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The French Connection

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Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 4056
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Excellent French style bistro in Franschoek. Family favourite. Lovely experience. Delicious cuisine. Seosonal produce presented with french flair. Friendly and enthusiastic staff. Great memories.

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Thank Francois v
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Delicious meal in a truly beautiful part of the world. Definitely worth a visit for a great wholesome meal.

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Southend-on-Sea, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked a return visit this year and weren't disappointed. The service is efficient and the atmosphere is lively and dress code is smart. The food is beautifully prepared and cooked and not over priced. Delicious wine made the evening special.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We fell upon this restaurant the first night we arrived in frranschoek and visited it several times throughout our stay. The welcome, service and food were excellent. With the kingklip fish highly recommended!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Heard great reports on this restaurant.. Maybe I was just unlucky... I ordered the goats cheese tartlet to start it arrived after a considerable wait but was burnt so I sent it back... Another one arrived very soon afterwards. My main course was lamb.... It was extremely fatty and almost inedible... Creme Brule was fine. It would seem the bookings... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

visited the French Connection in Feb. Great atmosphere. Although the menu seems a bit limited in choices all dishes appear to be cooked to perfection. Ate the best duck dish ever. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

You can eat at the more formal part of this restaurant which includes a tasting menu with wine pairings, or you can do as we opted for, after a week of incredible food and wine in the valley, and eat in the morr casual, small plates, almost tapas-style dining room. They also serve a great weekend brunch here. These restaurants... More 

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Thank Ginna W
Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Bustling extensive place serving traditional dishes of good quality served perfectly done, though not fine dining. Well frequented by locals, some of whom also take their own wine there, particularly those in the wine trade. Reliable place you can easily return to.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is close like being except from the fact that at the French Connection the staff smiles and are very polite. At lunch it was very busy but we were lucky to get a table outside. Had a fantastic chicken salad and a flat bread with vegetables. Superb for a lunch

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Though busy and without reservation, we were seated within 10 mins and much enjoyed an interesting menu with late-night light options

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $18
Cuisine
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 4056
Description
Matthew Gordon’s popular bistro in the heart of the Franschhoek village offers a relaxed culinary experience with top-quality French classics like slow-roasted crispy duck with raspberry vinegar jus; superb steaks (try the fillet mignon with three-mushroom sauce), plus the freshest fish and local produce. Friendly, informative staff ensure that French Connection remains one of the most popular stops in the ‘Gourmet Capital of the Cape’. American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award 2006–2012; Diners Club International Wine List Award 2011–2013; Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012 & 2013.

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