The 20 Best Restaurants in Franschhoek

The 20 Best Restaurants in Franschhoek

Franschhoek boasts some of the finest wine estates and classiest restaurants in the land.

This exclusive winelands town, situated just 75 kilometres from Cape Town, is famed for its Huguenot heritage, exquisite Cape Dutch architecture, prestigious wine estates (many of which include luxury accommodation), and an ever-expanding foodscape that includes world-class restaurants and chic cafés.

There’s not much left to say, except bon appétit!

1. Foliage

Restaurants in Franschhoek: Foliage

Opened by forager and nose-to-tail enthusiast Chris Erasmus in 2014, Foliage has added a certain culinary clout to the town’s already feted gastronomic scene. The reputation Chris gained at Pierneef à la Motte (voted one of the Top 10 restaurants in the country in 2013) has followed him to Foliage, and is reflected in his eclectic menu.
The food Locally sourced and foraged ingredients are the focus of Chris’s flavourful, contemporary dishes. His attention to detail, and the timing of the procession of finely crafted dishes is extraordinary.
The vibe The tastefully decorated interior (neutrals with pops of bright red), a fireplace for cosy winter evenings, and seating on the stoep for overflow diners creates a welcoming vibe.
X factor The open kitchen dominates the inner area, breaking down the barrier between chefs and diners. Ask to sit there, as it’s a great evening’s entertainment watching Chris marshall his team of six cheflings. Service on the night we dined was impeccable: our every whim attended to effortlessly.
Opening times Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 12pm – 2.30pm (lunch); 6.30pm – 8.30pm (dinner)
Tuesday, Thursday – Friday, 6.30pm – 8.30pm (dinner only)
Contact 021 876 2328,
Where to find it 11 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
Reviewer Jackie Lange
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2. La Petite Colombe

Franschhoek Restaurants: La Petite Colombe

We had the extraordinary pleasure of eating at La Petite Colombe within a week of its launch and, after just seven days of service, this relaxed and refined newcomer feels as well-oiled and established as its feted Constantia sibling.
The menu Heading the kitchen is John Norris-Rogers, a bright-faced young chef who spent four-and-a-half years honing his skills under La Colombe’s Scot Kirton and James Gaag. His self-assured demeanour belies his 26 years, as he dazzles diners with a theatrical array of nine superb and creative dishes (if you opt for the Full Menu; or five courses if you choose the Reduced Menu).
After arriving at our table to present his inspired Springbok Tataki course, John is quick to play down his fast-tracked trajectory when we ask about his brand-new baby: “I think it’s easier to step into an existing concept, than to start something from scratch.” Which is fair enough… but as similar as the two restaurants seem in terms of the slick and sophisticated overall experience, it definitely feels as though John has put his unique stamp on the menu here.
The vibe Everything about this 54-seater restaurant (housed at La Quartier Français where The Tasting Room used to be) oozes timeless elegance – from the background music (Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James) to the pared-down yet sumptuous interiors (by UK-based Beverley Boswell) – no wonder it’s fully booked for dinner until October.
Good to know The Full Menu (nine courses) costs R995; with wine R1 600.
The Reduced Menu (five courses) costs R695; with wine R1 100.
Read our full review.
Opening times Tuesday: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Wednesday – Sunday: 12pm – 13pm; 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 202 3395,
Where to find it Le Quartier Français Hotel, Franschhoek
Reviewer Nikki Benatar
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3. Chefs Warehouse at Maison

Franschhoek Restaurant: Chefs Warehouse

If seven of the country’s top chefs – including Michelin-starred Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Luke Dale-Roberts, Eric Bulpitt, Brad Ball, Rudi Liebenberg, Franck Dangereux and Reuben Riffel – rate Chefs Warehouse among the best restaurants in Cape Town, you can be sure that it is! So, we were super-excited to hear that Chef Liam Tomlin opened a new restaurant in Franschhoek!
The newcomer moved into the space formerly occupied by The Kitchen, and is headed by chef David Schneider, who has worked alongside chef Liam, and Ivor Jones at Chefs Warehouse in Constantia.
As with Liam’s three other wildly popular restaurants, the emphasis is on serving superb “global tapas”, accompanied by the estate’s excellent wines. We’ve just booked our table!
Opening times Wednesday – Monday, 9am – 5pm
Wednesday – Saturday, 7pm – 8.15pm
Contact 021 876 2116
Location Maison Estate, R45, Franschhoek
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4. Pierneef à La Motte

