Where to Eat in Oudtshoorn: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 29, 2017 Leida Jutras

Oudtshoorn, the "ostrich capital of the world", is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, located between the Swartberg mountains to the north and the Outeniqua Mountains to the south. Two ostrich-feather booms, during 1865-1870 and 1900-1914, truly established the settlement. With approximately 60,000 inhabitants, it is the largest town in the Little Karoo region. The town's economy is primarily reliant on the ostrich farming and tourism industries. Oudtshoorn is home to the world's largest ostrich population, with a number of specialized ostrich breeding farms, such as the Safari Show Farm and the Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.
Things to do in Oudtshoorn

1. Jemima's Restaurant

94 Baron van Reede Street, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa Parking Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +27 44 272 0808
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Jemima's Restaurant

Reviewed By 03Brenda03 - Dunblane

We had an outside table at Jemima's, which was very pleasant, as the restaurant was busy the night we visited. It is in an old, converted & extended house.
Wide range on menu, well cooked food, friendly staff. Think we had to wait a bit for our food, but not too long.
Would recommend

2. La Dolce Vita

60 Baron van Reede Street, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout International, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night HK$8 +27 44 279 3269
Excellent
36%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 144 reviews

La Dolce Vita

Reviewed By jleg2016 - Cape Town, South Africa

Friendly staff. The ostrich salad was a winner. We had all 6 of the Karusa beers and they were fantastic. The stand out ones were the Karusa Hopster and the Karusa Lager a must do for craft beer lovers. We had a seat in the outside yard, which had wonderful views of the main road and it allowed me to relax and sit peaceful because life does not move nearly as fast there, as what it does in Cape Town.

3. Buffelsdrift Game Lodge Restaurant

Cango Caves Rd, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$141 +27 44 272 0000
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 768 reviews

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge Restaurant

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge's A la Carte Restaurant offers local Karoo cuisine with the perfect atmosphere to enjoy while listening to the hippos playing in the water. The surrounding wooden deck overlooking the 5 hectare natural waterhole makes it the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset over the hills. During the cold winter months a huge fireplace offers a cosy alternative and as accompaniment, our wine selection consists of some of the best award-winning wines on Route 62. Guests can make Reservations for our Buffet Breakfast from 07:00 - 11:00 and for Lunch and Dinner from our A la Carte Menu from 11:00 - 22:00. With all the zesty products, facilities and amenities under one roof, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is the ideal choice for all corporate functions, events, weddings, celebrations, seminars & team building. It also has a grand piano as prominent feature. A unique bush veld experience in the heart of the Klein Karoo.

Reviewed By AlistairCoy - Bingley,UK

We have just returned from enjoying a really nice dining experience at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. It's a super location to dine overlooking a watering hole where you can see giraffe, hippopotamus and antelope from the comfort of your dining table. The food was excellent, particularly...MoreThank you very much for your review and recommendation. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. We hope to welcome you back in the near future.

4. Bello Cibo Restaurant

79 St Saviour Street | just off Baron van Reede St, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +27 44 272 3245
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 536 reviews

Bello Cibo Restaurant

Reviewed By Trevvl - Cape Town Central, South Africa

Bello Cibo is one of the few restaurants around that allows the ingredients in the dish to speak for themselves. The portions are generous as is the variety on the menu. I look forward to returning to this restaurant - already know what I will order!

5. The Colony

Baron van Reede Street | Queens Hotel, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating African, International, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$8 +27 44 272 2101
Excellent
48%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 166 reviews

The Colony

Reviewed By nnmercman - Camberley, United Kingdom

But unfortunately the service here was sadly lacking for our visit. The location is on the main road along with numerous other eateries and above the Queens Hotel. The interior is quite colonial and attracts an older crowd. We had a table by the windows and appreciated the cool evening breeze. Our waiter seemed distracted and it took a while to get the order sorted. As it was Oudtshoorn I simply had to have the ostrich fillet but overall it was a disappointing experience - not sure if it was because the waiter recommended it medium rare or whether it was due to the sinewy texture of my particular fillet which made cutting difficult - I also found it tough. My wife had a very good pan fried Mossel Bay Sole which was let down by a bland rice accompaniment. At no time did anyone come round to ask how the meal was or if we wanted further drinks. At the end of the meal we had to catch our waiters eye from across the room and it was then a further age before he came to take payment.
Overall - colonial decor and ambience tempered by non colonial service - disappointing!

