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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” (51 reviews)
“milk tart” (19 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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved our time here. Great views and an amazing historic building. The food is well prepared and the staff are incredible! Homemade bread and jam, really cool spot to stop!

Thank AdamF3462
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Probably one of the beat roaster koek i had ever. Well price very good service and a must visit restaurant if you are in town. Little gem

Thank JohnWilliamCloete
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place in the village square, not an extensive meal choice but all seemed very tasty. We managed to have lunch, relax and freshen up a bit before we continued on our journey. Recommended stop in the garden route!

Thank Shaun G
Reviewed 13 August 2018

A rather run down coffee shop - basic furniture, a rambling mix of bling, period and just plain quirky decor stretching into a garden ( complete with outside toilet facilities). Menu is basic SA with Craft beers added. Food was acceptable but not great. Service...More

Thank halcyonbp
Reviewed 13 August 2018

We had a lovely breakfast here. (psst if you go look at the beautiful loos - random but stunning). Good menu with great selection, good service but the food did take forever to come out - and we were one of two tables occupied at...More

Thank meyer-els
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Old world charm and character, friendly staff and delicious food indoors by the fire or under the oaks outside.

Thank Johan K
Reviewed 31 July 2018

We were on route to Outdshoorn and looking for somewhere to stop and have a quick lunch. Driving through Swellendam we were struggling when we came across the Old Gaol set back off the road. We were surprised to see a pleasant outdoor area with...More

Thank J992014
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Beautiful garden, good service and good food. Very pleasant lunch, we enjoyed our meal! It's also good to have a coffee or tea.

Thank Karine D
Reviewed 1 May 2018 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
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Questions & Answers
18 August 2018|
Response from Maureen C | Reviewed this property |
29 December 2016|
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Response from Weekender003 | Reviewed this property |
I believe that that are welcomed on the outdoor terrace
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
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, 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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