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Drostdy Restaurant

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Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa (Formerly Sabine's Drostdy Restaurant)
+27 28 514 3825
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I would have given it a 4 but i ordered a steak. Firsty i had to request a steak knife. Then the wrong sauce came twice yet there are only 2 choices mustard or rosemary i had ordered the former. The meat came raw and bloody and i had requested med/well. My hubby had the vegetarian bobotie which he enjoyed... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner at two occasions in this well located restaurant. Took a drink outside with a nice view on the mountains. Food is excellent! Wines are great! Staff is very friendly and service is good. Definitely one of the best eating options in Swellendam!

Thank Filip_Ingrid
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198 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Staff at our guest house recommended this restaurant. What a lovely place. The building itself is historical, the views amazing, the staff friendly and polite. We chose the trio of venison beautifully presented and full of flavour, also the bobotie which was also very tasty. The Alvi Drift merlot was reasonably priced. All in, a very pleasant evening. Thank you!

Thank Suegympie
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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104 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't expecting to find a restaurant like this in the small town of Swellendam. The menu was quite interesting, the food outstanding, and the service excellent. After having endured so many fish & chips joints along the Garden Route, we were thrilled to find a real restaurant in this charming little town. If we lived in Swellendam (or were... More 

Thank pjmboston
Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good fine-dining, excellent service, lovely atmosphere. The trio of venison was delicious and beautifully presented

Thank Christopher M
Truro, United Kingdom
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263 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend who owns a guesthouse in Swellendam recommended that we visit the Drostdy Restaurant and we are so glad that we took her advice. The staff are friendly and helpful, the menu is varied and the food was delicious and attractively presented. There were people of all ages sitting inside and outside. Prices for food and wine were very... More 

Thank akay07
Dundee, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was just amazing , food was of a high standard across the coast and this stood out ... Veggie options were well thought out , great taste and in a cottage type bulding with basic decor .. Service was fine, not as overly customer focused but the food made up for that .... bill came to about £36 for... More 

Thank mkb40
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined out in South Africa for two weeks and this was the best restaurant visited. I had a trio of venison which was delicious and perfectly cooked. We didn't have a starter but the chef gave us a mini cup of home made soup to sample which was excellent. Our B&B owners at Babette Guest House booked it for... More 

Thank EdinburghMadmike
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of many good restaurants in this small, pretty town. It is next to, and part of, the Drostdy (old Magistrate Court) museum complex and the core of the building is an old farm cottage, transferred and restored on this site. Full of character, with its thatched roof and seating inside and on a large outside verandah, the... More 

Thank RdeS_12
Usingen, Germany
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165 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our second dinner in Swellendam we wanted to have as much exposure to venison as possible, so our landlords booked us into Drostdy (having been to Field & Fork the night before). The old cottage has a beautiful atmosphere, but staff does not do a thing to enhance it. They are efficient but careless. On the beautiful century old tables... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, African, European, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view
Open Hours
12:00 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa (Formerly Sabine's Drostdy Restaurant)
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Overberg District  >  Swellendam
  • Phone Number: +27 28 514 3825
Drostdy Restaurant has the best mountain views in town, and overlooking an indigenous garden with a lovely outside seating area. Our aim is to deliver and offer freshly produced meals, a relaxing experience and matched with efficient and attentive service, all set in the beautiful surroundings of this heritage building. We offer value for money and a variety of choice both traditional and international dishes on our menu. We welcome our guests to sit back and enjoy a lovely dining experience.

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