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“Dismal”
Review of Cafe Des Arts

Cafe Des Arts
Ranked #22 of 84 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: 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! -
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

The embarrassed manageress showed us to our broken, unset wooden table in the drafty foyer. The table looked like it had been borrowed from the local picnic spot but had weathered rather badly. The back was loose and I was able to demonstrate an intact Moro Reflex to the diners at the table abutting ours as I rocked backed. This was no surprise visit, we had made the reservation some 2-3 months previously but had clearly been relegated to main the entrance as the dining area was occupied by some larger groups. Possession is 9/10th of the Law and the large groups had captured the high ground. Fortunately we got into Dutch East on a cancellation and had a magnificent meal there. Next time we will not bother with Cafe des Artes and save them further wear and tear on their well worn tables and they will have to ask someone else to do the 'meet and greet' to their arriving guests. Perhaps it would be an idea if they called their potential diners to advise them if they cant accommodate them in their dining area. Unlike Arnie in the Terminator, we wont be back.

Thank GrahamCE19l
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

We go here a lot when we visit Franschhoek. Casual food but always tasty. Tuna with crushed potatoes and beurre blanc sauce is my favorite

Thank Jurgen M
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

Recommended by our guest house host. Limited menu which is fine but then your expect food to be special for the price you pay. We've had better.

Thank penelope123465
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

A hidden gem off the main street - we popped here for dinner following a recommendation and weren't disappointed. The staff were really welcoming, the food was wholesome and we left feeling so relaxed. Would recommend!

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Thank Emma M
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

After seeing the reviews of this restaurant we booked it for our trip to Franshhoek during the planning stage of our South Africa holiday at the beginning of 2017.
We got to the restaurant at our booked time and it would appear they had no note of it.
The restaurant had a large, very noisy party of guests in the main room and we were given a table in the small entrance room where there were about 5 tables for 2.
The service was not good as the staff seemed to be concentrating on the huge party in the main restaurant.
The menu was okay but we just ordered a main course. It was tasty but then we left due to the incredible noise level.
Would I try it again if I went back to Franshhoek? Probably not. It might be good for young trendy people who can cope with that type of situation but not if you want a relaxing meal.

Thank Pilot853
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