The 20 Best Restaurants in Franschhoek

The 20 Best Restaurants in Franschhoek Le chêne

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This exclusive Winelands town, just 75 kilometres east of Cape Town, is famed for its Huguenot heritage, unique Cape Dutch architecture, treed wine estates (many of which include luxury accommodation) and a foodscape featuring some of the top restaurants in the land.

Over the past 18 months, however, Covid has wreaked havoc with Franschhoek’s hospitality industry – which, like other traditionally tourist-reliant regions, has felt the brunt of international travel restrictions.

The flipside, of course, is that less-crowded Franschhoek is much more appealing for locals, not just from a Covid-safety point of view, but also because it’s easier to bag a booking at a sought-after hotspot – not to mention the fact that restaurants in the Winelands generally have more outdoor space than their city counterparts – with spectacular views, too boot – making socially distanced dining a cinch.

So, if you’re looking for an outing this winter, may we recommend our picks of the best places to eat in this resort town? As always, we’d love to hear your favourites in the comments below.

Afoot in Franschhoek Some exciting new eateries are set to open in the village in the not-too-distant future. EDGE by chef Vusi Ndlovu hopes to bring authentic African flavours to Franschhoek in the summer of 2021, while Sauvage at Le Franschhoek opens in July 2021. For more up-to-the-minute tidbits, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

La Petite Colombe

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: La Petite Colombe

A veritable jewel in the Franschhoek food crown, La Petite Colombe remains one of the most coveted dining experiences in the Cape. Heading the kitchen is John Norris-Rogers, a 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 29 years, as he concocts a theatrical array of superb dishes (10 courses if you opt for the Full Menu; or eight courses if you choose the Reduced Menu).
In November 2020, the restaurant moved to Leeu Estates from Le Quartier Français.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 202 3395, reservations@lapetitecolombe.com
Where to find it Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek

Le chêne

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Le chêne

With chef Oelof Vorster heading the kitchen (under the experienced eye of chef Darren Badenhorst), Le chêne presents a confidently South African menu that’s comfortingly familiar, yet wholly unexpected and simply delicious! Think beetroot-cured seabass ceviche, with citrus and smoked dehydrated chilli.
As one would expect from a Leeu Collection establishment, service is exemplary and the interiors sophisticated, and pared-back.
Cellar geeks will love the wine-pairing suggestions! Book a table on the deck, which yields spectacular garden, vineyard and mountain views.
On the day we visited, Leeu Collection’s owner Analjit Singh was in town and, true to his punctilious reputation, the 60-something billionaire was straightening cushions and measuring curtains in the sitting room!
Please note Le chêne is closed from 7 June to 1 July 2021.
Opening times Thursday, 12pm – 9.30pm
Friday + Saturday, 7am – 9.30pm
Sunday, 7am – 3.30pm
Contact 021 492 5983, reservations@lechene.co.za
Where to find it Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek
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Arkeste

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Arkeste

Situated on Chamonix Wine Farm in Franschhoek, this restaurant is a culmination of chef Richard Carstens’ more-than-30-years experience in some of the top kitchens in the land (most famously an eight-year stint at Tokara). The menu at Arkeste combines Richard’s past passions and triumphs (molecular gastronomy and Asian-fusion), his self-taught techniques (classical French) and his most recent musings: clean eating and pescetarianism. The result? Healthy, well-prepared, delicious plates.
Surrounded by a 40-seater treed deck, with floor-to-ceiling glass panes allowing the serene greenery to permeate, the restaurant accommodates 36 covers inside.
Insider tip If you have an adventurous palate, enquire about the Baked Alaska (meringue and smoked salmon ice cream!) It’s not on the menu, but he’ll gladly whip it up!
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm –2.30pm; 6pm – 8.30pm
Sunday, 12pm –3pm
Contact 021 876 8415, reservations@arkeste.com
Where to find it Chamonix Restaurant, Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek
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Epice

