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Tokara Restaurant

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Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
+27 21 885 2550
12:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 18:30 - 21:00
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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294 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Every year when we tour the winelands Tokara is a must stop. So this time we booked for lunch again and enjoyed the meal. The baked Alaska trout was as always a special we couldn't refuse but we had it better before. Beef Tartare was tasty and don't miss the triple cooked chips. All in all very nice with lots... More 

Thank ekholland27
Halifax, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spotted a recommendation in the Sunday Times travel magazine so went for a meal at Tokara. The views are spectacular (although worth going for a drink first at Delaire Graf on the other side of the road first for the equally spectacular views in the other direction!). The food was very high quality and the ambience was lovely.

Thank Andrew L
Cape Town, South Africa
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251 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was my second visit to the excellent restaurant just outside Stellenbosch.As with the first visit, the food and service were both excellent. Interesting and innovative menu beautifully presented and even better tasting. Would highly recommend this establishment.

Thank NigelDCapeTown
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was the standout meal of our trip to South Africa, and we had quite a few good ones! To start with, the location is stunning, try to sit on the terrace, the views are wonderful. The menu is great, lots of attractive options as well as plenty of specials. The wine list complements perfectly. Looking forward to returning one... More 

Thank richard m
Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to this place during drive long through vineyards. They served kids extremely quick with great beef and home made chips and tasty greens. We have line fish and springbok steak. Taste and serving were just excellent. The waiter recommended wine. You can do wine tasting in same place and buy vine as well. Surroundings are very nice, if... More 

Thank Flora2013_13
Bremen, Germany
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The sunset at Tokara is stunning and drinks on the terrace are a joy.The service was friendly and efficient and the appetizers and pre-appetizers delicate and beautifully flavored. So we were a little shocked at the main dishes that did not keep up the promise. The best you could say of them was that the chef did not want us... More 

Thank Sammywine
Johannesburg, South Africa
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133 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had table with most beautiful views of the valley. Food was an absolute delight. Baked Alaska of Rainbow Trout with Smoked Trout Ice cream is one of the most inspiring dishes I ever had! I never thought that fish and ice cream can marry each other the way chef Richard Carstens of Tokara married them. Lamb shanks were brilliant... More 

Thank Zana M
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate a great lunch with stunning views at Tokara vineyard. Service was second to nine and the food, smoked trout followed by springbok was just lovely. All washed down with a Sauvignon Blanc. Highly recommended.

Thank Klyfor
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hey, Africa, wake up! You will lose your retired tourists from Europe if continue to abuse our long-time devotion for your country. We have visited this restaurant by advice of our friends. Ended up very disappointed by too commercial approach. The manager of the restaurant said that they are fully booked. Even though the restaurant was half-full she advised that... More 

Thank ardilea67
Copenhagen, Denmark
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Modern style restaurant, high ceiling and there not so intimate atmosphere. Kind and professionel staff, and very nice food. Ask for window seating towards the south, and you will at dinnertime experience a magnificent sunset.

Thank Lars R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$22
European, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Full Bar
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Stellenbosch
  • Phone Number: +27 21 885 2550
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?