27 32 946 2546
09:00 - 23:30
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Mon 09:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 09:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sun 09:00 - 23:30
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Magaliesburg, South Africa
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186 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was not fresh ! The hakes batter to tight and it smelled ! The salads where unimaginative and for rabbits only ! The service was good ! The managers attitude not caring and thought to himself it's a number game ! It wasn't full. The prawns at other tables looked good ! Children can make a better salad... More 

Thank hekpoortheksie
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited last year and service was poor although food was good. This year was really the same story. The restaurant has an incredible setting right next to the beach and. The menu is excellent. Unfortunately, although not busy, the service was unacceptably slow. When the food came it was very good and really no complaints here. Please, please get your... More 

Thank Flashpackers_60
Pretoria, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had , affordable delicious food , the seafood platter for one is an absolute winner ! , the view is breathtaking and the service was amazing even though the restaurant was full out waitress was attentive and always around , smiling and efficient . I would highly recommend a... More 

Thank Nadinecaylashaw
Salt Rock, South Africa
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently revamped pub restaurent on the beach front . Views are outstanding and the staff very helpful . The food is typically pub grub with some nice seafood

Thank petebendall
Durban, South Africa
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled on this restaurant and were pleasantly surprised. Rustic typically beach setting, decent service and very good food. I had the Cabasa and prawns and really enjoyed it. Good flavor and not over cooked. Prawns and Fishy basket were also good. Setting almost reminded me of being abroad. I am writing this review as I sit at the restaurant... More 

Thank g0k00lv
Ballito, South Africa
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Unfortunately, every experience I've had at The Galley Beach Bar and Grill hasn't been great. I personally haven't enjoyed the food and the only reason I would go there now would be to get a drink and that's it. Granted you have a great sea view so if that's all you care about then they've got that covered.

Thank MatthewFritz
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

We visited this restaurant in December, service was good, food average a little mainstream for me but for a simple lunch and great views it was fine. Would like to see mussels done in white wine with a French baguette and escargots with parsley and fresh garlic instead of cheese sauce and creamy mussels. Unfortunately the garlic they use is... More 

Thank Travel Guru T
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Been to this restaurant on two occasions, the first time was early last year, service was slow but they were busy so we let that slide, food was average. We however decided to return to the Galley later in the year to give them a second chance, the views will make you give them a second chance. Once again we... More 

Thank Jerome R
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

The view and location are of the very best. The restaurant is very casual with bench seating. Food was most enjoyable, not fine dining, but I did not expect that! Prawns were tasty enough. Great afternoon sipping a beer with beautiful views (actually best views ever). DEFINITELY be going back.

Thank Adrianamartini
Hoedspruit, South Africa
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We popped in for an impromptu dinner. The location is fantastic - we got to sit out on the verandah which is right on the beach. We shared a massive platter between us and it was absolutely amazing. I've never seen my 2yr old eat so much seafood! The staff were amazing - from bringing toys for our toddler to... More 

Thank Angi_Africa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Seafood
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Compensation Beach Road | Dolphin Coast, Ballito 4399, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Ballito
  • Phone Number: +27 32 946 2546
Situated Right on The Beach.Specialising in relaxed Seafood dining.The Galley offers spectacular views of the ocean. Boasting 2 outdoor decks where one can sit and watch the dolphins go by whilst sipping on cocktails and eating wild KZN rock oysters , or for more formal dining sit in our main dining room with ocean views from every table .For the young at heart try our Long Board Oyster & Cocktail bar with juke box & large screen TVs. We are child friendly with a kiddies menu and play area & also pet friendly on our outside decks with a Canine Cuisine menu for our four legged friends. We are not a fast food Restaurant but a laid back Island Style Beach Restaurant where one comes to Relax and Enjoy the views of the Ocean whilst savouring some of The Best Seafood on The Beach.

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