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The French Connection

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French, Bistro
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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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
Very good food

Enjoyed very good food. I enjoyed the salmon fish cakes. The decor and atmosphere was very average. Service was good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
JennySouthAfrican
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Centurion, South Africa
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Centurion, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Enjoyed very good food. I enjoyed the salmon fish cakes. The decor and atmosphere was very average. Service was good.

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Dallas, Texas
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51 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Went there on a recommendation by the hotel on my last evening and am happy I did. The daily special was mussels - excellent mussels! Next up were beautifully tasty and succulent spare ribs with Roesti and Veg. Great wine list. Little choice for wine by the glass but a good choice by the carafe. Had a Big G 2011... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Lovely place; good food - though not outstanding.Quite good value. I'd liked to have rated it 3½ stars - better than "Average" certainly, but I wouldn't really call it "Very good". (Though "average" in Franschhoek is pretty high quality!) :)

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McGregor, South Africa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The French Connection was recommended to us by our accommodation establishment and we are so pleased that we took their advice! We dined there during our two night stay in Fraschhoek, my husband and I and my parents. We had our little sausage dog with us so we sat outside, fortunately it was a mild evening. We gorged on delicious... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We were recommended this restaurant but found it just ok in terms of food quality/value for money. There are nicer restaurants in Franschoek!

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Franschhoek, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Nice and honest good food, good prizes and in middle of the main road, Good restaurant, enjoy it, can't go wrong

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is an old favourite and still maintains a good standard. We were in a large group and the service was excellent. The food is very good and remains one of my favourite restaurants. The calamari, if you like calamari, is excellent. It was my main course and quite substantial so no room for dessert which looked good too!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Arrived there with no booking and the restaurant was busy. They found a small table for me. For the starter I ordered the goats cheese tart which was nice. As a main I ordered the Pasta. Usually pasta comes with a nice sauce and some ingredients. Unfortunately the pasta dish in this place consists of pasta, cucumber and tomato pieces.... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Place was packed out when we went, so we were more to the back of the restaurant by the open kitchen. Great to watch the chef and staff at work.. Only had light meals, but food was excellent and service spot on... You can't go wrong here..

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Lovely French style bistro with good food and wine. Busy, bustling atmosphere with open kitchen. Steak was great and cooked to our liking. Not too fancy so it feels relaxed and friendly.

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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: French, 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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