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“Go to place....”

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: Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
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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“Go to place....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

This is the "go to" place in Franschhoek for consistently good food and service, casual, friendly and relaxed.

Visited December 2012
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Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great on a hot day!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

Franschhoek is full of roadside restaurants, all of the seemingly busy with the exception of French Connection, whose roadside terrace was deserted. Why, one wonders? Well, the temperature in Franschhoek that day was around 40 celsius! A peek inside showed a pretty full house with, heaven be praised, air conditioning. We had a very acceptable lunch, creative food and presentation, no wine (driving) and good service. Well worth a try!

  • Visited February 2013
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Wilderness, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Good food and location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

A lovely menu and excellent service. We ate outside on a warm evening and had good fresh fish, quite reasonably priced. There is a decent choice of wine, also at acceptable prices. A nice blend of casual with professional service.

  • Visited March 2013
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Wiltshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Well positioned in the middle of Franschoek, lovely food and a great place to watch the world go by.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

Excellent food from a comprehensive menu and not expensive! We particularly like the squid which was cooked perfectly.

Visited March 2013
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Antwerp, Belgium
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nice Bistro”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

Nice Bistro in the center of Franschoek.
Excellent price/quality.
Very good and tasteful food, but nothing too fancy.
Friendly service.
We had a wonderful evening.

  • Visited February 2013
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