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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
12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 16:00 - 21:00
Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

Came here with friends. Very chill vibe. It is hard to find places with such a serene atmosphere. Expect stellar service and friendly chatter. It gets even better foodwise. Our pizza's were prepared in a traditional pizza oven and served square, Italian style! Honestly some of the finest pizza i have ever had the pleasure of consuming, and i have... More 

Thank Tristan H
2 reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Walked in one afternoon with some friends, it was pretty chilled bru. I could spend a while there just talking and enjoying the view, the food was just the cherry on top.

Thank Snehin K
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

We went here on our first night in St James, and wen't back for lunch the next day it was so good. The staff is small and friendly, great selection on the menu, and the food was excellent. The value for money was insane, after the exchange rate, 4 drinks, a starter, and two mains was 21 GBP. Excellent.

Thank adam f
Stellenbosch, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Not only was the service incredible, but the food was AMAZING. Such a lovely atmosphere and a heart-warming environment. Will definitely be back.

Thank prydealexandra
Cape Town
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Our first visit to The Octopus Garden, can highly recommend the pizzas, the burgers, watermelon salad and the desserts. Everything was awesome. Highly recommend the great young waiter, Dylan, very efficient and friendly. Its pet and child friendly, had a great time.

Thank TopsyturvyCapeTown
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Not so long ago, when Octopus Garden was owned by previous people, my partner and I would stop in regularly for a pizza or a steak and, on occasion, listen to music. It was always a relaxed "hippie" kind of place with no pretension. We never expected fine dining, but it was always fine for what it was ... a... More 

1 Thank CarolynOnTheGo
Geoffrey B, Owner at Octopus Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. I can assure you we do care, I am glad the food you did enjoy is from the new menu and I am so sorry that dirty menus spoiled your experience. Just a heads up, we currently print our menus daily as we are working on the new menu and we change things on a... More 

Kansas City
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

This place is just a few steps from St. James Beach if you want to get something to eat. They have fresh wild oysters for R20, wrap sandwiches, pizza and beer. It is decorated with eclectic things that you'll enjoy!

1 Thank dixiepeach
Greetland, halifax, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

We went twice when here on holiday last year the food was excellent. The staff were friendly and helpful but the food was only average, the steaks hadn't been trimmed and were a bit tough, the poached egg on top was hard. The wine list was either house red or white. Reasonably priced, very chilled setting. Wonder if it has... More 

Thank Susan W
InFam00se, Owner at Octopus Garden, responded to this review

Hi there, just a heads up, the steak changed and contains fat because the cut we used before was fillet, a fat free cut, and now we use sirloin, which has more flavour but is a tougher cut of meat and contains more fat. We did this as we did not want to raise the price of the steak to... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We were hoping for a fairly quick meal, as we hopped along the coastal towns, but sadly, the service was fairly slow, and because there were no wait-staff around the outside area, there was a lot of waiting required before someone showed up to take orders, or bring the bill..... The food was good though! We enjoyed the funky names... More 

Thank Nupura G
Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Very good venue. Service is excellent. They make you feel welcome. Stunning. Don't think of missing out if you are in the area . Even board games to play. Fun atmosphere

Thank Adrienne M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 18
Bar, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 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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