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…
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.
At the time, seafood was a delicacy and luxury available only to the wealthy. South Africans quickly fell in love with the simple, generous portions of meticulously prepared seafood served with our irresistible creamy lemon sauce, big-hearted hospitality and a little Mediterranean madness.
When queues started to form outside the restaurant doors, Fats and George realised they had a winning recipe.
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.
Sustainable seafood means it has been caught in a way that means there’s plenty more fish in the sea. Choosing sustainable seafood recognises and rewards sustainable fishing practices, which in turn support livelihoods, communities, food security and healthy oceans teeming with life.
We’re mad about seafood, family and feeling at home. Generosity is at the core of everything we do and can be felt in our abundant portions, complimentary bread and sauces, and quality, affordable meals.