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Bell Street - Ushaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa
+27 31 328 8065
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Johannesburg
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We weren't sure where to eat and popped in here as it was open and busy unlike a few of the other places nearby. The lady at the front desk was so unfriendly (to the point of bordering on rudeness) at hearing we had no reservations. The gentleman on the other hand said there was an available table as the... More 

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Thank Angela A
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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103 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the oppurtunity to visit this establishment for lunch and was not disappointed with the fare....great seafood options....well presented.But , considering it was lunch time and few occupied tables, the service was slow and it took well over 25 minutes to get our main course.....but well worth the wait.The huge fish tank kept us occupied.

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Thank khush79
Dublin, Ireland
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343 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its certainly a bit of a novelty having sharks staring at you while you're eating but you get used to it. Th food here is excellent and the staff are pleasant and attentive. Tables directly beside the Fishes are at a premium so you'd probably need to book well in advance.

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Thank Michael M
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were 10 people (6 adults and 4 children). We all ate stakes from different kinds (Sirloin and fillets). One vegetarian Nioky. All was fantastic and tasty. Service was excellent and they took the kids to explain about the aquarium. Excellent choice

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Thank Zahi G
Johannesburg, South Africa
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227 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dining right by the fish, watch them swim by as you saviour each bite. Food is high quality, great flavours. Steak, Kingklip and duck are all good choices.

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Thank DDR1234
Durban, South Africa
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So went to the Cargo hold with my boyfriend around lunch time to celebrate our anniversary, I have been to Cargo hold about a year prior to this experience and it wasn't as bad as it is now. The only thing that makes it good is the aquarium inside other then that I would say the service is pathetic, firstly... More 

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Thank leonaeserdaw
MissyScales, Manager at Cargo Hold Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Leonaeserdaw Our apologies for your negative experience at Cargo Hold. As a theme park, we strive to provide a high level of service to our patrons and can assure you that we have optimised our staff compliment to better achieve this requirement and our menu price are being continuously reviewed and bench-marked against our competitors in an effort offer... More 

La Mercy
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Planned an evening for my birthday with my daughter as she would have been fascinated with the tank. The layout and atmosphere seemed beautiful but at the prices on the menu, I would have expected much much more. The food was bland and portion sizes below par. Turned out to be a really expensive experience of looking at a tank... More 

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MissyScales, Manager at Cargo Hold Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Fazel We were concerned to see that you were not entirely happy with your experience at the Cargo Hold. Our chef and restaurant staff constantly work hard to ensure that our menu and food appeals to our diners and that our pricing is benchmarked against competitors. We also value input from our customers and would appreciate an opportunity to... More 

Burton on Trent
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66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a good restaurant in the back of an old ship converted for leisure activities including the aquarium behind which this restaurant is located. It has ground to ceiling windows in which you can view various types of shark, barracuda, groupers and several other species. It is located at the end of the well set out uShaka leisure complex... More 

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Thank TerryC657
Pretoria
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81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited on a Saturday evening and were surprised at the number of people who were seated for the early sitting. We had booked ahead to ensure a good view of the tank. We were seated at a table in the doorway. I mentioned this to the staff and showed them my email confirming a seat on the balcony overlooking... More 

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Thank MadforitalyPretoria
Durban, South Africa
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cargo Hold is worth a visit, not only for the food but for the location as well. The eating in this ship and next the tank with the sharks is spectacular and a whole new dining experience. We were all very happy with our meals, especially the fish and the seafood is good and the Mojitos are amazing.

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Thank krallkatrin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 20
Cuisine
Seafood, European, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bell Street - Ushaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban
  • Phone Number: +27 31 328 8065

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?