Araka Restaurant
Araka Restaurant
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Araka Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.araka.com/
  • Phone: 3147256777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner:
    Monday & Tuesday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Burnau
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-premise catering is available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Perhaps the most unique private dining rooms in the St. Louis area. Business dinners or Board Meetings. Pharmaceutical Dinners or Medical Meetings. Rehearsal Dinners or Birthdays. Graduations or Celebrations. Whatever the occasion, Araka is the place for you. Araka offers four private areas to accommodate from 10-50 people for sit down lunches, dinners, or cocktail parties. Each room has its own unique touches, but all include 42” plasmas & state of the art electronics for presentations. The Venetian & Olympian Rooms, located on the mezzanine level, offer a 180 degree panoramic view of the fountain on Carondelet Plaza. The Marseille & Olympian Rooms offer the utmost privacy with its ionized glass that can change from clear to frosted with the flip of a switch.
  • Private Party Contact: Kristen 3147256777
  • Special Events: Perhaps the most unique private dining rooms in the St. Louis area. Business dinners or Board Meetings. Pharmaceutical Dinners or Medical Meetings. Rehearsal Dinners or Birthdays. Graduations or Celebrations. Whatever the occasion, ARAKA is the place for you. ARAKA offers four private areas to accommodate from 10-50 people for sit down lunches, dinners, or cocktail parties. Each room has its own unique touches, but all include 42” plasmas & state-of-the-art electronics for presentations. The Venetian & Olympian Rooms, located on the mezzanine level, offer a 180 degree panoramic view of the fountain on Carondelet Plaza. The Marseille & Olympian Rooms offer the utmost privacy with its ionized glass that can change from clear to frosted with the flip of a switch. For more information or to book your next event contact: Sharon Hornbeck, Special Events Coordinator (314) 725-6777

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hanley Rd.
  • Public Transit: The Metro stop at Forsyth drops you off 2 blocks from ARAKA.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is ample parking in the Crescent garage which can be accessed from the alley closest to Kaldi's coffee near Hanley Blvd
A word from Araka Restaurant
The culinary philosophy of both Executive Chef Michael Burnau and Chef de Cuisine Ryan Cooper is to use simple market fresh and pure ingredients to create flavorful and memorable dishes. In addition to our meat and fish dishes, our expansive vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free selections all contain healthy vegetables, and proteins, without sacrificing flavor. We look forward to seeing you!
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Araka Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Great food and service. Sorry
    Tennisace1
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    Great food and service. Sorry they will be closing. Beautiful decor hope the new restaurant owners don't change it too much.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, hot spot
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  • Food was very good. Menu
    Familydineout
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Food was very good. Menu offered excellent choices -- meat, fish, vegetarian, vegan --perfect for my family. Our waiter was especially good. So sorry to learn the restaurant is closing
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our appetizer was very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Our appetizer was very good and the entre was good - grouper very good and the chicken was just okay. The waiter was also good, but we had to wait over an hour and a half for our food once we ordered. I have never drank a bottle of wine before my dinner was served.
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  • Saturday night , restaurant
    TMARTINVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Saturday night , restaurant was only half full and our waiter would still not be seen for 20 minutes at a time. Food good but with that service we will never be back .
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I have a 7
    Foodie52
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    My husband and I have a 7 month old, so we were really looking forward to a nice Romantic Valentine's Dinner alone. When we got to Araka we were seated promptly and greeted by our server. There were so many delicious looking items on the menu we couldn't pick just one, so we decided to order several appetizers and a couple salads. Despite only ordering appetizers and salad, it took a half an hour for our salad to come out. Then another 30minutes for our food to come out and once they arrived they were cold. We rarely saw our waiter and to avoid spending any more time at Araka we ate our cold food. Then waited another 20 minutes for the check. Our total dinning experience was close to 2 hours. Needless to say we were quite disappointed.
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  • Awesome dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    Excellent food and great ambiance. Our waiter was new so not as informed about wines and menu items but very pleasant young man.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I ordered the Australian lamb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    I ordered the Australian lamb and do not regret it. It was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great for a business lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Great for a business lunch. Foood was very good quality and well prepared. Convenient parking in the garage behind the restaurant, a plus for a Clayton restaurant. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was delicious and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Food was delicious and the wait staff very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great menu for restaurant
    diner
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Great menu for restaurant week. They did not include a dessert instead you had 3 courses of real food. We picked them becasue of this
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little disappointed that
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    A little disappointed that we were seated upstairs in a very unattractive. The downstairs is lovely. Will request a different table when I go again.
