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Le Bon Vivant

Certificate of Excellence
French, European, Soups, Dutch
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La Rochelle Street | 22 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 (0)21 876 2717
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Thu - Tue 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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Fantastic food

Second time eating here, had a bit of a wait on a Saturday night but it was well worth it. Definitely worth a visit. We'll be back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Second time eating here, had a bit of a wait on a Saturday night but it was well worth it. Definitely worth a visit. We'll be back.

Thank armrest
Northam, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is always going to deliver a fine meal! The kitchen works well and together with the first class ingredients, produces food of the highest quality. It's not the liveliest place in town but some people like it that way! Recommended.

Thank Habibisambo
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We booked two weeks ago and had expected more because we couldn't get in! The welcome was cool and felt chaotic from the moment we arrived. We felt that we had to drive the ordering process and luckily we faired better than neighbouring tables . This feels a disfunctional unit. We both chose the crab and prawns starter which was... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Best meal we had in SA, great staff and menu. Loved it and brilliant value for money. Make sure you book in advance as it was very bus and we went on a Sunday night slightly out of season

Thank savhat
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

enjoyed the food although my main course was wrong and had to be changed. Was a bit disappointed with the service which was not as good as in previous years, but would give it another go in the future.

Thank averill2016
South Africa
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155 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When you add ambiance - sitting outside in a garden on a summer's evening listening to the sound of the night insects mingling with the chatter of guests, to incredible food you have the ultimate combo. We had the Le Bon Vivant's 5-course Surprise Dinner which comes with a wine pairing. Wow, and was this an amazing surprise. Each course... More 

Thank TravelAfricaToday
Reykjavik, Iceland
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It is always a nice treat to come to this restaurant. The food is divine and …. We ordered, and really looked forward to a lovely evening. The waitress was enthusiastic and chatty. Then the wait began. After showing long faces and looking around for our waitress, another one came, and asked if we would like something to drink. We... More 

Thank Agustina T
London, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having waited 15 minutes for our wine and 45 minutes for our starter they admitted they had a problem in the kitchen! The main took another 40 minutes and others were waiting longer!! The food was good but not great but the location (we sat outside in the garden) was delightful on a warm evening. Front of house did not... More 

Thank Budjuggler
Saskatoon, Canada
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the surprise menu - 5 course with accompanying wine. Every course had between 2 and 4 different small pieces. They were exquisite, and wonderful. We would definitely go again and recommend it to any foodies. Service was attentive, but not overbearing.

Thank VivianH319
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125 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Possibly because it is off the main road we hadn’t really noticed it. We asked about it at our BnB and were told it was well worth a visit. We arrived early and just as well as a party of 30 arrived not long after us. Fortunately we had ordered first. We had a table on the covered veranda but... More 

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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, European, Soups, Dutch

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?