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Old Gaol Restaurant

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8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
+27 28 514 3847
08:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Fri 07:30 - 22:00
Sat - Tue 08:00 - 17:00
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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here twice in two days so obviously we enjoyed the food !!!! We thought we'd call in for lunch to see if we'd like to return later for dinner. The staff were lovely and made us feel welcome. The lunch was delicious and very filling so we didn't return for dinner!! The next day we did return for... More 

Thank Marian S
Stormsvlei, Western Cape, South Africa
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I had lunch at the Old Gaol on a Tuesday, due to the fact our first choices for lunch were closed, so credit to them for being open. We have eaten there a handful of times over the last few years and as per the previous visits it is a pleasant place to lunch. My personal opinion... More 

Thank Steve C
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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748 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was lovely sitting out and we enjoyed our salads, but at 1230 the soups of the day was already sold out which was very disappointing. The coffee milkshakes were superb.

Thank EveningEater
Cape Town
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very small menu, but that's normally ok. All the soups are sold out and all the best roosterkoek menu items also all sold out. Nice setting, play area for the kids but pity they did not have stock. Not happy, when you have stuck a small menu one would expect to have sufficient stock.

Thank GabrielDO
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Avoid this restaurant the service is shocking - the food arrived cold and by the time the first person was finished eating others were still waiting for their food to arrived at our table of 5.

Thank Corey S
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the highlights of our Swellendam trip was coming across Old Gaol Restaurant. What a pleasant experience with delicious food and great friendly service! To start with, they have the best, yummiest and chocolaty hot chocolate ever. And their fresh salads are really so fresh. Excellent healthy breakfast options and the beautiful outdoor seating under the trees also adds... More 

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Region of Murcia, Spain
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great and relaxing place to take a break - you can choose between sitting outside in the shade of the big old trees or taking a table inside in their comfortably designed restaurant. Lunch, Snacks or Coffee/Tea - everything they offer presents best quality of food! 100% recommendable!

Thank gourmet_always
Brussels, Belgium
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74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

We ate at two occasions at this nice location. Seated outside, we had bobotie, the best we had so far! Nice wines and great cakes. Staff is very friendly and service is good. You will not disappointed!

Thank Filip_Ingrid
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

The rudest treatment i have ever experienced. The manager said he did not care that I as a customer was not satisfied with his treatment towards me. He said it was not his problem. I was so shocked. I asked his staff and they said his was the rudest boss they have ever had. They did compliment his wife.

Thank G5597WHvalerieb
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

the food was not up to standard the roosterkoek was not fresh the sandwich was plain just tomatoes , cheese and lettuce no sauce or taste to it could have done better at home setting was good under the trees we had cake and milk tart not up to standard and felt it a bit pricey to what food we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?