The Lighthouse Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge

The Lighthouse Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge

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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Details
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CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
features
Is this restaurant good for local cuisine?
About
The owners Jenny and Tarryn Smart are dedicated to service and quality. We are on the main road to Sodwana bay beach, surrounded by beautiful coastal dune forests. Our pizza basis are thin made fresh daily as well as our homemade pastas. We also do, tender steaks, burgers, salads and delectable desserts. Come enjoy our cocktails or a espresso if you like.
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles179 reviews
Excellent
98
Very good
53
Average
19
Poor
1
Terrible
8
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

LalettaMM
Tofinho124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 none
We came to Sodwana for the diving, just as were traveling back home to Moz. It was out of season and many accommodations were either not open or not ready for clients. We drove around for hours, ringing bells and waiting around until we finally (out of luck) found the Lighthouse and spoke to Jenny, that accommodated us in a really nice room, just behind the Lighthouse Restaurant. Unfortunately it was night and the next day, we didn't stay long enough to have a look around but the area seemed nice and cozy. Jenny was outstandingly friendly and open, just as the manager Makhosi (I hope I remember correctly). The lodge was tidy and cozy and allowed a nice spacious living room/ kitchen area. The room was not "ready" but it only took her a few minutes to prepare it well enough and explain us the basic things around to finally arrive in this eery town. We took advantage of the restaurant and have a great pizza with great value for time and price. It seemed to be THE spot, since it was packed for their food! The staff was very friendly and we had wifi in the restaurant to catch up with family. We will stay in touch to bring our own clients when passing through Sodwana, for sure!
Written 1 September 2020
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Sally
Sandton21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 family
The staff are very nice and friendly! Service is a little bit slow so I’d recommend ordering drinks as soon as you get there. We visited a few times and overall the pizzas are the best option if you want to ensure the food will be good, the seafood is not particularly great but the steaks are pleasant. The cocktails are mediocre so I’d recommend sticking to wine or beers. Overall it’s a good place to grab a bite if you are looking for a pizza!
Written 5 February 2022
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Explorer34076049078
Alberton1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 family
The Lighthouse is by far the best restaurant in town and perhaps even in the country. They are very busy on most days and sometimes might have a waiting list. This is not a fast food restaurant food is freshly prepared.
Written 3 January 2024
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Ivanda V
174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
If they say thin base pizza, believe it. It is paper thin and leaves you hungry. Also had the seafood pasta and it was tasteless and filled with cheap crab sticks and no other seafood was visible. Owner/manager seems to think his sarcastic remarks is funny but I disagree and will not visit again. The children enjoyed the chocolate cigars though.
Written 7 January 2020
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Yolanda D
Pretoria72 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 friends
Our friend is turning 60 and we wanted to reserve a table for 4 people on the day as it would be during the Easter Weekend. We will be camping at Mabibi and plan to drive to Sodwana to celebrate his birthday with a surprise lunch. This being a special occasion, we wanted to make sure that we got a table and even had a special cake baked to be delivered in advance to the restaurant as a surprise to our friend. The restaurant informed me of their no reservation policy to which I responded suggesting that we would not sterilize a big portion of the restaurant but simply one table. I further explained that we do not want to drive out to Sodwana at the risk of not getting a table (this being a special occasion). I even called up the owner after the manager suggested I speak to him as she was under strict instructions. The owner would have none of me and suggested that I call 24h before the event, when he will check the weather - if it was sunshine forecasted = no problem, but if rain was expected on the day he was not willing to reserve a table (1 of 6 inside) for me on the day. I explained that this was a special occasion and that such odds were simply too risky to which he responded - "stay at camp if it rains...". I have in the meantime been accommodated at Mseni restaurant where the experience has been refreshingly different to that at Lighthouse. The manager was very accommodating, friendly and even suggested that the lady baking the cake can contact her to make arrangements regarding its delivery. I guess the thing that struck me most about my attempt to have lunch at Lighthouse was the refusal to appreciate that this was a special occasion and the simple suggestion that we stay "put at camp" in case of rain...oh and then suggesting that we can drive through on a different day to have lunch with them...Well sir if you ever read this, know that I will NEVER consider nor recommend your restaurant again. I should thank you because through your refusal to consider my request I have looked beyond your restaurant and stumbled upon your competitor who I can honestly say, greeted me with welcoming arms.
Written 19 March 2024
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Go28199161032
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 family
If you go to Sodwana Bay beach, you definitely stop at this restaurant on the way or on the way back. Fantastic food and awesome staff. Food is prepared fresh and does take time to make but definitely worth it!
Written 3 January 2024
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Karen G
Milton Keynes141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 family
6 of us visited the Lighthouse restaurant for supper. We mostly had pizzas - the chicken / coriander / coconut one; a biltong one and a few others. The base is really delicious and the toppings seriously yummy. We've just got back to the UK and I can't remember our exact orders - but I do remember that every meal was delicious without exception and we had a wider variety from the menu. It's a pleasant surrounding and all the staff were lovely. Good place for a meal in Sodwana.
Written 12 January 2024
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Black Marlin
78 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 none
The pizza was average - I have never seen such a thin base. The milkshake was great. Unfortunately due to the insane alcohol ban we were deprived of beer and the restaurant had run out of zero alcohol beer. The location is good, giving you a good vantage point of the massive fishing crafts being brought home by their tractors after a hard day on the water.
Written 11 January 2021
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JP S
Mossel Bay729 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 family
We went for dinner, while staying for a week in Sodwana. The staff was very friendly and helpfull. The ambiance is very laid back. The menu is great and the wine list offered a good variety. All our food wS well presented and tastefull. Service was quick. Prices was reasonable.
Written 20 March 2020
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Natalie S
Greater Johannesburg7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 family
The wide variety in the menu was a welcome change from the burgers and chips most restaurants in town serve. The cocktails were spot on and the atmosphere, especially the garden seating are a special treat
Written 2 January 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 none
Excellent pizza and house salads using their own home grown ingredients. A essential visit during one's tay in Sodwana.
Written 25 October 2021
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Melisna1985
Dubai5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 none
Gem of a gift shop on-site, tasty meals - good vibes, one of our personal favorites when we visit Sodwana Bay!
Written 30 March 2021
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Tobie M
Paarl16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 family
Always a must-visit when we go to Sodwana! Love it! Always friendly and always good quality food. Cocktails are super good!
Written 14 January 2021
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Staal
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 none
We were a group of 12 and the food was on time, well planned and tested great. Pizzas and focaccia memorable.
Written 2 November 2020
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Ricardo W
Durban16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 couples
What an awesome experience. Great pizza, super friendly staff and a great place to be. Next time I am in Sodwana I will definitely visit Well Done Lighthouse
Written 10 September 2020
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