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Cape Town Restaurants

Panama Jack's

Updated 11/15/2012

Fodor's Review

In this raw-timber structure in the heart of the docks, about 3 mi north of other V&A venues, the music is loud, the tables are crowded, and the decor is nonexistent, but tourists come in droves to gorge on fresh seafood. Expect to pay upwards of R530 per kilogram for local crayfish (similar to lobster), a whopping R1,150 a kilogram for the scarce and endangered wild abalone, which is being poached nearly to extinction, and R430 per kilog for Namibian crab. Large prawns start at R185 for 10 from Morocco. There is plenty of less expensive seafood as well, and daily specials such as baby squid and local line-caught fish are competitively priced. Lunch specials are more reasonably priced.

Restaurant Information


Quay 500, Harbour, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa



Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch Sat.

Updated 11/15/2012


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By James

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Jan 23, 2001

See-food and eat it!

Not sure the Fodor info is paticularly accurate. The building is a shack in the middle of nowhere somewhere amongst the docks - it's not that easy to find. There isn't usually any music at lunch. Best of all is the food. The seafood is brilliant - possibly the best in town. Prices, especially for the large shellfish can be high, but worht every penny.

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