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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” (159 reviews)
“crispy duck” (31 reviews)
“mussels” (79 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 yesterday

The restaurant is offering the kind of cuisine that one would expect from a culinary place like Franschhoek.

Thank Marcel1402
Reviewed 3 days ago

Whilst trying to decide where to eat and hovering in front of this restaurant, a local passed by and said it was great and to go in. We sat on the veranda outside the restaurant as it was a fantastic day. We had a fabulous...More

Thank juliaelizabethann
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Decent food, good service decent wine list. The moulles and frites were tasty - super big mussels and Frenchman fries. Squid and chorizo was also super tasty and all washed down with a Graham Beck sparkling white. Lovely

Thank Jeepers3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In a town that is heavily populated with restaurants, cafes, pubs, guest houses and bistros and that is surrounded by wine estates offering everything from gastro restaurants to bespoke picnics The French Connection fits in well. The food is excellent and competitively priced as it...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely ambience and delicious food. Chevre tart and beetroot risotto are definately worth a try. The fish of the day was grilled and well prepared to perfection. For dessert we ordered creme brulee and choclate fondant which took 20 minutes to prepare but was well...More

Thank nitaMumbai
Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious steak and the house red wine was wonderful. It was a cool evening but we ate outside to enjoy the sunset. Gorgeous and they provide blankets to stay cozy

Thank scholarshiplady
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The French Connection Bistro has a large menu with some very interesting daily specials. The food was lovely and the choice of wines vast. Try to get a table outside: the view over the mountains is lovely!

Thank tingasiki
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very popular restaurant and you need to make a reservation in front! It is not a fancy place, but the atmosphere is good. The food was excellent and I want specifically to mention the mussels with an excellent soup.

Thank Bjørn Arne J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived here without a booking and was surprised that we managed to get a table . The restaurant was vibrant and busy and had a great atmosphere . I ordered the sirloin steak with café de paris butter and my wife had the open vegetable...More

Thank DAVE2620
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was lovely and wonderful value for money. The only fault was that I ate too much for a starter and wasn’t that hungry when my main arrived. My wife’s meal was also fantastic and the service was excellent.

Thank Murt52
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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, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
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
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
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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
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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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