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The French Connection

Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 4056
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Ranked #13 of 60 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $18
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Bistro
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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The Mount, Pamplemousses, Mauritius
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

Nice restaurant, nice prices and good food. On huguenot road, it is a must do! We had a great time there! We will go back for sure

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

My mussels were overcooked, but everyone else in my party enjoyed their food. It was a good experience. Cute restaurant, good location, and great waiter. Would definitely go there again.

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Cape Town
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

We are in our forties but was the youngest in the restaurant by twenty years ! Nice food but not a great atmosphere.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

We have eaten in numerous top quality restaurants on this trip, but so far the springbok in peppercorns at The French Connection, has been my favourite dish. Excellent food, attentive staff and great ambiance all helped to make a memorable night. I was particularly pleased to be asked if we would like a rest between courses. Being the 'entertainment' for... More

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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

Great food, service and atmosphere! A very fitting experience during the wonderful Franschhoek Bastille Festival!

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Busy restaurant so need to book. Food good but nothing exceptional. I didn't want a dessert so I had cheese and crackers which said it had chutney, but they served it with Marmalade! Strange combination. I asked for chutney which they did bring, one homemade and one bought in one, the homemade was delicious, the bought one was horrible, sloppy,... More

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England
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Whilst we had a pleasant meal here we felt that the French Connection needs to up its game. The prices were similar to other better and more classier restaurants in Franschhoek but the quality of the food did not match and we felt overall that it was not particularly good value. The staff did not engage with us and seemed... More

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Lincoln, MA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Just dined at The French Connection, one of only a few restaurants open on Monday night here in Franschhoek. Recommended by hoteliers from CapeTown. French Bistro menu. Good staff and pleasant setting. This was a great choice. Roast duck far and away best I ever had. Moist and flavorful with delicious sauce not overly sweet. I'd eat it again tomorrow... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

great food, good wine list and loads to choose from. Very busy restaurant so booking advisable. A must to visit

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Johannesburg
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Had a lovely dinner a week ago in this bistro style Restaurant. We ate on a Sunday night and the place was packed. Service was good. The crispy duck was brilliant. My wife had the fish cakes which we also good. When I next find myself in Franchhoek I will most certainly eat there again.

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Additional Information about The French Connection

Address: Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 876 4056
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 18
Cuisine: Bistro

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