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R 280 - R 336
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just did a walk in on our first evening & they found us a lovely table. The food quality is of an excellent standard along with the service. We enjoyed it so much the following day we booked a table near the huge open fireplace,...(we were there in Winter), where we enjoyed a wonderful meal & service yet again. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 6 May 2024

Given how many people had recommended French Connection as a good non-fine-dining option in Franschhoek, our expectations were high. Sadly we were a little disappointed. My husband ordered the kudu loin in pepper sauce from the specials board, with chips, veg (a kind of julienned...mix of carrots, peppers and others) and onion rings. The kudu itself was lean, tasty, perfectly cooked with a good sauce, but let down by the side dishes. The chips were skinny French fries, and really nothing special (especially after the excellent chunky chips the night before at Hussar Grill, and the outstanding ones at Quills restaurant in Johannesburg earlier in our trip). The onion rings were more slices than rings, not particularly crisp, and the portion size was absurdly large. Fewer crisper onion rings would have been better, and avoid food waste. My fishcakes were nice enough, served with a side salad of rocket and parmesan. (I forgot to ask for it without dressing - my fault). Given the great standard of the food at other places we ate on this trip, French Connection was a bit of a let down in comparison.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 April 2024

Lovely atmosphere and friendly and efficient staff. Plenty of choice on the menu plus lots of specials. Food good although on one occasion I had a very undercooked steak which I had to send back. Husband had steak another night and said it was the...best he'd had. Would appreciate inside seating being upgraded to fabric and not plastic which can get very unpleasant when it is hot. Would definitely visit again.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 23 March 2024 via mobile

Happened on this beautiful Restaurant when we stopped on our way to Hermanuss. Menu variety was excellent, food cooked to perfection and service top class. The Restaurant layout and atmosphere was really good. If in town go here!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 23 March 2024 via mobile

I’ll start with the cons: The steak I ordered arrived badly overcooked, and I really just couldn’t eat half of it. So why 5 out of 5? Because the overall experience was a 5, especially how the restaurant reacted. I mean, one over-cooked meal could...happen to anyone. You know how often you then read some bad review on tripadvisor & then the restaurant responds by saying, well we wish you had told us & we would have tried to fix it? Well, that’s what the French Connection did - I did tell them, and they bent over backwards to put things right. So overall an excellent experience, and it ended up being a very enjoyable evening. PS I can highly recommend the prawns, they were outstandingMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 13 March 2024

Everything was so delicious here, from the mushroom salad to the lentil pasta, to the creme brulee. Service was slow but the food was so good it was worth the wait. It was also very loud in the restaurant and didn't get any better while...we were there for almost 3 hours so if you are sensitive to that, you might want to try for a less busy time. Still, I would eat here again because the food was that good.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 13 March 2024

Excellent food and service! Despite the restaurant being full, the service we had was excellent and the food was delicious. We would definitely recommend this restaurant (but just book in advance).

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 11 March 2024 via mobile

Lovely French bistro in the centre of town. Called in for drinks at lunchtime and liked the vibe (and the Rose!) so booked for dinner. Pate was lovely, then great bowl of mussels & frites my husband had the fillet which he said was very...good, not the best he’d bad in town. All in all I’d recommend, good value for money!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 7 March 2024 via mobile

We booked a table to eat here whilst staying in Franschoek and it was a good job we had as the restaurant was very busy. We had a table inside by the bar which was nicely tucked away as parts of the restaurant were very...noisy. The downside of this was that the service was very slow. It took over 30 minutes to order dessert even though the menus had been brought to us. On the plus side the food was delicious and good value.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 March 2024

We come to this restaurant each time we visit Franschoek. The last time we were here was 2019 and were so looking forward to our visit. We were not disappointed! As good as ever! Great ambience, delicious food and the staff are so friendly and...eager to help with your choices. We had a wonderful evening with the most amazing food as usual Thank you. Our only disappointment is that we were unable to secure a table for our last night in Franschhoek Sat 2 March. Looking forward to our next visit.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 27 February 2024 via mobile

We had dinner there tonight. Food selection was two specials. One lamb and one tuna. Lamb was medium but rather boring as not grilled well. The tuna was superb, only the olives really did not match Desert was perfect. Service waa good Location great. All...in all a nice place but for SA on the high end. I can not compare with others in town as only arrived todayMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 13 February 2024 via mobile

Good location. Setting in a courtyard, patio on main road or inside. I recommend out front as you get great view of mountains. Value for money. Portion sizes OK but just missed the marked when it came yo sauces. We had the veal with mushroom...sauce which was a little bland and a Berry sauce with the duck which was an unusual combination of berries in the sauce that came across too sweet.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 9 February 2024 via mobile

We arrived early so there was space in the courtyard at the back. Lots of specials to choose from and I had springbok. Hubby had sirloin steak 🥩. The food is well cooked and presented. Good service.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024 via mobile

Lovely little bistro typical of provencal dining. We Sat on the veranda thank goodness as inside was very hot and stuffy. Great food, great wine and a thoroughly enjoyable evening

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024 via mobile

School boy error! We didn’t realise you have to have your restaurants booked in advance. We managed to get a table on the front as a last minute booking. I wish we could of experienced inside it looked lovely. The food and service whats spot...on and we were not disappointed. A credit to the team at French Connection.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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I have to agree with the answer you have received. I suspect Children (of course well behaved) will not be a problem but the size of the party might be. However ask.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4