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“Terrible experience absolute disaster”

De Vagebond Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 37 Restaurants in Swellendam
Price range: US$4 - US$17
Cuisines: African
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Under New ownership since 1 December 2010, it became a Family Restaurant serving Local Cuisine and Traditional South African Dishes, including; Bobotie, Game Pie, Kudu Fillet, Springbok Shank, Malva Pudding. We stock some of the regions finest wines and have a fully stocked bar. A big fire will be burning in the evenings if the weather allows to welcome all to a romantic night of the best South Africa have to offer.
Melkbosstrand, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
233 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
“Terrible experience absolute disaster”
Reviewed 10 July 2013

I booked a table for 14 PAX for dinner in June 2013. When I spoke to the owner he assured me that he can handle a group of this size. I requested a squire table and confirmed that we will be having the a la cart menu. When we got there the table was in a squire as requested. But this is where everything stopped and ended for us. I was informed that the lights on that side of the restaurant does not work and he provided us with as much candles as possible. It was dark and we all had to use our cell phones for light to be able to read the menu. After a long struggle we ordered our drinks, it came with drips and drags. Eventually the waiter was back to take our food order. The food arrived cold and in drips and drags. Some of the group members had eaten long before some even got their food. I asked for a rare steak, I cut it in half to see how it was done, it was medium so I send it back, just to discover later that the same stake was offered to another member of our group that order a medium steak. After the majority finished there meal, 4 people had no food served. When their food arrived it was cold and tasteless. We arraigned the bill and left. We phoned another restaurant and went for dessert and coffee. The owner did apologise by e-mail to me, but our evening was ruined by bad food and service.

Visited June 2013
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English first
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
451 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Good food and very friendly service”
Reviewed 3 July 2013

We went here for dinner two nights in a row while visiting delightful Swellendam: very friendly and helpful staff, and a varied menu. The first night we had steak -- excellent! -- and the second night we opted for soup and salad: again, very good. It was also good to see a good mix of tourists and locals, even on weekday evenings. Recommended!

  • Visited July 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food”
Reviewed 1 July 2013

The ambience is stunning, a home away from home, with great tasting food. The hosts make you feel very welcome and part of the family!

Visited May 2013
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Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great food, great service”
Reviewed 18 June 2013

Tasty food, HUGE portions and excellent service - just a pity the lights weren't working in the section we sat in (very romantic, though). Will definitely recommend to others.

  • Visited June 2013
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Franschhoek, Western Cape
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good food”
Reviewed 4 June 2013

Have eaten here a number of times. Food is good and there is sometimes live music inside. The outdoor area has a nice fireplace-table for cooler nights. Try the venison pie, pretty good.

Visited May 2013
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