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The French Connection

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Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 4056
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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262 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Regular visitors to Franschhoek and always have at least one meal here. This time we managed an extra and both were very nice. Good value for money along with friendly service. Book vefore hand if you can as it gets very busy.

Thank Ilkleygirl
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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183 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to this restaurant twice during our stay in Franschhoek and thought it was one of the best in the area. The other one we also really liked was Allora (Italian). As the name suggests, this is a French restaurant situated on the main street in Franschhoek. If you are thinking about staying in the area, I would strongly... More 

Thank Tor_Malmros
Belfast, United Kingdom
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233 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Busy busy restaurant bistro. options for seating outside by the street, inside in the high ceiling airy interior or to the rear in the courtyard. I thought it was expensive for a bistro, although we had no major complaints about anything we had. We shared a goat's cheese tartlet, which was heavy on the onion and a bit light on... More 

Thank Polychrest
Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This restaurant has never disappointed us. The food is great and very reasonably priced for the area. Lovely atmosphere and convenient, central location.

Thank SJT2017
Lisburn, N.Ireland
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch at the French Connection whilst on a wine tour, The food and the service were great. We were in a rush and the food was served promptly. A lovely surprise find!!

Thank Damien1809
Bonn, Germany
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked a table for 6 and all went very well. Nice 4-course menue with fixed price. Food and wine were very well - little bit too much meat on the main course though. Good service

Thank Michael R
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited last year and have been looking forward to returning to this restaurant in 2017. It did not disappoint. The food, service and setting are all top notch. Always busy, which must be a good sign. We will be dining there again later in the week. It's our favourite restaurant in Franschhoek.

Thank Linkside12
Durbanville, South Africa
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49 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has a large menu with local food as well as internationally trendy food. Always plated with something extra or something new. I can not get enough of the bobotie spring rolls. This is one place where you will love eating the garnish as well. They have big portions. Save place for dessert.

Thank Lindie B
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked in without a booking on a busy Saturday night. We were greeted warmly and seated in a cozy corner. First impressions cozy bistro style with a lovely atmosphere. We didn't notice the special boards unfortunately but saw a lot of people ordering mussels so decided on that for starter. They were delicious and absolutely huge portion for a starter,... More 

Thank Pink_and_Panther
west yorkshire uk
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83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good dinner sat outside this. Passive French style brasserie in a period Franschhoek building on the Main Street. Good quality ingredients and good service

Thank wedderburner

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$18
French, European
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
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
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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