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“Great food, service, ambience”

The French Connection
Ranked #9 of 78 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $18
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, 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.
Paarl, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
188 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Great food, service, ambience”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

We ate here twice because we enjoyed it so much. A lovely bistro in town, with a wide menu to suit every taste and great wine at affordable prices.
Everything we ordered was delicious and fresh, from mussels to duck, goats cheese tart, beef stroganoff and fine pinot noir served by the glass, in a carafe or bottle. Unbelievable value for money, anyone paying in foreign currency would be pleasantly surprised at the bill.
The owner/ manager likes to chat so for anyone dining alone fear not, you will have company.
We certainly will be back next time we are in town. Just wonderful.

  • Visited July 2014
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Amsterdam
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good ambiance and lovely food.”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

Friends of mine took me to this restaurant because it is their favorite, so I had high expectations. We made a reservation and were placed on the terrace like we requested because of the nice weather. I had the goatcheese quiche with salad and french fries on the side and the pear tarte tatin as dessert. It was devine and I can highly recommend their Eikehof chardonnay. The inside of the restaurant is designed very tasteful. I'll definitely come back soon!

  • Visited June 2014
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Luxembourg
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Perfect value for money and more....”
Reviewed August 3, 2014

We ate really well in this restaurant. Atmosphere was great, service with a smile, food GREAT and really not expensive. We will be back a lot of times. Great !

  • Visited August 2014
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Cape Town
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellent. Coming back soon.”
Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Went on a Sunday evening with a friend. We both had the beef fillet, which came exactly as we ordered. Lovely veggies to go with. A definete winner. Atmosphere was nice for a Sunday. We were the last guests leaving shortly past 22h. Would come back any time.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Lovely spot for winter great food!”
Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

We ordered a starter, main and dessert. All three courses were superb. The waiters were friendly and the service was good. We sat near the crackling fire which is perfect for us as we were celebrating our 10th anniversary. The tempura prawns were a highlight and we loved the pecan pie.

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