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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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Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lourensford Road | Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130, South Africa
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Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

My friend and I spent a wonderful spring afternoon at Camphors on the terrace of this beautifully modernised heritage building. We enjoyed 3 courses from the Spring Harvest menu. The First was a green sunflower, sunchoke, butternut and quince for my friend. I enjoyed lightly...More

Thank mkossie
Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Second visit to Camphors. Consistently excellent. It is a hidden jewel in terms of both setting and cuisine. Definitely deserves a top ten ranking in the list of top South African restaurants.

Thank Shakashaka1
Reviewed October 4, 2016

The combination of the food with the ideal setting in the winelands and mountains make for great times with friends and family in ideal location.

Thank Alberto D
Reviewed October 3, 2016

I know this restaurant and the privious named Lady Phillips, since many years. There were only two choises of 3-4 course menue, which is too much as a light lunch. My wife and myseld we decided for a springbok starter and the catch of the...More

Thank hs148
Reviewed September 25, 2016

what a stunning experience - the staff were so attentive but subtle, delectable cuisine, exquisite views, walks and really felt like I had had a weekend away after an afternoon of lunch ! The sommelier left us feeling like we had become part of the...More

Thank susysue2015
Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

Those who visits South Africa and do not spend at least one occasion at Camphors restaurant at Vergelegen Wine Estate, would do themselves a great disservice. This restaurant is without doubt up there with the very best in the world, worthy of a three star...More

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Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Visiting Camphors is always a delight! This is fine dining at its best, backed up by a top notch front of house team and an excellent manager. Food is creative and plated beautifully, progressing through a range of incredible flavor combinations. Wine is excellent, as...More

Thank PatBar2
Reviewed September 3, 2016

Fortunately the weather played along and we could really enjoy the views at Vergelegen. Food was good and we will definitely return again next time.

Thank angelabelotti
Reviewed August 27, 2016

I have previously written reviews of this restaurant, but having dined at Camphors on two occasions in the past month, I would again like to praise Mike, the very talented chef and Christo, an extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic sommelier and their team for a superb...More

Thank Domenique7
Reviewed August 24, 2016

The ancient Camphor trees must be among the most unusual trees in the world. They are exquisite and fascinating. They are growing in the most beautiful gardens in front of the historic Vergelegen homestead.

Thank Margie547
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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
Business meetings, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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
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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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