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Epice

Named after the French word epicé (meaning spice), this intimate eatery at Le Quartier Français is the brainchild of La Colombe’s chef-proprietor Scot Kirton and executive chef James Gaag, headed by chef Charné Sampson (previously sous chef at La Colombe).
The spice-driven menu revolves around spices, but not necessarily the spicy-hot kind; the vanilla, saffron, cinnamon and nutmeg kind. Think Wagyu fat drippings, tandoor-spiced quail, and oysters vindaloo. There’s even an ice-cream trolley for the palate cleanser course, from which diners can select their own sorbet. Heaven!
Opening times Wednesday + Thursday, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 1.30pm; 5.30pm – 7.30pm (during winter)
Contact 021 492 4044, reservations@epice.co.za
Where to find it Corner Berg and Wilhelmina Streets, Franschhoek
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Chefs Warehouse at Maison

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Chefs Warehouse at Maison

Chefs Warehouse is – without a smidgeon of a doubt – one of the best restaurants in Cape Town. So, it’s hardly a surprise that the Franschhoek branch of Liam Tomlin’s restaurant group is on this list. Helmed by chef David Schneider (who worked alongside chef Liam and Ivor Jones at Chefs Warehouse in Constantia), the restaurant occupies a vineyard- and mountain-facing space on Maison Wine Estate. And, as with Liam’s other wildly popular restaurants, the emphasis is on superb “global tapas” accompanied by excellent wines in sophisticated surroundings.
Opening times Friday + Saturday, 12pm – 2.30pm; 6pm – 8.30pm
Sunday + Monday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Contact 021 876 2116, maison@chefswarehouse.co.za
Where to find it Maison Estate, R45, Franschhoek
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The Deli at Boschendal

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: The Deli at Boschendal

In addition to delicious wine, Boschendal has a slew of attractions to keep visitors – young and old – coming back for more. Whether you’re looking for utterly delicious farm sandwiches, all-day breakfasts or tasty pizzas, grab a seat under the oaks overlooking the bustling oaks and enjoy. There’s a wood-burning fire and seating inside for really chilly days.
Good to know Children under 12 eat free at The Deli from Monday to Thursday until 31 August 2021 (please note: one child per paying adult). Order and collect options are also available, so give The Deli a call to place your order.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 4pm; 5.30pm – 9.30pm (subject to change due to Covid regulations; check their website)
Contact 021 870 4274, reservations@boschendal.co.za
Where to find it Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek
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Le Coin Français

Franschhoek Restaurants: Le Coin Francais

Chef Darren Badenhorst’s first solo project after an eight-year stint at Grande Provence, Le Coin Français on Franschhoek’s main drag “takes diners on a nostalgic food journey of flavours, textures and interactive creations”. The airy space is decked out with contemporary furniture in neutral tones, with a restored spiral staircase at the one imbuing the space with heritage charm.
Opening times Thursday + Friday, 6.30pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm
Contact 074 126 0022, reservations@lecoinfrancais.co.za
Where to find it 17 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
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Terra del Capo at Anthonij Rupert

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Terra del Capo at Anthonij Rupert

Like a scene straight out of the Tuscan countryside, the antipasti set-up at Terra del Capo is delizioso and gloriously accompanied by a world-class selection of estate wines.
Sit under the olive trees in summer, or inside the tasting room with views onto the bottling line in winter, as you savour a selection of seasonally inspired vegetarian, seafood and/or meat antipasti or a cheese and charcuterie platter.
Good to know In addition to several wine-tasting options, there’s also a decadent high tea experience, the Franschhoek Motor Museum (a showcase of 80 vintage cars), and a tram ride connecting all these experiences.
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Saturday + Sunday, 8.30am – 5pm
Contact 021 874 9041, tasting@rupertwines.com
Where to find it Anthonij Rupert Wines, R45 Wine Route, Franschhoek Valley, Franschhoek

