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“New Name - The Thirsty Oyster - Old Name The Tavern”
Review of The Tavern - CLOSED

The Tavern
Cuisines: African
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed February 6, 2014

We were fortunate to find The Thirsty Oyster today in the village of Gordon's Bay some 45 minutes from Cape Town on the N2 just past Somerset West. It is a nice drive and the town is fun to visit. They have a harbor where the The Thirsty Oyster is located. The restaurant is very good with both outside and inside dining. We had lunch of mushrooms on a skewer; and a greek salad. Both were outstanding. The bill with drinks was about $11 for two. Nice prices and nice people make a stop at this restaurant a good bet. Again, you will not find The Tavern any longer. However, you cannot go wrong with their new title, The Thirsty Oyster.

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1  Thank Jeffrey49
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

We were driving through Gordons Bay on our way to Stellenbosch and just happened to stop for a drink at The Tavern. We didn' think we were hungry but after looking at the menu we decided to order some lunch. I really enjoyed what I had, which was a selection of fish deep fried...sounds unhealthy but it was delicious! It was very busy so the service was a little slow but our waitress had a lot of people to take care of.

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Thank Beth2412
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

After having changed the exterior and name of the place we have been back there three times. Does this tell you something already?
The food is great and reasonably priced. The variety make the menu even more attractive and if you can not find something that will please you then you have only to look at yourself.
Music is not overwhelming and is just what you need - background music that allow you to have a talk at the table without shouting.
Add to that the excellently prepared food and the stunning service from servers that vary in age from very young to middle aged, you just can't asked for better.
Maybe some of their neighbors can learn from them on i) how to treat clients, ii) how to prepare food and iii) how to create an atmosphere where you just want to go back to.
We have never been there to find the place almost empty and we would always go back

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2  Thank HennieVe
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Have always had great meals here - this was no exception. The seafood is always excellent and very good value. Highly recommend this as a good place to eat. I will be back next visit to Gordon's Bay

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Thank aharriss
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Having arrived at 19:30, the manager told us they had given our 19:00 for 19:30 table reservation away. During the first hour of waiting around for a table we asked how long our food order would take to prepare (waitress said 45min) so we ordered right away. Some time later we got a table, but we only got our food just before 22:00. The platters had tiny portions, leaving all our guests feeling hungry. We asked for menus to order deserts. Some 15 min later the coffee that three guests had asked for came, but still no menus for desert. By this time our guests were happy to leave rather than risk another hour wait. Then the insult - the bill has 10% automatically included in the total.
Overall, very slow service, tiny bland portions, and bill escalated by 10%.

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Thank Sonja M
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