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“Excellent Food - Bad Service” 3 of 5 stars
Review of De Companjie

De Companjie
5 Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
+27 83 446 1123
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Ranked #7 of 27 Restaurants in Swellendam
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: Contemporary, Eclectic, Grill
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Situated in the picturesque town of Swellendam, a national heritage building dating back to 1834 is the venue of our ownder-managed cafe styled restaurant producing fine local cuisine. Locally produced quality ingredients are used along our free range beef and venison from our Kalahari farm that is our flagship. Enjoy homemade cocktails, local boutique wines and finely prepared meals on our stoep this summer whilst soaking up the best of country life.
Herdecke, Germany
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent Food - Bad Service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

We visited the restaurant without knowing it. The served beef filet was excellent in taste for a very good price. Unfortunately, the ordered wine and other drinks did not come even after asking for it.
My wife was still eating and we suddenly had the bill on the table.....no chance getting a desert or coffee. It is a pity to have eaten superb in a very nice ambiente, but the service during our visit definitely did not reflect the sophistication of the restaurant.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Cape Town
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“A fortuitous find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We decided that we were in the mood for a Sunday lunch, and Swellendam seemed like a good destination. Before leaving, I checked tripadvisor, and noted the 3 top ranked restaurants. What I didn't do was to check if any of them were open on a Sunday, so arrived to find that they were all closed.

While driving past, I had noticed a sign advertising home cooked, "boere-kos" lunch at this restaurant, so decided to see what they were offering. I was so glad that we did. They had a set menu, with a small buffet style table of really tasty dishes, at a very reasonable price. Atmosphere was warm and welcoming, with personal service from the owners adding that special touch. Will definitely be back!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Excellent atmosphere, service and food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We were visiting Swellendam on our way from Knysna towards Cape Town and ran into this restaurant. The owner, originally a farmer, bought the house about a year ago and started a B&B there. Only recently they added a restaurant as well, and we were lucky enough to stumble onto it.

The very friendly host is a farmer and serves his own meat in his restaurant. He explained how he runs his farm biologically without hormones or antibiotics, which we certainly tasted. The evening we visited there was a fixed menu with a nice soup as a starter. For the main course we had a rump and fillet steak which was very well prepared. The dessert was a cake which was a delicious end of the meal.

It is an absolute recommendation if you are in Swellendam or around and looking for good food!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Andover, United Kingdom
1 review
“Random lunch stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We stopped off at swellendam for lunch and selected this cute little restaurant at random. What a choice! The welcome is a warm as it is possible to be. We had Sunday lunch which was all home made traditional fare and all of it was excellent from the home baked bread and duck liver pate through to the orange pudding. Wine was also very good and all for R135 each. Splendid.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fresnaye, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great place for Friday boerekos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

South Africans will enjoy this as it is best and most tender steak on the whole planet. Jacques is the proud farmer of his organic beef. I hear it has turned more than one vegetarian into a fillet lover!

Visited August 2013
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