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Big Dog Cafe

191 Main Road | R45, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 2731
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Overview
  • Excellent90%
  • Very good6%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“brunch” (2 reviews)
“ramen” (2 reviews)
“beans” (2 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
LOCATION
191 Main Road | R45, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Most delicious sourdough bread with poached eggs,trout from heaven and my hubby had the mushrooms from another heaven Friendly service and coffee smells to send you to into a coma.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank vintagebydesire
Michael M, Owner at Big Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First impressions are absolutely amazing. The decor and ambiente is worth the visit and the coffee first class. The food is different but nothing wow. The combination of flavours compliments it. Be expected to wait atleast an hour for your meal... this however spoils the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank DylanM1810
Michael M, Owner at Big Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review Dylan. We pride ourselves on having some of the best cafe food in the country so it's unfortunate that it did not meet your expectations. Apologies for the delay in your food, it should've been much quicker.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The coffee roastery aroma is the best entrance "decoration" Very friendly staff, excellent coffee from different regions in the world. We just have coffee, never a meal, but it looks all very good and attractive.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank AnsF1
Michael M, Owner at Big Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went today with my wife for brunch. I had the big dog ramen and my wife had the mushrooms on toast with crispy bacon and avocado on the side. Both dishes were absolutely perfect!!! I’m a little fussy so asked if they could leave out...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jamespurcell88
Michael M, Owner at Big Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review James. We're glad you enjoyed the experience.

Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Best coffee, excellent service, friendly owners and staff, scenic gardens, coupled with a tasty menu. Do visit this Franschhoek gem!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Patrick J
Michael M, Owner at Big Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2018

Thank you for your review Pat!

Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in on Thursday and had one of the best lunches for flavour we have had in Franschhoek. The atmosphere was great,the garden really beautiful and the welcome warm. We had great difficulty deciding what we should eat from a small but amazing menu.....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank T3572TZjamest
Michael M, Owner at Big Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2018

The review of the year definitely goes to you, James! Thank you!

Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

Tucked out of sight about half a mile east of Franschhoek on the main drag is this little gem which serves well presented dishes including a fantastic vegan fruit waffle and porridge dish. If you want to avoid the main road (apart from 150 yards)...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank EastNeukie
Michael M, Owner at Big Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2018

Thank you for your review!

Reviewed October 23, 2018

Great coffee, freshly roasted on site. The cake was amazing. Nice terrace at the back of the property, with great garden and fantastic view.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank HejanS43
Michael M, Owner at Big Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Thank you for your review!

Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

Everything about this place is perfect! Beautiful building, stunning views, very good food and family friendly. There is a lawn out the back where the kids can play.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MiaSonntag
Michael M, Owner at Big Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2018

Thank you very much for your kind words!

Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Big Dog Cafe is amazing. The staff is very friendly, the restaurant is beautiful and the food is amazing. Interesting food combinations that works great together. The "Cold Fashioned" is a definite must try for coffee lovers.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Josua L
Michael M, Owner at Big Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2018

Thank you for your kind review Josua!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
$2 - $7
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 191 Main Road | R45, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 2731
  • E-mail
Description
Big Dog was established as a showcase for Terbodore Coffee. It was conceptualised along three pillars: coffee, food and design. Everything works together to bring the latest café experience to Franschhoek, with the focus being on excellent coffee and interesting menu options and specials, all set back in a laid-back café environment. Situated on the main road just before you reach Franschhoek, the café also has a coffee roastery beside it, where the intoxicating aromas of freshly roasted coffee beans can be appreciated. Michael and Alrishka Macaskill of Terbodore Coffee Roasters visited California, New York, Oregon and Washington in 2016 and soaked up the coffee and café scene over there, gaining inspiration along the way. Full of menu and design ideas, they came back and opened Big Dog. With a light and airy space with wood and exposed brick dominating, every area feels different.
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