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The French Connection

Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 4056
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (151 reviews)
“mussels” (81 reviews)
“crispy duck” (30 reviews)
Closes in 22 min
12:00 - 15:00All hours
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday

We walked up the street to the Frenc Connection Bistro for dinner. We had made reservations ahead of time which was good. When we arrived, there weren't many people, but when we left, the restaurant was filling up. The restaurant is in an older building,...More

Thank LibbyH1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated on the main street of Franschhoek you csn sit on the verandha and watch the passing scene or read your book. The lunch food is perfectly adequate. Duck when they have it is good. Mussell dish is tasty. The wine list is ok but...More

Thank Zak_VS
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch at this restaurant last week - the food was excellent - beautifully prepared and presented and the waitress who looked after us was really fantastic. Knowledgeable - friendly but not familiar. We would certainly return.

Thank walkerjill9
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a chilly winter evening and were warmly welcomed by the attentive staff. The menu selection was very good and we were not disappointed with our choices. Definitely somewhere we look forward to returning to one day.

Thank Kipper_CK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really good food and a great wine list. Would recommend for anyone visiting Franschoek. Great variety of food and good mix of regular dishes and specials

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a night in Franschhoek and were advised to eat at the French Connection and were not disappointed. Even though the restaurant was full on a cold winter's night, the food was very tasty and the service, very good. It is in the main...More

Thank Shakkie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked into French Connection this passed Friday with high expectations as many people have recommended it to us and the expectations were more than met. My boyfriend and I were luckily enough to sit on our own on the couches by the bar where...More

Thank Nicole V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As usual not disappointed!!! We are creatures of habit and sit by the fire and love our mussels and chips. Well as usual it was perfect from awesome service (forgot her name) lady with the biggest smile and just the best waitress, to yummy food!!

Thank AlexRicour
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First night in Franschhoek and we choose this place for dinner. I had made reservations and glad we did as the place was quite busy for a Wednesday evening. Had a prime seat right next to the fireplace. Was warmly greeted by the host when...More

Thank SDSpartan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great restaurant, fantastic vibe and a stunning menu. Go there every time that we are in Franschhoek. I always have the mussels, whether it's the starter portion or the main. Service is great and the wait is as it should be.

Thank CABMtius
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
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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