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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%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (153 reviews)
“crispy duck” (30 reviews)
“mussels” (78 reviews)
Open Now
18:30 - 21:00All hours
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday

Love this place! Delicious food, well prepared. The prawn starter was amazing, as were the steaks. Excellent Irish Coffee after dinner Fire blazing on a cold, windy August night was just perfect. Will definitely be back

Thank Kimaposto
Reviewed 3 days ago

There was a great atmosphere in the restaurant when we visited and although it was busy the staff were always attentive. The fillet steaks and frites were the best that we had during our holiday. The cost of the meal with a bottle of Antonij...More

Thank Joanne H
Reviewed 6 days ago

great quaint eatery. Staff very friendly and food was great. Accommodated a party of 11 with ease. Highly recommend

Thank joeandmaryp2017
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We liked this restaurant so much that we ate there more than once whilst we stayed in Franschoek Cosy atmosphere with a fire ( it was winter when we were there )full of people . Great food, very pleasant staff , good menu , value...More

Thank JANDDBritinParis
Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommended by our hotel, this place delivered on all counts. The menu choice is perfect, they offer an extensive wine list with many from the local area. The service from making the initial booking to the informative waitress was exceptional. We were able to swap...More

Thank Paula W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant on our first night in Franschhoek, it was a short walk from our hotel and from the outside it has a nice style and character. Food was very good, the muscles as a starter were excellent, followed by the duck as...More

Thank clappers155
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As it was a cool evening in October we sat inside but on a warm evening you could sit outside. I noticed there were a couple of open fires which would be cozy on a cold evening. Service was friendly and efficient. All the dishes...More

Thank bazzawa
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was truly amazing . Food was fabulous and service excellent .But make a reservation before hand , I believe we were very lucky to get a table as short notice.

Thank DubaiDebi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were thoroughly pleased with our steak and seafood (mussels). I've been to plenty of French bistros, including in France, and the food here would stack up with any of them. You may be able to find a French restaurant with more of a French...More

Thank aperry932
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch there on a sunny warm day, and it was very pleasant. My friend had the Kingklip special, and it looked very good and the sauce that went with it was very tasty. I had the mussels and fries as a main. The...More

Thank nathalieyes
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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
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
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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