On The Rocks

On The Rocks

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Hours
Sun
10:00 - 14:00
Mon
9:00 - 21:00
Tue
9:00 - 21:00
Wed
9:00 - 21:00
Thu
9:00 - 21:00
Fri
9:00 - 21:00
Sat
10:00 - 14:00
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.5 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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About
Overlooking Table Bay and Table Mountain with panoramic views to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 28 years, we truly do our name proud by being situated literally “on the rocks”. The restaurant has been in uninterrupted operation for over 56 years and displays the same values, drive and professionalism that secured our pristine reputation. These standards are still exuded by all our staff members, who will do their utmost to attend to your every desire. Seating on the brand new terrace allows guests to dine al fresco during summer months and in winter come and enjoy the warm roaring Venetian fire place.
CUISINES
Seafood, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles849 reviews
Excellent
346
Very good
220
Average
129
Poor
81
Terrible
73
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

John Basham
London15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 family
What a crying shame ! This restaurant beautifully situated by the sea serves really great and well priced food. Each dish that arrived was fantastic and beautifully presented. But..... unless you’re prepared to wait at least one hour for each course ,really don’t bother. I mean one hour for oysters and smoked salmon.No cooking!!! They patronisingly said that this was SA and this was normal .Well I’m sorry I’ve been coming to SA for 15 years and never experienced such slow service Which is such a shame because the food is great.
Written 17 February 2020
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OnTheRocks12
Dear John, Thank you for taking the time to review On The Rocks Restaurant. We do appreciate your feedback. We do apologize for such a frustrating experience, but I really appreciate you bringing this issue to our attention.Your feedback helps us to better ourselves. Hope to see you back in future when visiting SA again. Kind Regards On The Rocks
Written 18 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Blade4ever
Manchester159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
A nicely appointed restaurant right by the sea with the terrace giving great views of Table mountain. The food is by no means secondary though. We ate here 3 times in 11 days and , on each occasion , found the food to be plentiful, well cooked, tasty and great value for money. The platter, with a hefty portion of line fish, mussels, large prawns , spicy squid, vegetables, sauteed potatoes, rice and lemon butter sauce is more than enough for two.. With a bottle of crisp white from the reasonable priced wine list, with views to die for, where better to enjoy a meal??
Written 12 February 2020
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OnTheRocks12
Dear Blade4ever, Thank you for a lovely review. We do appreciate our guest feedback. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again. Kind Regards On The Rocks
Written 18 February 2020
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rowly52
Hazel Grove104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 none
We were staying in Cape Town and our hosts recommended this restaurant. We called in on our 3rd day for coffee and sat outside taking in the wonderful vista. It as so relaxing we decided to stay and have lunch and were not disappointed. The mussels were fabulous and very reasonable priced and the smoked chicken and mango salad was well presented and very flavorsome. Staff were delightful and attentive but not intrusive.
Written 22 March 2020
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OnTheRocks12
Dear Rowly Thank you so much for your review of our restaurant. We are delighted to hear about your first experience at On The Rocks and that it was such a memorable one. Do keep us in mind for your next visit to Cape Town. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. With Kind Regards, On The Rocks Management
Written 27 April 2020
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Glenda
Cape Town Central1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 none
Beautiful view but: the food was abysmal! Oyster were off and returned (this was gracefully accepted),; the rice second hand (i.e. heated up?) and charged for separately; calamari swimming in grease; prawns just passable. Waitron didn't pay attention - long, long delays in service and little useful communication; manager called out from hiding under the bar? (or so it seemed) a number of times - although very apologetic about the problems. The wait for a straight forward ; order for four people was an hour and a half and the drinks - no decent vodka, no lemon/lime margaritas and only one of the 3 choices of daiquiris only one available after ordering the other two! G & Ts were ok (cant really go wrong) and the chips were quite good. Another challenge was that there was no appropriate lighting outside. We have happily visited before but wont be back soon. Such a pity. Sorry folks but you really have to up your game on all fronts. Used to be a reliable seafood restaurant for a celebration now you would be better off at a much cheaper chain.
Written 1 March 2021
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OnTheRocks12
Dear Glenda, Thank you for taking the time to review On The Rocks and share your most recent experience with us. It is only through feedback such as yours, that we can improve on our shortcoming and provide all future guests with a much better experience. Your comments have been noted and will be taken up with the parties involved. This level of experience is most certainly not acceptable. Though this will not change the experience you had at the property during your visit, we would still like to offer our humblest of apologies on behalf of the entire Head Office Team. We would like to continue the conversation and ask that you please send your personal contact details to banqueting@seascapecollection.co.za so that our management team can reach out to you. Thank you once again for taking the time to review our restaurant. Kind Regards, On The Rocks Management.
