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Franschhoek Kitchen

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French, International, European
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Holden Manz Wine Estate | Holden Manz Country House, Franschhoek, South Africa
+27 21 876 2738
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Scenic view
Description: Welcome to Franschhoek, one of the culinary hot spots on the African...
Welcome to Franschhoek, one of the culinary hot spots on the African continent. Our estate restaurant - Franschhoek Kitchen, is rated one of the valley's leading restaurants.

Franschhoek Kitchen's standards are based on the best international cuisine but our heart lies in the simplicity and pureness of each and every ingredient. High dining is for others, we prefer to see our guests enjoy a home-made dish, inspired by the country we live in and the farm we work on.

Our vineyard is heavily influenced by the seasons, so are we, so is our food - nature at its best, brought onto your plate - either in the dining room, amidst the vines outdoors, or in form of a picnic along the Franschhoek river - always with a glass of award winning wine from our estate.

Are you going to be taking a adventure on Franschhoek's super popular WINE TRAM? Make sure to stop at Holden Manz and enjoy a light meal downstairs to fill the gap or our delicious a la carte menu upstairs on the deck overlooking the majestic mountains of Franschhoek - a must do!
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent food, superb view

We enjoyed a delicious lunch at this restaurant. We sat outside on a covered veranda with views out over the vineyards, quite lovely. The menu was varied and each of us was very happy with our choice. We enjoyed the estate wines so much that we had to order a couple of cases before departing. A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Jenny M
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South Africa
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Herts
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91 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We booked a picnic here and told them what time we would be coming on the wine tram. When we arrived we had a free wine tasting of a poor quality rose and a reasonable merlot. We waited more than 30 minutes for our picnic to be prepared. They said this was because some of it was hot food prepared... More 

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

We enjoyed a delicious lunch at this restaurant. We sat outside on a covered veranda with views out over the vineyards, quite lovely. The menu was varied and each of us was very happy with our choice. We enjoyed the estate wines so much that we had to order a couple of cases before departing. A very enjoyable experience.

Helpful?
Thank Jenny M
Dagenham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite a slight misunderstanding with our booking, which was dealt with quickly and efficiently, and we were sat at a table in a short period of time, the food was gorgeous, the waiter was brilliant and entertaining. After a long day of travelling and settling into the Holden Manz house, this was perfect way to end the day. Thank you... More 

Helpful?
Thank GL84xx
Franschhoek_Kitchen, Manager at Franschhoek Kitchen, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the nice words. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Franschhoek. See you again soon. Best wishes, Jay More 

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying on the estate,the kitchen was about to close but let us eat there.only people there,don't know what people are saying about the portions they were huge and thoroughly enjoyable.Richard our waiter and Jessica maitre de very friendly and accommodating.highly recommend.😄👍

Helpful?
Thank Brendan S
Franschhoek_Kitchen, Manager at Franschhoek Kitchen, responded to this review

Brendan S Thank you for your kind words. Richard is a trooper and doing a stellar job. Spread the love of Franschhoek Kitchen. We have a lovely Valentine's Day Menu... See you again soon, Jay and Jessica More 

London
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136 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We celebrated Christmas Lunch here and everything was superb, exceeding our expectations. The food was magnificent, bursting with flavour, beautifully prepared by a very skilled chef, served by an efficient team of polite, attentive & helpful waiting staff. A great range of tasty food and wine! So good in fact, I had to order a case to be delivered next... More 

Helpful?
Thank ian_the_bear
Franschhoek_Kitchen, Manager at Franschhoek Kitchen, responded to this review

Ian R you are a legend. So pleased that you enjoyed your time with us on Christmas Day. It brings a smile to my face reading your lovely words. Enjoy your wine!!! All the best, Jay and the team More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on a Wine tram tour, and the Franschhoek kitchen at Holden Manz was our choice for lunchtime! Good thing that we made a booking to secure a spot on the balcony! Amazing views of the vineyards and mountains! Great company, excellent wines and the food was amazing! I definitely would like to visit there again soon, and enjoy... More 

