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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%
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“steak” (151 reviews)
“mussels” (82 reviews)
“crispy duck” (30 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

My partner and I have just been to French Connection and were so impressed we had to review it straight away. We just had the most amazing food. The calamari salad I can't rate highly enough. The entire meal was excellent and was one of...More

Thank Alex G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There's a lot of competition along main road in Franschhoek when it comes to food, French Connection is a very good choice among them. They do serve typical South African dishes, steaks, etc. Our two mains were pretty decent, service was efficient and ambience inside...More

Thank Mr_Nobody_1979
Reviewed 2 days ago

The French Connection never disappoints! We recently returned for the umpteenth time to this restaurant and were yet again not disappointed. The food was delicious, the service excellent and the ambiance cosy and schick. My guests from New Zealand were blown away by their food...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, I was totally blown away. The food and service were both exceptional. Prices were a tad on the high side however I would pay those prices any day of the week for perfectly prepared dishes. I am not the best of eaters but this...More

Thank vanashreem
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

12 Family members visited the French Connection on a rainy, cold day in July 2017 for lunch - there was an inviting fire going as we walked in which really gave the restaurant a warm and cosy atmosphere! What a feast it was! We all...More

Thank lesleyw505
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enough said! Great atmosphere, service and location - consistently great! A must visit when you visit Franschhoek.

Thank George S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Jason was so accommodating and helpful in hosting my 40th birthday dinner. He went out of his way to create a menu that suited everyone. The waiters and staff are friendly and brilliant, and the food is absolutely delicious!! Thank you French Connection. I have...More

Thank Carmen R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks 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 15 August 2017

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
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18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
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12:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:00
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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
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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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