The Alba Restaurant | SA’s first fine-dining restaurant boat

The Alba Restaurant – SA’s first fine – dining restaurant boat

Mastering a smooth sail takes some serious skill. Now imagine incorporating fine-dining with sailing, The Alba restaurant has it covered!

Picture yourself basking in the afternoon sun with a glass of wine? Well this could be you. Floating into Cape Town harbour on the new The Alba Restaurant with mouth-watering food (see what I just did there) and spectacular views of the V&A Waterfront.



So when invitation for a mid-day soiree landed in my inbox from the beautiful ladies at #TravelChatSA, I obviously had no choice but to say “Yes Please” and “Thank You”.


At the end of the pier the glass boat awaits with a sight to behold, measuring twenty-two meters in length. The Alba restaurant will has the capacity to fill 72 seated guests or 100 for cocktail functions – taking guests for fine dining cruises in the V&A Waterfront harbour. The floor to ceiling glass windows, which will ensure a comfortable dining experience with great views, regardless of the weather. We were fortunate to experience a Sunny day in Autumn, and toasted to the beautiful day with a glass of Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling Wine


Robyn Paterson, the Head Chef for The Alba Restaurant Boat is a born and bred in Cape Town and dynamite in the kitchen. Her creativity in the kitchen translates beautifully to the plate. The menu is Halaal friendly (no pork on the menu and no alcohol in any of the sauces or reductions). Vegetarian and vegan options are available on request.


We enjoyed the lunch cruise, where you get the choose from the three-course menu with wine pairing.


Citrus cured salmon, with a beetroot puree and baby greens.

This beautifully presented dish was packed with flavour the with salmon taking centre stage, the beetroot puree was really delicious


Main Course

Beef fillet medallions, served with a mixed berry and roasted bone marrow jus, truffle mashed potato, grilled beetroot and mange-tout.


This dish is well very portioned with each selected ingredient contributing the symphony of flavours.



Dark chocolate mousse, topped with orange zest and milk chocolate truffles, rolled in pistachio with a touch of chilli.

I’m big not a lover of dessert as I rarely overindulge in sweet treats, I did give this dessert a try and really enjoyed the rolled pistachio with chilli.


Variety is the spice of life and that’s exactly what The Alba Restaurant offers.




Cruise lengths will range between one and a half to two hours, beginning with four cruises a day. However, The Alba will also cater for private functions such as corporate outings, weddings or gala events.


Choose from the following 5 cruises:

Bubbly Brunch cruise     (Monday – Sunday, 10-11:30am @ R495)

Lunch cruise                     (Monday – Sunday, 1-2:30pm @ R595)

High Tea cruise                (Saturday only, 4-5:30pm @ R495)

Sunset cruise                   (Monday – Friday & Sunday, 4-5:30pm @ R595)

Dinner cruise                   (Monday – Sunday, 7-9pm @ R695)

The cruise tickets are all-inclusive which means it’s a cashless experience (booked and paid beforehand). The cruise, meals and drinks are included in the set price. Should guests prefer beer or soft drinks (instead of the wine pairing), this will be available on request. Unfortunately no corkage is available.


Bookings via | | 065 975 8060

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  • Melissa Javan
    Posted at 06:47h, 28 May Reply

    This looks heavenly!

    • Elvina
      Posted at 18:49h, 28 May Reply

      It was such an amzing experience, what i enjoyed the most is that there’s something for every budget. Girls Night out can now be Girls afternoon at sea.

  • Taryn Victor
    Posted at 13:15h, 29 May Reply

    This sounds amazing! Definitely worth experiencing.

    • Elvina
      Posted at 19:29h, 29 May Reply

      Hi Taryn

      Thank you for catching up. It really is a great dining experience and there’s something for everyone.

  • Patrycja
    Posted at 10:54h, 30 May Reply

    And we loved having you with us:) Until next time:)

  • The Jax
    Posted at 13:54h, 15 October Reply

    Absolutely stunning photos and stunning experience, I just enjoyed a sumptous Sunday lunch aboard The Alba recently. LOVED it!

    • Elvina
      Posted at 14:11h, 15 October Reply

      Hey Jax

      Thank you for sharing.

      I’m looking forward to returning this summer.

      Have a lovely day

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