Tokara Restaurant, situated 400 meters above sea level on top of the Helshoogte Pass outside Stellenbosch, offers its guests terroir focused contemporary cuisine, award-winning wines and dramatic views over Stellenbosch and False Bay. The building housing the restaurant is a Cape architectural icon utilising glass, steel and stone.
The restaurant, established in 2001, was renovated recently and now includes a bar with a clear view of the hustle and bustle in the kitchen or the sun setting through a picture window.
Multi-awarding winning chef Richard Carstens leads the kitchen team. The à la carte menu changes every season, while daily specials offer something new and exciting to returning guests.
We are proud to showcase Richard Carstens’ intelligent take on modern South African cooking.
Richard, a former EatOut SA Chef of the Year, is inspired by pure flavours and tantalising textures. Each plate of food offers the diner a sense of the natural environment where the restaurant is situated and also the current season through the ingredients used.
The menu offers unfussy à la carte options and also more playful creations on a seven course chef’s menu, each course optionally paired with premium South African wines. The dishes offered on the a la carte menu, chef’s menu and daily specials appeal to young and old time and again.
The Tokara Restaurant drinks list is a personal and evolving selection of fine wines and spirits intended to compliment the gastronomic feast you will experience.
The full range of Tokara wines are showcased on the list and are also available by the glass. The list comprises of wines from neighbouring farms, estates elsewhere in South Africa and also some of the most prestigious European estates.
Sommelier Jaap-Henk Koelewijn will be happy to assist you in pairing a bottle of wine with the food you wish to order or to provide information on any of the drinks on this list.
Unfortunately no Bring Your Own wine allowed.
Mondays to Sundays
Tuesdays to Saturdays
Please note: Tokara Restaurant is a non-smoking area.
We are always on the lookout for new talent. If you would like to join our team, please send us your CV.