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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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Brussels, Belgium
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice broad choice of dishes. Excellent wine list, very friendly and efficient service. You must book in advance. Our Gudu steak was not of the quality we expected. Not prime meat but rather chewy and rubbery. But let's be fair and not judge the whole restaurant on just one dish... It's a place with reputation but probably a bit overrated!... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Been there with some friends while travelling through to Paal. The food is great, service relaxed. Lovely little place for lunch!

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Granada, Spain
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204 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Even then we were very lucky to get a table at this very popular eatery. We all loved the ambiance, décor and nostalgic feel of the place. The friendly efficient service combined with the sublime food made it a most enjoyable dining experience. Our party of 4 savoured Soup ,Goat's Cheese tart, and Chicken salad for starters, followed by mains... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a really nice and cozy restaurant with really good food. The staff was great and during the whole night they managed to keep the cozy atmosphere even though it was quite busy, we didn't notice it. Definitely worth a dinner here!

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Tetbury, United Kingdom
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229 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This turned out to be our favourite restaurant in Franschoek - not because of the view but because of our brilliant waitress and wonderful food. I wish I'd got the waitress's name but she was very jolly. I had the calamari followed by the rib eye both of which were fantastic and my wife started with the Mussels and then... More 

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Prestwich, England, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommended by Dino at The Gable Manor and lived up to his suggestions. Food and wine choice very good. Service by pleasant staff.

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2 Thank BAZALF
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We tried to have an evening meal but as we approached there appeared to be lots of empty tables. The group in front we're asked if they had s reservation in English but when it became apparent they were French and they started to engage in this dialect they were accommodated. Stupidly I continued with the English language and was... More 

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

Dear Nebraska 97 I’m not sure how to respond to your comments about our bistro. From October to March every year, is Franschhoek's tourist season. Most restaurants are bursting at the seams, and the popular ones can get booked up days (some even weeks) in advance. Empty tables both in and outside are waiting for guests that have reserved tables... More 

Sydney, Australia
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49 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed lunch at the French Connection whilst on a day trip to the wine region from Cape Town in October. The restaurant was recommended by the tour operator and we were not disappointed. Good service, pleasant atmosphere and a lovely lunch. Plenty on the menu to choose from and whilst the restaurant was busy, we were served in a timely... More 

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Egham, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staff here are well trained and friendly, not always a given in this part of the world. French themed food reasonably executed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were on a tour with a local guide. He made us a time to be here for lunch. 1:00. We sat outside and it was charming. We thought the food was good. Friend had kudu, hubby had veal schnitzel, guide had the burger and I had the veggie flatbread. Everyone was happy. Service was efficient. Charming, quaint town. Wish... More 

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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, 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
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, 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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