Live Bait Kalk Bay

Live Bait Kalk Bay

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Hours
Sun
12:00 - 22:00
Mon
12:00 - 22:00
Tue
12:00 - 22:00
Wed
12:00 - 22:00
Thu
12:00 - 22:00
Fri
12:00 - 22:00
Sat
12:00 - 22:00
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
Seafood, Mediterranean, Sushi
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Drinks
features
Is this restaurant good for scenic view?
About
Live Bait Kalk Bay is all about casual, comfortable dining. The first Live Bait opened in the Kalk Bay harbour on the water’s edge in 1999. This quaint location is popular with young couples, families and tourists looking to enjoy a lazy lunch or casual dinner by the sea.
CUISINES
Seafood, Mediterranean, Sushi
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles670 reviews
Excellent
318
Very good
213
Average
74
Poor
45
Terrible
21
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Luizet R
Johannesburg23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 family
Fresh sea food in quint Kalk Bay. Great sea food but limited fish options. And knowing that you can get a much bigger portion of fish across the road for half the price at Kalky’s makes it difficult to call this restaurant ‘value for money’.
Written 5 January 2020
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lifeandbrand
Hey Luizet, Thank you for your feedback, we are glad that you enjoyed our delicious seafood and we hope to have you back for some more of that real soon. Benjamin and the Live Bait Team
Written 6 January 2020
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SoniaMisz
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
My boyfriend and I were shopping in Kalk Bay and wanted to go for a quick seafood lunch where we could see the sea - Live Bait fulfilled this perfectly! The service was great - Thabo was extremely friendly, quick to serve, and helpful with our meal queries and indecision. We both settled on the line fish of the day which was cooked to perfection and came with a nice assortment of crisp colourful veggies and buttery baby potatoes. It was exactly the Saturday lunch we were after.
Written 11 August 2020
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lifeandbrand
Hi Sonia, Thank you for your amazing review, how fabulous to hear that you and your boyfriend got your seafood fix :) We hope to have you back for some more delicious seafood real soon. Benjamin and the Live Bait Team
Written 11 August 2020
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ChrisCharlesCT
Cape Town Central51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 none
The sushi is great, presentation very good but there is a card on the table proclaiming that half-price sushi is available Wednesday to Friday between certain times. Ordered a sushi platter on a Thursday and discovered, on paying the bill, that I was charged full price. On querying this, I was told that the sushi pictured on the menu card is half price, not on any other sushi orders. It's a shame because it is misleading marketing.
Written 17 September 2020
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Life_Brand_P
Dear Chris C, Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your meal with us. If you would like to discuss your experience further with us, kindly send us an email with your review and contact details to info@lifeandband.co.za so that a member of our management team can be in touch. Warm regards, Live Bait
Written 12 November 2020
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Nisha M
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 family
We had booked a table at Live Bait as we read a lot of great reviews about the restaurant. When we arrived, there was no cutlery laid on the table and the table was not clean. We waited almost two hours for our main course and were told by the waiteress that the delay was in the kitchen as they had a lot of sushi orders, however, we did not order any sushi and noticed that tables of 4 or 5 people that arrived after us seemed to get their meals before us. It was just poor service on the waiters and management side. All meals tasted great!
Written 27 April 2021
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Life&Brand
Dear Nisham933, Thank you for taking the time to review Live Bait Kalk Bay. We are very disappointed to hear that your dining experience was not consistent with the high standard we pride ourselves on. Please kindly take a moment to send us a copy of your review by following this link https://lb1.goreview.co.za/goreview-crm?revid=j3Stzg, so that we may investigate this further and provide you with feedback. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Live Bait Management
Written 28 April 2021
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Pawley Boboli
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 none
We just finished another great meal at Live Bait in Kalk Bay Harbor. This is a favorite of ours. The prawns, calamari, and mussels are absolutely delicious. Our server, Tanaka expertly handled the weird order we gave him ( appetizer sizes as mains -as well as actual appetizers, hold this, put that on the side, etc) never missing a beat and always smeyezing behind his mask. The dramatic marina location of this mostly glassed in restaurant didn’t disappoint either. Crashing waves against the windows and a parking lot squabble between large seals provided an entertaining show as well. Put Live Bait on your must-visit list.