Best Franchhoek Restaurants: Pierneef a La Motte

Named after South African landscape artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, this esteemed restaurant offers a similarly creative streak, as chef Eric Bulpitt, former head chef at Faber at Avondale, puts forth a vibrant array of dishes, adding his unique touch to the famed kitchen, previously headed by chef Michelle Theron.
We love the sense of whimsy, so often absent in fine-dining establishments, such as the Delft-style porcelain dangling from the rafters, and the bold chair backs that tell their own stories…Outside, ancient oaks and bubbling water features create a serene setting, with the overall atmosphere being sophisticated yet quirky.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday (September – May; reservations only) for seasonal dinners, 7pm – 10.30pm
Friday & Saturday (June – August), 7pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 876 8800,
Where to find it La Motte, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek
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5. Le Coin Français

Franschhoek Restaurants: Le Coin Francais

After a seven-year stint as head chef at Grande Provence, Chef Darren Badenhorst has gone it alone, and opened up his own restaurant on Franschhoek’s Main Road. The French-inspired menu is aimed at “taking diners on a journey through interpretations of nostalgic food memories, and leading them through a unique culinary exploration of flavours, textures and interactive creations,” explains Darren.
The menu  The three-course lunch menu is still in the pipeline; for now guests can enjoy a six-course dinner tasting menu (R595; R995 with wine) or the eight-course chef’s journey (R795; R1195 with wine).
The vibe The airy space is decked out with contemporary upmarket furniture in neutral tones, but it’s the divine restored spiral staircase at the one end that we adore.
Insider info The staircase leads to a space that will one day become a private dining area, but for now it’ll make you feel like you’re in a restaurant somewhere in France.  
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 7pm – 8.30pm
Contact 074 126 0022,
Location 17 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
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6. Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar

Franschhoek Restaurants: Reuben's Restaurant and Bar

The striking new Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar in Franschhoek is a culmination of 12 years of passion. The exquisite glass-fronted eatery is where chef Reuben Riffel shares some of his signature dishes (tuna takaki, pork belly and peppered Springbok steak), as well as an assortment of interesting tasters (a poké bowl and smoked-pork croquettes), sharing plates, and hearty mains (butter chicken curry, prawn and squid pasta, Jerusalem artichoke and celeriac risotto, to name a few), and some dreamy desserts, too.
The vibe Ritzy marble floors, floor-to-ceiling atrium-style glass windows, with prime views of the bustling Main Road, and refined decor, which echoes the sophisticated dining offering.
X factor Aside from the fact that it’s another great prospect from one of South Africa’s most well-known chefs, we love that the bar is a main event in itself, serving an extensive selection of bubbly, wine, spirits, beers and ciders, liqueurs and aperitifs.
Opening times Monday, 12pm – 3.30pm; 6.30pm – 9pm
Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3.30pm; 6.30pm – 9pm
021 876 3772,
Where to find it 2 Daniel Hugo Street, Franschhoek
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7. Grande Provence

Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Grande Provence

This is an essential culinary sojourn for any foodie worth their weight in gribiche. That said, you don’t have to be a connoisseur to enjoy all that’s on offer at this heritage wine estate. We were in Franschhoek on one of those magnificent 27-degree winter’s days, so we sat under the ancient oaks in the modern sculpture garden and drank in the views of the vineyards and the rugged mountains beyond, with the Berg River trickling past us.
The food Expect inspired seasonal dishes that look as exquisite as they taste. The bread course alone is a thing to behold. Every single thing on the Winter Menu (R450 for three courses) appealed, so our waiter recommended the most popular dishes, which exceeded expectations.
Don’t leave without trying the hot fondant for dessert!
The vibe Chic, modern, laidback, stylish – this is contemporary winelands dining at its best. Take a post-prandial amble around the grounds, popping into the art gallery and shop for some inspiring browsing.
X factor The seamless coming-together of tradition and innovation. Here, the state-of-the-art cellar and contemporary restaurant are perfectly at home on this 1694 heritage estate.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm; 7pm – 9pm
Contact 021 876 8600,
Where to find it Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Main Road, Franschhoek
Reviewer Nikki Benatar
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8. Bistro BonBon

Best Franschhoek restaurants: cafe Bonbon

An imposing entrance, with flags flying and a friendly security guard, greets visitors to La Petite Dauphine, a working wine farm that’s home to tastefully decorated cottages and a restaurant. In summer, tables are perfectly laid on the shaded terrace overlooking the pond, while in cooler weather, the indoor dining room, filled with interesting objets d’art and flowers beckons. It’s the perfect spot for a celebration – on the hot autumn day we visited, a long Provençal-style table had been set up under a tree for a group of 20 revellers.
The food Husband-and-wife chefs Scott and Melanie Shepherd concoct tantalising dishes combining interesting flavours and textures using the freshest ingredients.
The service Waiters welcome guests warmly, are knowledgeable and happy to discuss the menu.
X factor The excellent coffee and slice of the deliciously decadent chocolate cake merits a tea-time visit of its own.
Open Monday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 8am – 9pm
Contact 021 876 3936,
Where to find it Café BonBon Country Restaurant, La Petite Dauphine, Excelsior Road
Reviewer Jackie Lange
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9. The Werf


Nowadays, words like “farm to table” and “artisanal” are so commonly used, they’re almost parodies. At The Werf, however, chef Christiaan Campbell remains so passionately committed to ensuring that ethical and sustainable methods are followed on every inch of this nine-hectare estate, it’s almost a religion.
His honest, earthy, no-frills food philosophy – “Passion and flavour are our starting points; everything else follows” – are reflected in his “innovative country dishes”, which are as creative as they are comforting.
We love that Christiaan is exploring age-old food fermentation methods, adding a healthy (and, ironically, modern) dimension to the restaurant’s already bountiful offerings.
The vibe Housed in Boschendal’s original cellar, The Werf epitomises a particular style of plaas chic – heritage-Dutch-meets-modern-Afrikaner – arguably invented by Karen Roos, whose nearby Babylonstoren is a must-visit when in Paarl. The result is a familiar, unintimidating and oh-so current space.
X factor The overarching sense of warmth, generosity and abundance that envelops the entire estate. We were greeted by Johnny Pharo, whose toothless grin and “Thank you for visiting us today” as we stepped out of the car were very comforting (after a 45-minute ride with a restless toddler).
Good to know Boschendal’s gourmet picnics are among our favourites.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm (lunch; guests to be seated by 2pm)
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 6pm – 9pm (dinner; guests to be seated by 8.30pm)
Contact 021 870 4206,
Where to find it Boschendal, Pniel Road, Franschhoek Valley
Reviewer Nikki Benatar
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10. Le Bon Vivant

Best Franschhoek Restaurants: Le Bon Vivant

Just off the main road, in a converted house, this restaurant dishes up outstanding food by classically trained Dutch chef-patron Pierre Hendricks. The cosy interior bursts with charm, thanks to whimsical touches (such as light fittings made of colanders and graters) and a cosy fireplace. A glass wall allows diners a glimpse into the working kitchen where Pierre and his team perform their culinary magic.
The food You’ll be impressed, as we were, with the unusual combinations on the à la carte menu. The chef’s modern take on traditional surf-and-turf is the pork and scallops (pork belly, with seared scallop, apple, baby onion and butternut) – delicious!
Don’t leave without trying a decadent dessert – such as crème brûlée or caramel soufflé. Adventurous diners should try the five-course chef’s surprise menu (R495 or R625 with wine).
Opening times Monday – Sunday (closed on Wednesday), 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 9pm
Contact 021 876 2717,
Where to find it Le Bon Vivant, 22 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek
Reviewer Jackie Lange
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11. Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards

