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Le Bon Vivant

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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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Hours:
Thu - Tue 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 607
    Excellent
  • 164
    Very good
  • 75
    Average
  • 35
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
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
Nice place for fine dining

Good place for a nice, romantic dinner. Traditional food with a modern twist. We chose from the a la carte menu and were pleased with our choices. Springbok was tender and full of taste. 3 soups as a starter were a nice idea, but would have preferred them a bit thicker. A la carte menu could be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Mark27Ldn
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Good place for a nice, romantic dinner. Traditional food with a modern twist. We chose from the a la carte menu and were pleased with our choices. Springbok was tender and full of taste. 3 soups as a starter were a nice idea, but would have preferred them a bit thicker. A la carte menu could be extended a bit.... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Excellent dinner, professional staff, good atmosphere and one of the best chefs in South Africa. We had for the third time a 5 courses surprise menu. All three times it was different and very good.

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4 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Probably the best meal out we have had in S.A...not that we've seen that much, but definite the pick of our dinin experiences in Franshoek. Very friendly well informed staff. Nice venue. Could have happily settled for everything on the menu. Maybe next time I'll do the 5 course chef's surprise.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We went to Le bon Vivant to celebrate the end of a wonderful holiday in South Africa and couldn't have asked for a better experience. Lovely surroundings and excellent service with a window into the very calm kitchen which was interesting. We chose the five course surprise menu with matching wines and found that every course was delicious with unusual... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

My wife and I spent 3 nights in Franschhoek at the tail-end of a trip around SA and Malawi, and were looking forward to some nice food and wine. Our first stop - dinner at Le Bon Vivant. Franschhoek was reminiscent of the South of France, with the vineyards, olive trees and lavender, and we had high hopes for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

we returned to this restaurant after a very good experience last time and we weren't disappointed. We sat in the garden on a lovely warm evening and enjoyed the ambience. Definite strengths - the fantastic starters and desserts which are varied and tasty. Less good - the main courses as others have said which are quite heavy. However this is... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The restaurant has a warm atmosphere with wooden floors and the different walls divide the establishment in cozy corners. We ordered the 5 course surprise menu and were happily surprised by the lovely dishes and great combination of flavors. Service was also very good. The only criticism we have is the speed with which they wanted to fill our glasses.

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London, United Kingdom
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33 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Really enjoyed our meal here, the good was gorgeous (both visually and in terms of taste) and we were extremely pleased with our experience!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I chose this restaurant largely based on tripadvisor reviews. We went on a Sunday in March and the restaurant was quite full, and perhaps understaffed. I felt we were a bit ignored, and when our orders were taken, or we were served our dishes, a bit hurried. The food was quite nice, as was the wine we selected, but with... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We ate at three restaurants in Franschhoek but this was undoubtedly the best. The food was of a good standard, added to by friendly, hospitable staff. Whilst we noted that other restaurants were quiet on this Monday night, Le Bon Vivant was buzzing. This created a really nice atmosphere. However, having visited some good quality restaurants in Cape Town, this... 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: Dutch

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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