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The Raft

The Esplanade | The Lagoon, Walvis Bay WB1, Namibia
+264 64 204 877
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good47%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (26 reviews)
“monkfish” (10 reviews)
“pizza” (25 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Bar, Seafood, Soups, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Esplanade | The Lagoon, Walvis Bay WB1, Namibia
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1 - 10 of 362 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

This place has a cosy ambiance and - at noon - offers great views on the waterfront . We enjoyed the pizza and the surf and turf.

Thank Inge G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Have drunk in the bar and eaten in the restaurant several times. You need to book the latter mostly. But the food is excellent and the staff are a delight. Closed on a Sunday though. My husband was here some 30 years ago when the...More

Thank Margaret D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wanted to take a nice sundowner and a supper, but we turned arround. Nobody welcomed us or even took notice of our entrancing the restaurant. The overall impression is of a very dirty and sticky place. Needs a lot of work and tlc. Not...More

Thank Jane L
Sarah G, Owner at The Raft, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Jane L, Many thanks for taking the time to leave your comments. Feedback is very important to us whether positive or negative (the latter of which we are proud to say is rare these days....). Regarding our appearance, I am thinking that there was...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

That title doesn't make any sense if you don't know what I meen. :) :) They open over lunch and midday just on their bar side for drinks and some food. After 18:00 the restaurant opens and the pizza oven gets lit. Had a beer...More

Thank Jacques H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Started off with a beer at the pub, waiters very friendly and helpful. Off to the restaurant, trio fish dish delicious and well worth the meal. A fantastic view, expensive for SA and local citizens, very very affordable for a dollar or pound. Location 12/10.

Thank Rone v
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great jetty like setup on the sea and most probably the best place to dine out at Walvisbaai. Food and service is great. Definitely a must visit while you are there

Thank Koos B
Reviewed 13 September 2017

We ate here around lunch time and the restaurant was quite busy. We had good food here and the fresh fish I had must be among the best - EVER I have had, tender and so soft - melt in your mouth. The service was...More

Thank KevUrs
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Very cosy bar and restaurant on the lake. Food and drinks are delicious, people has a great attitude and are very helpful. Service are great

Thank DrDaubie
Reviewed 29 August 2017

We arrive for lunch at 3p.m......... No problem! We order fish....... No problem! Wait a bit ..... but the rest in Africa is so..... But when it comes to lunch, we all remain speechless both for quality and quantity. Really a great lunch !!!

Thank Eleonora F
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Food and service OK, but nothing to rave about. Oysters were fresh. The rest of the dishes too saucy and rich hence losing their initial taste. More a pub than a restaurant.

Thank Sabrina R
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Esplanade | The Lagoon, Walvis Bay WB1, Namibia
  • Location: Africa  >  Namibia  >  Erongo Region  >  Walvis Bay
  • Phone Number: +264 64 204 877
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The Raft has a unique location, and is arguably one of the best in Namibia. Built on stilts in the Walvis Bay lagoon, you will be entertained while enjoying lunch, dinner or a relaxing drink in the bar, by seals, dolphins, flamingos, pelicans, jackals and also the acrobatic antics of the kite surfing fraternity on windy days. The Raft is also widely regarded as the very best location for experiencing outstanding sunsets.
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