Franschhoek Restaurants: Leopards Leap Family Vineyards

This friendly and inviting family-oriented destination offers fresh food and affordable, easy-drinking wines. The modern glass building was designed by the talented team at Makeka Design Lab, with contemporary interiors by Christiaan Barnard. As you would expect from any Rupert family-related project, the winery has exceptional tasting facilities set around an imposing tasting bar where you can sit and sample the wide range of available wines, with friendly and efficient staff on hand to discuss your preferences and guide you through a tasting.
The food The rotisserie-based lunch includes a variety of meats prepared by chef Pieter de Jager and his team, complemented by a selection of perfectly prepared side dishes, fresh salads and vegetables sourced from the organic vegetable and herb farm garden. The meat is charged at a set price, and the sides priced according to weight. Desserts such as cake lollies, mini cheese cakes and baby meringues will delight small fries.
Before you leave Make a turn at the well-stocked gift shop, which specialises in kitchen accessories, crockery and interesting recipe books. And, of course, stock up on a few bottles (or crates) of vino. We recommend the Culinaria Brut Méthode Cap Classique – a zesty sparkling wine with subtle pink undertones (R140).
X factor On summer weekends (or those delicious sunny winter’s days), grab a corner on the sun-drenched verandah and watch the sun set over the vineyards, while your toddlers play safely in the nearby playground.
Insider info Don’t miss the South African Table Experience, that takes place every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 12pm to 1pm, until end-December, where chef Christiaan Visser shares delicious local dishes and anecdotes about the origins of your meal over an hour-long feast, overflowing with wine and great conversation.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 11.30am – 3pm
Contact 021 876 8002,
Where to find it Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards, R45, Main Road, Franschhoek
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12. La Petite Ferme

Franschhoek Restaurants La Petite Ferme
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On a clear day, there is no place you’d rather be than in the view-drenched restaurant of this boutique wine farm. Trust us! With spellbinding valley views (arguably the best in Franschhoek), this elegant eatery’s laid-back ambience, vineyard-facing front lawn, and traditional rustic dishes make it worth a visit.
The menu is simple but appetising, with six starters, including Cured Franschhoek Trout Tartare, Bobotie Bitterballen and Mushroom & Beetroot Salad. Of the delicious-sounding six mains, we recommend the Slow-Roasted Lamb and the Wild Mushroom Arancini. The Valrhona Chocolate Torte was pleasant but didn’t blow me away, while my partner was mighty impressed with the attention to all the elements on the Textures & Flavours of Citrus.
Good to know Despite being a comparatively small winery, LPF produces some of the most sought-after wines in the country, caringly produced by winemaker Wikus Pretorius who comes with barrelfuls of experience from working in the wine regions of France, California and Australia.
Inside info The farm was owned and run by two generations of the Dende-Young family, who worked tirelessly for four decades to build a formidable hotel, winery and restaurant, before selling it to Dubai-based businessman in 2015.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 3.30pm
Friday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 9pm
Contact 021 876 3016,
Where to find it La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek Road, Franschhoek
Reviewer Nikki Benatar
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13. Tuk Tuk Microbrewery

Restaurants in Franschhoek: Tuk Tuk Microbrewery

Legend has it that The Singh (real name Analjit Singh) visited Franschhoek one day during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, and ended up buying half the village (well, three hotels and their adjoining wine farms, five restaurants, a spa, a gym, a micro-brewery, a wine studio and a gallery… when we last checked). The Taqueria, housed in the above-mentioned brewery, serves Mexican-inspired ceviche, nachos and tacos, which go down beautifully with a craft beer or two.
The food The menu offers a variety of small plates (to be shared preferably) that include fresh and tasty tacos and nachos, as well as four desserts. It’s perfect for a spontaneous pop-in, or a light bar meal.
The vibe It shares space with a state-of-the-art brewery, so the look is industrio-cool: vaulted ceilings, exposed-brick and sandblasted walls, and copper and stainless-steel service pipes overhead, with Mondrian-esque pops of colour here and there. Sit inside and watch the distillers at work, or grab an outside table for the best view of the high street.
Opening times Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 10.30pm
Friday and Saturday, 11am – 11pm
021 492 2207,
Where to find it 14 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, Western Cape
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

