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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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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked at short notice, three of us. We arrived early, were the only diners for a while. The service was super quick and super friendly. Then people started arriving. The service was still very good, and still super friendly. The food meanwhile was delicious. Definitely worth a return visit.

Thank Julien H
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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230 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In the region for a wedding staying at three locations within walking distance of this Cafe, we decided to have dinner the first night here. We were told it was one of the two best restaurants in the Franschoek area.. that is not because it is the finest Gourmet dining and oat Cuisine, there is plenty of that in the... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is tucked away next to the library where it is hidden behind a beautiful garden. Really peaceful and quiet for if you want to reflect with some good food and wine, or perhaps a craft beer. I had the pork belly and it was amazing. Recommend this as a break from the rest of the pricey and commercial... More 

Thank Poranic
London, England
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here for breakfast on multiple occasions during our stay in Franschhoek and always had a great meal, fabulous coffee and very friendly service. The restaurant is set back slightly from the main street, which is great if you do not want to breathe in any fumes from passing cars when sitting outside. Certainly worth a strong recommendation. They... More 

Thank Dutch52
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55 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Off street location with cafe feel. Menu comes on a chalk board. Large group and everyone enjoyed their food. Selection is simple but food good. Noisy inside with more than one group. Still very nice place to eat.

Thank Tim W
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150 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a really good and tasty meal here. No frills but absolutely wonderful local business. Great service and no nonsense food. Would recommend.

Thank JMBFDublin
Sevenoaks District, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth a visit for something a little different. Tucked away behind the main drag, with a interesting menu with local dishes as well as main stream. Better to sit outside as interior isn't plush! Clean but basic shall we say but this adds to the charm. Staff attentive and helpful, good food at decent prices. Menu seems to change most... More 

Thank Jonathan L
Faringdon, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted a light Saturday lunch away from the bustle of the main street and were tempted by the boards on Huguenot Street advertising the menus, It proved to be a good decision. We were lunching late and the only people there at that stage but we were told they would be busy that evening. Decent choice of dishes, good... More 

Thank Charles G
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Would have rated higher if we'd received a little more attention/service on arrival. Staff were really busy and we were ignored for first 15-20m, but once we'd got their attention, it was great. Had duck confit (fab) and pork belly (good). Would have liked a little more veg but small criticism on what was a lovely meal.

Thank Pughster86
Nottingham UK
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 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

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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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, 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?