Dining Out in Franschhoek
La Petite Colombe
La Petite Colombe has been awarded the Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year Award, at the annual Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards in November 2017. Eat Out TOP 10 restaurant in 2018.
“Amazing food, faultless service, a truly memorable dining experience. The 9-course tasting menu is a must. Even courses you may have reservations about will blow your tastebuds – sensational. Possibly one of the best dining experiences you are likely to have.” – TripAdvisor Review
Reuben’s Restaurant & Bar
Reuben’s is a sophisticated brasserie, in a modern and tasteful setting. The décor is contemporary, the food an exciting combination of flavours and as one might expect, the wine list is extensive.
“Highly rated for a reason. The grilled calamari appetizer was the best! Entrees delicious followed by scrumptious desserts. Reservations necessary.” – TripAdvisor Review
Le Bon Vivant
Food at Le Bon Vivant is an experience. Passionate about palate perfection and impeccable presentation, chef-patron Pierre Hendriks and his team invite you on a journey of bold flavours and combinations. Pierre’s profound understanding of the art of French cuisine forms the basis for Le Bon Vivant’s modern interpretations of classic dishes.
“We had an amazing meal here and the service and professionalism of the staff was 10 star! It was a bonus to be able to view the kitchen through the large picture window and the food was exceptional. We loved the fine dining with little extras in between courses such as amuse bouche. The waiting staff were very attentive throughout the meal” – TripAdvisor Review
For Chris Erasmus, foraged edible plants and mushrooms are an essential part of beautifying plates, flavouring stocks and reducing food costs on a small, seasonal menu rich in free-range meat and game. The setting, much like the menu, falls somewhere between upmarket bistro and contemporary farmhouse.
Our dishes were a work of art, every one of them. Hand-foraged edible flowers as decoration, unusual presentations of everyday foods, and excellent preparation of every thing we ate made for an incredible dinner. – TripAdvisor Review
Marigold evokes the exotic with its small plates menu inspired by aromatic and spicy North Indian cuisine. Marigold specialises in a variety of Indian dishes, from fragrant curries and flavourful biryanis to succulent meat cooked in the charcoal tandoor.
“Delicious authentic Indian food, great service and lovely attention to detail. Great value for money, as this is a top notch experience.” – TripAdvisor Review
French Connection Bistro
The French Connection is a charming bistro-style restaurant with a welcoming and unpretentious atmosphere.
The dinner menu boasts such specialities as crispy roast duck, fresh mussels and an excellent steak selection. The quality of these dishes and the great value for money cements French Connection as a firm favourite with both locals as well as foreign guests.
“French Connection doesn’t try to be a fancy restaurant, which is sometimes exactly what you need. A good steak with nice sauce and good chips. The menu is not complicated but very nicely cooked. Flavours are very good.” – TripAdvisor Review
Village Grill & Butcher
Franschhoek’s destination for outstanding steaks, family-friendly dining, and fresh take-home meats. Join us for a cozy dinner inside, a relaxing lunch in the garden or a sundowner on the veranda. At Village Grill the focus is on great food and excellent presentation, with succulent steaks, the freshest fish and many of SA’s favourites
“Service by Nomonde was very friendly and attentive, and the meats juicy, flavourful and to the point. This place definitely deserves the great reviews.” – TripAdvisor Review
Hussar Grill at Protea Hotel
The Hussar Grill Franschhoek offers an authentic and intimate grill room dining experience. You’ll feel right at home in front of a crackling fire for cosy winter evenings. For lazy summer days and nights, the terrace beckons with its sweeping views of the magnificent Franschhoek Mountains. We look forward to welcoming you for the best speciality steaks in Franschhoek.
“All I can say is wow; staff were excellent, food excellent and all cooked to perfection and exactly as asked for.
The menu even states how a steak is cooked; blue, rare etc so no misunderstanding when it arrives! And the sizes of steak for the value are amazing. All in all a great place with great staff and great value for money.” – TripAdvisor Review
Le Coin Francais
The newest edition to the Franschhoek scene is a restaurant really and truly for Franschhoek. Both in concept and in name, the aptly named “Le coin Français” , which literally means Franschhoek, will embody the essence of the valley in heritage, cuisine, art and wine. It will feature cutting edge methods meeting time tested French elegance in cuisine, a carefully selected locally themed wine list to showcase the best local wines, a French sommeliers selection, and an ever evolving collaboration of art in the theme of photography.
