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La Vida Restaurant

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Esplanade | Beach Front, East London, South Africa
+27 43 742 6967
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my wife and two daughters to La Vida Restaurant Saturday evening. We made it a formal affair after long day at Nahoon Beach. The restaurant had an amazing view of the ocean. Beneath the restaurant, you could hear the sounds of the waves bashing the rocks. There was 180 degree of the ocean view. The atmosphere was great.... More 

Thank 18thabanin
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped for an evening drink and contemplated supper. The view is incredible but the cost of the drink – probably to rip off tourists – made me leave quickly without a second thought about having dinner. Besides the drink being very expensive, the person who served me claimed not to have change and thus I paid even more. And,... More 

Thank Imraan H
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent position with a deck looking over the ocean. The food was above average yet reasonably priced and service was excellent but discreet. We were treated to a massive pod of dolphins going past while we enjoyed our lunch. Loved it.

Thank Dennis R
Hout Bay, South Africa
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57 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Nice menu spread at mid range to low budget price. Beer a bit more expensive that other local restaurants. The chicken and steaks are good (steaks are very well priced). The chillie poppers are awesome (be warned!!).

Thank Deon V
East London, South Africa
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99 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

I had the great misfortune of ordering the seafood pasta. Not only was it stodgy and clunky it was also cold. My partner had a similarly bad experience when the most minute order of calamari arrived as a main. Never again

Thank CoastalLivingSA
Johannesburg, South Africa
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238 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

Talk about beachfront living. You not only have wonderful views of the beach but the restaurantis practically on the water. Amazing! The service from our waitress was good but the good service was super slow. Considering it was a Thursday evening and the restaurant wasn't full. The food itself was ok. Nothing great. The cocktail selection is very interesting and... More 

Thank Sunshine0789
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has the potential to be incredible with a view like this! But unfortunately our food was very average for paying such high prices. Also only about half of the menu was actually available.

Thank Candice L
London, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

Went for drinks and light meal.. ...when bill came we where HIGHLY over charged ...example ordered 3 shorts of tequila when bill came we where charged for 11 ... we complain and refused to pay as it was impossible to consume the amount of alcohol we where being charged for ..they locked us in restaurant and called the police..Never seen... More 

4 Thank desfer
East London, South Africa
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

The food here was excellent and the views are some of the best in East London. Perfect for an anniversary dinner or anytime romantic time-for-two.

Thank MackSC
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015

My Meal was slightly overcooked and lacking in the flavours described by the menu, There was little concise service until we called the manager and my coke was served frozen, granted the load shedding didn't help, but with the restaurants location and price tag i would have expected much much more

1 Thank Gremlin_za

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Esplanade | Beach Front, East London, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Eastern Cape  >  East London
  • Phone Number: +27 43 742 6967

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?