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The Olive Terrace

22 Van der Stel Street, Tulbagh 6820, South Africa
023 230 0071
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Ranked #1 of 15 Restaurants in Tulbagh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: African
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Olive Terrace has a little bit of everything for everyone...there are games to play (30 seconds etc), big screen to watch sport, a bar, a fireplace, an outside area, big tables, small tables...While the food is quite expensive, the friendly service, great food quality quality and aforementioned aspects make up for the cost.

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Worcester
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Olive Terrace at the Tulbagh Hotel in Tulbagh is a great place to unwind and dine. The food is very good and the staff are excellent. A great place to hunker down on one of the couches and watch big screen Rugby. The hotel in general has been upgraded into a lovely old fashioned stay.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We had a warm and inviting greeting by the staff upon arrival on a wintry Friday evening. The menu is full many choices depending on your taste and the wine is very reasonably priced, by bottle or by the glass. A fireplace, with comfortable couches was the perfect end to our relaxed meal. A great way to start the weekend... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful setting under huge trees. Nice presentation of meals and very friendly staff. Reasonable pricing? We were well received, orders taken promptly and drinks brought in flash (perhaps the waiter saw that I was in need of a glass of Wine ). Always stops there when in Tulbagh. Highly recommended. Well done and thx !

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

Thanks for making the Olive Terrace your place to stop in Tulbagh. It is very encouraging that we have great support from locals and visitors to Tulbagh. Thanks also for mentioning the staff. They are consistently mentioned in reviews for their friendliness and professionalism. They are a great team and highly regarded. Regards Alasdair More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Olive Terrace is a MUST if you are in Tulbagh. We ate there on the first night and the food was great and the staff friendly. We ate at Gerralds the next night and it was shocking so Olive terrace is a must!

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

Dear Nicola thanks for your kind review. Very pleased you enjoyed dining with us. We change the menu seasonally and incorporate as much local produce as possible, including making all our own breads, ice creams and desserts. Hope to see you back in Tulbagh soon. Alasdair More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The Olive Terrace, set within the Tulbagh hotel, is perfect for those seeking a reprieve from a fast paced life. The old-English / jazz bar atmosphere within the restaurant is welcoming, as is the roaring fireplace in winter. The paintings all around the building give it a unique character, and the friendly service adds to the experience. The food is... More

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

Dear Rose thanks for your valued review. The paintings in the hotel are all painted by local artists, and certainly adds to the atmosphere. The annual Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival is on 13-14 September, and we are hosting a lunch on the Saturday of traditional South Africa fayre, and a saxophonist playing on Sunday afternoon. Hope to welcome you back... More

Cape Town, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The service is great, the food tasty and well prepared (try the Peri-peri chicken livers) and the prices will suit most pockets.

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

Hi Steph many thanks for your review. We keep the menu small, but do cater for a wide range of tastes including vegetarians and vegans. The menu is also changed seasonally to incorporate local seasonal produce. Alasdair More

tulbagh
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My husband and I took our family for dinner at the Olive Terrace just last month. A wide range of palettes had to be catered for with fussy teenagers and an even fussier Mom! My eldest daughter and I had a butternut and lentil bobotie which was absolutely OUTSTANDING! Tracy Young is an absolutely world class chef and the top... More

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

Hi Tracy many thanks for taking the time to write your review, and I'm very pleased that all your family members were happy with their meal. You're quite right, Tracy our head chef has achieved so much and has helped build a strong, imaginative and enthusiastic team, and has also found the time to tutor 2 apprentice chefs who are... More

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Not a large veriety, but what is on the menu is fantastic. We did breakfast, lunch and dinner and the food and service was great.

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

Dear Norman thanks for your review. We were very pleased to hear you enjoyed the food and service, for breakfast, lunch and dinner! We don't have an extensive menu as all our dishes are fresh, and we change our menu regularly to accommodate our important local clientele and utilise the local produce that is in season. Hope to welcome you... More

Cape Town
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We enjoyed dinner at the Olive Terrace and were pleasantly surprised. Although Trip Advisor ratings place the restaurant in the top spot, I didn't have particularly high expectations, having been disappointed more than once by small-town restaurants with good reviews. Food, however, was of very good quality, staff were warm and friendly and the meal was good value for money.... More

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

Dear Kalgran thanks for your kind review and pleased to read that we break the mold. Whether it be the hotel or the restaurant, I look at the product critically and constantly ask would I be satisfied as a guest by what we offer. I travel frequently and have the opportunity to experience many different hotels and restaurants and it... More

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