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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The restaurant is very cozy and conducive to a nice evening out. Staff is friendly and as a norm the food is good, but not brilliant. Last night the we ordered the Seafood Platter, a chef's recommendation and it disappointed. The prawns were very good, the rest OK, but the Calamari was the worst I have ever had. Undercooked to... More 

Thank Eddie H
Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped at The Galley on our first day at the coast and what a lovely place. They were busy and suggested we wait till a table has been prepared, this did not take long at all. We ordered a variety of meals from the seafood platter to the special Burger, crab cakes and chicken schnitzel. The food was very... More 

Thank Mr_Thestral
London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice staff and great location by the beach. It was a cold night so we sat in. Don't bother with the shark bite cocktail unless you like sweet pink stuff. Food took a while but was plentiful, hot and tasty when it arrived. Good place for kids.

Thank A F
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Firstly the service was great. We came on a very windy day and moved around a lot. The staff happily moved us, without any problems. Secondly and most importantly, the food was outstanding. As a professional chef myself, i will come back here anytime and recommend it to anyone. When you eat fish on the coastline you expect the best.... More 

Thank Franco N
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best view in town!!! Can't find a better spot for a little sundowner and snack with family or with friends or with your better half 😊

Thank MiSh1914
Johannesburg, South Africa
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70 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we had seen so many good reviews but since returning home and posting this the bad and not so good reviews have been posted. First we came across this place while walking on the beech and we stopped for drinks and it was great. ideal place to relax with a drink and watch the sea. We made the mistake of... More 

Thank DistantTraveller_9
Nijmegen, Netherlands
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100 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had our lunch here and enjoyed the view of the ocean from the deck. Service was rather poor and not very personal, but our Queen prawns were nice. Enjoy the view and stroll a bit along the beach.

Thank worldtraveller046
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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88 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We tried the seafood special on a Friday afternoon. Good value but could be better. Really great view of the sea, some good beers and wines

Thank Ernie J
Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was appalling!!! The fish was not fresh!!! The food tasted really and the manager admitted it was poor. A discount on our meal was granted, we paid and left. Our family have dubbed this establishment "the gully"... A truly horrible experience... and an assault to my taste buds...

Thank Kristel S
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good service and food. Fantastic sea views from restaurant. Pleasant waitrons.I would recommend ti fro both breakfast and lunch.

Thank Val K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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
Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly
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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