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The Olive Terrace

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22 Van der Stel Street, Tulbagh 6820, South Africa
27232300071
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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful restaurant with quality dishes and excellent service! We had a great time in front of the fireplace, drinking amazing local wine and enjoying simply sensational steaks! Can't wait to come visit again!

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Thank ChrisWC88
Alasdair61, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Chris many thanks for your generous review. With snow on the mountains surrounding Tulbagh it's the ideal time for sitting by a log fire enjoying a glass of local award winning wine. We source most of our produce locally from a local charitable market garden and local fruit, olive and wine farms. Hope to welcome you back soon. Alasdair More 

Somerset West, South Africa
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113 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very reasonably priced tasty lunch here, sitting on the patio. Delicious chicken livers and good salads.

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Thank RogerP138
Alasdair61, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Roger many thanks for taking the time to write your review. We make all dishes in house and use local seasonal produce. Our vegetables and herbs come from the Tulbagh Community Garden which is a not for profit charitable venture, providing employment and skills for local people. Hope to welcome you back soon Alasdair More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the family for dinner to The Olive Terrace. Great option for everyone and each meal was delicious. Service was a little slow but then they were busy.

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Thank Mark F
Alasdair61, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Hi Mark many thanks for your review. As all our dishes are made in house, and there can sometimes be a short delay when we are very busy. We constantly work hard at keeping these delays to a minimum. Hope to welcome you back soon Alasdair More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice seat by the fire. Service very pleasant. Wife's Risotto excellent, my burger more of a meatball and a bit dry but was tasty. Had to pay at bar, credit card terminal nonfunctional.

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Thank Doober123
Alasdair61, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Hi Doober many thanks for your review, and I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal. Our burgers, as with all of our dishes, are made in house, so the patty is hand crafted and is made with lean beef and has less fat that bought burgers. However, we will revisit our recipe for the patty and see if it... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On arrival our reservation was confirmed and the hostess saw our name and table number on her list, so all she had to do is escort us to our table but instead she was confused of where that specific table is and we stood there not knowing should we wait should we go with her. This is not a big... More 

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Alasdair61, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Dear Vintage Princess I welcome constructive criticism but having carried out a full investigation with our staff, we feel you have been disingenuous. Firstly, you gave Heidi our duty manager a different name from the one used to book the table on arrival. Heidi reviewed her booking sheet and noticed there was a table booked for 3 but in a... More 

Cape Town
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently spent a weekend in Tulbagh and decided to try as many eating places as we could. We had supper here the first night and the food was outstanding. Service extremely good. Two small negatives were the restricted wine list and the ambience - the restaurant is set in a hotel and so lacks the 'Tulbagh' appeal. Will come... More 

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Thank AshWews
Alasdair61, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Dear Ash Wews many thanks for your valued review. I am genuinely surprised that you considered our wine list to be restricted, as we stock 30 different wines, however they are mainly sourced from the Tulbagh valley, but this policy still provides a wide range of prices and award winning wines. Our restaurant also features 2 fireplaces and wall murals... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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217 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great breakfast on a cold wintery morning - love the fireplaces. French toast with bacon and berry compote was delicious - very much on the sweet side. Eggs Royale done to perfection. Dinner - Lamb curry was succulent and a delicate well balanced curry. The roti was floury and dry - this needs improvement. The accompaniments, especially the pickled aubergine... More 

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Thank ecsonza
Alasdair61, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Dear Ecsonza many thanks for your review and staying with us at the Tulbagh Boutique Heritage Hotel. Thanks also for your helpful comments regarding the menu. We change our menu seasonally to reflect the availability of local produce. Our wines are also sourced from the Tulbagh Valley. Hope to welcome you back soon. Alasdair More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

We visited Tulbagh on a bus tour and had to quickly find a place for lunch. Olive Terrace was a great choice. The staff were very helpful adding some extra chairs to a booked table for two extra people. The food was really tasty and the menu offers a large variety of meal options, including lighter meals. I would most... More 

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Thank Arno L
Alasdair61, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Hi Arno many thanks for your review. Our team are enthusiastic and dedicated to the success of the business which they also share in. We take small groups of staff on visits to other restaurants and hotels to see how others do things and we constantly come up with ideas on how to improve ourselves. Hope you return to Tulbagh... More 

Lusaka, Zambia
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60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Great food and great service! A must in Tulbagh!!! Really the best place to enjoy food after wine tour.

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Thank africantraveller02
Alasdair61, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Hi many thanks for your generous review. Thanks for visiting our beautiful valley and town. There are some great vineyards and olive farms to visit for tastings. We as much of our produce and wines from small local suppliers, to give visitors a real taste of Tulbagh. Hope to welcome you back soon. Alasdair More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

I chose this restaurant based on other customer reviews for a special night out, but have to say I was not overly impressed with the food or service. The restaurant's menu, like most South African menus, is trying to be all things to all people - serving everything from salads, to steaks and from ribs to curry. Between the four... More 

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Alasdair61, Owner at The Olive Terrace, responded to this review

Dear Raynetopham many thanks for your review. We have a strong following from local residents and visitors alike. Amongst our valued regulars are vegans, vegetarians and guests who only want steaks! So you are quite right, we try and cater for a wide range of tastes and generally I feel we have struck a balanced and appealing menu. I like... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$3 - $10
Cuisine
Vegetarian, African, International, Pizza
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Van der Stel Street, Tulbagh 6820, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Tulbagh
  • Phone Number: 27232300071
Description
The Olive Terrace Bistro at the 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 and we cater for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets. All our dishes are prepared in our own kitchen. We also have a wood fired pizza oven. The restaurant supports many community initiatives, buying produce from the Tulbagh Community Garden and sponsoring young people through the City and Guilds Catering course.

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