The Raft Restaurant
  • Walvis Bay

The Raft Restaurant

This unique Namibian restaurant is built on stilts at the end of its own jetty in the picturesque Walvis Bay Lagoon on the West Coast of Namibia.

The Raft Restaurant offers you an extensive menu of seafood, game, meat, local and international dishes, not to mention the appearance of dolphins, pelicans, flamingoes and kite surfers, swimming, flying and stumbling past the dining room windows.

This is the place to sit and watch the sunset with a drink in hand, or enjoy a lazy lunch, watching the Walvis Bay lagoon life happen in front of you, while enjoying the legendary service and hospitality of The Raft Restaurant.

With solid wood floors built using old timbers from the original Namibian Walvis Bay jetty, lofty ceilings, panoramic views over the lagoon, cosy log,burning fires in winter, a deck with roll up up windows for the warm summer months, friendly efficient staff, excellent food and a very special ambience, it is considered by many to be the best restaurant on the coast of Namibia.

On lucky days the Dolphins delight guests with their antics as they play close by with the Seals. A myriad Birdlife frequent the waters surrounding the restaurant while 'Flamingo Ballet' under the floodlights is a regular evening occurrence, as Pelicans glide past the windows and the resident Heron takes his nightly stroll.

Starters include the highly popular;

‘Three Cheese & Fresh Garlic Prawns’, along with more unusual dishes such as ; ‘Balinese Baby Octopus Samoosas’, ‘Kusaki Kingklip’ for sushi lovers, ‘Warthog Remouladen’ and ‘Ostrich Carpaccio’ .

There is an interesting selection of Healthy Salads and Tasty Pastas on offer, while Fish Dishes include; ‘Marinated Swordfish Brochette’, ‘Creamed Coconut Kabeljou’, ‘Steenbras Trapanesa’ and a speciality of the house ideal for those who are not familiar with the local fish – ‘Fish trio’ which consists of fillets of Monkfish, Butterfish and Kingklip, labelled so that you know which one you like best!

Mouthwatering Shellfish dishes boast;

‘The Proper Prawn Frenzy’ - a whole kilo of Giant Prawns,

‘Luxurious Grilled Rock Lobster’, and

the ‘Seafood Platter’ – a selection of Crayfish, Tiger prawns, Mussels, Oysters, Scallops, Hake, Calamari & Crab Claws – a real feast!!

Meat dishes star Prime Local Cuts straight from the butchers block to the Open Flame Grill simply basted with Olive Oil and sprinkled with Sea Salt for you to enjoy the full natural flavours. Choose from; Oryx, Kudu, Crocodile, Ostrich, Zebra (when available) and of course tasty Namibian Beef.

On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays we also serve a show stopping ‘Eisbein’ - whole Pork knuckle with crispy crackling and meat so soft it falls off the bone, served on a pile of creamy Mashed Potato with Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut and a delicious Home made Apple Sauce spiked with Apple Cider – yum yummo!!!!

House Specialities include a delicious ‘Maharaja Mutton Curry’ – fit for an Indian Prince, ‘Carpet Bagger Sirloin Steak’ – stuffed with Smoked Mussels and Melted Cheese and ‘Royal Chicken À La Raft’ – not for the faint hearted.

Map and Directions to The Raft Restaurant

Esplanade, The Lagoon, Walvis Bay, Namibia