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Local cuisine, Seafood, Sushi, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
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SandBar is a 90 seater restaurant with a great cocktail bar that is situated 20m from the Beach. It has a sophisticated Ala Carte menu, excellent Wine List and let's not forget their Cocktails… Cool upmarket vibe with a shabby chic interior.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Seafood, Sushi, Gastropub
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 January 2024 via mobile

Pretty awful lunch in the days after new year. Rude service from host at the entrance, vague and uninterested. Spent our whole lunch wandering around the floor. Steaks not served as ordered (served well done, ordered medium rare), expensive mistake for someone. Veg in Thai...curry barely cooked. Meals served with no cutlery at several points in the meal. We were offered dessert, said yes, two minutes later told that the kitchen had closed. Despite the steaks having to be redone, not even an offer of a comp or a free drink even. Only.staff member who seemed awake was the lady floor Mgr (did not get their name), who noticed that we were not happy with the steaks. For a bill of R2500+ , just not good enough.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Larry Olive, Owner at SandBar Restaurant & Cocktail, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2024

Dear Andy We are sorry to hear we got your T-Bone Steak's temperature wrong. These mistakes can happen in a very busy restaurant like ours. We did replace Your Steak at the right temperature. ALL GOOD!! Only your steak was incorrect according to Happiness our...More

Reviewed 2 December 2023

Great food, horrible service. Waitress became absent the moment our initial order was put in. Failed to offer a further drink, even after a whole hour past.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Larry Olive, Owner at SandBar Restaurant & Cocktail, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Mixed Bag We have 32 staff in our small but very busy restaurant. Please Do Not tell me that one of our 6 waiters on duty left you Alone for ENTIRE HOUR!!! Seriously? You just sat there and said NOTHING for a whole hour.........More

Reviewed 23 August 2023 via mobile

Cocktails were great!! Food was good!! Really nice vibe and good service. The ribs were amazing, totally falling off the bone and great flavour!! Would go back again for cocktails and ribs 😀

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 19 August 2023 via mobile

It's just THE best restaurant on the East Coast. Food is fab. Drinks are fab. Decor is fab. Staff are so friendly, and will literally do anything for you. The sea view is fab. It's so worth the visit, even if it's a little drive!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 12 July 2023 via mobile

Musa served us for a lat lunch. Friendly, attentive and with a smile inhis face. He got our order right, with a wait on mains and 2nd drinks, but alround great service

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 19 April 2023 via mobile

Lisa the proprietor allowed us to drink our own select wine without corkage The meal and service was exceptional and we will be back.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 17 February 2023

Lovely friendly staff. Great food, cocktails. The burgers is massive and the Durban Lamb Curry is delicious.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 4 December 2022 via mobile

Extremely friendly and well trained restaurant staff elevate any experience worthy of the bill regardless of the money spent. Great decor, with lots of cheeky and quirky highlights. creates the perfect ambience. The attention to detail in the food and the quality of the ingredients...is worth the trip to Umdloti from any corner of South Africa. If you are a sushi lover, please don't miss the Tuna Tartare starter.... its next level awesome. The prawn curry rivals specialist Indian restaurants, while the dim sum gives the best Chinese eatery a run for their money. With the waves a mere 50 metres away you cannot get a better beach vibe than at the Sandbar. Every meal here, whether it's just my partner or the business delegations I regularly entertain here has never disappointed.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 28 November 2022 via mobile

What an amazing experience. Sunny thank you for helping us with our evening out. We mention what we wanted and before we could finish he knew what it was and had it brought to us in minutes. Would definitely recommend this beautiful place

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 30 October 2022 via mobile

Food was very good as was service. The cocktails could have been a bit more tastier. I would go back but would omit the cocktailsMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Larries2, Owner at SandBar Restaurant & Cocktail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2022

Hi Christine Thank you so much for your 4 star review, We are a bit puzzled by the Cocktail part of it - as that is what we do really well. Pop in again and I'll personally make you one of our cocktails and drink...More

Reviewed 13 October 2022 via mobile

Situated right on the beach,beautiful views,place was packed,service good,lovely place to go to. Interesting menu,lovely decor.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Larries2, Owner at SandBar Restaurant & Cocktail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2022

Thank you Coen. Hope to see you back soon.

Reviewed 11 October 2022

Busy place, i was offered a place at the bar. Very friendly staff. I had vegetarian halloumi burger, very tasty

Date of visit: September 2022
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Larries2, Owner at SandBar Restaurant & Cocktail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2022

Thank You Jankees - We do our best everyday to make customers HAPPY. Cheers to your 5 stars xxx

Reviewed 17 May 2022 via mobile

Wall to wall pleasure. Everybody working here seems to be absolutely on top of their game - friendly, informed, happy. The menu is quite extensive, although we opted to go with the seafood - the queen prawns and the red Roman. Both were excellent, with...excellent accompaniments. Superb wine list, whether choosing from Larry’s “favourites” or from the “normal” range. All reflect thoughtful choices in their brackets. Prices are very fair.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Larries2, Owner at SandBar Restaurant & Cocktail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2022

WOW !!! What an awesome Review. It makes all the hard work worth it!!!! Thank you xxx

Reviewed 17 April 2022

We went there one evening for dinner and the staff was friendly, the food was great and the drinks were welcomed after a hot day.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Larries2, Owner at SandBar Restaurant & Cocktail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2022

Thank You. Thank You and Thank you again xxx

Reviewed 3 March 2022

We wanted to have a drink and stayed for lunch. Excellent seafood and especially Sushi !! The place really has a viby atmosphere and if you can book outside or at the window the sea view is brilliant.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Larries2, Owner at SandBar Restaurant & Cocktail, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2022

We are always trying to be "that place" you just described..... We will never stop pushing ourselves to be better and better. Thank you xxxx

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You definitely can. It is a lovely swimming beach with an amazing tidal pool. Literally across the road from the restaurant!
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SandBar Restaurant & Cocktail is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4