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Tokara Restaurant

Travelers' Choice award winner
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International, European, Contemporary
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Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
+27 21 885 2550
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Fairfax, Virginia
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314 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had high hopes for Tokara. The setting is amazing, high on the mountain with the lights of Cape Town glowing in the distance. The wine is well regarded and we expected a meal that would match the setting. The first thing we looked for was a wine pairing but were told not in the winter, they had plenty of... More 

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Thank majiksea
Sandton, South Africa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As we live in the area and eat out regularly, we are fortunate to be spoiled for choice when it comes to good restaurants. However, I can't remember when we had a better experience than Tokara at lunch last Saturday. Four of us chose different starters and main courses and all exceeded our expectations. The menu is balanced and inventive... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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207 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Tokara is really great. The views are magnificent (although there is some construction at the moment), the service very good, and the estate wine available is really top class. While the food is tasty, however, I feel that it can get a little over complicated. The Baked Alaska starter is an example of this, which I imagine you will either... More 

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Thank PatBar2
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We chose this restaurant for our official dinner to welcome our international and local partners to our business meeting in Stellenbosch. The service was second to none, the food was delectable and the ambience was serene. Our waitron knew every single dish and was thus able to advise us on our menu selection admirably. I highly recommend Tokara.

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Brisbane
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37 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Elegant restaurant. Food options good. Wine rather expensive - more than double than the bottle store. Enjoyable experience.

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Thank marcnat
Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had this winery recommended to me and didn't disappoint - relaxed vibe but wonderful service. The food was superb - springbok was delicious and perfectly matched with wines.

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1 Thank Kimberley M
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic meal. The venue is insane. Set just below the crest of Helshoogte, with views sweeping across Stellenbosch towards Cape Town. We both had the cauliflower soup. Well I could have had another one as a main. No idea how you get it that smooth. The truffle cream and herb oil perfectly complemented the soup. The Parmesan biscuit... More 

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1 Thank Mphubo
Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful place, the surroundings are breathtaking. Lovely view from the restaurant. The staff were very friendly and the service was 1st class. In our party of 4 one of us had dietary requirements, there were no hassles or complications and everything was handled smoothly and professionally. The dishes (staters, mains and desert) were enjoyed by all. A must... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the best !!! Location, Food, Wine, Staff and the most beautiful surroundings. ... It really doesn't get any better.

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Sandton, South Africa
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Tokara many times and keep going back. The whole experience is outstanding. Excellent food. Very good service. Lovely wine. The views are beautifull. One of my favourite places to visit.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $22
Cuisine
International, European, Contemporary
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Stellenbosch
  • Phone Number: +27 21 885 2550
Description
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?