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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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Knysna, South Africa
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank NewbyR
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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153 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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145 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 us and again, everything was great. The setting is lovely, the food is excellent -... More 

Thank FrancoiseArmour
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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726 reviews
398 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Really nice outside seating, very good coffee and reasonable choice of beers for what's really a coffee shop. Friendly staff and prompt service, a good place to stop.

Thank tim p
Reykjavik, Iceland
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114 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

The first afternoon in Swellendam was too hot and sticky for anything but hide in the shade under the trees. In a walk along the river we came across this strangely named restaurant. It was cool there and pleasant. The menu had a lot of interesting traditional South African dishes. My husband went for the bobotie and was very pleased... More 

Thank Agustina T
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332 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

We only had coffee, which by the way was good, but the cakes and especially the melktert looked very homemade and yummy. It's a great building. Sadly no wifi!

Thank Sue B
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7 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

In this adorable town is an adorable restaurant in an old converted manor house in a garden setting across from a gorgeous old church. Large beautiful patio for outdoor dining, nice playground in the large backyard for kids to play while adults have a leisurely drink/meal. Great menu, excellent food, drinks, coffees. Good for breakfast too! 💗

Thank Aimee V
Durban, South Africa
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely setting under the trees. However, despite arriving at 11.10, the kitchen was very inflexible about serving us eggs (11am cut off). So we ordered the only other thing on the menu....roosterbrood, which is basically a large warm roll. Our came with cheese and jam and cheese and tomato. That's it! No sauces, pestos. It was bland and dry and... More 

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

My wife and I ordered pork belly on roosterkoek. It was fine, but cold. Service wasn't very quick, but not too bad. There is a big play area for children, which helped quite a bit to keep our little boy busy. Ok experience.

Thank Dirk K

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