14. La Paris Bistro & Deli

La Paris Bistro

What started out as a scenic wedding and function venue has now added bistro and deli to its repertoire. La Paris Estate – situated eight kilometres outside of town – is the quintessential Franschhoek farm. The grounds pay homage to the region’s majestic beauty, with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, ancient oaks and peaceful dam, with a jetty that crosses the water to an island in the centre (a wedding photog’s dream, we’re sure).
The food Open for breakfast and lunch (and dinner on Fridays and Saturdays), the menu boasts bistro-style fare with flair. Early risers have a choice between the classic fry-up, eggs Benedict and omelettes, as well as crumpets, and breakfast bowls, among others. Take advantage of the 70(!) locally sourced wines, and pop in for lunch or dinner. Apart from gourmet sarmies (on homemade bread, of course), platters, and a variety of salads, there are loads of option to choose from. Highly recommended are the mango-ginger prawns, which were oh-so delicious, served with couscous.
The vibe A succession of oak trees line the patio, beckoning you to grab a seat on one of the Malawian cane chairs. Inside, resident architect Ashleigh Ratcliffe has created a relaxed, yet trendy environment with French-oak floors that mirror the giants outside. Bambinos are welcome.
X factor The onsite bakery churns out fresh artisanal breads and cakes on the daily (we’re suckers for freshly-baked, homemade goods that are free of preservatives).
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Friday & Saturday, 7pm – 10pm
Contact 021 867 0171,
Where to find it Wemmershoek Road, R301, Franschhoek
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin
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15. Tap|Eat at The Franschhoek Beer Co.


It’s no secret that the Franschhoek Valley is aburst with fine-dining restaurants and award-winning wine farms. But where do you go if you’re a beer lover (or dating a beer lover) and in the mood for a low-key yet splendid meal?
Luckily for us, Alex McCormack, Frank Rodriguez and Reuben Riffel identified this gap! Alex and Frank went above and beyond and produced a stellar range of craft beers, opening the Valley’s first microbrewery, alongside a tap room and restaurant.
Tap|Eat is where Reuben entered the picture and, in collaboration with head chef Nick Oosthuizen (ex-Foliage), developed a mezze-style menu that’s all about fresh, local, superb-quality ingredients.
Each dish is made with organic produce that’s sourced directly from the gardens on the farm, while the in-house baked breads are made using the beers on offer. Nick has an exceptional knack for layering flavours and textures, taking something seemingly simple like a tuna salad to gourmet level.
We love the beer cocktails and the beer-and-food pairing experience – two clever concepts that aim to introduce beginner beer-drinkers to the world of barley and hops. The cocktails just slightly hint at the idea of beer, while the beer pairing emphasises the unique character of each beer through beautifully-conceived and -constructed tasters.
The tuna salad, pork belly and bitterballen are also a must.
The vibe is laid-back yet elegant, owing to modern, sleek interiors. Parents will love how close the kids’ play area is. Order a few plates to share, or a burger with a side order of chips if you’re a beer-and-burger type of guy or gal.
X factor Founding fathers Alex and Frank and brewmaster Olaf Morgenroth spent two years travelling the craft-beer capitals of the world, tasting the best the international stage has to offer. When they came back they started experimenting with different recipes and ingredients and applied their collective skill and passion to develop a range of five beers that rival even the most established local craft beers on the market today.
Good to know Brewmaster Olaf loves to experiment. On your visit, ask what’s not on the menu and available for tasting. They do brewery tours, too. Make sure to book in advance.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Contact 021 8762092,
Where to find it R45, Franschhoek
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin
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16. Orangerie Restaurant

