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Local cuisine, European, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Leading contemporary South African restaurant located atop of the picturesque Helshoogte Pass outside Stellenbosch, included on the 2014, 2015 and 2018 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice SA Fine Dining Top 10 list. Within the first year of taking of the reigns of the Tokara Restaurant kitchen, chef Carolize Coetzee won the “Haute Performance Award” as South Africa’s most promising chef in the 2020 JHP Gourmet Guide, while the restaurant has been included in the authoritative The World’s 50 Best Restaurants new “50Best Discovery” list for 2020.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
European, International, Contemporary
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Playgrounds
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Reviewed 16 April 2021 via mobile

Tokara wine estate is an absolutely beautiful location. Phoned them at the last minute to get a reservation for wine tasting and they were very accommodating. The restaurant was not very busy at the time, staff were friendly and service was good. I enjoyed the...kudu and my friends ordered the beef. The meals were well presented and tasted even better. Would definitely go back if I am in the Cape.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 17 March 2021 via mobile

This restaurant ticks all the boxes! Exceptional views. Good service. Rachel our waitress gave some excellent recommendations on what wine to have with each meal. I had the best vegetarian (is was actually vegan) meal I have ever had. The kale dish was out of...this world! To add to the great views and food, you can also see some great art works. This is definitely a MUST to visit and enjoy a meal.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 7 March 2021 via mobile

We visited by accident,I made wrong booking,so glad I made the mistake,we went for Lunch,the setting absolutely Stunning,food,what a Wonderful Wonderful experience. Service excellent Will be back 👏 👏

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 21 February 2021 via mobile

Made a quick visit to the Cape. Tokara is always a must for us. Best way to end our weekend break. The kids also loved it. Great food. Great service. Best wine. Best view.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 12 January 2021

We had lunch at Tokara and were pleasantly surprised with the beautiful view but most of all by the amazing food. I had the best pork belly I have ever eaten and I would like anyone to let me know if they have tasted better...elsewhere. We will be back, with friends, to share this experience!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 27 December 2020 via mobile

The views from the restaurant are breathtaking. Pair this with some amazing food and you have an ideal combination. I order the pork belly with the side of crispy potatoes and it did not disappoint. For dessert had a lovely raspberry and chocolate layer cake....The service was great and was feast experience overall. However, on the pricey side of the scale.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 13 December 2020 via mobile

We had the 3 course meal and the food was delicious. Only thing that was a little off was the steak that was very tough. Rest was delicious and they changed the meat after our complaint. Worth a visit. Very close to Delaire Graf and...worth having meals here than there.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 17 November 2020 via mobile

We dropped in for wine tasting and to take in the exquisite surroundings of the estate. Tokara never fails to impress and every visit is an absolute pleasure. The staff are wonderful as are the wines. We left with 4 cases. The 2020 Rose deserves...a special mention.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 20 October 2020 via mobile

What once was a small intimate restaurant has now become a little more commercial but still well worth a visit. A more noisier clientele seems to have found out about Tokara which is a little disappointing after many years of looking forward to a quiet...but the views are still magic and quality of food are still excellent.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 13 April 2020 via mobile

Stunning view from the restaurant. We had lunch without a reservation and were very lucky to score a table. The lunch was delicious and the paring wines even more. The service could be a little more personal.

Date of visit: February 2020
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21 October 2019|
Response from Shirls45 | Reviewed this property |
I would contact them directly and find out.
8 November 2018|
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Response from EatAtTokara | Property representative |
Hi Judy, apologies, we managed to miss your enquiry somehow. Both the Deli and Restaurant are closed on 1 and 2 January. We would unfortunately not be able to accommodate you then. Is there another date that we could help... More
31 October 2018|
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Response from susanalona | Reviewed this property |
Just give them a call or send them an email, you can get the details at Tokaras website.
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Tokara Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5