If you love seafood and barbeques then listen up because a new crab shack and BBQ eatery has just opened its doors in Cape Town. The Deckhouse Crab Shack and BBQ, Cape Town’s very first crab shack takes the place of Jackal & Hide on Kloof Street and is set to become a popular hangout for diners who want great grub with a relaxed vibe. We’ve got the low-down on this new spot so keep reading to find out more about the menu and why you should visit.

Deck House

The Deck at The Deck House Cape Town.

The American-inspired crab shack and barbeque restaurant opened its doors at the beginning of August, and has been busy ever since. The brainchild of owners, Johannes and Agnes this laid-back spot offers a cosy interior with a relaxed beach house decor as well as an outside deck area where diners can sit and sip on cocktails and craft beers while soaking up the sights of Table Mountain. We also love the converted boat couches in the lounge area inside, it’s the perfect spot for after work drinks in winter!

The Deck House interior

A cosy lounge area at The Deck House.

The menu at The Deck House offers hungry diners a selection of seafood and pub-style grub served the American way – think plastic bibs, shell crackers, diner-style serving baskets and all! Seafood lovers can choose from a variety of seafood dishes including crayfish tails, crab-and-shrimp nachos, crab cakes, shrimp popcorn and much more while meat lovers can tuck into delights like marinated chicken wings, juicy ribs, and cheesy corn dogs! On the seafood front, we love the sound of the Mozambiquan Blue Crab Bucket (R150) and the Crayfish Roll (fresh Crayfish meat tossed with coleslaw and onion on a soft roll, served with steak fries – R120). As for the meat; we can’t wait to try the Dinosaur Ribs (with their famous Jim Beam basting – R140 for 700g).


Shell bucket – crayfish, prawns and snow crab claws.

We also love that loads of the dishes are served with American-style cornbread – talk about indulgent! Dishes can also be accompanied with a variety of sides including creamed spinach, cole slaw, corn on the cob, steak house fries, fried onions, crumbed mushrooms, sweet corn and grits and sweet potato pie. As for the sweet stuff, there are loads of treats to treat your sweet tooth here. Try the decadent Cinnabon milkshake – complete with a Cinnabon on top (no jokes!) or the Mississipi Mud Pie (layers of crumbly cookie crust, rich chocolate cake and creamy pudding – R50).

BBQ Ribs The Deck House

Buffalo chicken wings with homemade bourbon basting.

With a killer menu and fabulous decor it’s pretty clear that this US-inspired eatery is going to be making big waves on the Cape Town restaurant scene very soon!

Note: The WomenStuff team has not yet reviewed this spot. Watch this space for a full review soon!

Visit the Deckhouse at 108 Kloof Street (booking is essential) or visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

(Images courtesy of the restaurant).