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Octopus Garden

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Main Road | The Old Post Office Building, St. James 7975, South Africa
+27 21 788 5646
11:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Fri 11:30 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 21:00
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I recently visited the Octopus Garden. It is a very chilled place with live music. I enjoyed the vibe. However I really thought R50 for a pint of beer is super expensive for any place, never mind a tiny place in Kalk Bay... disappointed by the cost, but enjoyed myself. It is also child friendly.

Thank Grant M
Geoffrey B, Owner at Octopus Garden, responded to this review

Hi there. Our Craft Beer on tap is made by hand with care and ranges from R35 to R50 depending on the beer. Our regular SAB beer is cheaper than most other restaurants in the neighbouring town of Kalk Bay. Have a fab day!!!!! 🐙🐙🐙 More 

Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled on this place by accident and just have to keep coming back ,the Saturday lunchtime music and food is perfect for a chill out afternoon and why would you want to eat anywhere else on a Sunday evening listing to the guy on the piano ,it's a must go to place

Thank Kenneth S
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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148 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice cafe type restaurant with good vibe and simple but effective menu. Choice of inside and garden seating. Really enjoyed the food and service was flawless. Good choice for something different.

Thank capetownbiker
Eindhoven, Nederland
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Our last dinner during our wonderful vacation in South Africa was in the Octopus Garden. We did not have any specific expectation, but had to our feeling the most authentic dinner experience in South Africa. We very much enjoyed our dinner, as well as the relaxed atmosphere with nice music in the background. The service was great and the quality... More 

Thank Marijke-en-Jan
George, South Africa
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98 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Octopus Garden is a unique restaurant. The menu has a lovely selection of freshly prepared food. They offer sweet potato chips which is just amazing! The vibe is definitely laid back and you can choose to dine on the lawn outside where they have live entertainment or inside. They have 6 different craft beers on tap and a lovely wine... More 

Thank Carmin2014
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The homely dishes we tested were some of the best I have had in CPT. The muscles were divine, and the garlic from the sauce could be smelt all the way from the parking lot. The steak was so soft and tender, you didn't even need a steak knife! The baked cheesecake was amazing, however the base was a bit... More 

Thank Jessicasaxcat
Cape Town
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Maybe it was just the night, but we did not have the best experience on our date night out. We were seated next to the back door opposite the kitchen. This in itself was not a problem, but when I asked the young waiter with the woolen beanie to keep the door closed after leaving it open he just glared... More 

Thank MariusVStraaten
Hollywood, Florida
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

While visiting Capetown, we stayed in a bed and breakfast located about 30 seconds away from the Octopus Garden restaurant, which is an unassuming bar/restaurant which doesn't look like much, but serves the best thin-style pizza my wife and I ever ate! It was so good, that we came back a second time, even though we only had 8 nights... More 

Thank sheldon g
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I ordered jalapeno poppers and pizza here for lunch, very delicous pizza and coffee. The pizza was the highlight with a thin crust and delicous and fresh cheese & toppingsI will definitely be back!

Thank Jacky L
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We were told that the kitchen was closed and they were only serving pizza, so we ordered pizza. It was a very thin crust pizza and it was great! We couldn't finish so we got a box but it was bad after trying to reheat. The atmosphere was awesome and a lot of fun! I highly recommend this place if... More 

Thank Brittany M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$18
Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road | The Old Post Office Building, St. James 7975, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  St. James
  • Phone Number: +27 21 788 5646
The Octopus' Garden Restaurant gets its inspiration from the Beatles song. Ringo Starr was inspired by the tendency of Octopi to collect shells & stones to create an environment/ 'Garden' in which they live 'Under the Sea'. A warm, quirky eclectic vibe, with friendly, sassy staff that make you feel like you have just entered someones lounge. A selection of the finest (locally brewed craft beer) gourmet pizzas and a quirky, interesting menu that suits vegetarians, vegans and carnivores. Best grilled chilli poppers in town!!! There is a large beer garden and shaded courtyard with fairy garden, childrens organic jungle gym and treehouse. Dogs are very much welcomed and are even catered to on the menu Octopus garden is also home to the famous silent disco, where you can boogey under the stars to 3 DJ's with 3 genres of music.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?