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Thank Liezl N
Franschhoek_Kitchen, Manager at Franschhoek Kitchen, responded to this review

Liezl, With a review like this you can come back as often as you like :) Our picnics are to be booked the day in advance. Collection is between 12-2pm. Simply pick it up at the restaurant, walk down to the riverside,select your spot and relax, whilst listening to the sounds of the river. A perfect way to spend an... More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ended up in Franschhoek by chance - went here to use our buy 1 get 1 free voucher. Started with wine tasted & loved it, bought 2 bottles. Went upstairs for lunch. Food & wine was great with a nice balcony fee but portions are on the slightly smaller side so be sure to order sides. The price was a... More 

Helpful?
Thank SirOwen_ZA
Franschhoek_Kitchen, Manager at Franschhoek Kitchen, responded to this review

I am glad you enjoyed the food. i have passed your comments on to the chef regarding the portions. A new menu will be coming soon, so be sure to pop back. Best wishes, Jay More 

Franschhoek, South Africa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Superb setting and really good food. My only negative is that when the weather is hot the restaurant is very hot. Even on the balcony with the fans on. An evaporative cooler would really help.

Helpful?
Thank NealWarren
Franschhoek_Kitchen, Manager at Franschhoek Kitchen, responded to this review

As hard as we can try, we cannot control the weather. The cape was, and still is, in the middle of a heat wave. I have passed on your comments to the maintenance I am glad you enjoyed the food. Our new chef has been working on a new menu and will be launched very soon. Hopefully you can try... More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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157 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely fresh salads and great choice of appetizers. Nice looking out over the vineyard. The staff were very attentive and meal was delicious.

Helpful?
2 Thank worldtravelertrainer
Franschhoek_Kitchen, Manager at Franschhoek Kitchen, responded to this review

Worldtravellertrainer, We are thoroughly pleased that you enjoyed your visit here at Franschhoek Kitchen. Whenever possible we use the freshest ingredients direct from our garden behind the restaurant. Thank you for the lovely review Regards Jay More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were a party of 6 young professional South Africans doing the wine tram and opted to stop for lunch at Franschhoek Kitchen. We were delighted with the setting - just beautiful! However we sat down to a very expensive menu and almost reconsidered our choice. Utterly starving and deciding to treat ourselves we ordered - 4 salads and 2... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank DeeSmithils
Franschhoek_Kitchen, Manager at Franschhoek Kitchen, responded to this review

I am sorry you were not happy with the experience you had here at Franschhoek Kitchen. I assure you there is no surcharge added on and we certainly do not STING tourists. Our portions are carefully balanced and beautifully prepared to 5* quality. we do fine food here. They certainly are a feast for the eyes. I believe you were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Holden Manz Wine Estate | Holden Manz Country House, Franschhoek, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 2738

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: French, International, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

Description

Welcome to Franschhoek, one of the culinary hot spots on the African continent. Our estate restaurant - Franschhoek Kitchen, is rated one of the valley's leading restaurants.

Franschhoek Kitchen's standards are based on the best international cuisine but our heart lies in the simplicity and pureness of each and every ingredient. High dining is for others, we prefer to see our guests enjoy a home-made dish, inspired by the country we live in and the farm we work on.

Our vineyard is heavily influenced by the seasons, so are we, so is our food - nature at its best, brought onto your plate - either in the dining room, amidst the vines outdoors, or in form of a picnic along the Franschhoek river - always with a glass of award winning wine from our estate.

Are you going to be taking a adventure on Franschhoek's super popular WINE TRAM? Make sure to stop at Holden Manz and enjoy a light meal downstairs to fill the gap or our delicious a la carte menu upstairs on the deck overlooking the majestic mountains of Franschhoek - a must do!

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