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“Delicious lunch”

The French Connection
Ranked #9 of 75 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $18
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Cape Town
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Delicious lunch”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

Popped in for lunch and managed to get a table indoors as all others were reserved. Service was good and the food was great. We always enjoy this restaurant and just wish we'd had dinner here the night before.

Visited February 2014
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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“great food good value”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

I ate here twice during my stay. I always ate outside and was able to get a table without a reservation, however, I might add, I ate dinner early and lunch late. I guess I would suggest getting reservations to be safe. It seemed as though the outside tables filled up fast.
The food was excellent. I always ordered the line fish which was done to perfection. It was served with a choice of potatoes and fresh veggies. Very nicely presented. Service was good.

  • Visited February 2014
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Cape Town, South Africa
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“GO GET CONNECTED”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

Situated on the R45, the main road through Franshoek this resteraunt is easy to find and get parked. The first action though is to book a seat. There is a great atmosphere throughout but go for the outside seats but check the weather first as the wind can get up and Winter days/nights can be cool. On both nights that we ate here the welcome was great and made us feel wanted. The menu is comprehensive without being daunting and the Specials varied. Quality of the food was consistantly good across both nights be it the beginning, middle or the end of the meal. A special mention needs to be made about the quality of service. It was exceptional despite their being several rude diners with no manners.

  • Visited February 2014
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“just lost its way a little - still good but needs to sharpen up”
Reviewed February 20, 2014

this is a lovely bistro restaurant in the heart of fransshoeck serving french influenced food but using local ingredients well. over the years it has been a favourite and would have normally received 5 stars but it has just dropped a little form its usual high standards. why? well, service was slow and a little inattentive. the menu remains - as far as we can see - unchanged over the last few years. the decor is a little tired. just resting on past laurels was our overall view. its still got a good ambience, the food - when it arrives is still good. the wine list is fine (but as ususal in south african restuarants taking a good bottle or three and paying corkage is tremendous value). booking still absolutely necessary at weekends - and recommended at other times to avoid disappointment.

  • Visited January 2014
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South East
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278 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Fun Place to Eat”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

The food is good and the place is very well run. The meat is excellent. You do need to book to be sure of getting in.

Visited February 2014
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