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Monneaux Restaurant

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French, International, Contemporary
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, 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
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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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
Good food, good wine, good service.

We had a lovely meal here, and the food was excellent. The presentation, the taste and the styling was great. The service was very friendly, and if anything, perhaps a tad over familiar, but all lovely. My only criticism would be the atmosphere....it's just very cold, quiet and stayed. We were the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Ian R
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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262 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a lovely meal here, and the food was excellent. The presentation, the taste and the styling was great. The service was very friendly, and if anything, perhaps a tad over familiar, but all lovely. My only criticism would be the atmosphere....it's just very cold, quiet and stayed. We were the only people in the bar area for a... More 

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Thank Ian R
Surrey, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of my favourite restaurants in the world! Last visited it 2 years ago, when it was very very good. It has got better. We were staying at the Franschhoek Country House Hotel for 6 nights, and ate here on 4 occasions. The dining room overlooking the outside garden terrace has a great view and is particularly agreeable,... More 

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Thank croquetmike
Warlingham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delightful atmosphere in congenial surroundings and absolutely delicious cuisine. Service was excellent. Highly recommended. Very memorable.

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Thank Pam L
Somerton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in a local guest house. Monneaux provided complementary transport. I was with my 94-year old father who was in a wheelchair and has a limited appetite. I called ahead and was assured they could cook a simple steak or chicken without fancy additions. On arrival they knew of our needs. I had an excellent meal; the Pan-fried Duck... More 

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Thank Jeremy G
Gordon's Bay
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The setting of Monneaux restaurant is gorgeous ; with airconditioning and lighting suitably set to create a lovely atmosphere on a sweltering evening. The staff (and manageress) were highly responsive and it was there onubtrusive, yet caring presence which made the time highly enjoyable.

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Thank Q6605KTstever
Pretoria, South Africa
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121 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We tried to find place for lunch on 1 January 2016. Most places were fully booked but we managed to find a table at Monneaux restaurant at the Franschhoek Country Villas. The seating outside is lovely underneath the pergola with the massive fountains against the wall which drone most of the road noise adjacent. We didn’t expect too much of... More 

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Thank mitxcoac
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't have any dinner reservations for January the 2nd and asked our hotel if they could arrange something. They booked the Monneaux which was a really good experience with good food and service minded staff! We had a main course and shared a dessert.

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Thank Matilda L
USA and South Africa
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116 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

As we had struggled to get a booking (even 2+ weeks in advance) anywhere in Franschhoek for this Monday evening between Xmas and New Year’s, we were happy to get a booking at Monneaux, where we had not been in a few years. Although we noted it was a special occasion (birthday), when we arrived we almost got placed in... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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150 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Monneaux several dining spaces; dining rooms, terrace & outdoor terrace. The degustation menu is 1st class and sensibly priced with excellent wines to accompany each course. Service is very attentive & staff are very welcoming & helpful

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Thank skyejack
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Staying at Franschhoek Country House & Villas the Monneaux restaurant is 'attached' and only a short walk within the estate grounds. The setting is lovely, the staff attentive and the food and local wine all excellent .. and if your coming from the UK you'll find the prices very very reasonable (my understatement of 2015!). We also ate in the... More 

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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, International, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine

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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