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Old Gaol Restaurant

8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
+27 28 514 3847
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (46 reviews)
“milk tart” (26 reviews)
“chicken pie” (11 reviews)
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All hours
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8A Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
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11 - 20 of 233 reviews

Reviewed 29 April 2017 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
Reviewed 26 April 2017 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...More

1  Thank Chikku J
Reviewed 26 April 2017

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...More

Thank gourmet_always
Reviewed 20 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
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...More

Thank G5597WHvalerieb
Reviewed 24 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...More

Thank Razz2924
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We have always stopped at the Old Gaol but find that is now overpriced and the service has really dropped off.

Thank NewbyR
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Just stopped for coffee etc. Good place for watching the world go by. Waitress was very friendly abd service was excellent. Looked a cheap place to eat so would probably return.

Thank Gill B
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Unlike some of the elaborate restaurants in Swellendam the Old Gaol serves straightforward hearty food. The chicken pie is a speciality and worth a try

Thank Charles_Orleans
Reviewed 3 February 2017

I ate at this restaurant twice in the past 2 weeks and I don't know why I have not been before. My first visit was with a group of 35 tourists - everything was perfect and efficient. The second time there were only 3 of...More

Thank FrancoiseArmour
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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, Kids, View, 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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