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Old Gaol Restaurant

8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
+27 28 514 3847
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“lunch” (47 reviews)
“milk tart” (19 reviews)
“chicken pie” (14 reviews)
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8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tranquil setting. Good service. Food not bad but way overpriced for what you get. I had the breakfast: Bacon cheese grillers egg tomato and rooster koek

Thank Craigfid
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived to a very busy lunchtime. Ordered the apparent famous chicken pie, it was so salty that it was inedible. Swooped it for a quiche that was as delicious. No management on duty

Thank shashy2014
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Overpriced for average food. Also did not have items on menu that were meant to be part of the breakfast. Dissapointing.

Thank Jade219
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Just waited 40 min to get an oily very overpriced burger that swam in oil and was super salty and then being charged a R100 for this!

Thank Melissa B
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Ate inside as it was a bit cool and damp outside. It was a nice spot. Bathroom is outside but spotlessly clean and I liked the decór. Service was efficient and friendly. Food was good.

Thank Cliobar11
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Atmosphere relaxed and informal. Service a bit slow, and unfortunately both quiche options on the menu (the best by far according to the menu) were not available any more by 12h00. The roosterkoek meals and salad as second choices were ok but not wow.

Thank coenirma
Reviewed 27 December 2017

Whenever we travel to South Africa we make a point of stopping off at the Old Gaol in Swellendam on our drive from Cape Town to Mossel Bay. We always find it a delightful place and we weren't disappointed this time. Friendly service and fresh...More

Thank Cranbourne
Reviewed 30 November 2017

We stopped here for very generous slice of cake and drinks. Nice and quirky, enjoying a good view of the lovely NG Kerk Cape Dutch church opposite.

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

After reading the positive reviews of previous clients, I had to pay a visit to the Old Goal. I am sorry to say that this restaurant did not fulfill my expectations. The carrot cake was underdone inside, but burnt on the outside. Sorry Chef, this...More

Reviewed 16 November 2017

Had dinner here one weekday evening when staying nearby. I had the chicken pie which was ok, but the portion was way too big. The service was friendly but fairly slow, and we weren't really blown away.

Thank Ddraig_fawr
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Questions & Answers
greg m
29 December 2016|
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Response from Weekender003 | Reviewed this property |
I believe that that are welcomed on the outdoor terrace
greg m
29 December 2016|
Response from Carla V | Reviewed this property |
Not entirely sure. Definitely not in the evening but possibly during the day. Best would be to contact them directly with your query.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Business meetings
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Swellendam
  • Phone Number: +27 28 514 3847
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