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“One of the best meals we had”
Review of Tokara Restaurant

Tokara Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 258 Restaurants in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $22
Cuisines: French, Contemporary, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Halifax, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“One of the best meals we had”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

I had read about Tokara on Tripadvisor and we decided to drop by in the afternoon for a wine tasting. The wine was decent, but not my favorite on the trip. However, it was a free tasting, which was a pleasant surprise. They had an opening for dinner, so we came back that evening. I am so glad we did! It was amazing from start to finish. We sat on the deck for a drink and enjoyed the sunset. For a main, we each had the springbok. I thought it might be "gamey", but it was sooooo good! For dessert, the Lemon parfait, ice cream and sponge with meringue was light and delicious. We split it and I really wanted to hog the whole thing it was so yummy! The service was great and the place was very nice. I'm sure it helped that it was the end of April and so it wasn't overly busy. The bill was extremely reasonable, compared to a similar North American restaurant.

  • Visited April 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“The ultimate in silver service”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

We visited Tokara with friends in March 2013 for a special birthday celebration. The restaurant is situated high in a valley with exquisite views over Stellenbosch and further afield. The building is modern and imposing - attached to wine cellars and a wine-tasting venue. Service was excellent and waitrons very attentive. The menu was interesting - and one needed a background of French to fully understand the various courses. Portions were tasty but small (and pricey) - in keeping with the style of the restaurant. This restaurant is worth a visit to experience the ultimate in silver service and (French) cuisine.

  • Visited March 2013
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Worcester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Incredible evening and experience”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Keeping it fairly short - we came across tokara on tripadvisor, then on a wine tour where the wine was beautiful, and then decided to see what the restaurant menu and prices were like. The night we could only go was the night that the normal al la carte was not on as they had a wine tasting function going on with a set menu of 4 course, each served with 4 different wines to rate (yes 16 wines in total). It was about 400zar per person (£28), which as backpackers is normally not doable, however the menu sounded so amazing, and we had some amazing wines on the wine tour the day before, we thought we would treat ourselves as a one off. And my god is was a treat! Some of the best food we have ever eaten! Ended up being 7 courses if you count the appetiser, palette cleansing sorbet etc and welcome champagne made it 17wines/champagne in total. After each course your rate your fave wine (1-4) that complimented that dish. Safe to say I was rather drunk at the end. Literally one of the best meals and evening functions we have done.
Definitely recommend this place!!

Visited April 2013
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Somerset West, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“One of the better wine estate restaurants.”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Returned for another delicious lunch at Tokara and we were not disappointed. Food consistently very good and portions are reasonable.They have a winter special on at the moment which is worth trying. Only criticism is that when we ordered wine by the glass, it was not poured at the table, and the red wine was poured into a white wine glass - not serious but shouldn't be the scenariio in a restaurant of this class as it is not inexpensive.
The mushroom ravioli was superb!

  • Visited May 2013
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Stavanger, Norway
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“view!!!”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

The view is just perfect. The food is great. I have hiked from this farm up to Simonsberg mountain. Even better view!!!! It is so great to be back and eat a nice meal. But stick to the wines from Thelema, next door.

Visited October 2012
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