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Camphors at Vergelegen

Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130, South Africa
+27 21 847 2131
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“sweetbreads” (5 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (11 reviews)
“tasting menu” (11 reviews)
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Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Such a treat visiting this establishment on this beautiful farm so rich in history. Got to start with Christo the ever present Sommelier. So very knowledgeable friendly and attentive. Would not be the same experience without him. Food as always amazing in so many ways...More

Thank Stefan-12345
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a gem! Food, wine, setting whole estate, absolutely amazing! We went for a six course lunch menu with the wine pairing, with the main course we actually got two sorts of wine. You don’t see that often :-).

Thank zeljk0dj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Warm & welcoming yet totally professional. Every staff member an expert in their area and the food a delight. Top level dining

Thank V2701YDinfo
Reviewed September 10, 2018

We visited for Lunch and it was wonderful! I can't fault a thing. The food was delicious. The atmosphere was lovely. Our waitress Brenda was amazing and very friendly. The service all round was very good. It was pure perfection. We always visit Camphors on...More

Thank Monique E
Reviewed August 27, 2018

My family and I visited for lunch. The staff were professional, well informed and very friendly. Our overall experience was wonderful, we were treated like royalty. The food was delicious and each course was accompanied by a story of the farm and surrounding area, where...More

Thank lmX6841HQ
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

What an experience! Nestled in a forest of ancient camphor trees, the restaurant was the epitome of elegance and class. The set lunch with wine pairing was exquisite, and a bargain at $40ish a person. Big thumbs up

Thank Wrldtvlr27
Sharon0088, General Manager at Camphors at Vergelegen, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2018

The Camphors Team appreciates the BIG THUMBS UP and we look forward to your next visit. Kind regards Sharon Hosking Hospitality Manager

Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

the food was outstanding. the ambiance in the restaurant wasn‘t so nice (quite loud, seats are not really comfortable). the service was very friendly but not always present. the price was more or less ok.

1  Thank Stefan F
Sharon0088, General Manager at Camphors at Vergelegen, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2018

We appreciate the review and your comments provide us with food for thought in ensuring that our guests have a flagship experience going forward. Yours sincerely Sharon Hosking Hospitality Manager

Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

We booked this on the advice of friends in the UK who had been there. The setting is simply perfect, in the forest with tables well separated. Lovely food, attentive service without being “in your face.” The only, very minor, issue was that the next...More

Thank Reg H
Sharon0088, General Manager at Camphors at Vergelegen, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

Thanks for the positive review and sorry about the noise factor. As a norm we do not encourage young children visiting the Camphors Restaurant as it can be disruptive for other guests however every so often we are placed in a difficult position. We will...More

Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

Amazing,perfect, excellent!! We had Tour menu with wine pairing. Every dish was superb and I think it was one the best dinners I ever had. The hake course was unbelievable and the staff very knowledgeable. Can’t wait to visit again and really good value

Thank suzetter2016
Sharon0088, General Manager at Camphors at Vergelegen, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

Thanks for the great review it is appreciated and invaluable for us in order to monitor our customer experiences on an ongoing basis. We are looking forward to a repeat visit and another Tour menu.

Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

Just came back from a very lovely lunch. Had the four courses where everything was very well explained by Christo and Eddy. The chef made every course for me gluten free and I had to fight my brother for the wonderful gluten free bread. We...More

Thank Solomio35
Sharon0088, General Manager at Camphors at Vergelegen, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

Thanks for the great review! We have an amazing team of passionate food and wine 'guru's' at the restaurant who love to entertain and show off the food and wine experience at Camphors. Glad you enjoyed the gluten free bread!

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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 Sharon0088 | 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
US$25 - US$40
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 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 place in the Top Ten restaurants in South Africa, in The Eat Out DStv Restaurant Awards 2014, as well as being the Regional Winner - Wine Tourism Restaurant - in the 2014 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. Regrettably, Camphors is not child-friendly.
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