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Tokara Restaurant


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Travelers' Choice2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Business meetings

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Leading contemporary South African restaurant located atop of the picturesque Helshoogte Pass outside Stellenbosch, included on the 2014 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice SA Fine Dining Top 10 list.
$12 - $22
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
European, International, Contemporary
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Validated Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great brekkie at Tokara - perfectly cooked poached eggs and hollandaise, and a lovely cup of tea. Very good deli and shop for browsing and shopping and delightful gardens and sculptures. A special treat was seeing the PeaHens with their babies. Friendly service and good...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank EyelashTravels
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

From a beautiful entrance the picturesque road wind through the gardens on this well kept wine farm to the deli and restaurant. The beautiful view from the deli’s verandah refreshes and calms you to sit down and enjoy a sumptious light lunch or breakfast while...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Chatwm
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were welcome very friendly and offered to sit on the sundeck for the sunset before dinner. That was excellent and the scenery amazing! Go there before sunset. The staff was very friendly, had excellent wine recommendations which we enjoyed. We ordered the Springbok as...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank tamarab863
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Warm welcoming, great view and good quality food. Staff is very friendly, attentious and able to recommend wine pairing to the dishes ordered. For us, this was a perfect experience to spend our night at. Some higher rated places are too snobby and I rather...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Jaene91
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We last visited Tokara 13 years ago when we were in Stellenbosch last! They did not disappoint. The food was fresh, inventive and delicious. The wines were great and the service and view outstanding. Highly recommend for lunch so you can enjoy the view.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank NB64007
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is hidden behind trees, with an amazing view over the valley and vineyards. We came for lunch and then wine testings. Great experience. Food was very good and service impeccable ! I would recommend to do the wine testing in the veranda, view...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank byMadone
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tokara is a great place to visit for some views but the restaurant was a complete disappointment. The menu is adventurous but unfortunately the food did not meet expectations. The restaurant aims to be high end but the service just came across as stuffy and...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Adewall2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had lunch on the terrace overlooking the vineyards. Very modern ambiance with excellent wines and a viewing kitchen! Be sure to take a peek through the glass into the kitchen on your way to your table. Well presented and colorful platings! Been there on a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Helen552016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything great except that when I bought 6 bottles bring home on the plane they packed it themselves (most wineries put it in a special styrofoam box). I did question whether it was adequate for the journey and they insisted it was. Surprise surprise I...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Getafix_on_tour
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Han lunch there on Friday afternoon.. this place will always stay one of our favorites in Cape Town. My lamb dish as well as cured fish starter was superb! O and it is reasonably priced against other Cape Town fine dining restaurants.

Date of visit: February 2019
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November 7, 2018|
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Response from EatAtTokara | Property representative |
Hi Judy, apologies, we managed to miss your enquiry somehow. Both the Deli and Restaurant are closed on 1 and 2 January. We would unfortunately not be able to accommodate you then. Is there another date that we could help... More
October 30, 2018|
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Response from susanalona | Reviewed this property |
Just give them a call or send them an email, you can get the details at Tokaras website.
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