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The Deckhouse crab shack

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108 Kloof Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 424 1020
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good26%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“clams” (12 reviews)
“ribs” (18 reviews)
“seafood” (24 reviews)
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Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
108 Kloof Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really the generous portions crisp and succulent. Yummy coleslaw topped with pecan nuts. Service good although very quiet for a Saturday evening.

Thank Paramesvaran P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful bar menu! Food was good also. I thought my milkshake was okay but my son said it was his favorite in Cape Town. Love the decor!

Thank Ayasha T
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Relaxed vibe. Great service from Max. The food was special. Had all sorts of Crab which I love and they killed it. Super cool place. Just became one of my regular spots.

Thank howieg2016
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Visited here for dinner on Easter Monday. Cool decor, great service and interesting menu! The tuna burger was amazing as were the baby ribs. Both well priced. Popcorn prawns were a great starter. My crab claw was easy to eat but not particularly tasty for...More

Thank ddikelly
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Ordered the prawn curry and was not impressed. Not sure what it was but almost tasted as if something in it was off. A friend ordered a burger which was raw, he asked for another and the second was also raw and literally cold in...More

Thank John W
107Chris, General Manager at The Deckhouse crab shack, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2018

Hi John Thanks for your feedback. Regarding the burger, the gentleman in your party kept asking for the burger to be cooked medium, and twice we did that. On the 3rd meal, we cooked it well done and then he was satisfied with it. As...More

Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

This is the second time we visited this resturant, the first was a year ago with a bunch of friends this time was with a group from work. I emailed them asking for a table for 10 on the day we wanted to eat here...More

Thank SerahO
107Chris, General Manager at The Deckhouse crab shack, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Hi Serah Thanks for the awesome feedback. We can't wait to welcome you back on your next visit.

Reviewed 3 March 2018

We had hoped to eat at the sister property of the Deckhouse, but they were fully booked, so we ended up here. A nice, casual spot for a quick dinner.

Thank NYCtravel43206
Reviewed 1 March 2018

This restaurant must certainly rate as one of the best crab restaurants in the Cape. Their varied menu caters for most tastes ,but their crab dishes are certainly their speciality. We ordered a salad for the table, a prawn and calamari combo, two prawn and...More

Thank 886andrew
Reviewed 7 February 2018

We walked to this restaurant from our hotel in Rosmead on recommendation of another guest and we were not disappointed. Great choice of seafood served in quirky buckets with a protective pinafore for the customer. The food was well cooked and we struggled to finish...More

Thank barryasmus0645
Reviewed 22 January 2018

We ate here on the first night of our South African holiday on the recommendation of staff at our hotel nearby. The food was amazing and wonderfully fresh: we had a bucket of whitebait to share, followed by a prawn & calamari combo for me...More

Thank Sharon B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 108 Kloof Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 424 1020
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The Deckhouse Crabshack brings something new to the foodie scene in Cape Town – don your plastic bib, order up and get stuck in, there really is no other way to enjoy this kind of food. The menu mimics an American-style crab shack, where the portions are big, the flavours are bold and the atmosphere is convivial and unpretentious. Set in a well-known spot on Kloof Street, it has a lovely outdoor deck with views of Table Mountain. The decor is beachy and includes some cool touches like the sofas made from boat halves and whitewashed tables and chairs. It’s light, fresh and fun.
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