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Cafe Des Arts

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7 Reservoir Street West, Franschhoek, South Africa
+27 8762952
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Based in the small village of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Franschhoek...
Based in the small village of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Franschhoek is renowned world wide for Haut Cuisine and Fine Dining. Cafe des Arts is neither Haute Cuisine nor Fine Dining! Cafe des Arts is a simple, rustic, relaxed restaurant where all that matters is the food. There are no table cloths, no silver service and the food is from the pan to the plate. If you're lucky, you may even get some cutlery! -
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 196
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  • 94
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice artistic restaurant

Cosy restaurant with lots of art on the walls. Small menu, probably changing regularly. Fresh ingrediënts, great tastes. Must reserve in advance as always fully booked.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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333 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Cosy restaurant with lots of art on the walls. Small menu, probably changing regularly. Fresh ingrediënts, great tastes. Must reserve in advance as always fully booked.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Enjoyable dinner with local MCC wine. Well prepared and presented. Attentive staff. All in all a very pleasant evening.

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Cambridgeshire
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Cafe Des Art is a welcome variation from all the other fabulous restaurants in Franschhoek. Sometimes you just need to eat a little simpler. There is only a chalkboard with the day’s offerings. There is something comforting about the simple surroundings and the no nonsense food. This isn’t as slick as other places for service, but I could forgive this

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Cafe Des Arts is a laid-back charming restaurant with food of good quality! It is not innovative and sophisticated but good honest food and well-prepared!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Great place for a slightly more casual meal than many of the other places in Franschoek. Delicious food, good service, definately would return.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I went with others who knew and liked the restaurant and enjoyed a good, simple meal. Sitting outside on a pleasant evening with decent wine and good company was a delight. I had Lasagna, it was well prepared and most enjoyable.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This non pretentious eclectic cafe offer great value for money, good size portions, full of flavour and friendly service.

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This is a great little restaurant with no pretensions. It delivers a fairly small menu which can change daily, beautifully executed. Service is also very good.

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We were recommended this place by our hotel but it really was poor. There is a very limited menu which is on a chalk board. My wife and I chose different starters and main courses so we covered half the menu! None of it was up to the standard I would have expected, the service was fine and the restaurant... More 

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Taoyuan, Taiwan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We took friends there for a special occasion.The food was good and tasty but the hikes on the wines really exorbitant.It's understandable that restaurants charge you more for a bottle of wine,but to hike the price from R32.99 in the supermarket to R115 per bottle seems just not kosher.If you pay in euros it's okay, but Franschhoek seems to have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 Reservoir Street West, Franschhoek, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 8762952

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

Description

Based in the small village of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Franschhoek is renowned world wide for Haut Cuisine and Fine Dining. Cafe des Arts is neither Haute Cuisine nor Fine Dining! Cafe des Arts is a simple, rustic, relaxed restaurant where all that matters is the food. There are no table cloths, no silver service and the food is from the pan to the plate. If you're lucky, you may even get some cutlery! -
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?