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Old Gaol Restaurant

8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
+27 28 514 3847
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good39%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (51 reviews)
“milk tart” (20 reviews)
“chicken pie” (13 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 am - 10:00 pm Hours
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 264 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place has so much potential. Great location, ample parking and large grass area for kids to play. Pitty the service and food lets it down. Waited about 30min for someone to help us, another 45min for our food and another 30min to pay. Had...More

Thank gideonv962
Reviewed 19 April 2018

We have been to this restairant several times in the past. Today we wondered why there were so few customers but put it down to being early. However when we looked at the menu we found that the range of offerings was poor and the...More

Thank alecd3710
Reviewed 12 April 2018

I had to make an unplanned stop here. The service was prompt, the food was good. The soup was certainly worth coming back for.

Thank 685dieterk
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Stopped off en route to Cape Town. Ordered milk tart and coffee. Coffee was really terrible. Looked and tasted like it had been brewed a day before - could not take more than two sips and if we had time, I would have mentioned it...More

Thank timonetteh
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Great dips with delicious bread. The beef was great. Coriander & chicken spring rolls, a bit spicy. Pulled pork tasty. Loved the posters on the walls.

Thank Maureen C
Reviewed 23 March 2018

In spite of other TA reviews we had seen before we travelled to Swellendam, we chose the Old Gaol for a romantic evening meal - we were not disappointed either. The food was very good and the wine very platable. The service was first class...More

Thank Willsy13
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Avg service. Nice location under some shady trees. The food was really poor though. Burger tastes like it's frozen cheap patty bought from the nearest grocer. The kids chicken nuggets make McDonald's ones like like farmer chicken fillet and my T-bone was covered in a...More

Thank NunoFrancoFernandes
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Stopped off @ this quaint restaurant set under lovely old trees especially for the milk tart & coffee.

Thank gfilen
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Previously recommended for a light lunch the location under the trees in sunshine should have been perfect but the restaurant has seen better days. Food was average. Service was slow. The men’s toilets clearly were not seen as a priority. There are lots of small...More

Thank Stronge
Reviewed 28 February 2018

We couldn't book our first choice restaurant and how placed we couldn't because we would have missed out on the experience of eating at this restaurant. The waitress was so helpful and friendly and the food was first class.

Thank Ruth P
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Questions & Answers
greg m
29 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, 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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