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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” (172 reviews)
“crispy duck” (35 reviews)
“mussels” (86 reviews)
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French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed our meal at The French Connection. Large portions. Casual and comfortable atmosphere. Enjoyed the Kingclip and Duck.

Thank Pru B
Reviewed 4 days ago

After a long day on the golf course, the French Connection was an ideal choice eat good food, drink good wine and relax in a friendly environment. The staff were attentive and the service efficient. Ideal for a casual night out with friends.

Thank ianh65
Reviewed 6 days ago

Ate there for both nights we were in Franschoek. Beautiful food on both nights which is why we went back the second evening, We had an outside verandah table where we were able to watch the world go by. The trees were decorated with very...More

Thank Trish C
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a tip top restaurant in all ways. We have been coming for many years on our annual stay in Franshhoek and we think it's fabulous. The food is wonderfully cooked with plenty of choice and presented with grace and smiles. Jason and his team...More

Thank MairinaandTonyWilson
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You really travel from South África straight to a Parisian bistrot or Belge, if you say so! Great atmosphere, nice tabbles outside to drink a wine and eat delicious food! Worth the visit!

Thank Priscilla C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the restaurant in April 2017 and was brilliant. On return this year we booked again and were disappointed. Service let us down, one dish was sent back twice, kids ice cream took 25min and we then cancelled as it had still not arrived.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been meaning to write this for a while...to thank the restaurant, assist other travellers like us + we put together journals/albums for ourselves + family & friends (in a local “Travellers’ Tales” meet-up group) using TA reviews to help recall memories. We had a...More

Thank NotMolly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here while holidaying in Franschhoek. Main course of crispy duck was good with plenty of meat as was the chicken breast. Desserts were disappointing though with the black pepper meringues inedible, such was the level of pepper they contained. There are better places...More

Thank leslie1667
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited last night and had some lovely steak and wine. The chips were very nice and plentiful. Children's chicken schnitzel was very good indeed (and very large). The veg side plate was a bit buttery and salty for my liking but I guess that's...More

Thank T D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were after a simple place to dine with our 6 year old son. FC was recommended to us and so we reserved for 7:30. The place was half full and we were quickly seated. The service was decent but the delivery of food incredibly...More

Thank xilofono
Jason R, General Manager at The French Connection, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear xilofono We were sorry to read your disappointing review of our Bistro. We work hard to maintain a high standard of food and service. Please accept our apologies for the slow delivery of your food, it certainly is not the norm. We do have...More

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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
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
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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