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Dutch East Restaurant

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French, Contemporary
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42 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
0218763547
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Description: Dutch East cuisine is a unique combination of uncomplicated bistro fare,...
Dutch East cuisine is a unique combination of uncomplicated bistro fare, full of traditional South African flavours with healthy portions perfectly presented. The combination of delicate Asian flavours with robust local ingredients creates a subtle yet balanced experience.We specialise in the preparation of meat and seafood. From home smoked bacon, bresaola biltong, dry aged steaks to fresh line fish and daily specials. Open Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, 7 days a week!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good but a little pricey for locals

We arrived early on a hot Sunday. The welcome and service we received was excellent. Some of the chairs were a bit rickety and falling apart so we had to change chairs twice before we could settle in. As we were attending a function that evening, we wanted a light lunch. What we did not find... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
John K
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived early on a hot Sunday. The welcome and service we received was excellent. Some of the chairs were a bit rickety and falling apart so we had to change chairs twice before we could settle in. As we were attending a function that evening, we wanted a light lunch. What we did not find on the menu was... More 

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Thank John K
Reykjavik, Iceland
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I always enjoy coming to the Dutch East restaurant, but I have come to realize that the lunch time menu suits me better than the dinner one. They tend to serve these huge and heavy dishes. Dishes that better suit colder climates, than the summer heat. I enjoyed my vegetables and goats chees very much and my husband loved the... More 

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Thank Agustina T
South Africa
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed a very pleasant meal at this restaurant. We were seated outside on a warm, balmy Summer evening. Between Christmas and New Year Franschhoek is very busy and it was lovely to soak up the atmosphere. The food was of a good standard, well prepared and well presented. An enjoyable evening out.

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Thank Jenny M
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Read all the reviews and looking forward to a night out. Ordered sirloin medium rare for myself and my wife ordered fillet steak medium. Arrived and sirloin was well done fillet was medium rare. Food was just ok menu limited and no atmosphere and very overpriced for the quality. Just to top it off waitress knocked over my wine and... More 

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Thank Zimby99
Zurich, Switzerland
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The restaurant is stylish and the staff is very friendly. I had a burger which was quite big and very tasty. A nice place for having a good lunch or dinner.

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Thank stefanietina
Bridgend, United Kingdom
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183 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We always start our annual trip to the Western Cape with a stay in the wonderful Franschhoek and always eat at the Dutch East Restaurant at least twice during our time there. We were not disappointed again this year as the steak, king prawns, line fish and desserts were, just as we remembered, excellent. Staff happy to serve as always.... More 

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Thank angela c
Dagenham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During our stay we enjoyed many of the great food options available but Dutch East was definitely one of my favourites The food was superb, the staff friendly and the service was good. We were travelling with a 5 year old who, very specifically, wanted the Billtong and fries which he had seen on the website. Unfortunately it was no... More 

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Thank GL84xx
Pretoria, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service is good, food excellent! A great selection of wines. Enjoyed the ambience and despite the warm weather we sat outside where it was cozy and candle lit. Would really recommend anyone to go and eat there. We will be back soon!!!

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Thank Francois H
Odiham, United Kingdom
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decent enough food but a bit pricey in comparison to other options. Staff saving tables for ghost customers that would not appear past 9pm (mysterious wedding party). I think food and location ok but staff need to further training that customer service is paramount.

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1 Thank Peter H
Hertfordshire, U.K.
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good service, clean, as everywhere else amazing value. We all seemed satisfied with our food but had had lunch so not very hungry. It was our second choice as we hadn't booked anywhere.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 42 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: 0218763547

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 18
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children

Description

Dutch East cuisine is a unique combination of uncomplicated bistro fare, full of traditional South African flavours with healthy portions perfectly presented. The combination of delicate Asian flavours with robust local ingredients creates a subtle yet balanced experience.We specialise in the preparation of meat and seafood. From home smoked bacon, bresaola biltong, dry aged steaks to fresh line fish and daily specials. Open Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, 7 days a week!

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