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The Garden Shack

79 Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
+27 79 838 9939
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  • Very good13%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
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“lunch” (2 reviews)
“seafood” (3 reviews)
“calamari” (4 reviews)
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79 Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here a few days ago following recommendations on here. Great food, lovely people and a quirky setting. Would thoroughly recommend!

Thank jonsmum
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was recommended to us as the best seafood in town. It’s got a real charm to it and the owners are very welcoming and a delight to talk to. The food was also very delicious. You may think this is just a little...More

Thank jenniffer2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited from Durban and Googled a seafood restuarant in Swellendam.....and WOW!!!...what beautiful food and hosting....a definite place to return to....oh and the decor!!!...too good....beach sand in your toes while you dine...

Thank rolandc1078
Sid V, Owner at The Garden Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind review, it was a pleasure hosting you. Hope to see you again some day. Safe travels!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped on the way to hermanus to eat lunch. The food was great and the place was lovely and warm Really recommend the chowder! It was great!! Enjoy

Thank didieitan
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

We chanced upon the Garden Shack for supper this evening, driving round Swellendam looking for a place to have a meal. We were warmly welcomed and chose to sit in comfy lounge chairs in the nursery garden. Our sea food meal of fresh hake, calamari...More

2  Thank Jane P
Sid V, Owner at The Garden Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2018

Thanks so much guys. It was really a pleasure meeting you and hope to see you again when passing through our beautiful town.

Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

After reading the promising reviews we visited The Garden Shack with the family and we had a great evening! The restaurant has a beachy vibe with a fireplace (in winter) and the minimalistic interior makes it feel like a night at the beach in Swellendam....More

Thank RutgervanIJzendoorn
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

If I had not seen the reviews I would not have walked into this restaurant. It really does not look like much when you enter and I am really fussy when it comes to seafood. I am glad that we did have lunch at the...More

1  Thank Crazyredpepper
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Lovely hosts, fresh and tasty fish (they told us they get it fresh from Mossel Bay every day). Don't be mislead by the outside appearance, it's nice and cosy with plants and sand on the inside. Awesome value for money + authentic and nice people....More

1  Thank Sebastian H
Reviewed 12 February 2018

We have eaten lots of lovely food in upmarket restaurants in Franschoek and Swellendam, but this was the best meal of our holiday. We enjoyed very fresh fish expertly and simply cooked at a reasonable price. The chef/owner who came to take our order clearly...More

1  Thank BrightonJules
Reviewed 11 February 2018

If you're looking for a delicious, affordable and local experience then hands down this i see the place to go. Exceptionally friendly staff and the awesome locals made for a wonderful evening. If you're looking to stop off for lunch or dinner this is the...More

2  Thank Brendan P
Sid V, Owner at The Garden Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Thanks so much for the great review. We will be open for lunches for March

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 3 - USD 10
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Reservations
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Open Hours
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 79 Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Swellendam
  • Phone Number: +27 79 838 9939
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We are an outdoor restaurant situated inside of a nursery serving breakfast, light lunches and specialising in seafood set in a peaceful garden environment surrounded by nature and waterfalls . Sculpting a relaxing atmosphere where you can enjoy conversation or just enjoy the surroundings. Fully Licensed
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