6. Nostalgie

74 Baron van Reede Street, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +27 44 272 4085
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 897 reviews

Nostalgie

Reviewed By Ruth P - Chesterfield, United Kingdom

We had to book as it was so popular and I can understand why. Everyone went out of their way to make us feel welcome and explain anything on the menu we were not familiar with.
The food was excellent and we weren't ushered along in any way. We visited this restaurant on 3 occasions and each time we were always remembered and nothing inb quality etc changed.
All the food was perfect and although I am allergic to lactose and gluten this was quick catered for. The price for the meal was average and for first class food we thought this was very good.
Might always be a good idea to book beforehand or go early.

7. Cafe Brule

5 Baron Van Reede Street | The Queen's Hotel, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Lunch +27 44 279 2412
Excellent
41%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 97 reviews

Cafe Brule

Cafe Brule provides a semi-enclosed street side European cafe setting with in-house bakery, light meals and coffee shop. Situated in the centre of the town, next to the old sandstone masterpiece of the Oudtshoorn Museum, the eatery has won a loyal following for its all-day fix of excellent coffee, food and internet.<br><br>Freshly baked artisan breads daily with a variety of local produce on sale, ranging from locally produced olive oil, jams and wine. Aldo on offer are scrumptious lunches either on a set menu or from our blackboard!

Reviewed By David M - Cambridge, United Kingdom

Called in for a chicken burger and coffee on the way through the town. Nice service and atmosphere. Very decent burger and nice crunchy chunky chips. Nice coffee too.

8. Brian's Grill and Family Restaurant

44 Baron van Reede Street, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards International, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$24 - HK$94 +27 44 279 1927
Excellent
36%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
8%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 303 reviews

Brian's Grill and Family Restaurant

Brian’s Grill & Family Restaurant, established in September 2010 in Oudtshoorn is a family dining restaurant, with great ambiance. Our restaurant boasts of well prepared a la carte dishes and we are open from 08h00 to late, 7 days a week. We cater to every taste as we offer a variety of dishes including Ostrich, Crocodile and Venison.

Reviewed By Charles B - Singapore, Singapore

If you want a good meal and good service give this place a go. We ordered steak, one fillet and one ostrich. Both were good and as ordered. I was not keen on the "next door" section as the music was loud which in my view is not restaurant style.
I would go back.

9. Su Casa @ Surval

R 328 | Buffelsdrift, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar African, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night +27 87 350 1950
Excellent
57%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 141 reviews

Su Casa @ Surval

Reviewed By Etisalat - Cape Town Central, South Africa

Incredibly unwelcoming as literally no guests or staff in any way remotely interested in serving, welcoming and or presenting options , as sorry we expecting large group fo dinner. Anyway Folks would not recommend despite what could be great Function Venue however doubt they could handle large groups we were only 4.

10. Karoopot Restaurant

6 Baron van Reede Street, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Sushi, African, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$39 - HK$94 +27 44 272 3570
Excellent
35%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
5%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 268 reviews

Karoopot Restaurant

Warm,welcoming and friendly staff awaits your arrival at Karoo Pot Restaurant - truely a jewel in the Karoo! Our traditional African cuisine can be enjoyed either outside by the fish pond, or inside where the fireplace lightens up the atmosphere! For the sushi lovers-come and meet our chef from China! Our Sushi bar is the only one in town with Chinese Chefs making fresh sushi everyday, and definitely worth visiting! Our mouth watering traditional food menu, will definitely make you want to come back again! We salute you!

Reviewed By alliebdive - Hawkinge, United Kingdom

We ate dinner here tonight and thought it was wonderful both in terms of quality and value. We both had the ostrich steak grill and the steaks were just perfection. We ordered them very rare and they were so succulent and juicy. The best ostrich we have ever had, anywhere. The steaks were accompanied by onion rings, 2 veg (candied pumpkin and cabbage) and starch of choice. We had 500cl of red wine and a large beer. The whole bill including tip was about 3400 rand. Just amazing. Very nice server and a good atmosphere. We would go back.

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