Written 21 April 2021
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richardb552016
London65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
This restaurant is situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the sea breaking on the rocks almost below the windows with stunning views of Table Mountain and the setting sun. We had shellfish and fish which were tasty and beautifully presented. The service is efficient and friendly. Booking is recommended.
Written 5 January 2020
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OnTheRocks12
Dear Richard, Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; our Chef will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority. So thank you for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again. Kind Regards On The Rocks Team
Written 7 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kate Ashman
Cape Town38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
I needed to impress an overseas visitor, someone who regularly dines at 5 star establishments...I decided on On The Rocks for the view, hoping that the food would be atleast half as good as the view. We had oysters & springbok carpaccio to start both of which were pronounced of international standard. The wines offered were done so by a knowledgeable sommelier. We choose the seafood platter which was tasty and large enough for 3. A cheese board and a decadent chocolate dessert was a perfect ending to a fabulous dinner. The food was above average, service was attentive and unobtrusive...but nothing compares to the views
Written 7 March 2020
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OnTheRocks12
Dear Kate Ashman, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at On The Rocks! We greatly appreciate your feedback and will most definitely be sharing this with the rest of our team. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future for more of the same. Kind Regards On The Rocks Team
Written 9 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

maritime2014
Cape Town Central1012 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 couples
We booked table for dinner. Manager didn’t say us that another guests will celebrate birthday in restaurant the same evening. We got table next to big noisy company. We could not speak each other. It was terrible. Restaurant’s acoustics is very bad. We felt like in metal box. Our neighbors came to restaurant and left after a few minutes. We should to join them. By the way, we could not see ocean because our table was next to wall. Our “view” were big noisy company. Food was not tasty. We ordered 3 starters and only one was tasty. For example, prawn salad had only 2 prawns and a lot green. For main course we ordered big seafood platter. It was big mistake. Calamari was extremely spicy, fish is dry, mussels with strange sauces and I even couldn’t eat prawns. Bottle of wine was only one good part of that dinner. I ordered Strawberry daiquiri because it was with strawberry pure in cocktail’s menu. But i got cocktail with chemical taste and color... We were very upset because we came from Cape Town especially for dinner. It was big disappointing. We wasted our time and money.
Written 30 November 2020
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CraigvE
Table View257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
For those looking for a wonderful wedding venue, On The Rocks, is well worth considering. We recently used them for our daughter’s wedding and, from the very beginning, we found them to be highly professional and easy to work with. They also provided good advice on who could provide the audio and music. The food was really good, especially the Linefish with Mussel Risotto. And, the Vegetarians were not disappointed with the Aubergine Parmegiana option. The service was very good with our group of 60+ people feeling well-looked after. Also, The view across to Table Mountain has to be one the most beautiful back drops for wedding photographs.
Written 16 March 2020
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OnTheRocks12
Dear Craig, Thank you so much for this wonderful review and the time you have taken to tell us and everyone else about your experience at On the Rocks. We will definitely be sharing this feedback with the rest of our team. I am certain the Chef and his team will be just as delighted as we are to hear the feedback regarding the quality of the dished. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back in the near future for more of the same and perhaps even more celebrations. With Kind Regards, On the Rocks Management
Written 27 April 2020
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raymondtop
Dubai77 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 family
Did not book but went on my instinct that I would get a table. It was a special lunch with my brother, seeing him after a long time. From the time we arrived, the staff literally ignored us. Had to eventually go get a waiter to open an umbrella as we were outside in the sun. The food when it arrived was against all the normal trends of good fresh fish n chips. The kinglip when it arrived was dry, salty and no sauce. When queried we were recommended with tabasco sauce and we cringed. Their meal also included baby octopus & I will not go into what that looked and tasted like. Serving food to another person is humanly respectful and providing poor quality food and service is in my book disrespectful. The on duty manager never acknowledged the feedback and merely stated that they have a 99% approval rate & I will leave it at that. You cannot argue with someone that does not know what excellence looks like.
