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The French Connection

Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 4056
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (151 reviews)
“crispy duck” (30 reviews)
“mussels” (76 reviews)
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French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Reviewed today via mobile

A lovely ambience with the roaring fire on a cold evening. We were 2 couples and each had a different meat. The chicken was delicious and highly recommended. The pork and lamb shank was ok. The duck I would not recommend ... it was dry...More

Thank LovetotravelPretoria
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a very nice dinner. I recommend the muscles, as they were wonderful. Nice atmosphere, attentive service, nice wine list.

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited this Bistro after about 4years....so glad to see that they've kept up their high standard. The meal & service were both excellent. The mussels were the best I've ever had.

Thank Lalitha S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had lunch here the day before Bastille festival and the vibe of the whole place was just Fantastic. Just as the food. I had the Salmon fish cakes for lunch and it was delicious. My Husband had the charcuterie board and he loved. What...More

Thank foodmust
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked in off the street to be greeted with a roaring fire and friendly staff. My family and I tucked in to a great meal. The duck (as mentioned in other reviews) was great, as was the sticky toffee pudding. As expected in Franscheok, the...More

Thank SAMan22
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is just about the only place in town in the winter, and for good reason: simple, honest bistro food that it not trying to be something it is not. Reasonably priced too. The only gripe is that on busy nights service is slow.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate at the French Connection on our first night in franschoek. The food was really delicious and well cooked and seasoned. The service was very friendly and attentive. Their wine list had a nice amount of South African wines to select from. It had...More

Thank Courtsn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended by owner of accommodation where we stayed. Great dining experience with good range menu. Cozy and warm winter evening dining. Great selection of food and friendly staff. Value for money.

Thank JKahlers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic lunch enjoyed the fish it was amazing, house wine was excellent. Manager of the restaurant was checking on all the tables

Thank Hamad A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent food and decent service. Restaurant was recommended by our host, whom we saw later dining there -- so he wasn't kidding. Can recommend the beef stroganoff and filet. Very cozy and comfy place.

Thank nbptgal
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
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18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
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18:30 - 21:00
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18:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 4056
  • E-mail
Matthew Gordon’s popular bistro in the heart of the Franschhoek village offers a relaxed culinary experience with top-quality French classics like slow-roasted crispy duck with raspberry vinegar jus; superb steaks (try the fillet mignon with three-mushroom sauce), plus the freshest fish and local produce. Friendly, informative staff ensure that French Connection remains one of the most popular stops in the ‘Gourmet Capital of the Cape’. American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award 2006–2012; Diners Club International Wine List Award 2011–2013; Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012 & 2013.
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