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Camphors at Vergelegen

Lourensford Road | Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130, South Africa
+27 21 847 2131
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good13%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lourensford Road | Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130, South Africa
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Reviews (276)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Celebrated our wedding anniversary with friends at Camphors in February. While we know Vergelegen well, it was our first time at Camphors and every detail was perfect, with excellent service and food. Thank you for helping us make happy memories!

Thank dogrose2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most restaurants rise, plateau and fall. Camphors at the Vergelegen wine estate near Somerset West continues to rise. We had a good picnic under the Camphor trees, with the peacocks strolling among us. The food was good and well presented, the service was attentive and...More

Thank Petrus136
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Camphors managed to change the stiff upper-lip atmosphere of the previous establishment to a welcoming and warm restaurant. Staff are very well trained and informative of food but especially the wine. Outstanding sommelier. Food was outstanding, wines well paired with food. This restaurant should be...More

Thank LyonBen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a table for six persons for an evening out. This was one of the most pleasant evenings we have ever spent. The staff were not only knolagable but informed us on what we should taste with each course. This was a first class...More

Thank George M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Western Cape's wine region perhaps has the highest concentration of top quality restaurants anywhere in the world - Camphor's is a standout even in that field. The setting is perfect, the service is excellent and the food is of the highest quality. Highly recommended.

Thank Sam J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we found it accidentially and we will never regret to have taken lunch there. The food was presented perfectly as was the tast. Another visit shall follow whenever possible. The restaurant is highly recommended.-

Thank fraugold
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Four of us who were traveling met up with family who live nearby and had chosen this place for lunch. Not disappointed in any way. Really nice menu, good wines and great setting. Staff friendly and helpful and really nicely decorated. Good quality restaurant that...More

Thank Kilwinnkie
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Beautiful settings on the wine estate. Superb meal with various options to choose from their 4 course menu. Our waiter Simba was excellent, funny, informative and attentive. We had a great evening. I found the pricing to be very fair, especially when compared with other...More

Thank LEMJohannesburg
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Our first time at this beautiful restaurant but won't be our last. Very much 'fine dining' with superb food and wine and first class service.

Thank BsurreyUK
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Vergelegen is well known as a beautiful estate to visit and Camphors is the fantastic icing on the historic cake. Inventive food with wonderful flavours combine to paint pictures on the plate Unusual layout to the menu is carefully explained by the professional friendly staff....More

Thank Capetownbrits
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Marlene B
Do you have a xmas lunch
20 September 2016|
Response from Domenique7 | Reviewed this property |
Vergelegen Estate is closed on Christmas Day, as are both dining venues.
Are they having a New Year's Eve function and if so , can they email me the menu etc and price for 2 people. Thanks or they can call on 073 795 9100
26 November 2015|
Response from Chubbles1 | 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
What is the dress code? We are travelling and it will be warm and are unclear if we can wear smart, tailored shorts?
14 September 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$ 60
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
Good for
Business meetings, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
12:00 - 14:30
12:00 - 14:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 20:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lourensford Road | Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Somerset West
  • Phone Number: +27 21 847 2131
  • E-mail
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 eighth place in the Top Ten restaurants in South Africa, in The Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards 2014, as well as being the Regional Winner - Wine Tourism Restaurant - in the 2014 Best of Wine Tourism Awards, 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. This experience is tailored for both wine and food connoisseurs and everyday visitors alike who want to enjoy an unpressured dining experience. Regrettably, Camphors is not child-friendly.