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Seelan Restaurant and Bar

| Shop 8C, Quay 5, V and A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
+27 66 401 1317
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
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09:30 - 23:30 Hours
Steakhouse, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
| Shop 8C, Quay 5, V and A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Seelan’s is our spot for lamb curry in Cape Town that reminds of you of home. But this is not just a curry spot - everything is good and the Mussels is also highly recommended. But the cherry on top of the Seelan’s experience is...More

Thank Wander275647
Reviewed 6 days ago

A delightful restaurant on the waterfront at the harbour area, food was fabulous but it was the service that made out day. Papa Joe gave us a brief history of the area and in second visit rewarded us with a free dessert. A must try.

Thank mijan12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came to the restaurant twice during my stay in Cape Town for a week and asked for a seafood platter and it was very delicious.

Thank MariamSalmudhaf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Starving and searching for seafood and the unusual. This is your place. Staff attentive,view of harbor boats,scrumptious food & corkage. Ticks a lot of boxes.

Thank OnlyTans
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How wonderful to receive a friendly welcome from Piero the manager as we walked through the door. He went above and beyond to ensure that our evening was a memorable one. Tony, our excellent waiter was attentive and made sure that we were satisfied with...More

Thank Anne G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Seelan a few months ago with a group of us, and we had such a wonderful evening that we told them we would come back... and I am so glad we did! This time with only 4 of us, we sat in their...More

Thank JanineLiane
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Eaten twice now at this restaurant, first time wow! Second time not good 😞Tony our waiter absolutely fantastic at his job he really enjoyed looking after us 🙂unfortunately we didn’t have another good night at this restaurant 😞unfortunately for us we didn’t manage to have...More

Thank kathleen2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a fantastic lunch of fish & chips with a bottle of Chardonnay. It's a very relaxing place to enjoy a romantic meal, in such a legendary and historic city. Staff was very efficient and the restaurant is clean.

Thank Janet v
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While some reviews aren't particularly favourable ours was. We had a table outside facing Table Mt & as it was a bit chilly we were seated near an outdoor heater. I suppose as it was only around 4.30pm it wasnt particularly busy so the service...More

Thank bluebird3458
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited seelan restaurant for lunch this Sunday.the food was top class.my friend enjoyed the sae food platter and i had the pasta.thanks to Jason and the team.the waiter Maclean was on top of his game.will definately visit again.

Thank AgreementM1
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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?
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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Groups, 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: | Shop 8C, Quay 5, V and A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8002, 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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