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Seelan Restaurant and Bar

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| Shop 8C, Quay 5, V and A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
+27 66 401 1317
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
| Shop 8C, Quay 5, V and A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Seelans restaurant and bar is a quaint restaurant with a lot of character.This restaurant is located in a scenic part of the waterfronta overlooking the Cape waterfront bay area .The executive chef is a dynamic individual of Asian origin who has a very pleasant personality...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We came here for lunch as the menu looked good and the diners looked like they were enjoying themselves. The waiter was very friendly and made us feel welcome. After ordering, we were very pleasantly surprised by both the quality of food and the size...More

Thank Dave_Cowley_Road
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our last day in Cape Town, we hopped in at 13.30 for a bottle of wine and a small lunch. we were served by 2 older waiters and their service and eye for details was perfect. We really enjoyed the wine and the pasta...More

Thank Jeroen d
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food and atmosphere was amazing. Had a double date dinner on Saturday and the food was fantastic and the atmosphere and views were amazing. Amazing chef who even came over and chatted a bit which added that personal touch and welcoming feeling to the...More

Thank cindyjacobs04
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food, welcoming staff and lovely atmosphere. Heaters on outside porch for the chilly nights!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Tried quite a few dishes on 3 visits here. All the dishes were excellent. But the mussels were outstanding. Location is right on the waterfront with outdoor seating as well.

Thank Chillman555
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

We arrived at Seelan earlier in the day, and booked up for dinner at 8 o’clock. The charming man working on the bookings also promised us a table outside under one of the heaters, however when we arrived for our meal later in the day,...More

Thank JackAverre
Reviewed 15 April 2018

Wonderful restaurant with excellent service especially Shaun who recommended wonderful dishes, so good we had to go back on our last night. Food was outstanding and excellent prices. Recommended to friends who then went the following week and also had wonderful food and service. Loved...More

Thank audrey408
Reviewed 14 April 2018

We ate here with friends solely because we were tired and it was near. What a lovely surprise! The seafood was outstanding, as were the drinks and the views. Our waitress was wonderful - SO friendly and attentive. We emerged refreshed and ready to keep...More

Thank CantWaitToLeave033
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

A lovely restaurant with good ambiance, varied menu and excellent service from one waiter in particular who was attentive , good humoured and very efficient. (Andy)

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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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, Romantic, Groups
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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