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The Olive Terrace

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22 Van der Stel Street, Tulbagh 6820, South Africa
023 230 0071
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Description: The Olive Terrace Bistro & Lounge Bar at Tulbagh Hotel: open 7 days a week...
The Olive Terrace Bistro & Lounge Bar at Tulbagh Hotel: open 7 days a week for breakfast lunch and dinner. The a la carte menu is a celebration of South African flavours and locally sourced seasonal fruits and vegetables. All our dishes are prepared in our own kitchen; from sauces to sorbets!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Food quality and tranquil setting

The quality and wide variety of food on offer was exceptional. Staff were efficient and polite thus ensuring minimum waiting time. If in doubt in respect of any food on offer , staff were knowledgeable and were able to offer advice in a very friendly manner. Food is obtained locally and cooked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
Sheila R
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The quality and wide variety of food on offer was exceptional. Staff were efficient and polite thus ensuring minimum waiting time. If in doubt in respect of any food on offer , staff were knowledgeable and were able to offer advice in a very friendly manner. Food is obtained locally and cooked to order. Beautiful and tranquil settings.

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went for coffee, but the friendly and thoughtful service convinced us to stay for lunch and dessert. My husband ordered the peri-peri chicken livers which he loved. We shared the gourmet ostrich burger for mains. The burger patty was cooked to perfection, the ciabatta roll was fresh, fries were rough cut, but cooked to perfection. The burger is served... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I randomly chose to have breakfast in this 4* country hotel. The ambience was superb with a hot fire going in the fireplace. Staff is excellent, professional and friendly. The coffee was hot , strong and tasty. I ordered the classic breakfast with eggs, sausage, mushrooms, bacon, crispy hashbrowns and fried tomato. Hearty but simple fare which went down well... More 

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alimcrobbie, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Dear Heinrich many thanks for your review. Our new winter menu starts next week and we have added eggs benedict, florentine and royale. Our prices have also been revised down a little. The homemade ice creams remain, even though it's a winter menu! Hope to welcome you back soon Alasdair More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We had a lovely dinner. My partner had a steak which he says is the best he has had and I had a chicken dish which was also lovely. The have a great fireplace for the colder nights. All in all we had a great dinner and the service was also really good

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alimcrobbie, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Dear Mareze many thanks for your kind review. Now winter is upon us, our log fires are lit every day, and they certainly add a cosy atmosphere to the restaurant. Just waiting for the snow to fall on the surrounding mountains! Hope to welcome you back soon Alasdair More 

Cape Town
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Stunning food at the Olive Terrace and fantastic friendly staff with a very professional attitude at the same time. Hard to find this winning combo.

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alimcrobbie, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Dear Ana many thanks for your review. We regularly travel with our staff to neighbouring towns to eat at other restaurants, to see how things are done differently. And we always return to Tulbagh with new ideas! Best wishes Alasdair More 

Potchefstroom, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I have a very special relationship with burgers which means that I have one wherever I go and often travel to, and visit specific places to find the best burgers. Our visit to Olive Terrace was actually unplanned as we were looking for a place to grab a bite while in Tulbagh and they seemed to be the best option... More 

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alimcrobbie, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Many thanks for your very comprehensive review of our burgers. Your comments have been taken into account with our new winter menu that will be introduced next week. Cheese is now featured and it is from a local Tulbagh cheese maker. The potato or sweet potato fries do vary in size as we hand cut them. However, we will endeavour... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Our accommodation originally booked us a table a the Belgian Kitchen for dinner, but after a disappointing lunch at 42 on Church, I decided to look at TripAdvisor reviews. Immediately cancelled our booking and made one here as they seem to have had the best reviews. Definitely worth it! Excellent mushroom soup starter and my sirloin with sweet potatoe fries... More 

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alimcrobbie, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Dear BearMeyers thanks for taking the time to write your review. Anything that it's possible to create in house we do. Bread, preserves, chutneys, granola, all our desserts including the very popular ice creams and sorbets. Hope to see you back in Tulbagh soon. Alasdair More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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48 reviews 48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We decided to have lunch in town before leaving this pretty place. After having a stroll up and down we picked The Olive Terrace and I am glad we did. The chicken livers were divine. We ordered them twice and I had the beetroot butternut salad with quail eggs and it was completely delicious. The service was nice and friendly.... More 

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alimcrobbie, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Dear Faye many thanks for your kind words. We source as much produce as possible from local suppliers, including the quail eggs and beetroot. A very innovative team have established a not for profit community garden in historic Church Street. This is now our major supplier of vegetables and herbs, and has created some much needed permanent employment locally. Hope... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Service is quiet, discreet, warm - just the way we like it. Wine list is fantastic. Food is wonderful. Highly recommended!

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alimcrobbie, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Hi Janine many thanks for your review. Very pleased you enjoyed the burgers. We are just launching our new winter menu and I'm pleased to report the burgers are better than ever! But then I might be biased?! Best wishes Alasdair More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Fantastic servce, amazing food! After trying 4 other restaurants in the area we went to The Olive Bistro and I only wish we had started there in the first place! I did not have to look for someone to help as the waitresses were allways on the terrace looking out. Our starter was the beetroot and butternut salad...WOW! Is all... More 

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alimcrobbie, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Dear Tammy I was so pleased to read your review. Enna one of our eight chefs, makes the best panacotta and I always fight to keep it on the menu, and just try a different flavour. We make all of our ice creams as well. This summer we went fig picking at a local farm and made a stunning fig... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 22 Van der Stel Street, Tulbagh 6820, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Tulbagh
  • Phone Number: 023 230 0071

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African, Greek

Description

The Olive Terrace Bistro & Lounge Bar at Tulbagh Hotel: open 7 days a week for breakfast lunch and dinner. The a la carte menu is a celebration of South African flavours and locally sourced seasonal fruits and vegetables. All our dishes are prepared in our own kitchen; from sauces to sorbets!

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