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“Very nice”

The French Connection
Ranked #11 of 75 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $18
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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“Very nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Nice crew, great food and good ambiance! The muscles were very good in combination of the wine. Quality / price combination are very good.

Visited October 2012
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Outstanding Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

I rarely visit a restaurant two nights in a row, but did at the ?French Connection. The lamb chops and baby calamari were equally outstanding. The service was excellent, and the bill was reasonable. What more could one want?

Visited September 2012
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Quesnel, Canada
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“great recommendation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

This restaurant was recommended by our B&B hosts- great decision. Friendly, quaint atmosphere and excellent food and wine, Definitely worth a visit

Visited September 2012
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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455 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Wonderful Atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at this restaurant. The fire on a winters evening roaring away makes for a very cosy feeling.

All the staff are very friendly and helpful, nothing is too much trouble.

I had the open veggie lasagne which was divine and my husband had the fillet steak. We really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. This restaurant is a must stop when you visit Franschhoek as I know that many of the locals go there and that says a lot in itself.

We were a large party of 9 and the restaurant coped really well. I would recommend booking in advance if you can as they are very popular and fill up quickly.

  • Visited August 2012
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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75 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Top!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

The fire place was burning. A warm welcome from the staff and the food was absolutely delicious. No complaints about the wine-selection as well ..

But besides that, the pleasant bustle was cozy / fun to be with.

Are you in Franschhoek and want to be in a relaxed restaurant with good food, this is the place to be.

  • Visited October 2012
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