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Seelan Restaurant and Bar

5 V and A Waterfront Quay, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 66 401 1317
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible7%
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“prawn curry” (19 reviews)
“tagliata” (7 reviews)
“seafood” (31 reviews)
Open Now
09:30 - 23:30All hours
Steakhouse, Seafood, European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
5 V and A Waterfront Quay, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 days ago

On our first night in Cape Town, we had just arrived after a tiring day, having set the alarm clocks for 0530hrs for our last big game drive at the magnificent Pumba Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth. We had then flown to Cape Town, were...More

Thank MalcolmMMitchell
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A friend and I walked in to this wharf side restaurant looking for some seafood. We were not to be disappointed. We ordered the bruschetta followed by the seafood platter to share. The platter included crayfish, prawns, mussels calamari, octopus and line fish. All were...More

Thank Gary W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So my husband wanted to take me out for breakfast on Saturday cause it was my birthday and later in the day we had a gender reveal of our newest addition to the family . The food was amazing filling and soulful I enjoyed the...More

Thank Kristen J
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has a nice location at the Waterfront. The food and service were OK, but far from the best we had during our time in Cape Town, but it was one of the more expensive meals we had. I guess you are paying for...More

Thank JenBuzz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We can really recommend the Place, Food and Service (waiter Kevin) was Great! Will come again. Prices are also very ok for the Quality.

Thank georgk961
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We struggled to find this place largely because we started on the wrong level. As part of a large group were not able to enjoy the view. the staff coped well by tracking people who changed seats during the dinner. I didn't have the steak...More

Thank portmerionCanberra
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had previously visited Seelan for breakfast and was happy with the quality of the food, so when a voucher special came up we decided to try it. On arrival we were seated quickly and the menu options explained to us. We ordered the seafood...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We dined at Seelan as a party of seven, we were welcomed in and seated quickly and fantastic service was provided throughout our evening. As a family we are a mixed bag with different likes, the restaurant had something for everyone and our whole party...More

Thank CharleyMouse
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I felt a little under dressed here. Which made no sense at all. The place was laid back and the staff were very friendly. We stopped in for an afternoon drink and were disappointed. They offer lots of seafood and are water front with outdoor...More

Thank MadDogTraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having just come off a helicopter flight over Capetown we were walking to the Waterfront and came across Seelan restaurant. What a lovely setting to watch the world go by and take in our experience. My oysters were delicious and my wife’s small seafood salad...More

Thank Graham H
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I rated you guys unfairly: I recently rated your restaurant (From a local), a One, on TripAdvisor and now I regret it. I'm so sorry, I was pissed off and treated you unfairly. I just messaged TripAdvisor asking them to remove it but, they say it takes 30 days. Here is my honest review: Out of 5: Music: Beautiful, lounge type of music, not to loud. Ambiance - 5 Setting is in a beautiful harbour with Azure blue seas (Please remember this is arguably the most expensive real estate on the continent). So, the pricing would be higher than the rest of Cape Town or Johannesburg. Service - 5 stars - Awesome older gentleman that was caring and very attentive.. Manager when we complained - 10 out of 5 , she handled it beautifully and removed the dish we didn't like and didn't charge us for it. I get 0 out of 5 for previously complaining without context. If you are a local: Remember the setting is prime real estate, probably the most expensive on our continent, so, dont expect to pay cheap Kalk Bay prices!! Anyway, apologies again. We had a friend from Switzerland that went to your place the next day and she thought the pricing was quite reasonable. And she is living of unemployment benefits! Euro versus Rand is a bummer. As soon as TripAdvisor removes my rating I'll give you a fair one.
7 January 2017|
Response from crabattack | Reviewed this property |
this has just appeared as a question on my notifications. however no question has been asked?
Jeanine v
6 December 2015|
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Response from Julio C | Reviewed this property |
Smart casual, but comfortable
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, View, Romantic
Open Hours
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 V and A Waterfront Quay, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 66 401 1317
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At Seelan, you are treated to a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere that brings a slice of the Mediterranean to the Cape coast. The restaurant is inspired by the languid dining style of the South of France and recreates the joie de vivre (joy of life) of popular French restaurants. Guests can relax in contemporary décor and enjoy sweeping views of the V&A Waterfront. The restaurant exudes a natural air of charm, reflecting the harbour in front of which it is situated. The menu is inspired by the flavours of Europe and features a wide variety of authentic cuisine alongside an outstanding wine menu, including Seelan’s very own house wine, which is made locally.
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