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Monneaux Restaurant

Main Road, Franschhoek, South Africa
+27 21 8763386
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Ranked #14 of 63 restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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, Delivery, 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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84% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
366 reviews 366 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We had a fine dinner here, however my wife ordered pork belly ravioli as her first course and that dish was a failure. If it didn’t say pork belly ravioli on the menu, you would have thought it was a vegetable medley with some pasta at the bottom- there were too many competing flavors so the dish was muddled. In... More

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Littleton, Colorado
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Our stay at the Country House and Villas included several meals at Monneaux. The food was fantastic, the service impeccable, the wine list exceptional. We had lunch on the patio upon our arrival which added to the feeling of relaxation we sought. We also had our coffee and sherry near the fireplace after dinner one night, so cozy.

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North Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Service is wonderful and food is even better. We ate here for dinner and wish we would have had lunch here too in the courtyard! Very convenient to downtown especially is you are staying at the Franschhoek Country House and Villas.

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Cape Town
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We were at the Franschoek Literary Festival and hungry for lunch. But nothing inspired us within walking distance of the lecture venues. So we drove out to Monneaux and were given a friendly welcome. The restaurant was fairly empty. There were several vegetarian options, which was most impressive (we had originally wanted to eat at Le Quartier Francais in town,... More

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We visited the restaurant at short notice. We could not find another venue at zero notice for a Sunday lunch. Despite being surprised that the restaurant was almost empty when we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised by the excellent service and great food...

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Paarl, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Visited the restaurant for a birthday celebration, everything was spot on from start to end.Great menu with good combination of flavors. Cocktails from the bar was good and our waiter was well knowledgeable. The tempura prawns was yummy and playful to eat with our hands. The goats cheese mousse was light and refreshing. Strawberry salad with sweet bacon was delicious... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We made a booking here well in advance of our travels to the Cape and were very excited about our dinner. The restaurant had a driver collect us from our accommodation and he was punctual, professional and very friendly. The food was delivered punctually and was decent but un-inspiring. The waitress was friendly and delivered good service. Overall, we were... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Fantastic meal and a bonus to be part of the hotel we stayed in (Franschhoek Country House & Villas). The standard of cooking was exemplorary and portion sizes good for fine dining. Great vaue and one of our best meals in South Africa.

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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