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Monneaux Restaurant

Main Road, Franschhoek, South Africa
+27 21 8763386
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Ranked #13 of 61 restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $7 - $19
Cuisines: French, Continental, Contemporary, Eclectic
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Monneaux Restaurant ranks among South Africa's top restaurants, and serves an inspired contemporary take on the classics. Lunch is enjoyed on the fountain terrace under a spreading pepper tree while dinner is enjoyed in the elegant but relaxed dining room in the original manor house. Set on the original site of Franschhoek's first parfumerie, today its the heavenly scent of chef Adrian Buchanans cooking that inspires at the Monneaux Restaurant, a Cape culinary classic. Even by the food & wine capital of the country's high standards, Monneaux is an extra-ordinary success, having been in the country's Top 100 list for six years consecutively, on the Top 10 list for two years and winning the American Express Platinum Award for fine dining. The underground cellar is available for private functions where dinner can be enjoyed by an impressive selection of local and foreign wines. The restaurant's bar lounge provide a comfortable environment to relax and enjoy the company you're with. The wine list emphasizes the boutique wines of the Franschhoek Valley as well as an impressive selection of other award winning wines of South Africa
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

My hubby spoiled me by taking me back to our amazing wedding venue. They made such an effort by scattering white rose petals all over and around our table. Chilled Pierre Jordan, candle light and flowers set the scene for a really romantic dinner. We spent an evening of remembering our wonderful wedding in the exact same room, with laughter,... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

These days one has to plan to be spontaneous... Franschoek has some excellent restaurants and on a weekend it is difficult to get a booking.. Monneaux had availability when everyone else was full. That was no reflection on them. They have a shuttle service - no need for a designated driver (two thumbs up!) The food was just out of... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Trying to get a dinner reservation at the last minute on a Saturday night in Franschhoek is quite a challenge. However Monneaux managed to fit in my husband and I. And we are so please that they did. The food and service were excellent. They also have a shuttle service so we were picked up at our hotel and dropped... More

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Saddle River, New Jersey
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105 reviews 105 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Set in a charming garden, the restaurant offers a nice a la carte and tasting menu. The rack of lamb was very tender, as was the filet of beef. Nice presentation, friendly service, relaxed atmosphere. Not to be missed.

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hereford
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Booked in at the last minute on valentines day for dinner as one of the few restaurants locally able to take us,set alarm bells ringing right from the start. I struggled to find anything on the menu that I really fancied ,most of the dishes being a strange conglomeration of flavours and fusion styles. South African produce can speak for... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

My partner and I went for valentines dinner, the waitress was very attentive and bubbly and the service was excellent, however the food didn't live up to our expectations. The oysters were too salty, the lamb was tough, and the panne cotta had way too much gelatin in it, ruining the texture. Maybe it was because it was a set... More

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surrey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We (my wife and I) last visited Monneaux in early 2012 and had some wonderful meals. Two years on, we stayed at the Franschhoek Country House for 6 nights, eating in Monneaux for 4 of those nights. I am happy to report that our dining experiences were at least the equal of those of 2 years earlier. Beautifully presented, tasty... More

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Dublin
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71 reviews 71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We had a fabulous dinner here, the food is excellent quality, presented beautifully with such care and attention. A trip here for dinner is a must when in Franschhoek

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London, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

There were three choices the usual a la carte, the tasting menu or the tasting menu with wine - we went with the last option and it enabled us to try a range of foods. The wines were excellent and the food was good, the chef came out to ask how customers felt - how nice. We did enjoy this... More

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Humansdorp, South Africa
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89 reviews 89 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We had booked at this restaurant about a week in advance after reading good reviews about it and it did not disappoint.We decided on the menu without the wine and chose our own bottle to accompany the meal.Outstanding for me was the duck livers served with the sweet Ratafia from Pierre Jourdan as well as the Dukkah Spiced lamb rack.The... More

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