Protégé

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Protégé

From renowned chef-proprietor Scot Kirton (La Colombe, La Petite Colombe and Foxcroft), Protégé, as its name implies, provides young talented chefs with the opportunity of honing their skills. At the helm is chef Jess van Dyk, whose bold flavours brim with passion and personality. Situated at Le Quartier Français, the casual fine-dining restaurant offers diners top-quality, seasonally driven comfort food, superb local wines with attentive service team that will make you feel right at home.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 8pm (subject to change due to Covid regulations; check their website)
Contact 021 224 0801, reservations@protegerestaurant.co.za
Where to find it 18 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
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Tuk Tuk Microbrewery

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Tuk Tuk Microbrewery

Under the eye of chef Darren Badenhorst, the all-day dining menu is globally inspired, showcasing casual street-food-style favourites from Italy (wood-fired pizza), Germany (traditional eisbein), India (mutton rogan josh), Mexico (tacos), USA (creative s’mores) and Great Britain (craft-beer-battered fish and chips).
Sit inside and soak up the industrio-cool vibes: vaulted ceilings, exposed-brick and sandblasted walls, and copper and stainless-steel service pipes; or outdoors where you can watch pizzas being baked alongside the bustling main street.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 9pm
Contact 021 492 2207, reservations@tuktuk.co.za
Where to find it 14 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
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La Paris Bistro & Deli

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: La Paris Bistro & Deli

What started out as a scenic wedding and function venue has now added bistro and deli to its repertoire. Eight kilometres outside the main village, this quintessential Franschhoek farm pays homage to the region’s majestic beauty, with breathtaking views of mountains, ancient oaks and a dam with a jetty that crosses the water to an island in the centre.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu boasts bistro-style fare.
Opening times Wednesday – Friday, 8am – 10pm
Saturday + Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Contact 021 867 0171, restaurant@laparis.co.za
Where to find it Wemmershoek Road, R301, Franschhoek
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Le Bon Vivant

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Le Bon Vivant
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Just off the main road, in a converted house, this restaurant is fronted by classically trained Dutch chef-patron Pierre Hendricks, whom diners can watch through a glass wall into the kitchen. In winter two cosy fireplaces provide warmth.
The chef’s crayfish tail and veal dish is delicious with red lentils and broccoli crumb! The cosy interiors burst with charm, thanks to whimsical touches (such as whisks on a few lights at the entrance) and two cosy fireplaces.
Adventurous diners should try the chef’s surprise menu with a four-course (R475 or R645 with wine) or six-course option (R670 or R960 with wine).
Opening times Friday – Monday, 12pm – 2pm; 6pm – 8pm
Contact 021 876 2717, reservations@lebonvivant.co.za
Where to find it Le Bon Vivant, 22 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek
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Yama Sushi Emporium

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Yama Sushi Emporium

When well-known chefs Ryan Shell (Ōku Asian Eatery) and Darren Badenhorst (Le Coin Français, Le chêne and Tuk Tuk Microbrewery) travelled to Indonesia in search of culinary inspiration, they most certainly found what they were looking for, and decided to bring a taste of it back to their home in Franschhoek. Yama Sushi Emporium is Franschhoek’s first dedicated sushi restaurant, serving a selection of deliciously fresh seafood dishes that will transport you to South East Asia.
Good to know Ōku Asian Eatery, run by the same team, is located on the same block and serves an array of bao, broths, dumplings and poké.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 9pm
Contact 079 737 1849, reservations@eat-yama.co.za
Where to find it Heritage Square, 9 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
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Blue Coriander

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Blue Coriander
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Butter chicken, masala and lamb rogan josh are just three reasons to visit this lush Winelands town (during winter). And there is a slew of seafood and vegetarian options, too! For those who were disappointed by the closure of Marigold Restaurant, Blue Coriander continues its tradition of flavourful Indian cuisine (the restaurant is owned by a former Marigold chef!). In addition to belly-warming curries, your dining experience is enhanced by views of Franschhoek’s tree-lined main drag.
Opening times Monday, 5pm – 9pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 9pm
Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Contact 084 210 4826 (WhatsApp)
Where to find it Vendome Lifestyle Centre, 13 Main Road, Franschhoek