Chefs Warehouse at Maison
Chefs Warehouse at Maison is about experiencing food like you’ve never experienced it before. In short, it’s about the sheer pleasure of taste. By pairing flavours in unexpected and exciting ways, an infinite number of fresh taste sensations is created for you to enjoy
Lunch: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Closed on Tuesdays. Dinner: Friday & Saturday
Allora Italian Style Restaurant
The mix of simplicity and the ability to wed rustic flavours with modern culinary innovations will dazzle even the most refined palates. Each dish is artistically arranged and vibrantly colored. The menu caters for the majority of clients needs including meat, seafood, poultry, home-made pasta, and thin Neapolitan style pizza. Vegetarians will be delighted with the number of delicious and creative choices.
“Had a really nice meal, great food with attentive staff. Loved the decor and very centrally located behind the tram ticket office. Caters for children and reasonably priced. Gluten free pizza and pasta too!” – TripAdvisor Review
Monneaux at Franschhoek Country House
Monneaux Restaurant is a restaurant serving contemporary cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Lunch is served outside on the fountain terrace under a spreading pepper tree whist dinner is a more elegant affair in the manor house. The restaurant is known for its signature dishes such as seared salmon trout, rack of lamb and it’s famous pecan nut & vanilla pod pie. The dinner menu is a contemporary take on the classics whilst the lunch menu is a lighter more bistro type of menu. The restaurant also offers a complimentary return shuttle.
Bread and Wine
Neil Jewell – Executive Chef and South Africa’s Charcuterie King – prepares the most delectable dishes using only the freshest seasonal ingredients. The jewel in Neil’s crown is his offering of handcrafted charcuterie that rivals the finest in Europe, all with a unique South African twist. We offer a relaxed, country-chic lunchtime experience.
Roca at Dieu Donné Vineyards
Roca Restaurant is serving up delicious & exciting tastes of the Mediterranean. Our emphasis is on the fresh and highest quality local ingredients with respectful, simple treatment of food. The restaurant is the ideal venue for all Functions, Events and Weddings.
The unique food styles and diverse flavours have been inspired by centuries of cooking, spiced by
influences from across the globe, forming the precious ingredients of Cape Winelands Cuisine. Chef Michelle Theron offers an exceptional and creative interpretation of seasonal produce and carefully sourced ingredients, beautifully plated. Open daily for lunch only.
La Petite Ferme
The contemporary-rustic cuisine reflects the creative energy of La Petite Ferme, accompanied by the exquisite setting and panoramic vistas of the beautiful surrounds. The restaurant exudes a warm and welcoming space with a fresh flow, basked in natural sunlight.
Drawing from the best local seasonal produce and embracing a variety of culinary styles and cooking methods drawn from around the world, Executive Chef, lives out his passion exploring more unusual and challenging ingredients, some even foraged by his own hand. Grounded by his strong focus on the visual aspects of food, great depth of flavour and meticulous attention to detail down to the last micro herb, every plate is a culinary revelation for all the senses.
Our Franschhoek Kitchen’s standards reflect an ethos based on the finest international cuisine – but our hearts are always drawn to the simplicity and pureness of the ingredients we use. This honest approach sees our guests enjoying authentic homemade dishes inspired by the country we live in and the farm we call ‘home’.
Cafe Bon Bon
Patrons can look forward to new light and healthy summer salads, our much requested classics and a few new additions to our menu.The menu will to a larger degree embrace the seasonal ingredients and showcase our great regional produce. To see exactly what we are up too, why not join us for a meal at Café BonBon in our magical setting on La Petite Dauphine?
Nestled inside a stone cellar, our dining room overlooks our maturation cellar on one side, and a breath-taking view of Franschhoek on the other. During summer, lunch is served on the terrace enjoying the views of the valley, while winter welcomes a roaring fireplace inside. The food philosophy of chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller inspire bold flavours and classic technique, ensuring a menu that is unique yet comforting.
A pop-up Haute Cabrière Tasting Room will be operating from the Franschhoek Beer Company, and will be running from 6 May to end August 2019.
Protégé is an exciting new casual fine dining eatery under the guidance of previous Eat Out Chef of the Year, La Colombe’s Scot Kirton.
“Chef Cameron Smith hits all the spots at newly opened Protégé with his refined, flavour-packed approach to casual fine-dining, a concept that seems to be on the rise lately. ”
Winter Lunch Special
Select any three dishes for R275 p.p. | Add an extra course for R75
Bottomless Bubbles R195 p.p.
Monday – Sunday
Lunch only (incl. public holidays)
Valid from 5 April until 31 August 2019