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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, 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
Light dinner on a Sunday night in Franschhoek

We were looking for a light dinner and this was open on a Sunday night. The sweet potato an ginger soup was tasty and the calamari salad eaten by two others in my party was reportedly great! Wine pairings were excellent, and service was good

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Winter Park, United States
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Winter Park, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We were looking for a light dinner and this was open on a Sunday night. The sweet potato an ginger soup was tasty and the calamari salad eaten by two others in my party was reportedly great! Wine pairings were excellent, and service was good

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Woburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We were recommended to eat here by our hosts at Fransvliet Guest House. We turned up at 7 o'clock on Bastille Day without a booking to find it packed but they found us a table.We were made very welcome,had an excellent meal - the best fillet steak on our trip,you can take your own bottle. We atet there again the... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere, great food. This was more of a local favorite than a tourist stop. Recommended to us by restaurateurs in Cape Town as well as our guest house proprietor.

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George Town, Grand Cayman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We were recommended this restaurant by our guesthouse and it didn't disappoint. Varied menu, good sized portions, good service and a reasonable price. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Yes, yes, yes, a lovely place to relax and watch the crowds go by, meet friends and plan your day over a mouthwatering breakfast or selection of teas or coffees. Lovely friendly service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Good wholesome French cooking would be how I describe this restaurant. I had a good veal and French onion soup to start. The service is fine and the meal wholesome.

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Spectacular food in an amazing environment! On warm days or evenings, the option to sit outside at the classic-style French tables is a winner, and on winter nights the fire inside creates great atmosphere.

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Jersey, null, Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I had stopped in Franshoek for 2 nights while travelling around the cape and this restraint was probably the best there really nice food epically the desserts and the service was excellent would love to go back in the future!

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Western Cape, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Great food. Staff were very friendly and the atmosphere was good. Have been here before so it did not disappoint second time around.

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Muscat
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We ate here on our honeymoon 12 years ago and returned to find it still very good. I had the lamb neck and my wife had the chicken breast. Both were delicious. For Franschhoek, a culniary town, it met the high standards while not being over priced. They have a fantastic wine collection, once again, relatively speaking, it is reasonably... 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: French, Bistro

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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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