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  • We went for Clayton restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    We went for Clayton restaurant week. Very nice variety of menu selections. Really appreciated the vegetarian options. Food was very good, ice cream (salted caramel and white chocolate banana-house made) was excellent. Wine list was also exceptional.
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  • We came to Araka for Clayton
    scifisiren
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    We came to Araka for Clayton restaurant week. Everything we had was expertly and perfectly prepared and cooked, from the beet salads to the steamed mussels, to our entrees of salmon and flatiron sirloin, both deliciously seared and at perfect medium temperature. Great ambiance, lovely design, and wonderful service. I'd like to come back to try some more adventurous menu options.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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  • A wonderful Clayton Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    A wonderful Clayton Restaurant week experience.Great wine list, delicious food and appropriate amounts and choices. We will definitley be back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • This is probably my favorite
    Kito3987VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    This is probably my favorite restaurant in St. Louis now. Everything is amazing. Even pretty non-exciting dishes like "mac & cheese" were absolutely amazing. I can't wait to go back. The location and ambiance are terrific. Service was outstanding (attentive without hovering). Wine is good, and even though this is a pretty pricey restaurant, you can get a good bottle of wine for $30. Most importantly (just kidding), our waiter was HOT!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • It was Clayton restauraant
    twinsis
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    It was Clayton restauraant week so we expected smaller portions for the $25.00 three course menu but wanted to introduce our visiting NYC daughter to the restaurant. Much to our delight, there were plenty of choices for each course and the plates were were not only bountiful but presented beautifully. And most important DELICIOUS, as good as the finest restaurants in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good as always. Really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    Very good as always. Really enjoyed the salmon - the duck confit ravioli was a disappointment however. Thought they'd either be boiled or soft pasta, not baked. Sauce was flavorful, but couldn't eat the ravioli w/o it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful as always, even
    lolatwinkletoesVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    Wonderful as always, even with it being Clayton Restaurant Week and the restaurant being exceptionally busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Apps were okay, but the entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    Apps were okay, but the entrees were average at best. As an example, the pork loin was an overcooked boneless chop. Nothing to write home about. We were disappointed. Unfortunately we can't recommend.
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  • Place to go Anytime
    HirschwritesVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    Terrific menu for the Clayton Restaurants week. Three savory courses ... one as great as the next. I had the white bean soup, mac and cheese, and salmon. Service excellent
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • We were pleased with unusual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    We were pleased with unusual and creative food choices that are not routinely available on the menu of every upscale restaurant, such as the duck confit ravioli and warm beet salad. The serving of flatiron steak was a bit meager, but we came for Clayton Restaurant week (fixed price) so perhaps that's the reason. The decor is very special, particularly the bar area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Food was disappointing, not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    Food was disappointing, not nearly as good as it has been in the past. Will probably try again but not for awhile.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    We were there for Clayton restaurant week and had an excellent 3-course prix fixe meal. I was amazed at the portion sizes (large!). Most the dishes were excellent and well presented; cauliflower soup, smoked trout, mussels, pasta, salmon all wonderful. The Caesar salads were fine but nothing out of the ordinary. The mushroom ravioli is made with a baked ravioli which was good (delicious dipping sauce) but I think the dish would have been better with a soft pasta type of ravioli. Service was excellent. Overall it was a great experience and I will return soon. Highly recommend for restaurant week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Araka was a very amazing find,
    OPKS
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Araka was a very amazing find, considering I did not know a thing about it and selected it because (a) the menu looked good and (b) it was within easy walking distance from our hotel. The food was really super - salmon prepared just right, excellent scallops, to-die-for salted-caramel ice cream; the bar scene was fun (we asked for bar seats after arriving and the switch from table to bar was made seamlessly); and the service was just perfect. A small group came in that included several kids and they seemed to enjoy it also. But, it was also just right for a romantic dinner for two. Outside dining appeared available but we ate at Araka in January so no outside dining for us. We'd strongly recommend Araka and hope to dine there again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Food and service was fantastic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    Food and service was fantastic. I loved the choices on the menu. They were spot on with service. Only surprise was that it wasn't very busy. This place is beautiful, and would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Whole process with reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/8/2013
    Whole process with reservation went flawlessly. Food and service were great. Just don't sit in booth where shades can't block out lunch time sun.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Dave and I really liked Araka!
