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The French Connection

Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 4056
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Ranked #15 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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England
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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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Doha, Qatar
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51 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Service was good as well. We had reserved a table outside, but they had considered the cool weather and booked us a table inside as well, which was just as well....! We were tucked in a corner which was fine, but we had a rather loud and opinionated guest at the next table which was not nice. They soon left... More

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england
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15 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Went for an evening meal. Would recommend booking. Service and food was very good. Setting was welcoming.

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

Good atmosphere, friendly and prompt service, menu varied, fair selection of wines, steaks were very good indeed. Definitely recommended as a change from some of the fancier restaurants in town.

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Out of 4 nights in Franschhoek, we dined here twice. Excellent food and service ar very reasonable prices. Certainly one of the best restaurants we tried during 3 weeks in SA. Try to get a table at the back where it is less busy as it was very busy on both nights that we were there. Highly recommended, their Kingklip... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We drove all the way from Stellenbosh (30 minutes to one hour depending on the trafic) and did nor expect much since it is graded 17 out if more than 60 restaurants in the area. However we were surprised by the extremly high quality of the restaurant. The goat cheese quiche was delicious, the filet mignon was of the highest... More

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Durban, South Africa
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We loved the ambience, the great food and good service. We actually returned a few days later with our Niece and Nephew who, being students and living in digs thought the menu was to die for! The steak was superb, the duck awesome and pasta perfect!

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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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