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Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Parking Available
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made a reservation for Sunday lunch which we enjoyed outside on the hotel stoep during a sunny end-of-winter afternoon. The table was pleasantly set for our arrival and the service was excellent from start to finish. The hotel is traditional and beautiful. They offer...a different dish every Sunday and we had a satisfying serving of roast beef with delicious, fresh veggies. It was everything we expected and the gravy was not fatty and overly salty. The beef was well cooked and there was a good selection of wines to pair your meal with. Our waitress was a very pleasant and welcoming local resident which took great care of us. The meal was rounded off with a blueberry and apple pie as well as a decadent slice of Bar One cake.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 31 May 2021

What a charming restaurant and attentive staff. Breakfast very good. Accessibility for patrons with wheelchairs and walking problems a bit difficult.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 10 April 2021 via mobile

We had dinner two nights in a row at the Victoria Room, purely because the first night was so good. The Oxtail and Lambshank is excellent. Good ambience, beautiful background music. Friendly and helpful staff. Loved the old world charm of the hotel.

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

This was our second and my third visit to the Swartberg Hotel. The last time (in January) I was locked out because I missed the COVID curfew (oops). This time (although we did not stay there) there was no curfew or alcohol restriction and we...could celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary is style - with wine. The ambiance is one of sophisticated reserve with victorian style decor and soft piano music. The food was impressively affordable for the portion sizes and the variety. The wine list is more than sufficient to pair a good selection with any of the dishes, and like the food, very well priced. This was the biggest surprise, as often hotels of some stature are known to charge disproportionately to their offering. My husband had the shank while I opted for two starters, and everything was delicious. The service was friendly and thoughtful.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 27 December 2020 via mobile

Good service but BAD food. Most of the popular entrees were not available; food that got served was cold and had to be sent back to be heated. I had the Oxtail which was very tough. They blamed it on staff letting them down but...did not really take any responsibility for the bad experience.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 27 December 2020

Firstly they were out of many items, no rack of lamb, no lamb pie, no kudu pie etc. Secondly they said they were too busy to bring the soufflé starter before the mains, so their brought it with the main ... huh ? The oxtail...was tough - really tough. The chicken curry was very bland. The 3-way green pasta was a disaster of note ... more suitable as dog food. The veggies were cold and the food terribly overpriced, especially for such a mediocre establishment. The waiter was friendly. It is at best a tourist trap and and should be avoiding as far as possible - steer clear!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 27 December 2020

Apart from the fact that several dishes on the menu was just not available, the remaining food items we ordered bordered on inedible. The oxtail was so tough and undercooked that it was near impossible to get it off the bones. The waiter was good...but he’s in a tough spot when the management and kitchen is below standard. We were told that they struggle with suppliers and that’s why half the menu were unavailable and the kitchen needs a new chef. The food is horrific. And the food is overpriced. Awful awful. Go anywhere else in town but here!!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 17 October 2020 via mobile

We really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The oxtail bredie and Springbok shank was really good, and we were pleasantly surprised by how afordable it was. There is just something special about dining in such an historic, beautiful room, and building!

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 2 March 2020

After reading the reviews I thought this would be probably the best choice in town, it might be but we didn't think it was great. Yes it is an historical Victorian style room but food is nothing special. Cheese souffle was not that tasty ,...carpaciio little meat and lots of salad, Beef filet was OK as was bobotie but it all lacks flavor. Wine selection is limitted.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 10 January 2020 via mobile

Value for money, friendly waiters. Good selection of wines to choose from. Quite a quiant atmosphere in the dining room. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Victoria Room Restaurant, Swartberg Hotel, Prince Albert is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4