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The French Connection

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Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 4056
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Today
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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157 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is close like being except from the fact that at the French Connection the staff smiles and are very polite. At lunch it was very busy but we were lucky to get a table outside. Had a fantastic chicken salad and a flat bread with vegetables. Superb for a lunch

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Thank René B
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Though busy and without reservation, we were seated within 10 mins and much enjoyed an interesting menu with late-night light options

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Thank Chris K
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259 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice location - in the middle of the very cozy city. The flatbread with grilled vegetables is very tasteful. Reasonable prices. Service minded and attentive staff. Nice and clean rest rooms.

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Thank Allan K
Wallasey
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129 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After long flights, airports and the drive to Franschhoek (the latter is not too bad actually), settling into accommodation, unpacking, showering - shattered - what better than a quality pick-me-up. This restaurant has been one of our favourites for years. We always go here on our first night because the service and food are excellent and the ambiance wonderful. It... More 

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Thank Pick1962
Stattford, Great Britain
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Food was excellent, average price for area and large portions. The only complaint we had were the cramped dining room and very small table for four, it was a table designed for two, which it was mainly used for, but we were put on the same table with four of us, couldn't fit all the glasses on, let alone a... More 

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Thank Margaret E
Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The prime 'outside' tables are gold dust - book a year ahead if you want one. WE had West Coast mussels - they were sublime!

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Thank AstonJag
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a very nice meal here was a return visit and we would say that we had the best fillet steak of our trip here and I can assure you that we did have a lot of steaks in two weeks!

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Thank tag1961
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In the hub of the small tourist town of Franschoek with great location! The food was prepared good and served with good wine coming from the region. This particular restaurant has one negative: its expensive for a bistro. All in all a great cozy little french bistro worth a visit.

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Thank Michael H
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Located in the end of the main road, a welcome stop on a excursion through Franschhoek: Seating is in- or outside, we had good coffee and espresso, my cheesecake was superb as well as the chicken salad! Highly recommendable, staff was friendly and helpful!

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Thank Horst S
Gothenburg, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely little french bistro for a Valentines Day meal - even away from near and dear. French cuisine with some Italian touches - made well.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$18
Cuisine
French, European
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
Monday
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
Thursday
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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