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“Traditional, spacious, relaxed, with good food.”
Review of The Colony

The Colony
Ranked #11 of 43 Restaurants in Oudtshoorn
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Exeter, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Traditional, spacious, relaxed, with good food.”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

This has the aspect of an old Colonial club with shiny polished wood etc. There is a verandah outside but the wind was a litle strong. A very nice ambience. As sunset approached, the light went down and in common with several other restaurants on our trip the lighting after dark was just insufficient, I asked them to turn the lights up. Apart from that, service and food were good and as you would expect here, there are some Ostrich options. A little expensive by SA standards but a nice treat.

  • Visited November 2013
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Centurion, South Africa
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188 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“What a gem”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

The food here was a sweet surprise, the service was great and the food was excellent.

the steak i had was cooked to absolute perfection as was my wifes.

Visited January 2014
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great food and good service”
Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

Great Food, pleasant service and good value. We had a very pleasant evening and would recommend this place to anyone.

Visited December 2013
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Thank NavinSM
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A very nice meal with family”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

Great food and superb service. Probably the best food eaten during a two week holiday in South Africa which takes some doing!

Visited December 2013
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Thank Joe W
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Asia
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507 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
“Indifferent and Overrated”
Reviewed December 24, 2013

From the outside, the Colony looked like a restaurant in one of those grand ole hotels every Britain-colonised cities. Even the very name.

But boy were we disappointed.

The weather was excellent the evening we were there and yes there is an outdoor terrace but it means sitting with smokers.

The Cape Malay Lamb Curry was being replaced and was not available. The waitress could not really recommend a main course. In the end, we settled for a fish and a steak. The medium-rare was essentially medium. The fish was somehow not as tasty as Jemima's, where I regretted not doing a second time.

The feeling I got was that the place is coasting on its past glory.

  • Visited November 2013
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