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Franschhoek Restaurants (Top 20)

Updated: Nov 9, 2022

Franschhoek is very much the fancy part of the Cape Winelands. About a 45-minute drive from Cape Town in the heart of the Cape Winelands, you'll find the fertile valley of Franschhoek nestled between the mountains.

Franschhoek was founded in 1688 by the French Huguenots. Thus given the name "Franschhoek" directly translates to "French Corner". This seems appropriate considering the french influence on the areas, specifically the wine estates, food and wine. Once a year Franschhoek even celebrates Bastille day!

With that, all said Franschhoek is home to some of South Africa's best restaurants, wine estates, hotels, and wine.

With the large variety of dining experiences, we have decided to split our list between the best restaurants on wine estates and the best restaurants in the town. That include

Enjoy the list!

1. LA Petite Colombe (Best Restaurants in franschhoek for lunch)

(Fine Dinning)

If you are looking for one of the finest culinary experiences in Franschhoek or South Africa for that matter, LA Petite Colombe should be right on top of your list.

Given that Franschhoek means 'French corner' (of South Africa) you would expect a french influence with a fusion of South African taste and beauty. Thats exactly what you get!

We love the locally sourced ingredients such as (springbok, Saldana bay oyster, crayfish etc) with a presentation that feels like South Africa.

Location: A beautiful wine farm environment in the midst of vineyards and manicured landscapes, offering views of the Franschhoek Valley and the Franschhoek Pass.

Rating: 4.8*

Best for:

  • Special occasions

  • Unique culinary experience

Location: Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek

Contact: 021 202 3395

2 Epice

(Fine Dining)

Epice - derived from the French word Épice meaning spice (and is pronounced eh-peace) - is an intimate fine dining restaurant located at Le Quartier Français, Franschhoek.

We love this inspired menu with exquisite attention to detail.

Rating: 4.9*

Best for:

  • Special occasions

  • Unique culinary experience

Location: 191 Huguenot Street Le Quartier Français, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Contact: 021 492 4044

3. Le coin Francais Restaurant

(Fine Dinning)

Chef and proprietor Darren Badenhorst brings you this beautiful fusion of heritage, cuisine, are and wine. We highly recommend the "Chef's journey menu"

Rating: 4.8*

Best for:

  • Special occasions

  • Chefs Journey Menu

Location: 17 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 7690

Contact: 074 126 0022

4. Arkeste (Chamonix Restaurant)

(Casual Fine Dining)

A beautiful "casual fine dining" style restaurant in Franschhoek. Located in a beautiful heritage building on the edge of a forest, on the beautiful Chamonix wine farm. We love the tranquil setting.

You can expect a special a la carte menu presented by Chef Richard Carstens.

Rating: 4.8*

Best for:

  • Casual fine dining

  • Relaxed experience

Location: Chamonix Wine Estate, Uitkyk St, Franschhoek, 7690

Contact: 021 876 8415

5. Protégé

(Casual Fine Dinning)

Protégé is an exciting new casual fine dining eatery in Franschhoek. It combines fine dining cuisine with a modern casual experience. This restaurant has been designed under the guidance of La Colombe’s Scot Kirton.

Rating: 4.7*

Best for:

  • Casual fine dining

  • Modern feel

Location: 18 Huguenot St, Franschhoek, 7690

Contact: 021 492 4048

6. Miko Restaurant

MIKO is one of 2 restaurants on Monte Rochelle, part of the Virgin Limited edition. MIKO’s cuisine is best described as a taster of South African favourites. We love the story behind each dish, which can be paired with an outstanding local wine selection.

Rating: 4.7*

Best for:

  • 180 Degree views of Franschhoek valley

  • Evening cocktails

Location: 1 Dassenberg Road Mont Rochelle Hotel, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Contact: 021 876 2770

7. Oku Asian Eatery

Oku Asian eatery will teleport you across the world. The decor, music, layout and food are all authentic and nostalgic. The bao buns will make you feel like you are in Vietnam.

Service is impeccable. Waiters are the perfect mix of friendly and professional.

Rating: 4.7*

Best for:

  • Exceptional ambience

  • Authentic Asian Cuisine

Location: Heritage Square 9 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690

Contact: 021 876 2494

8. Reuben's Restaurant & Bar Franschhoek

Created by celebrity chef Reuben Riffel. Reuben's is in the heart of Franschhoek. They have a passion for creating fine yet uncomplicated cuisine and a laid-back setting to match.

