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Le Bon Vivant

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French, Dutch, European
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La Rochelle Street | 22 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 (0)21 876 2717
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Hours:
Thu - Tue 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 78
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  • 35
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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
Amazing food but average wine

We had the "surprise" 5-course menu with wine pairing. The food was really great expect the plate of variety tuna was too raw and salty. The paired wine was also average. Otherwise the other dishes are amazing!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We had the "surprise" 5-course menu with wine pairing. The food was really great expect the plate of variety tuna was too raw and salty. The paired wine was also average. Otherwise the other dishes are amazing!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Enjoyable cosy restaurant with good food and good service with a chef that knows his story. Good Sunday lunch

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We had a number of outstanding meals while traversing the Garden Route, each offering a different experience. Le Bon Vivant was arguably the best. Somehow the restaurant knew that all four of us enjoy cooking and gave us a table with a window onto the kitchen. A nice extra. The setting here is formal with white table cloths and an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Wow - what can I say - fabulous, food and service, and for the money we were gobsmacked! We come from the UK so it was refreshing to not have to dress up to go out to eat here even though the quality of this restaurant is amazing. We had the surprise menu with accompanying wine and loved every mouthful/sip.... More 

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Paarl, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

By far the best restaurant in FHK. We have literally been to them all but this place is so consistently amazing. The chef/owner really outdid himself last night. The portions are really sufficient compared to other fine diners. The combination starter, lamb main, and combination desert was amazing. The prices are +- 100 for starter, +-160 for main and 80... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The restaurant is a great choice for both summer and winter in the valley. In winter you can sit inside with the nice wooden floors and fireplace and in summer you can be under the large trees. The steak I had there was really superb- it really melted in my mouth. The quality of the ingredients was evident. The service... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My husband and I really enjoy food and wine pairing. We have done this at various amazing restaurants all over South Africa. We also enjoy fine dining and have done this in various locations world wide. We absolutely loved the surprise 5 course meal at Le Bon vivant. This was one of the top 3 best meals I've ever had.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Had a very nice Sunday lunch at this South African restaurant with a French name and a Dutch chef-owner. Elegantly styled starters, very tasteful mains and a soufflé that will leave you out of breath. The prawn starter my wife had looked very pretty and tasted even better. My foie gras starter looked equally beautiful and tasted very nice although... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We ate here on our first night in Franschhoek and had the surprise menu with wine pairing. Amazing! every course was delicious with a mixture of fish and meat. The service was incredibly professional - the chef even comes out at the end of the night to say hello to the guests. Really lovely setting as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Consistently excellent, we have eaten here several times and always enjoy the food, the ambience and the value for money.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: La Rochelle Street | 22 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 (0)21 876 2717

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: French, Dutch, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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