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Camphors at Vergelegen

Lourensford Road | Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130, South Africa
+27 21 847 2131
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good13%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sweetbreads” (4 reviews)
“tasting menu” (9 reviews)
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European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lourensford Road | Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130, South Africa
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Reviewed January 9, 2017

We only got in because of a cancellation, and very happy we are to have received that phone call! Four courses of stunning food, my fish main was sublime but every dish sung, tastes and textures never tasted before - parsnip in the sweet course!...More

Thank Karen H
Reviewed January 5, 2017

We went to Camphors for the second time this year. The first was for dinner and the second for lunch. In summer the setting for lunch is unrivalled - beautiful rolling lawns and a manicured garden view from the verandah. We even had three peacocks...More

Thank Mactreewalker
Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

I have been before and always thought this was an underrated place. Today it was excellent and this is a restaurant that deserves its top 10 placing. Delicious on every course. I was having a vegetarian moment and the choice of celeriac was obvious and...More

Thank Loobyloo1000
Reviewed January 4, 2017

You have to pay a small charge to enter VERGELEGEN, but you will not be disappointed, as you drive down the long drive edged with hydrangeas. You enter through a stylish. Building where the wine tastings take place, then walk through the immaculate herb garden,...More

Thank carolbhickman
Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

We had big expectations for the food and were quite disappointed with the balance of flavours as well seasoning and felt the quality was not quite to the level we had experienced for the same amount of money elsewhere. The service was good and the...More

Thank robertnU1356SS
Reviewed January 1, 2017 via mobile

Large estate with lovely walks and historic buildings. However, very busy and noisy when we visited, with busloads of people. Restaurant is great and food excellent, which made up for over-commercialized atmosphere. Will not return.

Thank PeteLes9
Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

From start to finish, the staff was friendly and attentive. Though the menus are a set 3+ courses, there was plenty of choice for a wide range of appetites and tastes and the food was excellent. The wine list offered some interesting older vintages and...More

Thank kt_canfield
Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

The mixing of flavors was wonderful. The risotto sunflower starter had an unexpected complex, earthy flavor. The fish and it's sauce were outstanding. We tried to get the receipt for the sauce but no luck. The best dessert turned out to be the one with...More

Thank lucile_monroe
Reviewed December 20, 2016

This restaurant knows what it's doing in terms of food, wine and service. Visit and find out for yourself. I thoroughly recommend it.

Thank CapeTownLaura
Reviewed December 8, 2016

this restaurants is top of the bill, the grand tour is great value for money, subtle and delightful dishes paired with excellent wine, knowledgeable staff that all can have a conversation about wine and foor. The Semillon 2013 is the best! taste it

Thank Marie-Jose T
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Marlene B
September 19, 2016|
Response from Domenique7 | Reviewed this property |
Vergelegen Estate is closed on Christmas Day, as are both dining venues.
November 25, 2015|
Response from Chubbles1 | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry regarding a New Years Eve function on Thursday 31 December 2015. The Camphors Restaurant is only open for dinner on a Friday and Saturday evening and lunches from Wed to Fri. So for this year... More
September 13, 2015|
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Response from Drey33 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Curious, we had lunch there in February. The inside restaurant is very smart so smart casual and long trousers. Outside on the terrace we both had shorts on and it was fine. In fact some cyclists arrived in their Lycra... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $60
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Validated Parking
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lourensford Road | Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Somerset West
  • Phone Number: +27 21 847 2131
  • E-mail
The Camphors at Vergelegen signature restaurant takes its name from the ancient giant camphor trees, planted in 1700, situated in front of the historic Homestead. The restaurant overlooks expansive lawns and beautiful trees complementing the overall dining experience and creating an ambiance never to be forgotten. After only a year of operation, Camphors was awarded eighth place in the Top Ten restaurants in South Africa, in The Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards 2014, as well as being the Regional Winner - Wine Tourism Restaurant - in the 2014 Best of Wine Tourism Awards, Great Wine Capitals. Vergelegen produces classical wine varietals and the ever changing menu reflects a modern take on classical international and local food dishes, specifically designed to complement Vergelegen's award-winning wines. The Sommelier and his restaurant team guide diners through the menu and recommended wine selections to ensure a relaxed and memorable food and wine experience. This experience is tailored for both wine and food connoisseurs and everyday visitors alike who want to enjoy an unpressured dining experience. Regrettably, Camphors is not child-friendly.
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