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Cafe Des Arts

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7 Reservoir West Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 2952
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Regular visitors to Franschhoek and usually have at meal here. Its was very nice as usual - but the menu varies as the nice after we looked and the choices weren't to my tasting so glad we had booked elsewhere on that night. But the food was very good and very friendly service.

Thank Ilkleygirl
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156 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had to eat inside as the weather was inclement. Wouldn't do it again whatever the weather. Service pleasant - steak not for those with dentures. Carbonara decent and a huge portion. Salted cheesecake as subtle as a house-brick, with similar texture.

Thank SeanIlkley
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stumbled on this out-of-the-way café while looking for somewhere to eat, having not booked anywhere. So glad we found it. It's in a great location, being away from the main road so we could sit outside without passing traffic. The staff were really friendly. The menu is limited and doesn't really change, but great food. The pork belly was one... More 

Thank Sandralouisecurry
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just had a delicious meal in this unpretentious off street restaurant in Franschhoek. Style and ambience is casual but the food is top notch at a reasonable price. One of our dishes was the house speciality lambs liver. The first plate was slightly over cooked for me (it arrived medium not pink) and the waiter immediately offered to replace... More 

Thank richardnewman123
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318 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A bit of a find and seemingly very popular. Just off the main drag a lovely courtyard under the trees. A casual restaurant in direct contrast to the more pretentious French food in so many of Franschoek's restaurants. A small menu but food really very good. We both had the penne with mushrooms and this was fresh and perfectly cooked.... More 

Thank Sue B
north yorkshire
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133 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this unpretentious little restaurant is tucked away behind the Main Street. The menu is small but perfectly formed. Steak (huge) for my husband and duck for me. Both were served with baby vegetables, nicely crisp. Service was extremely friendly and efficient. This will always be one of our favourite places to eat in franschoek despite the plethora of well known... More 

Thank joyceyorks
Helsinki, Finland
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50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very informal place, but the food is like in restaurants with white table clothing. Menu is on chalkboard which will moved to your table for ordering. Staff is very friendly and prices are more tham reasonable.

Thank Pekka V
Johannesburg, South Africa
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52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful setting, delicious food, good wine, excellent setting. We enjoyed the tuna and the duck. Main courses are roughly R150 - R200.

Thank Abbey S
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What a gem in Franschhoek! The food was superb and the service very attentive! They serve the fabulous Stony Brook wines. Really enjoyed this dinner.

Thank Katrijn_Jeroen
Johannesburg, South Africa
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189 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

You could easily miss this gem. Make sure you find this place and go there - what great food and service!

Thank Susan V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Reservoir West Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 2952
Based in the small village of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Franschhoek is renowned world wide for Haut Cuisine and Fine Dining.
Cafe des Arts is neither Haute Cuisine nor Fine Dining!
Cafe des Arts is a simple, rustic, relaxed restaurant where all that matters is the food.
There are no table cloths, no silver service and the food is from the pan to the plate. If you're lucky, you may even get some cutlery! -

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?