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“Stands up well to tough competition”

The French Connection
Ranked #14 of 92 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $18
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Reviewed October 24, 2013

There are some superb places to eat in Franschoek that's for sure so I may not choose French Connection if it was my only meal out but its definitely a very good option and should probably be in your top few choices - you won't be disappointed. Its a great atmosphere and a cozy feeling especially near the open fire on a cold night. Staff were knowledgeable and friendly but were quite sloppy in their appearance which is main reason for taking one star off their rating. Springbok was good but perhaps not the best choice for me so can't knock it for quality. The dessert, pear in red wine sauce, however was best I've had in a long time - superb. Every table was occupied so that must tell you something and many were surely locals which is always a reassuring sign. Some outdoor seating facing the street and the rear section looks over a courtyard area. I'd go back.

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Reviewed October 22, 2013

The food and service have been consistently good and above average at this venue for years. Very popular with the locals which is always a good sign.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Very busy mid-week so we were glad we had made a reservation. Great menu, lots of tasty options and the chef was more than willing to prepare the fish in a low fat way. It was delicious! Lovely roaring fire (it was a cool evening) and very friendly, pleasant staff. Hope to return one day.

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

What a sweet little restaurant! A lovely, cozy atmosphere, friendly staff and perhaps the most tender fillet I have ever eaten. It was also hugely refreshing to have a vegetable side order that was not spinach and butternut. Beware, if you order fries with your meal - the portions are huge! A great find in one of my favorite towns.

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We were really looking forward to our meal at The French Connection and were left a little unhappy. The service was average and the vegetarian options too less. Also the food was kinda ok and not as great as we expected.

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