Written 6 January 2022
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Life&Brand
Dear Pawleyboboli, Thank you for your positive review of Live Bait Kalk Bay. Great ambience, food and service are what we strive for - glad you experienced just that. We very much look forward to having you back for another excellent experience. Kind regards, Live Bait
Written 10 January 2022
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zinkeldonk
Lakeside32 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 family
We're locals. We like to know what's on offer because, as AirBnB hosts, we want to be able to recommend places to our guests. Onto the review of Live Bait. I certainly would not recommend them. I asked for calamari without tentacles. I was explicit. Seems that the waiter didn't pass on the message. Here are a few tips to judge whether to punt on the place or not: (1) standing in the entrance waiting for someone to acknowledge you're there (and have a booking) when it's not that busy, (2) waiting ~30 minutes to get your cocktails, (3) placing a specific order and it's wrong, (4) waiting almost an hour for your food, (5) watching others in the restaurant getting antsy at not having received their orders either. In a time when COVID has literally closed many, many restaurants, I don't know what this restaurant is thinking? With this sort of shabby service (and the sushi really wasn't very good according to those who ordered it), I'd vote with my feet and never go there again - and I certainly won't be subjecting my guest to this place either.
Written 27 December 2021
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Life&Brand
Dear Zinkeldonk, Thank you for taking the time to review us. Your feedback is very much appreciated. We are very disappointed to hear that your dining experience was not consistent with the high standard we pride ourselves on. Kindly send us your contact details and a copy of your review by following this link https://lb1.goreview.co.za/goreview-crm?revid=sswz5Q, so that we may investigate the matter and concerns raised. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, The Live Bait Team
Written 28 December 2021
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Ros B
Berlin14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 friends
I think Live Bait is a cheaper outlet of the more pricey and fancy Harbour House upstairs but the seafood is just as good for much more reasonable prices. It's located next to the Kalk Bay harbour, so sufficient free parking. Cheery, nice atmosphere with a sea view. Really fantastic fresh oysters which are very fairly priced. I also had the prawns, which were the nicest I have had in a very long time. Largish prawns, fresh and juicy, perfectly fried, and the sauce is not overwhelming, unlike, for e.g. Ocean Basket or Mariner's Wharf. Generous portions! My companions had yellowtail and fish and chips. Everything was really fresh and tasty. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and can highly recommend Live Bait. We will be going back soon! Our only (minor) complaint is that they could do with an additional waiter to take orders.
Written 15 March 2023
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Life&Brand
Dear Ros B, Thank you for such a stellar review of Live Bait Kalk Bay. We are so pleased to hear that you prefer our fresh, tasty seafood over others all while enjoying a great seaside view. We do hope to serve you again, soon. Many thanks, Live Bait
Written 16 March 2023
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Dieter791
Pringle Bay45 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 solo
After lockdown it was the first day, we were allowed to buy alcohol again. And I was looking forward to some great oysters and mussels with my glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Unfortunately the ‚medium‘ oysters were ridiculously small. Almost non-existent. The Westcoast mussels main course was also more of a starter portion. Service and position are still great.
Written 2 February 2021
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Life&Brand
Dear Dieter791, Thank you for taking the time to review Live Bait Kalk Bay. Your feedback is very much appreciated. We are very disappointed to hear that your meal was not consistent with the high standard we pride ourselves on. We would appreciate the opportunity to resolve this matter with you directly. Kindly send us your contact details and a copy of your review by following this link https://lb1.goreview.co.za/goreview-crm?revid=jTKh0K, so that we may investigate the concerns raised. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, The Live Bait Team
Written 3 February 2021
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Romasupebr
Antwerp92 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Swordfish tartare was tasty but the pasta with seafood was way too heavy because of lots of cheese; the seafood was overcooked and chewy (and was probably deep-frozen). Service was tops and very friendly, even got the corner window table (much appreciated) and the ambience as always great. We kept coming, year after year, because of the unbelievable view and the food but this year might well be the last, since we both got sick after we got home. Maybe some other clients are feeling the same since we saw much less clients compared to previous years.
Written 5 February 2020
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lifeandbrand
Hey there Romasupebr, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. We much appreciate your loyal support over the years and apologize for not quite making the mark this time around. Would you be so kind to get in touch with us directly and let us know when you joined us and what exactly you ordered so that we may look into this matter in greater detail and provide you with feedback? We hope to hear from you on https://livebaitcrm.goreview.co.za and will then certainly be in touch to make this up to you as soon as convenient for you. Benjamin and the Live Bait Team
Written 5 February 2020
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Maureen l
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 couples
I had a terrible experience at live bait restaurant in Kalk bay, Cape Town on Saturday April 15th. I booked a table for 14:00 and received confirmation by SMS. When we arrived at the restaurant I was told they had no booking and that I couldn’t have booked a table as they had a 70th birthday party and were fully booked. The manager was basically calling me a liar and walked away. I insisted that they check with Amy the lady who made our booking. Amy confirmed that yes she had made the booking by mistake. There was a spare table with a reserved sign on it. We were reluctantly given this table but were rudely told that we would be moved when another table became available. I ordered their seafood pasta. When it arrived I asked our waitron for the manager as I was not happy with the dish. The seafood was 4 small mussels, two very small pieces of hake one with the skin still on, two tiny pieces of calamari and 3 small overcooked prawns. The manager was again rude and told me that was the recipe. I tried to explain to her that I use the restaurant often and always have the pasta dish which has plenty of seafood. The managers response was that I could send it back and order something else. Please see attached photo of how poor this dish was. The whole experience was upsetting and completely spoilt my day. To the owners when the tourist season is over don’t come looking for your locals to fill the gap.