Rating. 4.6

Best for:

  • Laid-back fine dining

  • Bold taste

Location: No 2 Daniel Hugo Rd, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Contact: 021 876 3772

9. Le Bon Vivant

Chef Pierre Hendriks and his team take you on a journey of bold flavours and combinations.

We love the profound art of French cuisine that forms the basis for Le Bon Vivant's modern interpretations of classic dishes.

Rating 4.6*

Best for:

  • French cuisine

  • Bold favours

Location: 22 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek

Contact: 021 876 2365

10. Yama Sushi Emporium

Yama has a great sushi selection! We recommend the Yama Tower and Franschhoek roll. Minimalist Japanese style. Great staff and service.

Rating: 4.8*

Best for:

  • Sushi

Location: 9 Huguenot Road Heritage Square, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Contact: 021 876 2494

11. Le Petit Manoir Franschhoek

Mediterranean style cuisine that embodies the contemporary restaurant with the ‘old town’ deli offering freshly home-baked bread and pastries daily.

In the evenings the restaurant transforms, creating a premier dining experience with beautifully crafted meals with the option of a la carte or tasting menu.

Rating 4.6*

Best for:

  • Casual Dining

  • Breakfast

Location: 54 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Contact: 084 810 8170

12. Terbodore Café - Franschhoek

Terbodore Café is the place you want to go if you love coffee. This little café is in the heart of Franschhoek. The coffee is amazing, and we love the menu that embodies a classic cafe experience. One of the best Dog-friendly restaurants in Franschhoek for lunch.

Best for:

  • Cafe experience

  • Coffee

  • Dog Friendly

Rating 4.6*

Location: 29A Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, 7690

Contact: 021 876 2731

13. Smitten

Smitten is a popular local hangout in Franschhoek. Located in the charming Oasis of the Yard. We love their restaurant, deli shop, bakery & bar. Their style is unpretentious food, made from great local produce.

Best for:

  • Amazing breakfast

  • Vibrant

  • Local favourite

Rating 4.7*

Location: 38 Huguenot Road The Yard, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Contact: 021 300 1508

14. Let's Frite Franschhoek

A classic take on Fast food using fresh produce and quality is done exceptionally well. We love the concept of these classic meals.

Rating 4.8*

Best for:

  • Burgers

  • Vegan Burgers

  • New Local favourite

Location: 38 Huguenot Road The Yard, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Contact: 084 502 5119

15. Leopard’s Leap Restaurant & Wine Farm (Rotisserie-restaurant)

Leopards Leap Rotisserie restaurant combines great food with a family environment.

Chef Christiaan Visser and his team take care of every detail within a relaxed and family-friendly environment. Rotisserie is a highlight with its juicy cuts of meat. The Harvest Table offers a delicious variety of seasonal sides and salads.

Rating 4.6*

Best for:

  • Rotisserie

  • Family experience

Location: R45 Main Rd, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Contact: 021 876 8002

16. Chefs Warehouse at Maison

"Chef David Schneider joins Liam Tomlin in transporting Chefs Warehouse’s style of casual fine-dining to a refined country setting."

They have a great selection of tasting menus. It could be described as beautiful tapas in a country setting

Rating 4.6*

Best for:

  • Tasting menu

  • Outdoor experience in Franschhoek

Location: R45, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Contact: 021 876 2116

17 Le chêne Restaurant

Le chêne is a stunning setting, with great views, and beautifully maintained gardens. Being there gives you a genuine feeling of relaxation. Great staff, that adds a unique human experience. The food is also great.

Rating 4.5*

Best for:

  • Relaxed setting

  • Views

  • Sundowners

Location: Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Contact: 021 492 5983

18 Tuk Tuk Microbrewery

With all the fancy restaurants in Franschhoek, sometimes you want to sit back and enjoy a casual beer while enjoying similar, well-made food. Tuk Tuk offers exactly that. We highly recommend the beer tasting.

Rating 4.5*

Best for:

  • Relaxed setting

  • Beer

  • Pub menu

Location: 14 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Contact: 021 492 2207

19 Hussar Grill Franschhoek

(Steak House)

What we have come to love about the Hussar grill is its dedication to high-quality meat. If you are looking for an authentic South African steak experience cooked to perfection. Hussar Grill is the place for you.

Best for:

  • Steak's

  • Service

  • Halal-friendly meat (while Hussar grill uses Halal-certified meat, they are not strictly halal, as alcohol is served on the premises)

Location: 14 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Contact: 021 492 2207

20) We are looking to add more Halal friendly restaurants to the list. Please contact us if you find somewhere worthy of the List.

We hope you enjoyed our list. For More ideas on Wine Tasting experience.

Check out our article here.

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