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The French Connection

Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 4056
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“steak” (175 reviews)
“crispy duck” (36 reviews)
“mussels” (87 reviews)
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French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely restaurant, beautiful setting. Starters and dessert awesome, but a little disappointed with the mains. Think a lack of attention has allowed the quality to dip below spectacular.

Thank michiel d
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went here for a simple bite and were nicely surprised with a perfectly made duck salad, a good steak and yummy prawns. Overall this is the place to go when you are hungry, want somewhere reliable and good quality ingredients.

Thank Gnaz99
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner on August 10th - and while we had not booked a table the 'impossible' was made possible! Great food - all fresh and service with a big smile! The staff are very good in explaining menus and the wine they serve - just...More

Thank Hanneke H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely delicious food from the starters to the dessert. The service was impeccable and the staff is very friendly. I definitely recommend the duck salad as a starter, BBQ basted steak for main and the warm Belgian chocolate tart for dessert.

Thank gabriellesauzier
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well received, great ambiance, warm with fireplace, great food, friendly staff. The specials was well presented. Outstanding was the Smoked aubergine and Chevin souffle, Tempura prawns and Crispy duck

Thank Philip M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been going to this restaurant for 30 years - sitting sometimes outside on the pavement watching the world go by and sometimes inside cosily tucked in our favourite spot in the corner. It never disappoints. The service is attentive yet unintrusive, the ambience...More

Thank Shelley H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We received a warm welcome on a cold and rainy night. Lovely bread was served to our table. We were two couples. One couple ate the spinach and mushroom stuffed chicken breast, and the other the veal schnitzel. Everyone pronounced their food to be excellent....More

Thank abutilon
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Excellent French style restaurant in centre of town . Enjoyed by all our party. Good choice of local wines . Rustic interior.

Thank Fiona B
Reviewed 14 July 2018

We had a table for seven and all the orders arrived at the same time. The steaks were good and the sides generous. It was winter fire in the fireplace certainly made the atmosphere warmer

Thank V2551XYmichaelo
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

Food was delicious... but it was cold and we were told they were full and we had to sit outside. We asked for someone to call is is something opened up inside. There were 4 tables empty inside when we arrived and the same 4...More

Thank Debbie P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$15 - US$18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 4056
  • E-mail
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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