Koornlands Restaurant

Koornlands Restaurant

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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
R 80.00 – R 340.00
CUISINES
African, International, Fusion
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
meals, features
Can a gluten free person get a good meal at this restaurant?
About
Koornlands Restaurant is the longest serving restaurant in Swellendam, established in 1994. We pride ourselves as being amongst the finest. Warm, friendly and always professional. Our menu often changes due to the seasons and availability. A menu gegustation with wine pairing is available for table participation. Our venison is legend and so is our comprehensive wine cellar. Dine alfresco on the veranda or the garden. We care about vegetarian and vegan preferences. Reservations are highly recommended, due to limited seating. 04.00 PM - 06.00 PM Drinks 06.00 PM - 10.00 PM Dinner
PRICE RANGE
R 80.00 – R 340.00
CUISINES
African, International, Fusion
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles676 reviews
Excellent
489
Very good
137
Average
31
Poor
10
Terrible
9
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garry612
Waltham Abbey22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 none
My wife and I visited Koornlands Restaurant a couple of weeks ago. There were no tables available outside but the staff offered to move one from inside for us. We decided to sit inside because we found the traditional style of the building and decor fascinating. With no air conditioning it became a little warm so the staff opened large patio doors for us. The menu is limited but very interesting. I had the Kudu Carpaccio to start and we both had Springbok Tagliatelle. It was one of the tastiest meals we had in the three weeks we spent travelling the Western Cape. Mariana, the owner and chef deserves considerable praise for her talent, the flavours were amazing and easily matched some of the fine dining restaurants that I have visited in London. The wine list was limited but the wines recommended paired perfectly with our dishes. If you happen to be in Swellendam you really should treat yourself to this gem of a restaurant.
Written 19 March 2020
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John U
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
We booked Koornlands for dinner on the 4th January having eaten there previously in 2017, this time we had friends with us and we enjoyed the food and wine greatly. Some interesting aspects to the service - which we found endearing. Try it for yourself you'll not be disappointed
Written 12 January 2020
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irishsunshinechaser
Clonmel13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
We had a delicious meal at this restaurant on our honeymoon. To start we had warthog bitterbalen and the Kudu carpaccio which were really tasty. My husband had the African platter which consisted of wilderbeast and ostrich which he felt was one of the best meals he had on our honeymoon! I had the Kudu with noddles which was also delicious. The chef came to speak to us twice during our meal! She was very welcoming and friendly. We would definitely recommend!
Written 14 January 2020
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antongunter
Shropshire78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 none
we visited swellendam for a second time and had read some great reviews. I contacted the restaurant prior to our arrival from the UK to SA as they had claimed a great wine list, and being responsible adults we wanted to drink loads and not have to worry about driving back to our accom. They arranged a taxi to collect us, which turned up early but we were so eager we jumped on board. Great chat with the cabbie and when we arrived, we were greeted by our waitress. We ordered a drink and then ordered from the great food selection and the even better wine list. Great atmoshpere although it was quiet, partially due to the timing of our visit but also the dreaded c-virus. Firstly, (and i am so sorry i have forgotten her name) but the chef is fantastic, made great food and is great company. Secondly, the food, is out of the ordinery (im not going to tell you what makes it this as you need to go and experience it), but the menu has some interesting meats. The wine list has everything you will want and need and is all local. This is genuinely a place for visiting and enjoying top food, top wine and more importantly .............. top company (sorry again i forgot your name)
Written 19 March 2020
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bonedetectives
London69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 couples
We spent a wonderful evening at this wonderful cozy restaurant, recently reopened following an extensive refurbishment. With a great homely atmosphere combining a traditional Cape Dutch hearth with log fire, African music, and a warm welcome, this delightful restaurant offers some superb cuisine matched with an excellent wine selection. The food is best described as African fusion, combining local ingredients such as Ostritch, Springbok and Warthog with European, Asian and Middle Eastern influences. We can recommend the Springbok ragu and the Zatar spiced Ostrich steak, but I don't think you'd be disappointed by anything on the menu. The Malva pudding is not to be missed. The service was warm, friendly and very attentive, and even though our hosts apologised for being short of staff the entire experience was five star.
