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26-32 Houtkapper Street | Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
+27 21 880 1549
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Chef Lucas Carstens is a true food artist. I had a risotto starter that melted in my mouth. The lamb was perfectly roasted & uniquely flavoured. The service was equally good. The staff are all very friendly and paying attention to every detail. I defenitely recommend Makaron restaurant to customers with a preference for the finer things in live.

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Thank LC H
kdequekervandermerwe, Owner at Makaron, responded to this review

Dear LC H, Bother service and kitchen team are delighted to read that you enjoyed your time at Makaron! We hope to welcome you back very soon for some more food from chef Lucas Carstens. Kind regards Karine More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

the design is super-fine! you can't spare staring at the bar at the entrance! Staff is kind and discrete. there are no many options on the menu but food is really good.

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Thank alliyz
kdequekervandermerwe, Owner at Makaron, responded to this review

Dear alliyz, Thank you very much for your review about your experience at Makaron. We are delighted that you enjoyed both the service and the food and hope to welcome you back soon again. Kind regards Karine More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Most delicious dinner. My husband has the risotto and gave it a 10/10 I have the prawn linguini and it was delicious. our mains were fantastic too. we'll done to the chef.

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Thank paulakorkie
kdequekervandermerwe, Owner at Makaron, responded to this review

Dear paulakorkie, Thank you very much for the lovely review you left about your dinner at Makaron. The two dishes you mentioned are also my personal favorite! The service and kitchen team are delighted, this is a great reward to their hard work and dedication. Hoping to welcome you back soon. Kind regards Karine More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

Inviting bar serving great cocktails, makes up for the lack of atmosphere in the dining area. Sublime fish, beautifully plated food, dreamy desserts. Knowledgable Sommelier advised us on a fantastic Chardonnay. Hostess and waiters require a little fine tuning ! definitely worth a visit.

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Thank AlisonMac2015
kdequekervandermerwe, Owner at Makaron, responded to this review

Dear AlisonMac2015, Thank you very much for your great review. We have made notes of your comments on our restaurant atmosphere, hostess and waiters and passed it on to Esme, our sommelier and restaurant manager! We look forward to welcoming you back at Makaron. Kind regards Karine More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

We spoilt ourselves by visiting a number of the top rated restaurants in Stellenbosch. We were staying in the amazing Majecka Hotel so thought we'd try the Makaron Restaurant too. The food was in a different league to the other restaurants. One of our top 10 meals ever! The staff were incredibly good too. I could not recommend highly enough.

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1 Thank JS428
kdequekervandermerwe, Owner at Makaron, responded to this review

Dear JS428, We are so glad that you enjoyed your dinner at Makaron and the entire service and kitchen team joins me in thanking you for sharing your experience with such positive words. We look forward to welcoming you back soon at Makaron. Kind regards karine More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

Heard it was excellent but was blown away by the incredible innovation and flavours we experienced! Highly recommend the wine pairing option. Each course was exceptional !! An exquisite bar and lounge for pre dinner drinks- perfect on a rainy evening to sit in front of a gorgeous wood burning fire.

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Thank mandycassel2016
kdequekervandermerwe, Owner at Makaron, responded to this review

Dear Mandycassel2016, Thank you so very much for your lovely review about your experience at Makaron. Our kitchen and particularly our service team is delighted that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. Kind regards Karine More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

I chose to have dinner at Makaron to celebrate a very special occasion with my wife. Expectations were high given the accolades it has garnered. I had made my reservation weeks prior and answered dutifully all the questions requested, including our dietary preference/requirements, which I was reassured had been noted and would not be an issue. Judging by the plethora... More 

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kdequekervandermerwe, Owner at Makaron, responded to this review

Dear ChristianBoix, First of all, we would like to thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Makaron in such details. We have taken note of all your comments, positive and negative and will be working on being more attentive to guests dietary requirements, as well as welcoming. My husband and myself, being banters ourselves, tend to... More 

Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

Enjoyed a fun night with a group of friends. For our first course my wife had Steak Tartare, Onions, Horseradish, while I had the Rossoto of Baby Marrow, Egg. She had the Springbok, Butternut Ravioli, Spiced Jus and I had the Line-Fish, Coconut, Corainder for our second Course. I chose the Caramel Bar for dessert, while she had the Selection... More 

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Thank adalbert3
kdequekervandermerwe, Owner at Makaron, responded to this review

Dear Adalbert3, Thank you very much for your lovely review on our Makaron restaurant! We are delighted that you enjoyed your dinner with us from all sides - food, service and beverages. Regarding your comment on WIFI, we are in a residential aera of Stellenbosch and have restricted internet access, hence the reason why we only allow our inhouse guests... More 

Paarl
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

Lovely restaurant in Stellenbosch, but needs a lot of improvement if they want to keep their high prices. I love fine-dining and am happy to pay, but the overall experience needs to be top notch. I booked for lunch at 12h00, only to hear that we need to go drink something at the bar while we wait for service at... More 

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Thank Caelli P
kdequekervandermerwe, Owner at Makaron, responded to this review

Dear Caelli P, First of all thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review. We are very sorry to read that your experience was not to your expectations and have of course taken it up both with our chef Lucas Carstens and Esme Groenewald our restaurant manager and sommelier. Just as a correction, we do... More 

Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

Elegant and cosy atmosphere,amazing service,artistically presented plates which tasted even better,and an even cosier heavenly decorated cigar room behind closed doors so that no one is bothered.Highly recommend it.

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Thank sofakos s
kdequekervandermerwe, Owner at Makaron, responded to this review

Dear Sofakos s, Thank you so much for such a lovely review on your experience at Makaron. We are delighted you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you back in our walls soon! Kind regards Karine More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$53
Cuisine
European, French, Delicatessen, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26-32 Houtkapper Street | Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Stellenbosch
  • Phone Number: +27 21 880 1549
Description
Airy and light, the restaurant overlooks lush gardens and leads onto a sheltered terrace for alfresco dining. It is in this stimulating setting that resident chef Lucas Carstens presents his menu of fresh, modern cuisine grounded in the French classics. Lucas has enormous respect for the quality and provenance of each ingredient that comes into his kitchen and takes pride in working with ethical producers and suppliers who share his philosophy of excellence. Complementing Makaron Restaurant is M Bar, an inviting lounge-style bar with the decadent ambience of a Parisian salon.

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