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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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Guernsey UK
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57 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We are frequent flyers to the team at Cafe. For quality fresh food in a no frills environment with a warm welcome this is your spot. Pleasant shady area outside for the daytime and warm evenings. Excellent value, keep it up guys.

Thank twister_9
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Menu small but more than sufficient. Service impeccable. Food beyond expectations. Will definitely visit again.

Thank vixstroud
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great atmosphere in this busy and obviously popular restaurant, where the food was excellent. I chose this from the previous good reviews and booked in advance and so glad I did because it is quite hidden away off the main street, and we may have missed it Staff very friendly, efficient and welcoming

Thank binswood
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19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In an area of indulge among wine tasting and expensive meals, this hidden gem is fantastic. The food was fresh and delicious, and the staff were lovely. I would recommend this cafe to anyone looking for something a little low key in Franschoek.

Thank Prev-ran
Crawley, England, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant whilst basic in appearance does nothing to advertise is superb food!! It very much has the feel of eating in someone's dining room kitted out as a diner! The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and make strong recommendations. The service was swift enough and the restaurant was busy. The food was well presented and was... More 

Thank QueM-G
Stockholm, Sweden
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there to have coffee, but there was some people that worked in the garden surrounding the place and the machine made a terrible noice, so we turned around. Later, we came back with a friend who said this was the Place to eat in Franschhoek and he had been there many times. We had a fantastic lunch! We... More 

Thank christerb851
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198 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is situated near the town centre, and offers good food at more affordable prices. It seemed popular with the locals while we were there. We had the fish and pork belly, and both were cooked to perfection. However, some of the sides were a tad salty, and they used the small coca cola cans for the same drink... More 

Thank Alfred F
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food, local and well presented. Just check when booking that your table is not near the kitchen door etc. Would definitely eat here again.

Thank blackmill6
Darlington, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have eaten here in previous years and so far have returned on this visit just a couple of times for breakfast. The food is simple and of consistently excellent quality. Service is friendly and quick, prices are cheap for Franschhoek. We will keep coming back!

Thank ruby442
Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great meal in this cafe, which is not pretentious and has a very genuine vibe . some of the art was quite good, too. The meal was delicious, very expertly cooked and nicely presented. Excellent service, very reasonable prices. we loved it.

Thank Matt L

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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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
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?