    Frosty
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Dave and I really liked Araka! We wanted to try something different in the Clyton area so I just checked on line and found it. We loved it! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • For a fine dining restaurant,
    Chris
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    For a fine dining restaurant, I was truly disappointed with the service. We were seated for about 10 minutes and nobody brought us any water or bread. I felt a bit embarrassed to have to ask for bread. Our server was slow and unattentive. The food was good but wasn't out of this world.
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  • We will be back!
    VSTLVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    We decided to try a new restaurant for New Year's. We were not disappointed. The food was delicious and from what I gather it was a special menu for New Year's and the chefs did themselves proud. The food was imaginative, beautifully presented and excellent. And Sean, our server, was tremendous. He was that perfect balance of attentive without being cloying, informative and professional. In Europe, where, particularly in nicer restaurants, waiting tables is a profession, he would fit in nicely and service can make a special meal that much better. My compliments!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food was presented and tasted
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    Food was presented and tasted great, but we were disappointed that it wasn't crowded, especially for a Saturday night. This is the 2nd time we have been there on a Saturday night and it was empty. We really enjoy the food and the restaurant is beautiful. I hope they make it.
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  • What a find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    This was a nice place to eat at. It was not crowded and the service was great. Our server was knowledgable and recommended his favorites. The food was delictable. We will go back.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • It was a really good and pleasant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    It was a really good and pleasant dinner, the only thing to be improved might be the espresso, it was lukewarm!! GSW
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  • I found the dishes to be overly
    LynnVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2012
    I found the dishes to be overly salty and just not good. The dumplings were very salty. THe short ribs very pedestrian. My dinner companion had a better tasting meal. Perhaps I just made poor selections.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good. A little chilly during
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    Good. A little chilly during these winter months. Did like the ambiance for a small group. Too open for me to be romantic. Service was very good. Liked the waiter - helpful and available without hovering. Wine he suggested was good.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • We enjoyed our food and experience
    Foodie2b
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    We enjoyed our food and experience there. The wait staff were all very good and professional. We definitely will go again. My Cosmo was a bit too sweet - and not a great amount of vodka - but nicely presented. The wine was perfect with all of our choices for the meal(s). We went early - but the restaurant did fill up as we were leaving. It is an "easy" and welcoming place to go.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Nice new additions to the menu!
    dreday23
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Had a great dinner at Araka on Saturday night. My boyfriend and I split the lobster BLT app and it was delish. You could easily make a meal out of this app with four sliders. I had the bibb salad and the seafood pasta. Both were excellent. The pasta was just the right amount and had a ton of seafood. The bf had the cauliflower soup and the ribeye. He was very pleased with his steak they cooked it perfectly and he was a very happy camper. We had a bottle of pinot greigo and it was a perfect night. If you haven't been to Araka in awhile make a trip, it will be worth it!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great spot, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    The restaurant is beautiful. We were greeted by a friendly and energetic hostess, but that's where it stopped. Our service was not good. Our waiter seemed very disinterested in assisting us and we had to flag him down everytime we needed something. He did not come back to check on us. The only time he was prompt was in bringing the check; almost seemed like he was rushing us out. My food was tasty, but it was cold. I had to ask for it to be reheated. My steak was tough despite ordering it medium well. My date's chicken (Amish chicken) was amazing! I ate more of his food than my own. The beef carpaccio appetizer was great, also great wine. The ambiance is very nice. I'll go back, but I hope for a different waiter.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • I brought my girlfriend to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    I brought my girlfriend to Araka Restaurant for our four year anniversary. I was impressed with the ambiance, specifically the changing light colors on the ceiling and the cross-hatch patterns on the walls. I was also impressed with how fast and friendly the service was, and the atmosphere was quiet and I did not feel crowded.
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  • Perfection...One of my top 5
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    It's been over a year since I dined at Araka and having dinner there the other night reminded me that I am missing out on a real gem. Everything was perfect, service, food, drinks, dessert, parking noise level good for conversation. Could not ask for anything more. Walked over to The Ritz for a nightcap and a little music. Perfect evening.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • absolutely the best! Loved
    owlfan2VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2012
    absolutely the best! Loved their anniversary menu which included appetizer, entree and good sized dessert.I had filet mignon..cooked superbly,Husband had chicken...very tender and juicyMy son had pork belly which was mouth watering delicious!
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    fit for foodies
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