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“Awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Tolbos Bistro

Tolbos Bistro
Ranked #7 of 28 Restaurants in Gansbaai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$24
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff
Description: Overlooking the beautiful working harbour of Gansbaai, with spectacular sunsets over the ocean.Where you can enjoy the fusion of Overberg hospitality,fresh seafood and South African meals. Child friendly, with an outside play area. Non smoking area inside, smoking area outside.Fully licensed, we accept Visa and Master cards.
Thabazimbi
1 review
“Awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

This is a restaurant that you must visit when in Gansbaai. The food is good and so are the service. Best seafood we had and it was prepared by the owner himself. The waiter lit up the fire inside to make it even more enjoyable.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Ansie P
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TolbosBistro, Guest Relations Manager at Tolbos Bistro, responded to this review, 15 May 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review Tolbos! We hope that you will visit us again soon.
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denver
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56 reviews
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“This Restaurant Made Us Love Gansbaai!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

We got a recommendation to try this restaurant and what a treat! I am not sure what was better - the people or the food! We ate there one evening when we had the Linefish, Snails, and Prawns and really enjoyed the meal and got to talking to Annemarie, the owner. We asked about Crayfish and she said she could arrange to get some for us as we'd never had it...the next day we came back and had one of the best meals of our lives - Crayfish, rice, a beautiful salad, and some local wine. Wayne (the chef) let my husband help him cook and they just had a great time. Annemarie and Carol were great hosts, Nikita gave us great service, and Luke entertained us. Oh, and did I mention the view? We did not want to leave...

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank earthgirlDenver
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TolbosBistro, Owner at Tolbos Bistro, responded to this review, 13 April 2014
Jethro and Terra, It was a treat to have you here.I must say the two of you ate that crayfish like a true Gansbaaier ( a local) .Enjoy the rest of your stay in our beautiful country.
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Greart food and Value for Money~ Gansbaais Secret”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

There was red tide out to sea and a crisp wind blowing as we cruised up out of the quaint Gansbaai harbour .
It had been a hot day and we needed to feed the kids..My partner spotted the Tolbos Bistro and I looked back. Maybe I thought Yes let me sneak inside
I stopped and went inside to lovely homely restaurant with an awesome view of the Gansbay harbour . Homemade Hamburgers!!! DONE ! Two neowly kids, one 7 and the other nearly 13, my partner and Gran traipsed out and into the Restaurant.

Suddenly We were free... kids were in the garden looking over the fence playing and amusing themselves with the owners own young lad! We ordered some beer and Wine Rooibos for mom and sodas for the kids.. AAh at last a quiet spot with genuine people.

The food came ; Junior tucked into one Delicious beef pattie dripping with sauce and chips with Ketchup!! of course His Sister insisted on a calamari burger . Like mother Like daughter..her mum always has Calamari! We shared some periperi Livers and Mom had some Hake n Salad The fish caught fresh from the Bay . My partner, The Boss, had Calamari Strips.. and raved about the tenderness. She can always taste the freshness.. (She Says!I don't argue!!) I simply felt like some pasta with my beers so I had an Alfredo done with Tagliatelle..
Mom got up and selected some Tomato Chilli Jam and a Marmalade at a great price
Overall the place was busy 4 tables, two tourist groups and some locals and Us!.Prices were great, cheaper than Cape Town, but in line with our experience in travels around the cape. The owner and the chef seemed genuinely interested in our happiness and the other tables were all laughing and we left with our kids grumbling ..They still wanted to play. So Travel and enjoy there is a wide spectrum of fish dishes and if the freshness is important you will find it at Tolbos bistro . Have Fun I have found my spot in the Gansbay. CCS

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Copeland S
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TolbosBistro, Owner at Tolbos Bistro, responded to this review, 13 April 2014
i posted a reply which seemed to have disappeared so here go again.Thank you for your kind review.Luke also enjoyed playing with your two kids.Hope to see you when you visit our town again.
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Poor service and waited ages for our food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

Had brunch here on Saturday and waited incredibly long for our food. The service was really not very good and it took as long for our drinks to arrive as our food. We had to ask repeatedly for our extra ice (drinks came with two blocks) and lemon. I am not sure why everything took so long as the restaurant was not very busy.

One plus is that it has a nice outside section with a sandpit for kids to play in. Average cost of kids meal is R38. Calamari salad is a bit odd - seems more like a "platter". Strips of fried calamari on some lettuce leaves on one side of the plate, with about a spoonful of coleslaw next to it. Then some tomato, cucumber, onion, feta, gooseberries and olives also laid out in separate little areas on the plate. The chicken burger tasted delicious and the beef burger looked pleasant enough.

The view here is nice over the harbour. The drinks are pricey though! R25 for hot-chocolate is quite steep - looking at their drinks menu we found that many of their drinks were more expensive than even nearby Hermanus restaurants.

Overall we found that this restaurant is overpriced for what you are getting.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Treatums
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gansbaai
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“Thanks for a wonderful 60th birthday party”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

Thank you Wayne and Carol for an absolute wonderful evening on Saturday. Everybody enjoyed the evening so much! The food was excellent (delicious leg of lamb on the spit and much more), the service was superb (the staff keep on smiling although it became very very late) the nice and cosy atmosphere, to sit outside and enjoy the harbour and beautiful sunset while we had snacks from the braai. Where else can you get that? I can just go on and on and on. All our friends are so impressed with TOLBOS and will definitely visit TOLBOS again!!! Thanks again to Wayne and his sufficient staff. Wally and Marietjie van Coller

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank mvc311
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TolbosBistro, Owner at Tolbos Bistro, responded to this review, 14 November 2013
Wally and Marietjie it was a pleasure to host your party.We felt privileged to share such a big occasion with you.
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