The Raft Restaurant Walvis Bay
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.
Not just an ordinary restaurant, The Raft Restaurant is your multi-experience venue perfect for: stopping by for lunch en route to your destination, spending a relaxing evening over a bottle of wine while enjoying the ambience and excellent quality Seafood, Steaks and local ingredients served in the Main Restaurant, or for something more casual why not treat yourself to the best Homemade Burgers around, and authentic Wood Fired Pizzas from the wood-burning oven in the Bistro.
With triple aspect, floor to ceiling windows to the East, South and West the Main Restaurant covers a vast area seating 165 guests and offering fabulous views over Walvis Bay Lagoon.
Amazingly, despite the high ceilings and enhanced by the unusual and interesting shape of the whole area, the feeling is amazingly cozy and many guests remark on the great ambiance they have experienced throughout their meal.
The use of bright, yet warm, yellows and oranges on the walls contrasts perfectly with the old jetty poles scarred by mussels and limpets, which rise through the floor and out through the roof.
The floor itself is made from the original Walvis Bay jetty gangway planks and although not too friendly for stilettos (tee hee) and a napkin challenge to those who prefer their tables not to rock, it adds to the wonderful acoustics that emanate from the timber building.
In keeping with the rustic, oceangoing/wood ship feel, the tables and chairs are hand-made locally from natural wood and the chairs have leather seats upholstered in natural coloured hides. The friendly and knowledgeable staff welcome guests equally, whether they be visiting from one of the many cruise ships that visit Walvis Bay, in their ‘Glad Rags’ for a special occasion, or their Khaki shorts fresh out of their suitcase at the end or start of a safari.
‘Variety is the spice of life’ and there is no shortage of that on the À La Carte Menu at The Raft.
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.
There’s really something for everyone at The Raft Restaurant in Walvis Bay lagoon Namibia including a Kiddies Menu with smaller portions and don’t miss out on the tempting Desserts which include ‘Little Squidgy Date Pudding with Sticky Toffee Pecan Sauce’ – to die for, ‘Amarula Bokka Glory’ - if you’re in the mood for a real blow-out and ‘Banoffee Pie’ – a firm favourite.
To complement the Desserts there is also a small selection of excellent Dessert Wines and don’t forget the original Southern Africa concoction - ‘Dom Pedro’ made with your choice of Liqueur – think ‘grown up frozen milkshake’ made with highest quality Vanilla Ice Cream – a perfect round off to a perfect meal!!!!
We also have some very interesting dessert wines for you.
While you enjoy the culinary delights on offer, the unique location is showcase to an idyllic view for diners – Birdlife, Sealife, Watersports and Activities , Fishing – check out our individual pages.
Then again you may just fancy dropping in for a cool beer on a balmy afternoon or a lazy sundowner while experiencing the perfect view of a beautiful sunset in Namibia from the Bar with it’s casual atmosphere & canvas roll up sides.
Whatever you choose we know you’ll be glad you visited the Raft Restaurant.
Our co-ordinates are;
Escape the mist of Swakopmund – come to Walvis-Bay
BOOKING FOR THE MAIN RESTAURANT IS RECOMMENDED
Tel + 264 64 204877