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All reviews steamers steak seafood calamari salad restaurant has a nice atmosphere amazing buffet all you can eat book well in advance last night excellent food chef starters tender booking
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Reviewed 20 April 2021 via mobile

What can I say. Tried this place for the first time with our visit to Swakop and did not know what to expect. Small and cozy with very interesting decor. Bar service was great with affordable drinks, but then there was the buffer. Now, I...have to state I am not a fan of buffets as you usually get stews and previous day food curries. Buffets are usually tasteless and the one good thing is out of stock in the first half an hour. But this buffet... definitely one of the top ones I ever had. Definitely nr 1 in the last few years. The range of starters were amazing, with most of them being seafood. Mains there was something to satisfy every taste. They even prepare steak to your taste. Dessert also had various options. Everything on the table was refilled as soon as it got to half. And the staff.. Amazing. Friendly and attentive. The chef was always there to assist with questions or other assistance. The barman ensured you never had to go dry. And all the staff, from the owner to the barman ensured your plate was cleared immediately and asked if all is in order. I can onle say a great, amazing experience. A great loss if you have not been. I will definitely see them with my next visit again.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 2 January 2021 via mobile

I was informed that it is recommended to reserve a table at least one week in advance in order to get to this restaurant. Of course, it was not possible to have a table on 31st of December but it was possible to come on...1st of January. And I booked it one day in advance. I guess, there are not so many tourists due to COVID situation. The place is indeed cool. It is a buffet but amazing buffet! Fresh and tasty food! Steaks are done in the way them to be and not only well done :) All main dishes and salads as well as desserts I tried were very good! The personnel is friendly and attentive. I would say the wine selection offered by glass could be improved, otherwise the Old steamer is simply great!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 11 December 2019 via mobile

The restaurant has a nice atmosphere with cozy and unique interior design. The food is very good. A lot to choose from. I specially liked seafood. Their service is very good. Just need to book well in advance. It is not very big and doesn’t...accommodate many people.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 3 December 2019

Everything was excellent! The place is interesting and cosy, the welcome is warm, the service is attentive but not obtrusive and the buffet was amazing! There is something for everyone and we left well satisfied. The calamari was the most tender that I have ever...had!More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 22 November 2019 via mobile

Looking for a place to have a meal on our last night in Swakopmund we ended up at Old Steamer! Although we did not have a booking (which is recommended), they accommodated 9 of us!! To our surprise it was the most wonderful buffet!! The...atmosphere also made for a lovely ending to our week in Swakopmund! Don’t miss this restaurant if it’s at all possible!!More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 14 November 2019 via mobile

Very beautiful interior, nice food, very kind staff. The wine was also good. We would come back again! :)

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 6 November 2019 via mobile

Food ✔️ Atmosphere✔️ Service✔️ I have been here several times, and each time I ate way too much! The buffet is one of the best, with gourmet food at all you can eat... we all ate six course meals - raving - and could barely...stand up at the end of the meal. The chef saw me examining the beef fillets for a rare piece and offered to cook me one special to my liking.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 6 November 2019 via mobile

Brilliant restaurant with excellent food and very helpful chef. The fillet steak was so good!!left feeling stuffed because ate too much! Would definitely eat here again if i got the opportunity.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 27 October 2019

One night in Swakopmund to pick up a tour and found this restaurant via trip adviser, was not disappointed, great buffet, food was excellent, sampled lots of the starters, mains and deserts... highlights for me was the calamari soup, steak main and brandy soaked cherries...for desert. Reasonable priced and enjoyed with a bottle of red and some beers, gotten there early and within the hour the restaurant was fullMore

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 10 October 2019 via mobile

The old steamer is an incredibly interesting restaurant with brilliantly unique decor (like an old steamer!). The food was absolutely superb, everything I ate was delicious (which was a lot, because it is a buffet). There is a great selection for vegetarians too and one...of the chefs was very helpful in making sure that our vegetarian in the group did not accidentally try something which was not vegetarian. Really nice selection of Namib craft beers too.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Peter H Baron V
3 October 2017|
Response from LizeW20 |
Hi there, how much is your buffet per person?
Peter H Baron V
3 October 2017|
Response from Susan S | Reviewed this property |
I agree one of the best restaurants in Swakopmund
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5