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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
Closed now
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Wed - Fri 07:30 - 22:00
Sat - Tue 08:00 - 17:00
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Hilton, South Africa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we arrived we asked if they were open to which the waitress replied yes & led us to a table. We were then boldly ignored and after waiting for half an hour to be acknowledged, just to order something to drink, we left.

Thank HlgV
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped on route at this restaurant, after being referred to it by a local. Were looking for a light lunch in in this quaint town. Beautiful setting under huge trees. But that's were it ended. Service was slow, most items on the menu were unavailable. After a long delay with no response, decided to call this a day here. Riding... More 

Thank Gregory D
London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend and I ate there while passing through Swellendam. Pleasant surroundings and the food was fine. Service accommodating. Charming.

Thank TravelLass01
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113 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Seemed like Old Goal would be a good breakfast stop off enroute between Paarl and Plattenberg but unfortunately things went wrong. We sat down and ordered on arrival at 10. Coffee and juice arrived fairly promptly but then we waited. Food was coming out of the kitchen but going to other waiting diners. First Food arrived with us at 11.00... More 

Thank Endometrium
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner at this restaurant the one evening. The soup special was a good deal and tasty. However the carrot and pineapple cake was dry and disappointing. Service quite slow, but the restaurant was busy.

Thank Danel N
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

What a wasted experience! We had the quiche, I had the spinach & feta and my hubby had bacon & ham. Both were a soggy tasteless mess with no trace of eggs in them. The food was also over priced. All in all we left feeling totally unsatisfied and ripped off!

Thank samanthapY8205XK
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

A little gem hidden away off main road opposite the NG Church, been stopping for lunch here since Montague road closures. Great fresh food a really nice variety for my groups, I phone through the order and we get our food out nice and quick. Not only for groups but a great place to stop for lunch

Thank Stephen M
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

The outside seating area was very nice and quiet. The kids could play on a small Jungle Gym. The service was good. The food was good, but a bit more expensive than what it was worth...

Thank telebek
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Basic food choices but excellent value and a lovely location with a garden alongside the Breede river. Great service

Thank misstellithowitis
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

The South African breakfast is incredible! We especially enjoyed the rooster koek and authentic atmosphere.

Thank Gordon_Day

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Child-friendly
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?