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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 (85)

4.7 out of 5.0
Food 4.8
Value 4.6
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.5
  • Fiona D. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 24 Mar 20
    We spent 2 weeks in South Africa area earlier this month enjoying the fabulous food and wine, and Arkeste absolutely rated as one of our best experiences. We were lucky enough to have a sunny day and sat outside on a delightful shady patio, with the sun glinting through the trees. Some other diners sat inside and this appeared to be a wonderful space also. From the moment we arrived, to the moment we left, the service was impeccable and extremely professional - there when you needed it, discrete when not. The menu is truly innovative and challenging, food is delicious, and I left with a huge smile on my face having had a wonderful experience - after all, isn't that what eating out is all about... Go there if you can !

  • Johann S. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 16 Mar 20
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal!

  • Margaret F. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 15 Mar 20
    Excellent food and service

  • Andrea T. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 14 Mar 20
    One of our most memorable meals in Franschoek. World class cuisine in a beautiful tranquil setting. Highly recommend.

  • Ryno S. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Patrizia L. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    3.8
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 3.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 13 Mar 20
    We thought the starters were truly outstanding but the main courses did not impress as much. The service did not suit the style of upmarket restaurant. Casual is lovely but there is a fine line where it just becomes ordinary. This was our first visit and we surely will return to get a deeper impression.

  • Jonna K. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    2.3
    Food 3.0
    Value 2.0
    Service 3.0
    Ambience 1.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 12 Mar 20
    We had great expectations but were a bit disappointed. The restaurant lacked ambience and the food was good but not as extraordinary as we’d been told.

  • Laura R. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Heather C. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Andrew H. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 09 Mar 20
    Wonderful evening. The food was exceptional, the service was faultless.

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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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