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The Galley Beach Bar and Grill

$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood
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17 Compensation Beach Road | Dolphin Coast, Ballito 4399, South Africa
+27 32 946 2546
09:00 - 22:30
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Mon 09:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 09:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sun 09:00 - 23:30
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North Carolina
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282 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Average quality seafood served right by the water. You have the choice of dining on an open deck facing the sandy beach or indoors away from the sun. Unfortunately, the service was non existant to poor. We waited 15 minutes to be recognized and began to leave when the manager insisted we stay. Our one server did not appear happy... More 

Thank Condocat
London, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly management,barstaff, and waitron but the food is nowhere as edible as The Hops is, perhaps due to the owners non pragmatic insouciance?.His observed interaction with the staff leaves much to be desired.Seafood dishes (on a few occasions) were 'stale' , and the hot Natal Curry was just gravy and 6 pieces of small beef (both dishes to be avoided... More 

Thank HillDavid_13
Mtubatuba, South Africa
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We met family for breakfast at The Galley. The view was astonishing, and the coffee was good. The first problem was that our sugar container was forever used to serve other tables. Really?? Maybe restaurants should keep to their niche market because i am sure, that as a bar and grill, their food is excellent, but breakfast, not really. I... More 

Thank suzannegrobler
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for a breakfast, lunch as well. Service not bad, food good. Prices also good. Very busy in season.

Thank Rienie V
Mtubatuba, South Africa
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted a breakfast with a view and that we got. We wanted good coffee and we also got that. We wanted to spend quality time with family and that we also got. The breakfast we ordered was not what we wanted as it was average. The dishes did not come from the kitchen at the same time and eggs... More 

1 Thank Jaco G
Rivonia, South Africa
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122 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We recently went to The Galley for a casual dinner, had fantastic Hake and Chips and a cold beer while enjoying the view. Service and food were great. Worth a visit

Thank KeithBatch
South Africa
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever we visit Ballito this restaurant is a must on a daily base. There's a reason it's always full. Anytime of the day you can enjoy a great beach vibe, great meal and a great time.

Thank JohanleRoux11
Hillcrest, South Africa
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The word disgusting might sound inappropriate but I used it for lack of a better one. Don't eat here if you expect to be served. On the positive side it has a great deck with a nice view and the food is not bad.

Thank Glyn G
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51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restraunt right on the beach overlooking the rocks and the sea. Wow what a spot. Had a breakfast there this morning. Food not too bad . Service needs a lot of attention. Prices reasonable. Serve excellent cocktails. Should be a good spot for sundowners in the evenings. Will be back.

Thank mervyn l
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We called the Restaurant in an attempt to make a reservation but was told that they only take walk im customers. Yet upon arrival a table was reserved and we were told we could not sit there. Unacceptable treatment of your customers.

Thank JJ1993k

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Bar, Seafood
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 23:30
09:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Compensation Beach Road | Dolphin Coast, Ballito 4399, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Ballito
  • Phone Number: +27 32 946 2546
Situated Right on The Beach.Specialising in relaxed Seafood dining.The Galley offers spectacular views of the ocean. Boasting 2 outdoor decks where one can sit and watch the dolphins go by whilst sipping on cocktails and eating wild KZN rock oysters , or for more formal dining sit in our main dining room with ocean views from every table .For the young at heart try our Long Board Oyster & Cocktail bar with juke box & large screen TVs. We are child friendly with a kiddies menu and play area & also pet friendly on our outside decks with a Canine Cuisine menu for our four legged friends. We are not a fast food Restaurant but a laid back Island Style Beach Restaurant where one comes to Relax and Enjoy the views of the Ocean whilst savouring some of The Best Seafood on The Beach.

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