Franschhoek restaurants: Orangerie Restaurant

Located on the lovely Le Lude MCC Estate, Orangerie’s chic, all-white interiors – with the odd splash of colour – echo chef Nicolene Barrow’s intriguing menu: purist European execution (a spin-off of her experience in world-famous international kitchens) tinged with personal flair and modernity.
The menu Expect fine, fresh ingredients – sourced seasonally from the surrounding forests, meadows, mountains and seas – judiciously combined to create memorable and exquisite-looking dishes.
The vibe Orangerie’s French-inspired interiors – white-and-black tiling, atrium windows, with potted plants and floral arrangements providing pops of colour – create a soothing and civilised atmosphere.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 021 100 3464,
Where to find it Le Lude, Bowling Green Avenue (Lambrechts Road), Franschhoek

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17. Rupert & Rothschild Restaurant

Frnachhoek Restaurants: Rupert & Rothschild Restaurant

Situated in the light, airy and modern Tasting Centre on the family-run estate of the same name, Rupert & Rothschild Restaurant is the perfect spot for a business meeting, special celebration or casual meal with friends. The glorious vineyard and mountain views create a relaxed atmosphere for diners to enjoy chef Carmen Muller’s culinary creations.
The menu The concise Chef’s Menu showcases Carmen’s skills beautifully, but if you’d prefer, opt for the champagne, wine and food tasting menus, where you get to savour some of the exquisite Rupert & Rothschild wines too.
The vibe The Afro-French interiors, with artworks from the Rupert Art Museum and French oak furniture – create a sense of understated elegance.
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 874 1648,
Where to find it Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons, Klapmuts Road, Simondium, Franschhoek
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18. Café Franschhoek

Restaurants in Franschhoek: Cafe Franschhoek

If you’re visiting Franschhoek on an event weekend, we recommend this popular street café conveniently situated opposite the Town Hall.
The food If you’re after a quick breakfast, light lunch, comfort dinner, or a glass of wine and a snack, you’ll find it at this casual eatery. Tables are placed close together, which is rather lovely as you’ll hear smatterings of foreign languages.
We love sitting a pavement table, watching the passing parade. There’s a large dining area inside the restaurant and an outdoor seating area upstairs, where you can relax over a glass of bubbly and take in the beautiful Drakenstein mountains.
Open Monday – Saturday, 7am – 9pm (summer)
Monday – Saturday, 8am – 8pm (winter)
Sunday & public holidays, 7am – 6pm
Contact 021 876 4542,
Where to find it Shop 3 Centre, Du Village, Hugenuet Road, Franschhoek
Reviewer Jackie Lange

19. Bovine


The Franschhoek Valley has recently seen a handful of chefs leaving esteemed establishments to open their own restaurants – first chef Arno Janse Van Rensburg left Maison to open Janse & Co; then Darren Badenhorst left Grande Provence to open Le Coin, and now chef Oliver Cattermole has left Leeu Collection to open Bovine with his wife Becky (who heads up operations and back-of-house).
The wholesome all-day eatery, which opened in 2018, is decidedly casual, and the menu features dishes inspired by local farm favourites, such as brioche burgers (with a choice of six different types of meat patties), fish and chips, nachos and tacos, steak, and a variety of bar snacks.
Not surprisingly, the focus is on the best quality, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The local thrust extends to the drinks menu too, where you can choose from a range of tipples, such as craft beer from Woodstock Brewery and Black Elephant Vintners’ wines, Jorgensen’s vodka, Karoo-made tequila, and Terbodore coffee.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, from 11am
Contact 072 426 7964

Location Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
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20. Village Grill & Butcher

