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At Arkeste we present seasonal ingredients by revisiting classic techniques in a fresh , contemporary manner.
PRICE RANGE
R 286 - R 476
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
French, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking
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It was raining so we ate inside - a shame as the outdoor dining space looked lovely. The menu was extremely interesting with some very daring dishes (gorgonzola icecream!) but very tasty. The service was good and had a good atmosphere.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A MA SING the personal is so friendly and helpfull. The food is just unbelievable the way the flavors balance each other out. To top it all off the wine is just spectacular.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We chose this restaurant for lunch after reading the reviews on tripadvisor, and had a super experience. The outdoor setting was beautiful and peaceful, the staff were friendly, the service was prompt, and the food was absolutely delicious. Our best meal in South Africa so...far on this trip.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We discovered Arkeste thanks to a local recommendation, and it turned out to be a hidden gem. From the moment we stepped in, we were warmly welcomed and impressed by the friendly service and the incredibly creative menu. Every dish we tried was superb, surpassing...our experiences at other fine-dining restaurants in Stellenbosch. The wine recommendation was perfect, complementing our meal beautifully. What amazed us even more was that the bill was less than half of what we had paid at other high-end establishments. In my opinion, this restaurant offered the best value for money we experienced during our two-week vacation in Stellenbosch/Franschhoek.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You taste the love and passion with every dish you order. Excellent wine on top, will define come back. The service was great:)

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best Diner in Franschhoek ever in this SA-weeks. Food, Ambiente, Service > excellent. We see us next year more times.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 29 February 2024

The first time, I came across the chef “Richard Carstens” and this goes back some time, he was still working at TOKARA, and his signature dish - starter was the baked Alaskan Salmon with the Meringue on top and the fabulous Wasabi cream in oil...with herbs – along with the rainbow trout ice cream “Mind Blowing”. Coming back to Tokara an year later, I had to find out he was no longer there, and we where told were he went, he started his own business in Franschhoek next to Chamonix Wine Estate. Since than we are regular guest, traveling to South Africa and staying in the wine lands at Franschhoek, the “Arkeste” is always on our must do list. Before your start your trip, make a reservation well in advance via dineplan to get your self a nice confirmed reservation at this gorgeous place in the middle of the wood. After the renovation of last year, the place looks even better than before, modern and stylish and his staff in service / kitchen are doing a great job. Very professional, friendly and nice people treating you at their best. We will be back in 2025, the same time the place, and we are looking forward.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 27 February 2024 via mobile

We had a lovely dinner that was just delicious with outstanding service by Jevon. We had lamb and hake. The presentation, the taste and enjoyment were perfect! We love dining here in our travels to South Africa.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 February 2024

Unusual and excellent, something you don't find often. A bit off the beaten track, but that is exactly what we were looking for.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 February 2024 via mobile

Booked several months previously to coincide with our day wine tasting on the Franschhoek wine tram - we weren’t disappointed . Staff were knowledgable , helpful and efficient . I am a fanatic about steak tartar and can honestly say , Aroeste’s spin with Bobotie...seasoning combined with the exceptional quality beef was the best I’ve had . Sprinbok (a first for me) followed which literally melted in the mouth complemented by chefs ‘secret’ sauce . I must admit I don’t agree or understand with the previous reviewers criticism regarding the lack of starch options - alternatives were offered on the menu . A wonderful pinnacle to a great day out in beautiful FranschhoekMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 22 February 2024

We’d heard great things about Arkeste and were excited about trying it but unfortunately didn’t really rate our meal. Firstly positives: staff were super helpful, a very good value wine list, and a good buzzy atmosphere. However unlike many of the winery restaurants you’re in...a forest with no view which really detracts from the experience. The food is also pretty limited - all of the main courses come with the same mashed potato and bok choy, and one of two sauces, and so it was pretty uninspiring and old-fashioned. We started with the “famous” smoked salmon baked Alaska which we thought was very, very odd - apparently everyone else loves it… It was a perfectly nice evening and great value, but compared to all of the other meals we’ve eaten over the years in franschhoek mans around I would suggest perhaps going elsewhere…More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 21 February 2024

One of the best meals I have ever had anywhere complimented by excellent glasses of Chamonix Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Tremendous starter of Tempura linefish with avocado followed by Red wine glazed Springbok which just melted in the mouth finished with Gorgonzola ice cream. A...lovely sylvan setting on the Chamonix Estate. Friendly staff. Overall a great experience. Tremendous value by European standards. Would highly recommend.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 19 February 2024

One of the best meals during our 3 week visit to South Africa. The food was fresh and beautifully presented. Choose to dine with beautiful indoor or outdoor seating. You can also do wine tastings at the Chamonix Wine Farm adjacent to the restaurant.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024 via mobile

Food, service, ambience, value are all outstanding. There are daily specials as well as the published menu. Although this restaurant is fine dining, there is something for everyone. Anyone unsure will realise this when front of house patiently talk you through the menu. Arkeste is...a beautiful, relaxed restaurant. Please visit, you will love it.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 17 February 2024

A superb experience! Food was different and excellent, service was very good, all at reasonable prices. The location was very attractive and the interest Richard took in all his diners was very much to his credit.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Yes, R150. The wine list is priced ok compared to other restaurants.
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Arkeste is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5