Written 13 January 2022
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kdk
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 friends
My fiancé and I decided to elope at On the Rocks. You could not beat that view. We did it at sunset and it was absolutely GORGEOUS. The food at on the rocks is INCREDIBLE. Best we’ve had in Cape Town thus far. I had kudu for the first time and, oh my gosh, it was delightful. The only thing that tops the views and food was the service. The manager on duty went above and beyond to make sure we were enjoying ourselves and that everything was up to our recommendation. I personally think that a dinner at on the rocks is MORE than necessary if you are visiting Cape Town.
Written 14 January 2020
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OnTheRocks12
Dear Kdk51996, Thank you for your fantastic review. We pleased to have hosted you and that your overall experience was enjoyed and memorable. We will be sure to share your kind word with the rest of the team. We look forward to serving you again real soon. Kind regards On The Rocks Management
Written 16 January 2020
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Nicole C
Durban44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 friends
This place is fabulous. The setting is hard to beat, right on the sea edge with views back to Cape Town, Table Mountain and out to Robben Island and the food exceeded expectations. We had some very good breakfast bowls right on the cusp of lunchtime service starting and the food came promptly and was tasty, interesting and properly seasoned. Service was friendly and attentive. We will be back!
Written 22 February 2021
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OnTheRocks12
Dear Nicole, Thank you for your kind words. We do greatly appreciate. We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed your food and the beautiful view. We will definitely share this with the chef and the rest of the team. Hope to see you back soon for more of the same. Kind Regards, On The Rocks Team.
Written 6 April 2021
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Simon Goodyear
Lutterworth237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 friends
Unbelievable find. I was recommended this place by several people and wasn’t disappointed. If you want high quality food and excellent service at a fraction of the price in an equivalent restaurant in Australia, US or UK then this is the place. A three-course meal with local wine for £45 for two. It was so good we went twice.
Written 16 January 2020
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OnTheRocks12
Dear simong858, Thank you for your 5 star review. We pleased to have hosted you at On The Rocks. We will be sure to share your kind words with the rest of the team. We look forward to welcoming you back for more fantastic service. Kind regards On The Rocks Management
Written 16 January 2020
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Tracey d
Amanzimtoti175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 couples
My husband and I were recommend this restaurant and went for dinner. We decided on the Plate of the Sea and while it was a bit pricy for a Seafood platter for 1 it most definitely was well worth every cent. The food was absolutely delicious. The various tastes that worked so well together made it exceptional. Definitely not the normal Seafood platter. There is not a choice of rice, vegetables or potatoes- you get all 3 and even these were delicious! If you miss this you have definitely missed a wonderful taste experience.
Written 23 September 2020
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OnTheRocks12
Dear Tracey, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at On The Rocks! We thank you for your kind words regarding the dishes you had. The chef and the team will be thrilled to hear the news. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for more of the same. Sincerely, On The Rocks
Written 28 September 2020
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ann g
34 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 none
We were invited to a birthday breakfast. The setting is magnificent, but the food and service disappointing. Breakfast arrived almost an hour after ordering. My Eggs Benedict was served not on a traditional English muffin but on bread. That I could have dealt with, but a tomato sauce had been spread on the bread, turning it into a soggy cold mass. The eggs which I had specifically asked to be soft-centered were both hard, as were my friends. I suspect the hollandaise sauce was synthetic but I could be wrong. I know that cappuccinos are meant to be served cooler, but when they finally arrived ours were plain cold. Then the milk in the coffees was off .... A few other guests had complaints about the food. So I'd go back for the view, but not the food.
Written 22 January 2021
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OnTheRocks12
Dear Ann, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant and share your most recent experience with us. It is only through feedback such as yours, that we can improve on our shortcoming and provide all future guests with a much better experience. Your comments have been noted and will be taken up with the parties involved. This level of experience is most certainly not acceptable. Though this will not change the experience you had at the property during your visit, we would still like to offer our humblest of apologies on behalf of the entire Head Office Team. We would like to continue the conversation privately and ask that you please contact us banqueting@seascapecollection.co.za Kind Regards, On The Rocks.
Written 14 February 2021
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ShanWalshe
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 couples
We have been twice, purely based on its location! After the poor first breakfast experience, we wrote it off as a 1 time/off day and gave them another try. Sadly nothing had changed. Service: 4/5 Location: 5/5 Food: 1/5 Decor inside: 2/5 Sour milk in coffee Food is rather bland, tired, and tasteless. Even though menu is well scripted. Desperate need of a new chef! Sadly. Great place for drinks outside, NOT food!
Written 13 April 2022
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