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Top 5 Seafood Restaurants in Joburg

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Joburg is 500km from the coast but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some of the freshest, most delicious seafood dishes. From authentic Japanese-style sushi and sashimi to Mozambican prawns and flame-grilled Kingklip fillets, seafood-lovers are spoiled for choice. Here is a list of our favourite fish and seafood restaurants in Joburg.

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The Codfather

Top seafood restaurants - the codfather

For the past thirty years, The Codfather has been dedicated to providing the freshest seafood experience. Guests are invited to create their own seafood platters from their renowned fish counter, including only the freshest, sustainably sourced offerings. Using fresh ingredients and delicate seasoning, the natural flavours of the fish are the star of the show. Best known for their seafood dishes, The Codfather also has premium beef and lamb dishes on its menu. Also, no visit to The Codfather is complete without a scoop of their famous gelato.

Location: Sandton Skye, 3 Stan Rd, Morningside
Hours: Sunday and Monday, 08:00 – 22:00; Tuesday to Saturday, 08:00 – 23:00
Contact: Call +27 10 020 0286 or visit their website here.

The Bigmouth

Established in 2015 and located in Sandton’s famous Nelson Mandela Square, The Big Mouth is a seafood restaurant that offers patrons a world-class experience. While they do serve burgers, their specialty is their fresh fish and seafood dishes. They have a variety of fish salads, seafood curries, fish grills, fresh mussels and even fish sliders. Additionally, theirs is one of the few Joburg menus to include ceviche. The kitchen utilises a Josper grill which gives the fish and meat a unique flame-grilled flavour. Come hungry. 

Location: Nelson Mandela Square, Cnr Maude & 5th Street
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 – 21:45 | Sunday and Monday, 11:00 – 21:00
Contact: 010 634 2890 or visit their website here.


Top seafood restaurants - Yamato

Located in Melrose Arch, Yamato opened its doors in 1995 and has been serving award-winning authentic Japanese food for nearly three decades. The family-run restaurant features a wide range of options, prepared with fresh ingredients and traditional Japanese methods. While most restaurants outsource tofu, sauces and noodles, theirs is all homemade. And, what they can’t make, they import directly from Japan. Prepared by their world-renowned chefs who have mastered the art and craft of sushi and sashimi, we would recommend indulging in any of their sushi platters.

Location: Melrose Arch, 11 Crescent Drive
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11:00 – 15:00 and 17:00 – 21:00 | Friday and Saturday, 11:30 – 21:30 | Sunday, 11:30, 20:30
Contact: 011 268 0511 or visit their website here.


Top seafood restaurants - Pigalle

Founded in 2004 by renowned restaurateur, Naldo Goncalves, Pigalle is a restaurant that is synonymous with elegance, sophistication and excellent seafood. While there is a Bedfordview branch, as well as a Cape Town branch, we’re very fond of Pigalle is in Sandton, located in the iconic Michelangelo Towers. The menu includes a small selection of meat options, but seafood is really the name of the game at Piagelle, where all dishes are prepared with their signature Portuguese flair. Come for the fish and stay for the whole experience, as they stock some of the best local and international wines and French-style champagnes too.

Location: The Michelangelo Towers, Sandton
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 12:00 – 22:00
Contact: 011 884 8899 or visit their website here.

The Fishmonger

Located in Illovo’s Thrupps Centre, The Fishmonger was the first of the national Fishmonger restaurant franchise. Perhaps, in comparison to the other restaurants on our list, Fishmonger doesn’t quite match up in terms of sophistication or elegance. However, their reputation as one of Joburg’s top seafood eateries is well-founded and places them comfortably among any of the other restaurants. With a range of seafood grills, shellfish options and an extensive sushi menu, what they do with fish is pure Mediterranean magic.

Location: 204 Oxford Rd, Thrupps Centre
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00 – 22:00 | Sunday and Monday, 12:00 – 21:30
Contact: 011 268 0068/7 or visit their website here.

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