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The French Connection

Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 4056
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Ranked #14 of 62 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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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We have been to French Connection on each of our 6 visits to Franschhoek and we will keep coming back. It is consistently good. In comparison to some of the more formal dining experiences around the village, French Connection offers a relaxed, homely style of dining experience, with the highlight of the menu always being the perfectly cooked steaks. We... More 

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Greece
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Tantalising aromas and each bite more mouthwatering than the last leaving you with a sense of exhilaration waiting for the next dish to blow you away. Wonderful, friendly service and if you can, opt for outdoor seating. In a quaint town such as this, a restaurant with delightful ambiance and delicious tastes requires that you sit back and relax and... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

This was my wife and I 6th visit to Franschhoek, and we eat at the French Connection every time. We ate here for dinner twice this time. First night we had a long wait between starter and main course which was disappointing, but they were busy. Second dinner much better service. Food was excellent on both occasions and we would... More 

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london england
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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Maril & I look forward to our Franschhoek visit annually from London and one of the highlights is revisiting he FC. Many visits over so many years and we know & like what we get. Super food at very sympathetic prices and a bubbly,atmospheric ambiance with a great general manager, one Jason Ratner who oversees everything and everybody. Liezl and... More 

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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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174 reviews 174 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

Always go here when we are in Franschhoek. The food is constantly good and the service is very friendly. The waitress remembered us from last year. Just book as its very popular. See you next year.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Good location in the centre of the village. We sat on the terrace overlooking the main street. My steak was fantastic, but my beloved's vegetable curry was a little dull. Perhaps she would have been better served picking fish...

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Ennis, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Loved everything, I had criteria board and my partner has springbok salad- prawns to start, portion size are large so don't order too much quality of food frienlyness of staff in a very comfortable environment. First class indeed,,,

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Had a very good meal here tonight. The fillet mignonette was amazing. We reserved a table on the terrace, had a lovely friendly waitress and a very good evening.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Far better resturants in the area to visit,service was very slow and the quality of the food was way way poor not what we expected from a resturant placed amongst the best wont be back there!!! La Motte resturant on the wine farm is a definite what a resturant awesome service and awesome food.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

Waitress forgot our drinks so had to wait 25 minutes without a drink even after reminding her. Had trout to start was bland. Mains arrived and steak was over done and covered in olive oil / balsamic even thoughi asked for no sauce. Sent it back with clear instructions about it being medium rare and no sauce. Second time of... More 

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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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