Restaurants in Franschhoek: Village Grill & Butcher

There’s something familiar about this popular steakhouse, conveniently located at the entrance to Franschhoek Village, that’ll make you feel as if you’ve been here before, even if it’s your first time. It could be the friendly service, or the crackling fire… In any event, the elegant décor belies the fact that outside is an enclosed, well-kitted-out kiddies’ playground.
The food Though its name suggests you’re at a meatery, a quick skim over the varied menu reveals it’s anything but. A while ago, consulting chef Laura Truter tweaked some of the popular classics, giving them a posh edge. For example, the calamari starter – deep-fried squid with paprika seasoning, toasted sesame seeds and lemon aioli – is an elegant version of regular calamari rings.
The vibe Familiar, friendly, casual and comfortable.
X factor The steak! Sourced from Ryan Boon, a butchery in Paarl that specialises in pasture-reared and sustainably sourced meat, my 300g rib-eye steak with Madagascan green-pepper-and-brandy sauce was rich, flavourful and juicy. For sides, I chose hand-cut potato wedges (crispy and utterly moreish) and garden vegetables (cooked al dente, the way I like them). Delicious.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 876 2344,
Where to find it Main Road, Franschhoek
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

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Time of publication: 10 April 2018

22 Responses to “The 20 Best Restaurants in Franschhoek”

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    Llewellyn Lambert

    Here’s a great list of the Specials Running in Franschhoek for 2018.

    Perfect for those, like me, who want to visit your list of favourites above but slightly more affordable.

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    To which place belongs the image right at the top? Looks very nice ;o)

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    Nikolaj Elbrond

    New year 2017.. We will be staying at Le Franschoek Hotel and Spa for New years this year. Can anyone recommend where to book for New years evening dinner ?

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    The Franschhoek Kitchen at Holden Manz Estate should be amongst the top of this list! The Franschhoek Kitchen has been making waves amongst critics and influencers, please be sure to take the Inside Guide team there!

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    We will be in Franschhoek for 3 nights any recommendations?

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      Hi Greg, I can highly recommend Holden Manz Wine Estate for accommodation, spa and their restaurant – it truly is amazing!

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    Please help, we’ve never been to Roca and it’s my sons 18th next Friday. I googled and booked a table for the 11th. After I made the booking I looked at reviews and I could not find many good ones?? I don’t want to drive all the way from Ceres and then it’s nothing special. Can anyone who loves good food and who’s been there recently please let me know if it was worth it. Thanks

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      We adore Roca!! Come out from London once a year and it’s always top of our list. The food the setting & the service are all brilliant

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    Thank you for this info!
    Unfortunat you are missing two of the BEST, franschook based, restaurants… What happened to Roca here!! Best setting, excellent food and friendly, effective service!
    And also Ryan’s..??

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    Nr’s 5 & 19 surely falls outside the geographical borders of Franschhoek. Why are they on the list? there’s no such address as Klapmuts Rd, Simondium , Franschhoek. Please correct. Simondium is not in Franschhoek!

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    Maison should not be on the list. It’s over rated and expensive with foam costing more than a Kruger rand. Poor tourists think that this is good food. It’s rubbish.

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    Willem Marais

    Surely Roca restaurant should be on this list?

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      Tiyese Jeranji

      Certainly Roca restaurant should be on the list. Service is amazing and their food is top class, made with love

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      Laura Sealy

      Willem – I completely agree! Their food is next level!

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    waiting to hear from you 😉

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    Based on this listing many of my favourite restaurants of 8 years ago have closed.
    Good to see the Tasting Room still going under Margot Janse.

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    Trish Heywood

    Foliage now has a liquor licence so if you take your own wine you’ll now be charged corkage. But they have a very good wine list. 🙂

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    Christo Barnard

    Many thanks!

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    Christo Barnard

    Just to let you know that Leopards Leap Wine Estates interior was not done by Makeka Design Lab but by Christiaan Barnard Interior & Design Stellenbosch.Please make sure about your facts before publishing.

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      The Inside Guide

      Hi Christo

      Thanks for your comment. A post on the Leopard’s Leap website only mentioned the project architects. We’ve amended our review to include your information.