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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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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Matthew Gordon’s popular bistro in the heart of the Franschhoek village...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food and street vibe

We had lunch at the French Connection. Excellent service from the full team . Management on standby all the time. Fantastic steaks . We enjoyed the hot choriso and calamari starter salad...yummy. Right on the Franschoek strip.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
Divia M
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Cape Town, South Africa
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English first
Pretoria, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Great little restaurant/bistro in the heart of the Franschhoek village; very good wine selection and the filet mignon is superb!

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Frome, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

This restaurant seemed very popular and busy, we felt they had crammed too many tables in. We were moved as even the staff were struggling to get around the restaurant. Again reservation made from UK, just as well as very busy. Food once it arrived was good and wine selection was good. Not for you if you want a quiet... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

We had lunch at the French Connection. Excellent service from the full team . Management on standby all the time. Fantastic steaks . We enjoyed the hot choriso and calamari starter salad...yummy. Right on the Franschoek strip.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

In the middle of the main street in Franschhoek sits French Connection restaurant where the service and food were great. Friendly staff and food was prompt and delicious. Will go again on our next trip.

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Portugal
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

menu was varied and interesting, food was very good, service friendly and efficient - would definitely recommend.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

The mains were ok, but not anything to write home about. The service was genuinely very good, but the food felt to be a bit lacking.

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sydney
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Can't beleive this find is only at no14 of franschhoek's restaurants...great classic bistro food, exceptional staff & reasonable prices...look no further than this F'hoekk Institution

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Paarl, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Lovely location, good quality food - great value for money! Love sitting outside to see guests walk buy, or watching the mountains turn pink while the sun sets. Perfect romantic spot, casual dinner for one, catch up with friends or a girls night out. Love it every time.. (try the onion rings! :) my favourite!)

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My husband really liked his steak but I found the rest of the food to be rather mediocre. The service was very good, though.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We only needed a light meal after a large lunch but everything about this place was a delight. Very imaginative delicious food beautifully served. We were so pleased we stumbled upon it and really enjoyed the bistro style.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 4056

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 18
  • Cuisine: Bistro

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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