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Camphors at Vergelegen

Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130, South Africa
+27 21 847 2131
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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good13%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The food is great. The setting and atmosphere of the restaurant is excellent. Make sure that you book a table. They are often fully booked.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank mariseo135
Sharon0088, General Manager at Camphors at Vergelegen, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We appreciate you taking the time to review your recent visit to Camphors Restaurant and for the positive feedback. Kind regards Sharon Hosking

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are repeat customers at this wonderful restaurant. As soon as you walk in the welcome is lovely sitting outside looking onto the wonderful lawns immediately makes one relaxed. The food is amazing fresh ingredients wonderful imaginative flavours. Love Love the wine. The menu is...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Fiona J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our second visit here and we were not disappointed the food once again was excellent.. The chef here does not go for theatre but for flavour and presentation and both are superb combined with staff who are very friendly and very knowledgeable you could not...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank JGraham12
Sharon0088, General Manager at Camphors at Vergelegen, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the positive feedback on your return visit to our Camphors Restaurant. The team appreciate the support of their passion in ensuring that all their guests enjoy their food and wine adventure. Kind regards Sharon Hosking

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Relaxed, gorgeous setting looking out at the beautiful garden, quiet and peaceful, divine food and wonderful service.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank nadyab680
Sharon0088, General Manager at Camphors at Vergelegen, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We appreciate the awesome review! Many thanks for taking the time to provide feedback on your visit and we hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Sharon Hosking

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The good thing about really great reviews is that there is one can keep them short. The food was excellent. The wine is excellent. The food and wine paired together is excellent... very well thought out indeed. The staff appear to be extremely knowledgeable with...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank L9885SVjohnf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't know what to expect when we were recommended by friends to book at Camphors Restaurant for lunch. We were not disappointed. The environment, the service, the knowledge of the staff and the fantastic dishes which were served up to us were second to...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Carolyn N
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This restaurant is world class. Whether it is for a private dining experience or a corporate function they will dazzle you. The decor is beautiful, the setting very picturesque. The furnishings very upmarket and stylish. The tasting menu is amazing and chef Mike is a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Stephanie_Moss
Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I have the consummate pleasure of dining at this most exceptional restaurant once a year on our annual food pilgrimage to the Western Cape. We can confirm that each year the restaurant has shown a gratifying improvement to such a point that...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank TheDiner99
Sharon0088, General Manager at Camphors at Vergelegen, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2018

Your accolade for Camphors and the teams is truly appreciated. Feedback from our regular visitors is incredibly useful for us as it provides us with a benchmark to monitor our performance over time. We look forward to your next visit. Kind regards Sharon Hosking

Reviewed November 13, 2018

Camphors has been refurbished in the last two years and is a beautiful addition to the whole Vergelegen experience. The breakfast menu especially caters for the traditional (but special serving) breakfast of egg and bacon 9with yummy mushrooms) to the vegetarian nutty yogurt bowl. These...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank chrisgroen10
Sharon0088, General Manager at Camphors at Vergelegen, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2018

Thank you for the positive review! Just a minor correction, you are referring to our Stables Restaurant however we do urge you to visit again and pop in for our food and wine adventure at our Camphors Restaurant! Kind regards Sharon Hosking

Reviewed October 14, 2018 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

Date of visit: October 2018
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Sharon0088, General Manager at Camphors at Vergelegen, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2018

Thanks for the amazing review and your stamp of approval, it is much appreciated. Kind regards Sharon Hosking

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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, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, View, Romantic, Groups
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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