Orangerie Restaurant

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Orangerie Restaurant

Located on Le Lude estate, Orangerie is the perfect foil for chef Nicolene Barrow’s intriguing dishes. Expect fine, fresh ingredients – sourced seasonally from the surrounding forests, meadows, mountains and seas – judiciously combined to create memorable and exquisite-looking dishes.
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 sophisticated atmosphere.
Opening times Tuesday – Thursday, 12pm – 3pm
Friday + Saturday, 12pm – 2.30pm; 6pm – 8.30pm
Sunday, 12pm – 3.30pm
Contact 021 876 2961, restaurant@lelude.co.za
Where to find it Le Lude, Bowling Green Avenue (Lambrechts Road), Franschhoek
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Rupert & Rothschild Restaurant

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Rupert & Rothschild Restaurant

Set against a backdrop of vineyards and mountains, the restaurant at Rupert & Rothschild majors in elegant dining, with a focus on dishes that reflect chef Adrian Hadlow’s passion for honest and simple food, crafted with integrity, and plated with an artist’s eye.
Please note Children over 12 years are welcome.
Opening times Restaurant: Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 874 1648, info@rupert-rothschildvignerons.com
Where to find it Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons, Klapmuts Road, Simondium, Franschhoek
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The Bakery at Haute Cabrière

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: The Bakery at Haute Cabrière
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Haute Cabrière’s jam-packed (with treats, not people) bakery is a must-visit for those seeking a grab-and-go bite as well as a host of heavenly delights to take home. In addition to producing freshly baked croissants (the best this side of Paris), sourdough bread and pastéis de nata, the bakery stocks pantry staples, sauces and preserves, as well as wine accessories and gifts.
Good to know On selected winter evenings, the bakery hosts live-music and dinner evenings (R350 per person). Expect mains of chargrilled sirloin steak with béarnaise sauce, crispy pommes Anna and fine beans, a bread board to start and macarons and coffee for dessert.
Opening times Thursday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Contact 021 876 8500, reservations@cabriere.co.za
Where to find it Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek

The Deli at Grande Provence

The Deli at Grande Provence

Sit under the ancient oaks a stone’s throw from the vineyards and drink in the rugged mountain views and sounds of the Berg River trickling past you as you enjoy a farm-fresh breakfast or lunch. From bobotie and risotto to mussels, eggs benny and trout, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9.30am – 12pm
Contact 021 876 8600, reservations@grandeprovence.co.za
Where to find it Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Main Road, Franschhoek

Pierneef à La Motte

The Best Restaurants in Franschhoek: Pierneef à La Motte

Named after South African landscape artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, this esteemed restaurant is headed chef Eric Bulpitt (formerly Faber at Avondale), whose moreish and hearty dishes are offset by a delicious sense of whimsy, so often absent in upscale establishments. We love 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.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Contact 021 876 8800, pierneef@la-motte.co.za
Where to find it La Motte, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek
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Manger at Dieu Donne Vineyards

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Situated at the very top of Uitkyk Street overlooking the Franschhoek Valley, this double-level restaurant offers diners a Mediterranean-inspired à la carte menu featuring tasty starters, mains and desserts made with fresh local ingredients.
Diners can soak up the summer scene on the sun-kissed terrace, or cosy up in the enclosed top deck. With sweeping views as far as the eye can see and a welcoming atmosphere, it’s no wonder Manger is a popular wedding destination.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 9pm
Contact 021 224 0667, eat@dieudonnevineyards.co.za
Where to find it Dieu Donné Wine Estate, 28 Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek
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Time of publication: 02 June 2021