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Cafe Des Arts

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7 Reservoir Street West, Franschhoek, South Africa
+27 8762952
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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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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
A decent break from the fine dining every night!

Nice place for dinner, a little off the beaten track, sitting under the trees. The food was perfectly good, tasty and fresh. Waiting staff were a little hit and miss, and you do need to watch out for leaves and seeds falling from the trees above ;)

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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London, UK
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Nice place for dinner, a little off the beaten track, sitting under the trees. The food was perfectly good, tasty and fresh. Waiting staff were a little hit and miss, and you do need to watch out for leaves and seeds falling from the trees above ;)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Incredible food especially for the price. This is a simple place hidden away in downtown with a nice garden to eat at. The food is the big reason to go and well worth a visit.

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Gaborone, Botswana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The cate is off the main road and is just a room adjacent to the kitchen. Very basic furniture but the food was very good and well presented and the staff nice and friendly

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We had a very nice dinner: lambs liver and baby vegetables and pork shoulder. Both dishes were well prepared with care and very tasty.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is where go when I want a great coffee and pastry in quiet surroundings. Tucked away behind the main street, away from the crowds it's also the best place to go and cool down in very hot summer weather. Great friendly service.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We live in the village, and there is just nothing that compares to the value for money, superb food,service and great atmosphere Cafe des Arts offers.

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

Its a hidden from the main street restaurant, but if the owner is cooking, you in for a surprise, great food, you will not expect that great food when you walk up to the restaurant. He is serving you food that you expect in a well known restaurant in big portions.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Hidden just off the main road through Franschhoek, we had a deliciously simple lunch - I had Caesar salad and all the other options looked good too. Worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

A stroll down a garden path to the restaurant is so worth while. Had the truffled scrambled eggs and it was very delicious. With I were around longer to try more dishes from this restaurant . The coffee is also good. Great food for starting the day!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The duck liver parfait was unbelievable. The rest of the food was also gorgeous. The service was fine. The waiter was a really friendly dude. The only thing was that it was a little tricky to find. Whatever you do, don't use google maps to get there. It took us to the total wrong place. We eventually found it by... 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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?