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All 19 Kalk Bay Restaurants

Olympia Cafe

134 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Kalk Bay 7975, South Africa
27 (0) 21 788 6396
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Ranked #3 of 19 Restaurants in Kalk Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

To be frank - no trip to Cape Town is complete without a visit to Olympia, preferably lunch though breakfast will do. I'm not sure what it is, it's not fancy, the menu is pretty constant, as are the staff. But it's authentic, no nonsense, the food is delicious, and really, you just have to go... Anything with seafood is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Recommended by many, we had high expectations. These were met and surpassed in this super relaxed, aloof café. The food was exceptional, the atmosphere über-boho, and the staff super friendly. Value was great and the lemon tart possibly the tastiest dessert my girlfriend ever had. Highly recommended for quality without a fuss.

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Bangkok, Thailand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The fabled Olympia in Kalk Bay is such a disappointment. Terrible service, scrappy and unkempt tables and chairs, crummy loos, so-so coffee and cramped to the point of being unpleasant. Seems like you have to be engrossed in a device of some sort, tablet or notebook, no doubt writing some sturm en drang novel that will never be published. Crocs... More 

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Grahamstown, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Loved the seared tuna and mussels! Super friendly and efficient staff. Pity they only open until 9pm . will definitely eat there on my next visit to kalk bay

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Excellent food, friendly and helpful staff enough though it's always busy. Lovely main meals, good house wine and salads, scrumptious cakes and coffee. Very good value for money.

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London, United Kingdom
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156 reviews 156 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

Ate here twice on a recent trip to Cape Town. Well worth the short drive out of town to visit the excellent galleries in Kalk Bay and eat at the Olympia. Have been going there fir the last ten years and neither the shabby chic decor or high quality unpretentious food have changed. Lovely homey feel and very professional informal... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I ordered a vegan breakfast. The plate looked so miserable with brown avo, under cooked tomato and sad limp pocket I unfortunately just sent the whole thing back. If you are vegan don't bother.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

By far the most sensational mussels I have ever eaten in South Africa! Juicy, plump and sweet. Taste like they went straight from the sea to the plate. Love watching them being licked by the flames of the gas fire and tossed in the sauce through the window to the open kitchen. Warm and friendly service. Unpretentious. Great coffee and... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

Fortunately we chose a stunning day. It was sunny & not too windy. Cape Town was glorious. The restaurant was full, & had a great atmosphere. Service was excellent, & our waiter (whom I suspect was also owner or manager) had his own manner which we enjoyed. My daughter and I had seared tuna which was as good as any... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Good food is normal at Olympia. The bakery adds a dimension that is appreciated - good bakes and excellent coffee.

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Additional Information about Olympia Cafe

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

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