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Old Gaol Restaurant

8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
+27 28 514 3847
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good40%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (47 reviews)
“milk tart” (20 reviews)
“chicken pie” (14 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
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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
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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
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Perfect stop on the way between Botlierskop and Hermanus while parking possible in front of the restaurant. We ordered the soup of the day, which took a bit longer to be served then we are used in Belgium but at the same time it did...More

Thank MietJ
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Ample space for little ones to run around, jungle gym and swings. Could watch how they made roosterkoek over an outside fire. Great roosterkoek with various filings, moerkoffie and breakfast! Highly recomended.

Thank Expl0rer123
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Having lunch at the Old Gaol (that is the spelling!) is special as one is taken back in time. The walls are full of messages which were constantly being photographed by patrons using their cell phones. For lunch, we had a HUGE plate of soup...More

Thank Frank R
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Thought we would give this place a go, but to be honest wish we hadn't. Very strange concept, no plates supplied for your food.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We were here as part of a large group, but we ordered as a couple. Service was prompt, and an error with my food was very quickly resolved. Good food, reasonably priced.

Thank AnnieMG
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Went here as there is jungle gym area with seating so thought it would be good option with kids - firstly the jungle gym is old and limited and so dirty and the tables are far from the play area and also filthy. There is...More

Thank Grayson99
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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
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Kids, Groups
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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