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Olympia Cafe

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134 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Kalk Bay 7975, South Africa
27 (0) 21 788 6396
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 198
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  • 21
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  • 12
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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lamb sakes!

We ate hear each night of our stay. Open all day, but expect waiting a few minutes if you eat on the late side. Our favorites: lamb shank and mushroom penne.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Pretoria, South Africa
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We ate hear each night of our stay. Open all day, but expect waiting a few minutes if you eat on the late side. Our favorites: lamb shank and mushroom penne.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We had a fantastic meal in Olympia Cafe. We were advised to arrive for an early supper before 6pm, as seats were hard to come by and they don't take bookings. We were lucky to get a lovely window side table. The menu was a surprise, prepared anew every meal and written up on a blackboard. We dined on the... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

The. Location is off the main road in Kalk bay and while it's super busy the toast was dry, the omelette tasteless and the service dreadfully slow. I could find nothing to explain the crowds and while walking to the pokey dirty back rooms to the toilet the state of the kitchen enarmoured me even less

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Arrived about 15.30 for a very late lunch. They were just finishing lunch, but another menu would be available in five mins. Drinks arrived, one hour later still waiting for the menu ? After asking several times, a very limited menu appeared on a blackboard. We had burgers, not impressed. Terrible service, not great food. My partner went to use... More 

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Port Elizabeth
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

I have frequented this place on and off for years and always 10 out of 10. I will specially travel there if Im in Capetown. Brilliant atmosphere and food.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Literally the French word 'Trompe L'oeuil' means that the eye is deceived. That's my experience of Olympia Cafe! Visually the coffee shop/restaurant is deceiving to the eye even off-putting from the decor/interior design point of view...unattractively shabby at best! Frequented by Kalk Bay locals, artists, poets, foreigners, an eclectic mix of colourful people and 'bon vivants' this Café in fact... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This used to be a 'must visit' for great coffee and baked goods. It has slipped past fashionably local-shabby to just shabby. Coffee and bakes still good.. It is a popular spot for cyclists to stop for a coffee. Many are now riding further down the road towards Kalk Bay centre ......

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Pasadena, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

There was nothing to dislike about the restaurant. My husband and I went to this restaurant since it was highly recommended by our hostess at the inn we were staying at. Everything looked delicious on the menu. But they are known for their seafood pasta. Good beers, good food, good vibes. Wonderful spot in Kalk!

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Poynton, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Friends recommended the Olympia Café for breakfast and we were not disappointed. The establishment doesn't look much from the outside but don't be put off it was the best breakfast we had the whole time we were in South Africa. There is no menu and you choose what you want from items shown on a blackboard. The portions are generous.... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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259 reviews 259 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Although Olympia Café doesn't take reservations, the kind waiter put our names on the blackboard for 7.30. A short wait and we were seated. A small but extremely interesting menu, husband had the most marvellous line fish dish and my mussels were delicious, as was the lemon tart. Fast & friendly service. BYO or buy wine there. This is far... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 134 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Kalk Bay 7975, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Kalk Bay
  • Phone Number: 27 (0) 21 788 6396

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?