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Cafe Des Arts

7 Reservoir West Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 2952
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7 Reservoir West Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful dinner Wednesday night, chilled out atmosphere (cafe by name and nature). Simple but classy dishes, I love technical cooking but in the same respect sometimes you just need real true honest food. This is a cracking joint. Go there.

Thank nicholasaveey
Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

My boy friend ordered the lasagna and I ordered the pork shoulder, but after tasting his lasagna i had to have one to. I have never been a fan of lasagna but this one was amazing.

1  Thank Natalie K
Reviewed January 3, 2016

This is a nice change in Franschhoek as it is low-key, quality food delivered in huge portions with a large smile. Menu is on a blackboard, and come hungry! We had the pickled cape malay fish, the duck parfait, the seared tuna salad main and...More

Thank tal27
Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing meal at Café Des Arts. I like the small, contained menu and laid-back atmosphere. My gazpacho starter was delicious and perfect for this hot Summer's day in the Boland; some of the best bread I have ever tasted was served with...More

Thank GrietWesternCape
Reviewed January 2, 2016

Cafe Des Arts is very unpretentious. The food is nice, but nothing to write home about. On the negative side, they lost our reservation but gave us a table anyway, but only for a limited time.

Thank GothenburgProfessor
Reviewed January 1, 2016

Step off the gorgeous main st in Franschoek and step into a place that does simple food really well - all home cooking too. Not for you if you're looking for a sandwich lunch - it's got proper meals at reasonable prices in a quirky...More

Thank Ben C
Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I had booked foliage for our last night in Franschoek but needed a place to eat on our arrival. This place is so unpretentious the food is excellent and well presented. Tiwan looked after our every need and was so obliging, the...More

Thank Nic R
Reviewed December 31, 2015

Great Tuna probably the best I've ever eaten! Good service and wine suggestions too. They serve wine by the carafe or glass which meant we could try a couple of different wines too.

1  Thank Christina M
Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

This is a breath of fresh air amid the fine dining of Franschhoek. The tables are set in a lovely outdoor terrace dotted with trees. The servers are quick, friendly and helpful, low-key in casual shorts and t-shirts. There is a very short but well...More

1  Thank Gaeilgeoir
Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Found this restaurant on trip advisor when everything else seemed booked up. Read the reviews and decided we would be safe. The owners of the b&b said we'd chosen a local favourite. What a delightful meal. The risotto was fab, duck parfait amazing. Yellowtail was...More

Thank Stevi L
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Is the restaurant still opened ?
July 9, 2016|
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Response from Desartsfranschhoek | Property representative |
We are currently closed for our annual winter break. We will reopen in August.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Reservoir West Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 2952
Based in the small village of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Franschhoek is renowned world wide for Haut Cuisine and Fine Dining.
Cafe des Arts is neither Haute Cuisine nor Fine Dining!
Cafe des Arts is a simple, rustic, relaxed restaurant where all that matters is the food.
There are no table cloths, no silver service and the food is from the pan to the plate. If you're lucky, you may even get some cutlery! -