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Monneaux Restaurant

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French, Contemporary, Continental, Eclectic
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Huguenot (Main) Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 3386
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8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Monneaux Restaurant ranks among South Africa's top restaurants, and serves...
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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  • 144
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  • 54
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 11
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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
Superb cuisine

Had a wonderful meal here - dinner was delicious and service excellent. Portions not huge and taste was wonderful. I recommend if you are staying in Franschhoek.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Franny A
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Had a wonderful meal here - dinner was delicious and service excellent. Portions not huge and taste was wonderful. I recommend if you are staying in Franschhoek.

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Toronto, Canada
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366 reviews 366 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
428 helpful votes 428 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Monneaux has delicious food. You won't go wrong having dinner here. There are two specific reasons to choose this over other more famous possibilities.... 1. It is subdued. If you are looking for a spot that is a bit quieter and more relaxed, this is it. The space is charming. Great for a romantic dinner or for those staying at... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The food is delicious but the portion sizes on the tasting menu are really small. Thankfully the dessert was a little bit heavier which seemed to fill the gap or we would have been in trouble as my husband was still a bit hungry. They had a fireplace in the room which was lovely as the evening was a bit... More 

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

A lovely relaxed dinner for 2. Impeccable service - friendly and efficient without being intrusive. We ordered the rack of lamb which we really enjoyed as well as the quail which was perfectly accompanied by a wonderful onion reduction. But the highlight was the gnocchi. With a Asian Thai twist it's one of the most delicious things I've eaten in... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

6of us had dinner here while staying onsite. It was delectable, in both appearance and taste. Our waitress was wonderfully attentive to our needs, remembered everything we ordered, who wanted what and who didn't want! If I could remember her name, i would give it because she made a good dining experience great! Thank you

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Great produce, well cooked and presented. Would be better if Waiting staff wait until everyone has finished and give them five minutes to digest before they clear plates.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We stayed at the country house and organised a last minute reservation here. The dinner was fantastic, with the chef and staff super helpful when it came to sourcing me a gluten free meal. The restaurant and surrounds were just gorgeous. The wine was yummy! Best of all was our fabulous waitress. Nothing was too difficult and everything was done... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The restaurant is tastefully decorated and has a beautiful view of big trees, a stunning alfresco area and fountains. Service was good and so was the food. I was a little disappointed, as I expected something slightly more refined. We ate from the a la carte menu.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Love this place... Beautiful scenery food was amazing and the service perfect. A total recommendation and if you can seat outside better!!! Lovely place

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Boulder, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We loved the place so much we ate here twice whilst staying at the hotel. Everything was to our expectation and more - from the excellent food to the friendly staff. As we celebrated a special occassion they also went through some trouble to make us feel special Definiftely recommend and we will be back one day!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Huguenot (Main) Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 3386

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 15
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary, Continental, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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