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The French Connection

Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 4056
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Ranked #16 of 62 restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $18
Cuisines: Bistro
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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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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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Aptos, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful surprise as many restaurants are closed or with limited hours in Franchhoek during the winter. Very good service with a smile. Monise helped us kindly thought the meal. Tasty menu with many choices. We started with the tempura shrimp, followed by the rocket salad w mustard dressing. My wife had the fillet and I the duck. Great... More

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Knysna, South Africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

A warm and cosy restaurant on a cold Franschhoek night. Our meal was first class and served attentively. We chose mussels, which were large and delicious, cooked in a gorgeous sauce with fries on the side. The best we have experienced in a very long time. All washed down with good quality Franschhoek wines. Excellent value!

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Littleton, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We enjoyed dinner here one of our four nights in Franschhoek. It was an excellent experience, superb dining and atmosphere. When we return to South Africa, we will dine here again.

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Gold Coast
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This beautiful little restaurant went out of their way to accommodate us for a late lunch on Father's Day. A fine selection of food and wine. My wife and I both had the kingklip special-absolutely delightful. Very reasonably priced.

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York, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Whilst visiting Franschhoek for 11 nights we visited the French Connection not once but 3 times and each visit didn't disappoint. The cook a mean steak cooked how I do like it with a base and a sauce to match. The eating environment is lovely and warm with a cosy feel and one can view the kitchen whilst they cook... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We had diner there on a cold winters night. I had the best snitzel that i had ever in south africa. Well done to the chef. It was delicate and a surprise. The wine was from a boutique farm Lynx and absolutely wonderful. My companions steak was done to perfection. There was a lady that came in later with so... More

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Hoedspruit, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Really delicious food, great variety, great service and well priced. I would defiantly go back! The blankets over the outside chairs were a great touch too.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I've had lunch at French Connection while travelling through the village. I didn't have much time to eat but that wasn't a problem at all. Friendly staff was very quick with serving my drinks and food. I had a beef wrap with fries. It was delicious!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This little gem is in the heart of town, and we always make sure to eat there at least once when visiting Franschhoek. The food and service are consistently good, and the warm fireplaces in winter make it even more cosy.

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The last we were here was 9 years ago and for us the food was still the same. I had the beef fillet which was fantastic. Good wine list to chose from.

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