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“Probably One of the Best Restaurants in the Winelands” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tokara Restaurant

Tokara Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 244 Restaurants in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $22
Cuisines: European, International, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Plaka, Greece
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156 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Probably One of the Best Restaurants in the Winelands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

Have visited Tokara Restaurant several times over the years and never been disappointed. Excellent food, superb location and great ambiance. The Asian style Kingklip on this latest visit was delicious,

If you book and the weather is right book a table out on the balcony with a view right over the Winelands through to False Bay

  • Visited March 2013
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Leicestershire
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“An Amazing Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

We were lucky enough to get a table at Tokara for lunch and of all the meals we have eaten here and in other parts of the world this was certainly amongst the best of them. The combination of flavours and the use of foams were something that we have only experienced in Michelin starred restaurants. The chicken with the crayfish sauce and noodles was exquisite and we finished with the chocolate "eclair". You must go here if you can get a reservation

Visited March 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Best meal of the holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

This restaurant was recommended by South African friends. We called in en route to Franschoek. The food in this area is top notch but this place surpassed the lot. I had the chef's signature dish of trout with meringue topping and smoked salmon ice cream with fruity salsa. Delicious as was everything else on the menu. The Sauvignon Blanc was perfect. Wonderful views of the vineyards from the terrace. Excellent service. Will certainly return ASAP.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hamburg, Germany
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163 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

One of the best dinners we had for a long time, in a picture-perfect setting overlooking the vineyards and Stellenbosch. This is an amazing place with modern design of steel and glass, but surprisingly warm and romantic inside. Arrive early and have cocktails on the terrace first - the views are breathtaking! Our dinner menue was imaginative and superb, the service attentive and friendly, and the wine recommendations spot on. Given the quality and ambiance the price tag was more than reasonable. Highly recommended (book in advance).

  • Visited March 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice place to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

A place to visit on your way to various Wine Estates around located between Stellenbosch and Franshhoek. A restaurant with a nice view but far too sophisticate to feel confortable...

Visited January 2013
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