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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” (163 reviews)
“crispy duck” (33 reviews)
“mussels” (87 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 via mobile

I had dinner here last night and was very pleased. The crispy duck I had was prepared perfectly and was juicy crisp and delicious. The veggies were fresh and not over cooked and my wife’s chicken was also excellent her creme brûlée was her favorite...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very busy restaurant with tables quite close together. We had booked and were seated in a corner, which was good, but everybody walked past my back and kept bumping the chair. Service was fine. Choice of food was excellent and the wine list was...More

Thank Sauvarin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely evening meal here. Great food in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. Great service too

Thank willwright136
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the evening of our visit the weather in Franschhoek was very unseasonable - it was raining heavily. Although we knew the restaurant was on the Main Street we thought we would be able to locate it from the road driving past. Not the case....More

Thank johhew
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've eaten here twice and had excellent food both times. The service is good and the prices are reasonable. If you arrive early, you might get a table outside with no reservations.

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were fortunate to get a table outside on a Saturday evening without booking as we had gone a little later than many people choose to eat. A good choice of carafe wines, a variety of good food including fish, a French influence as you...More

Thank mhallcool
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there for dinner and had a standard meal that left no particular memories. Service impersonal. Price OK, but we won't be back.

Thank Gunnar H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are plenty of attractive restaurants in Franschhoek, but we saw this one while walking out in the quiet of the morning and decided to make a reservation. We were glad we had done so, as it was a very busy place by 8pm. A...More

1  Thank Elton_Bear
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked a table indoors as the weather was a little unsettled. Ambiance inside great, service great and food was good. Just a shame about the table of Scottish people next to us having beaten us at rugby earlier !! 😏

Thank NRB_11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small very intimate restaurant excellent food and drinks prices very reasonable really enjoyed our night

Thank keith b
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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
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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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