Written 18 April 2023
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Life and Brand
Dear Maureen L, Thank you for taking the time to review us. Your feedback is very much appreciated. We are extremely disappointed to hear about your meal and the level of service you experienced. Please take a moment to send us a copy of your review by following this link https://lb1.goreview.co.za/goreview-crm?revid=3QWoJu6L so that we may investigate this further and provide you with feedback. We look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Live Bait Management
Written 19 April 2023
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Jaqui H
Cape Town Central1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 family
We told our waitress that we where there to celebrate my Mother's 80th birthday, not even recognized by the waitress. My husband asked the waitress if they had a plater that would be enough for the 6 of us, which she replied yes to and asked if we wanted vegetables with it, this is a common question and no mention of it being an extra charge! We received the plater and after questioning it we where told it is for 2 people not 6! The langoustines where terrible and very bland the only good thing on the platter was the wilted rocket and the calamari! We had to spend more money as the platter cost R1035.00 to buy more food as there was not enough to go around, i did request a manger, but no one showed up. Food 5/10 - drinks 10/10 - service 6/10. For a R2016 bill and we still walked out hungry and had to make food when we got home. An open rip off to locals with no proper explanations of the food. YOU will never see us again....Kalky's would have been an better option, more food for less money with happy staff!
Written 1 October 2023
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Life Brand
Hi Jaqui H, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are extremely disappointed to hear about your experience with us. Please take a moment to send us a copy of your review by following this link https://lb1.goreview.co.za/goreview-crm?revid=dKdbUKG2 so that we may investigate this further and provide you with feedback. We look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks, Live Bait
Written 3 October 2023
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Chevon
Cape Town Central89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 couples
Located on Kalk Bay Harbour with the most beautiful views and seeing the waves crash as we enjoyed our meal was so beautiful. The restaurant has a lovely welcoming feel to it, the staff was friendly and polite and the food and cocktails was amazing. I would highly recommend Live Bait Kalk Bay.
Written 24 November 2020
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Life_Brand_P
Dear Chevonmuller, Thank you for your wonderful review of Live Bait Kalk Bay. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our restaurant's beautiful views, excellent service and delicious meals. We very much look forward to having you back for another excellent experience. Kind regards, The Live Bait Team
Written 25 November 2020
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Ella D
London2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 none
This place is an absolute gem! The location is fantastic and if you're lucky enough to get the corner table (we did) you will be spoilt with sensational sea views. The seafood is out-of-this-world and whatever you do, make sure you start your meal with fresh oysters, they were probably the best we've ever tried. Our server Monique was friendly and attentive and rounded off the perfect evening of delicious food. Highly recommend!
Written 28 March 2022
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Life&Brand
Dear 837Ellad, Thank you for your wonderful review and recommendation. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your meal and that the service from Monique was superb. We hope to have you dine with us again, soon. Sincerely, Live Bait
Written 29 March 2022
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Mobile51970128386
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 friends
I am saddened to say that the quality went down a lot since the last time we visited. We were very disappointed by the standard vs price of the food. We had a table of 7, but 3 of us ordered seafood pasta and the pasta barely had any seafood in it at all for R 250. The atmosphere of the restaurant is wonderful and the decor lovely, but they should improve the dishes and adjust their prices as it is not worth it.
Written 10 August 2023
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Life Brand
Dear Mobile51970128386, Thank you for your feedback. We must sincerely apologise for your recent experience, as this is not the standard we strive for. Please could you kindly take a moment to forward us a copy of your review and contact details to https://lb1.goreview.co.za/goreview-crm?revid=uQi4OmoU so that we may get in touch with you directly to address your concerns. We hope to hear from you soon. Kind regards, The Live Bait Team
Written 11 August 2023
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Meander22664196530
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 family
Quality of food was disappointing and lacking flavor, particularly at the price. Service ok, no attention to detail, nothing special. Phoned twice and requested a seaside table due to it being a 21st birthday - was assured it would be arranged - which it wasn't. Probably the last time I will go there, many better options available. The restaurant seems to have become the poor cousin of Harbour House, and it shows.
Written 2 November 2023
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Life Brand
Dear Meander22664196530, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so sorry to hear that your experience was not up to the usual standard we pride ourselves on. Please provide us with your contact details by following this link https://lb1.goreview.co.za/goreview-crm?revid=aDZH5W86 and we'll contact you. We hope to have you dine with us again, soon. Kind regards, Live Bait Team
Written 3 November 2023
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