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Seafood and Sharing

The Ocean Basket story begins in 1995 when the very first restaurant opened in a small retail space in Pretoria, South Africa, but the stage was set long before…

The Mediterranean spirit of generosity, quality ingredients and simplicity inspire our menu, inviting you to experience the fabulous flavours of the ocean with friends and family.

Our Mediterranean passion and love of seafood, conversation and sharing is a heritage inspired by Mama Liza the Mother of founders Fats and George Lazarides.  Her generosity and spirit of abundance, together with the warmth and love that was found in her home, created the foundation for every Ocean Basket around the world.

By 2008, international expansion began. Today, in 16 countries across the globe, 18 million people come together in over 200 Ocean Basket restaurants every year, to enjoy the tastes of the Mediterranean Home of Seafood. From Kazakhstan to Cyprus, Mauritius to Saudi Arabia, couples, friends, families and colleagues unite in their appreciation of Ocean Basket’s award-winning seafood and commitment to value.

Whether near or far, each restaurant remains true to the Ocean Basket philosophy:

An affordable seafood restaurant with an unmistakable Mediterranean spirit, where each guest is welcomed like family.

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