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8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
+27 28 514 3847
Today
08:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Wed - Fri 07:30 - 22:00
Sat - Tue 08:00 - 17:00
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7 reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

In this adorable town is an adorable restaurant in an old converted manor house in a garden setting across from a gorgeous old church. Large beautiful patio for outdoor dining, nice playground in the large backyard for kids to play while adults have a leisurely drink/meal. Great menu, excellent food, drinks, coffees. Good for breakfast too! 💗

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Thank Aimee V
Durban, South Africa
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely setting under the trees. However, despite arriving at 11.10, the kitchen was very inflexible about serving us eggs (11am cut off). So we ordered the only other thing on the menu....roosterbrood, which is basically a large warm roll. Our came with cheese and jam and cheese and tomato. That's it! No sauces, pestos. It was bland and dry and... More 

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Thank happycamper789
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

My wife and I ordered pork belly on roosterkoek. It was fine, but cold. Service wasn't very quick, but not too bad. There is a big play area for children, which helped quite a bit to keep our little boy busy. Ok experience.

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Thank Dirk K
Cape Town, South Africa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Disappointing service and food. We were excited to try somewhere new, but won't be going again. The town has some beautiful old buildings worth a drive past.

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Thank NinaHill
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

The setting is beautiful...but unfortunately I will not return here. We waited almost 45 minutes for our dink order (our food arrived long before our drinks). When having to go and look for our waitress and finding her to ask for our drinks she became rude and slamming our drinks down causing them to spill. 3 of our 4 meals... More 

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Thank Ylandre
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Good and affordable. Maybe a bit greasy. Nice terrace. Good location. Plenty of choices for children.

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Thank Rutger T
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Our Tweede Nuwejaar visit to the Old Gaol Restaurant was a great success!. The shady outdoor setting under the trees provided a relaxing place to enjoy a leisurely meal. Famed for South African "roosterbrood", great breakfasts and some traditional dishes such as Bobotie, our food was delicious. We were politely informed in advance that our meal would take a while... More 

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Thank MontaguBookshop
Cape Town, South Africa
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77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

We stopped for coffee (and cake) on our way back to Cape Town. We'd heard that the cakes were good and the Lemon Meringue Pie and Traditional Milk Tart lived up to expectations. In spite of the place being packed, the service was friendly and reasonably quick. Highly recommended.

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Thank robdotinfo
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Old Gaol (Jail) Restaurant is good to go and have a light lunch and sit outside under the the lovely trees. Try the roosterkoek bread. Vegan friendly.

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Thank Gerhard L
Oudsthoorn
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Excellent food, friendly well informed service and reasonably priced. Great setting, ambiance and music. I could easily spend all day here, but had to travel further.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 6
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 17:00
Monday
08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 22:00
Thursday
07:30 - 22:00
Friday
07:30 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 17:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?