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Cafe Des Arts Restaurant

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7 Reservoir West Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 2952
09:00 - 21:00
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Nottingham UK
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have dined at this restaurant numerous times over the last few years. Very basic in appearance but do not let that fool you.The menu whilst small is extremely varied and never fails to satisfy. The staff are a delight. A decent wine list with some interesting local smaller winery choices. All in all a real pleasure

Thank AndyBNottinghamUK
Wingfield, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This little restaurant consistently delights us, great food , fabulous staff and a lively venue off the main high street,.

1 Thank gailmason
New York City, New York
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135 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we were able to get a really nice dinner here on our recent stay in Franschhoek. The food was delicious and we definitely would have come back for more if we had stayed for longer in the area.

Thank sypremeks
Orpington, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Tucked away behind the main Street in Franschhoek is this little gem of a restaurant serving good, unpretentious, flavoursome food with a smile.

Thank LondonLost
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111 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Were recommended to eat here by local b&b owners. What a gem of a place. Well worth the walk down the short path off the Main Street. Run by locals who cook great produce serve it well and know their stuff. The mussels were the best I've ever eaten. My chicken schnitzel divine...OMG. Had eaten at a high end winery... More 

1 Thank jo0501
Tramore, Ireland
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145 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Café Des Arts is a really relaxed and casual place to eat. A small menu which changes often and is presented on a chalk board rather than a printed menu. If you find it on the menu, then you really should try the liver & onions dish - it was cooked to perfection. Waiter was really friendly and fun.

Thank Sarah P
Peak District
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A gem of a restaurant located 30m down an alley off the main road but quiet and peaceful and very relaxed. Excellent, and quite unusual food, served by friendly and knowledgeable staff (particularly Nancy).

1 Thank PetermcgPeakDistrict
Pyla, Cyprus
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We tried many restaurants and they were good but the food here was excellent with a nice unusual and menu with a welcomed variety. We dined as a family of 8 persons and we all had very tasty and filling meals and we all decided this was the best food we had tasted in Franschhoek.

Thank 62garryw
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44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This fantastic bistro is tucked away down a side street and is well worth looking for. Both the food and service are excellent as is the value for money.

Thank Sue&Paul-Kent
Herts, UK
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76 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is quite simple with the focus on the food and friendly service. Food is chosen from a Board each day. We do not eat meat and had plenty of fish and vegetarian options. The food felt really fresh and all perfectly prepared. Service is quite quick, but when we requested a wait between courses this was no problem.... More 

Thank SP1200

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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
Vegetarian Friendly, 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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, 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?