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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
Open now
All hours
Wed - Fri 07:30 - 22:00
Sat - Tue 08:00 - 17:00
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Cape Town
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123 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We stopped at the Old Gaol in Swellendam on our way to a farm stay about one hour out of Swellendam. We had some coffees and cakes. The homemade milk tart is absolutely the best I have ever tasted. It is almost like a baked cheesecake but lighter. My son had a chocolate mud cake that also tasted out of... More 

Thank Phoenixber
Seoul, South Korea
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped off here for a spot of lunch on our travels and left very happy having been served delicious home cooked food by lovely people for reasonable prices! I had the homemade soup of the day - spiced butternut, which was gorgeous and served with homemade bread and is delicious. My husband had a burger, which he very much... More 

Thank MissTravelGuru
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

First of all: we've been there 3 times in 24h.. That's how much we loved it ;-) Amazing local food for lunch and dinner, yummi cakes and sweets and solid breakfast. The restaurant is decorated with much details and love and the staff is very friendly and offers good service.

Thank Lara H
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

I visited the restaurant with friends on 02 October for lunch. It turned out to be the worst experience I've ever had at a restaurant. The service was slow, food was cold and to top it all, my 4-year old was served raw chicken nuggets. To make matters worse there was no manager on duty and the owner was also... More 

Thank Carlo M
Cape Town, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We studied the menu earlier in the day and thought it looked interesting, so decided to go back for dinner. The restaurant itself was cosy and they had a fire going. The décor was interesting and the staff extremely friendly and helpful. All three of us in the party decided on the same dish - pork chops with vegetables. They... More 

1 Thank Wendy C
Cape Town
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped here for a light snack. Prices are fair and food is decent. Love the decor and ambiance, very relaxed. Keen to try their home baked cakes next time...!

Thank Carla V
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Excellent choice of good home made meals. Friendly and helpful service. Delicious jams and preserves for sale!

Thank Amanda H
Pretoria, South Africa
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We had supper and breakfast with service unmatched and friendly and food very well prepared. Menu choices were diverse and we had a battle selecting. Staff were very helpfull and service was prompt.

Thank jlishman
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Wondrrful traditional South African dishes on the menu. Roosterkoek is freshly baked on an outside open fire. Great food. Service was a little slow.

Thank Liza G
Sandbach, United Kingdom
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164 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Stopped for lunch on drive to Wilderness. Good choice of options. Such a lovely location with a view of the church. Obviously a popular with both locals & visitors.

Thank Liz H

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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
Good for
Business meetings, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
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?