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Seafood
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Lunch, Brunch
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Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service
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Reviewed 22 October 2019

It was gem on the dock until owner got greed made smaller portions, huge mark ups. Shrink the market share to closure. I still find myself licking my lips to the taste of their succulent calamari, fresh grilled fish and fries. It was different from...local restaurant with informal vibes warm place-deary missed!!More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 20 March 2019

It was a nice homely place fit for families, good for fish and chips and ery good fresh calamari. Unfortunately during January 2019 the restaurant burnt down to the ground and as yet rebuilding has not started.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

We order from Balobi at least once a week when we are in St Francis Bay. Their fish nuggets and fried calamari are unreal. The chips are also superb. Very large portions and well priced. Our kids love the food and we have never had...a bad meal from them. In peak season the restaurant struggles a bit (as does everything else in St Francis) so we tend to order take away. Love this place!More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Ok. Important things first. Best Fish & Chips I’ve had anywhere on this planet. Period. Perfectly cooked Hake and Calimari which was out of this world. You just have to look past the simply decorated restaurant. Some people would expect it to be a bit...more flashy but what is here does the job well. The food is well worthy of 5 stars alone but a little more attention to detail is required but very simply put right and this restaurant would be outstanding!More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Visited the resturant with visitors from out of town over the 16th December weekend. The resturant was full, however the wait was about 10 mins. The staff was quick in cleaning the first available table. The starters and main meals were tasty and was a...good portion. This is our second visit to this restuarant and would recommend the Hake and Calamari combo.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Went for lunch with family... restaurant was not clean . Small portion of Prawns def not worth the price and it was frozen prawns you can buy at any supermarket..did not have cream and 2 of the blackboard cake not available!!! Why not take it...off the board???More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

We went to this restaurant for dinner Nice restaurant, perfect setting overlooking the commercial side of the harbour. The waitress that served us was friendly and her service was good. (Nicolene) All our food was good and fresh, but serously overpriced and we were also...disappointed in the fact that we had to sit and eat imported calamari right there on SA's calamari hub, because the local calamari on the menu is way more expensive than the imported calamari. Overall okay, but we won't visit quickly againMore

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed 3 December 2017

Nice place good view, food is good, tasty and fresh but the staff not so fresh. Starting at the door there was about five waiters hanging around the till point, they looked at us walking in and nothing. I had to call one and ask...for a table for two. There also does not seem to be any allocated tables to diffident waiters. The waitress could not tell what the names were of the craft beers that is on tap. The layout of tables seems to be somewhat hap hazard and no flow to them. We considered Sushi but seeing the Sushi chef in his grubby jacket we changed our minds also the Sushi menu is quite plain one would expect more variety being a seafood deli. We ordered a beer and latte my beer was empty before the latte arrived at the table. For mains we ordered Hake and Chips and is was nice and fresh and well prepared. However the waitress after dropping our food and second beer was missing until we asked for the bill after the table was cleared. We sat for about ten minutes after the table was cleared before the waitress arrived and all the while other waitresses looked at us and could very clearly see the table was clear but it seemed we were invisible. The staff need to be trained and that is the responsibility of management and the owners, staff does not up sell anything they don't worry about going over the menu with you trying to squeeze something extra out you. I actually overheard a waitress telling customers that Tempura Prawns are prepared in the oven. Waiters were standing in groups of threes and fours on the floor having loud conversations and what seemed like the duty manager did not mind at all about this The menus are cheap photocopies done badly at least try to photocopy straight and replace crumpled and creased menus regularly. You really have look at the standard of your service it can do with a lot of improvement.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

Although the restaurant is situated in a beautiful setting overlooking the harbor and the bay of st Francis, I was disappointed with unprofessional poor service, average overpriced food and the biggest ridicules surprise - pay extra to have your food served on a plate. I'ts...a wonder the greedy owner did not make me eat with my hands. YOU DEFINITELY WON'T SEE ME AGAIN!!!More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

We had lunch here and were looking forward to fish and chips. We had to ask 3 times to get ice with our white wine, the waitresses did not seem to understand. The water we ordered was then also not brought and we had to...ask a 4 time. We ordered the local calamari, at R81. Chips or salad was ordered as extra and the R81 did not include tar tar sauce. The waitress did not inform us that tar tar sauce had to be ordered as an extra and at R81 this is frankly ridiculous. The calamari was very tough. We won’t be going here again anytime soon. Prime example of a restaurant with a good location but which lacks in many other aspects. It’s overpriced and the service is very poor.More

Date of visit: October 2017
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Yes, Balobi Seafood Market And Deli offers takeaway services.

Balobi Seafood Market And Deli is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4