Written 20 August 2023
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Trip172807
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
We were recommended this restaurant by locals and we were not disappointed. The food was absolutely first class and great value for money. We had a lovely bottle of Pinotage to accompany the meal. We shared the salmon and olives to start and then had the curry dish. Service excellent and we had a nice chat with the owner. Don’t miss this little gem! Graham & Fiona
Written 25 January 2020
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a3whd
Hazel Grove491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 couples
It was not full as the husband who is also a chef had a fall and they could not cater for the usual numbers. Nevertheless the 2 filet steaks we had were beautiful and cooked to perfection. GF no problem with the sauce. Excellent service from Kingston.
Written 18 February 2024
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proftrish
Canterbury41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 couples
The restaurant was recommended by our hotel; such a great choice! It’s a rustic building typical of the area. We sat on the veranda which was lovely. The food was divine; we had the warthog ragu which was delicious- slow cooked, melt in your mouth tender and delicately spiced with cloves. Followed by the unbaked cheesecake. Super wine list. Can’t recommend it enough.
Written 23 March 2022
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db42015
Honiton20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 couples
This restaurant was recommended by our hotel, and we were very pleased we took their recommendation. The Chef clearly has high standards and wants every plate to be an enjoyable experience which it certainly was. Coupled with delightful service we went away feeling we'd discovered a real foodies gem.
Written 21 December 2023
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Cartay_11
Johannesburg11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 solo
What a huge disappointment. Steak quality was poor. Tough and overcooked. Vegetables obviously frozen not fresh. Salad limp. All of which could be be forgiven if the owner/chef didn't remonstrate loudly at me for not liking her substandard food. Not somewhere I would ever recommend there are way better restaurants in this beautiful village
Written 18 June 2022
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Bastian P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 none
We stayed in Swellendam for two nights and after our first night at Koornlands, we did not even bother to try any other restaurant. We went straight back! The restaurant is located a bit off the main road and from the porch you overlook a nice quiet garden. The service was excellent. The wine selection very reasonable. The food was amazing. We came traveling from the Garden Route and had experienced some good food. But nothing topped Koornlands. The day-menu is well selected and the ingrediencies are fresh. You will find nothing unexpected but the way the chef (the owner who we have met an who is such a character - very nice person!) makes it has just a bot of a twist. We will be back!
Written 24 March 2022
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Judith D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 none
Both starter (seafood cocktail) and mains (steak and curry) were excellent, tasty and good portion size. The best meal we have had yet in our SA trip. Very reasonably priced too. Wholesome and lovely setting. Service excellent. A must if passing through, but book and try to be outside.
Written 6 March 2022
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Patricia W
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 couples
Second time we’ve been to this wonderful little restaurant. The food is local home cooking at its very best. Delicate flavours that melt in your mouth. We’d highly recommend the warthog ragu but all the dishes coming out of the kitchen looked delicious. Tremendous staff. Can’t recommend enough.
Written 23 January 2023
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Josep M.
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 couples
Excellent Food, our best dinning experience in South Africa. We choose the African taste platter, every component was excellent, unforgetable taste and presentation. Very kind cook that asks feed back from the customers. We were 100% satisfied. It is far from our home, otherwise we would come very soon again.
Written 24 November 2023
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seedoubleu
Haversham160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
When we checked into our guesthouse we were offered 3 restaurants. I looked at the menus and chose this because it looked different. Not only different it was amazing. This was the best meal we had so far in S.A. We come to S.A. every year for 17 years and this place is near the top of every meal we have had. Come to Swellendam and miss this place then you have really missed out.
Written 31 January 2020
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