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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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Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a really lovely dinner at The French Cuisine which had really great french cuisine and a lot to choose from. A very cosy and accomodating restaurant.

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Thank Charlotte H
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went here for our 2nd night in the town and all the food was great, the service was exemplary and the price was good too. Well worth going to

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Thank Paddy M
Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great dinner ......The mussel starter was out of this world. Casual ambience. I sat outside on the sidewalk. Relaxed and in the mood

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Thank BRUCE N
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved our meal at the French Connection. Delicious salads, perfectly cooked fish, brilliant cut of steak... Really a nice but not too fancy option in Franschhoek!

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Thank LorynWK78
Auckland, New Zealand
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the more up-market restaurants in Franscchoek. Nice ambiance, excellent food. We all in our party of four had filet Mignon which was cooked exactly as ordered, a very nice steak indeed. Our deserts were excellent as well - my wife declared her cheesecake as one of the best ever. My chocolate tart was great as well. If we... More 

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Thank 121Kiwitraveller
Sydney, Australia
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138 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pleasant restaurant in the heart of Franschhoek Good menu and wine list at very reasonable prices. Diners without bookings were being turned away on Friday night. That says it all. The pate was delicious. They pride themselves on their steak and deservedly so. Our perfectly cooked fillet melted in the mouth and the accompanying béarnaise sauces and mushroom sauces were... More 

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Jason R, General Manager at The French Connection, responded to this review

Dear WinstonD Thanks for taking the time to review our Bistro. I'm very pleased to know that you enjoyed your food, we take great pride in our offering. I am however very disappointed and annoyed to hear of the poor service and rudeness from one of our front of house staff. We are known for our attentive and friendly service... More 

Franschhoek, South Africa
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best food, with reasonable prices, excellent staff members, took my one and only one, on valentines ..it was so special more than I expected....great wrk....she will never forget that day.

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Thank rugs of persia franschhoek
Johannesburg, South Africa
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food is ok... but not worth a 2nd visit. I had the Kingklip, which was fresh but had too many flavours mixed, so you really can't taste the food. The fillet was overdone... we asked for medium-well done.

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Thank Silver_JHB
Western Cape, South Africa
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to this restaurant a number of times and each time the food has been great. Ambiance was nice , lovely big fire when we were there , food was outstanding we love it. Our waiter was a not attentive but we love the place anyway. If you want great food please try it.

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Thank davidP651AU
Philadelphia, United States
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80 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate outdoors and a picture-perfect day in the Winelands. This restaurant was recommented to us and we really enjoyed the food (although the slow service made us rush afterwards to keep up with our schedule for the afternoon).

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Thank Lee A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $18
Cuisine
French, European
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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