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Dutch East Restaurant

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European, Contemporary
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42 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
11:30 am - 3:35 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 3:35 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sydney, Australia
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2,258 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Anyone that butchers, smokes and ages his own meats also possess a gregarious personality, in his buzzy bistro where we sampled wild game, my preference between springbok, eland and ostrich. The atmosphere on the day we were here was entertaining and filled with verve and some mirth.

Thank shasha b
Franschhoek, South Africa
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu is fairly short and even though they claim to be a meat Restuarant the choices were somewhat basic (no lamb at all). The plating was elegant.

Thank NealWarren
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Starter of my mussels in cream and white wine was great but Friday night steak and chips special was disappointing. Steak was cooked perfectly by was chewy and had a big chunk of grizzle along the side. Also I did not like the malay/curry rub that was on the steak, would have been better with plain salt and pepper. The... More 

Thank Richard M
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Fabulous restaurant which we booked online after seeing the great menu but was disappointed to find that they had a very limited menu with hiked prices for Bastille day. The manager did surprise us but giving all our drinks on the house when we casually mentioned to waiter we expected their normal menu. Very friendly staff and we will go... More 

Thank MargeritaV
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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65 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

At last I've found a restaurant in Franchhoek that serves wonderful food, is reasonably priced and is not a tourist rip-off serving pretentious nonsense. We dropped in without a reservation on Bastille Day. Being not too hungry, we ordered a few starters:- Mussels, Calamari and Beef Tartar. All three were utterly sublime! So we just ordered more! Without a doubt,... More 

Thank DudleyFeebish
Palm Springs, California
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114 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

It was raining while I was walking, so I noticed their sign that said it was cozy inside. It was indeed. Nice atmosphere for lunch. There were three appetizers that sounded so delicious, that I ended up ordering two for my meal with a glass of wine. They were wonderful. Prices were a bit higher than what I've been paying,... More 

Thank Karen317
Johannesburg, South Africa
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

We had a wonderful dinner with a few friends. The service was fair but the food was excellent. I have not eaten a better steak in Franschoek

Thank Warren278
Durbanville, South Africa
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Booked for breakfast for 12 people on Bastille Day. Despite being very busy on the day, service and food very good. Every one of our party only had compliments. I will definately go there again.

Thank Keith P
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere was great with a really nice vibe. However, the food is hopelessly overpriced for what is on offer. The cassoulet was tasteless and more of a duck stew than the real deal. The burger was pretty good though. The wine list is fairly limited. At lower prices this would be a reasonable bistro but it feels like a... More 

Thank rwjames1uk
Brisbane, Australia
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Arrived without a booking as a last minute plan. Maitre D found us a table for two and was charming throughout, frequently following up, pouring wine, water etc. When the chosen meal was not available as supply of one item had run out, they made up a similar alternative without any hesitation. The result was delicious as was my wife's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $18
European, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 am - 3:35 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:35 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:35 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:35 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:35 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:35 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:35 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: 0218763547
Dutch East cuisine is a unique combination of uncomplicated bistro fare, full of traditional South African flavours with healthy portions perfectly presented. The combination of delicate Asian flavours with robust local ingredients creates a subtle yet balanced experience.We specialise in the preparation of meat and seafood. From home smoked bacon, bresaola biltong, dry aged steaks to fresh line fish and daily specials. Open Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, 7 days a week!

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