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At A R K E S T E we present seasonal ingredients by revisiting classic techniques in a contemporary, modern way. Chef Richard Carstens has returned to the Franschhoek Valley and Chamonix where he was head chef during the mid 90's to showcase to diners his modern take on seasonal ingredients. Voted Chef of the year by Eatout in the past and chef de cuisine at numerous top 10 and top 20 restaurants in South Africa. For the past eight years Richard dazzled diners at the award winning Tokara Winery and restaurant. We've launched our a la carte menu which is available Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and Thursday through Saturday for dinner.

Reviews (65)

4.7 out of 5.0
Food 4.8
Value 4.6
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.5
  • Susanne S. Dined: 2 days ago
    4.8
    Food 4.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 22 Feb 20
    Wonderful new restaurant with charming service. You feel as close to the trees as in a tree house. The signature fish-starter was amazing.

  • Vanessa G. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 20 Feb 20
    Fabulous cooking. The best !

  • Brian S. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 19 Feb 20
    A thoroughly enjoyable evening with food of an exceptional quality

  • Carla G. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Linda W. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 17 Feb 20
    We had the winemakers lunch and it was really good. Will definitely come back when next in Franschhoek, which is every year!

  • Arthur P. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 15 Feb 20
    Up there with the very very best in both Cape Town and Franschhoek

  • Calvin E. Dined: 1 week ago
    4
    Food 4.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Raffaella C. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Jacques M. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Philippe H. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.3
    Food 4.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 4.0
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Opening Hours

  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday CLOSED
  • Wednesday 12h00 - 15h00 - 18h00 - 21h00
  • Thursday 12h00 - 15h00 - 18h00 - 21h00
  • Friday 12h00 - 15h00 - 18h00 - 21h00
  • Saturday 12h00 - 15h00 - 18h00 - 21h00
  • Sunday 12h00 - 15h00 - 18h00 - 21h00
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