Franschhoek is a small town in the Western Cape province of South Africa and has been featured on Time Magazine’s prestigious list of ‘World’s Greatest Places’ for 2022. Dubbed the valley of dreams is home to some of the best Franschhoek restaurants. Its official history begins in 1687 when Simon van der Stel and 23 other Dutch settlers arrived in the area and established a halfway station for passing ships. 
Nicknamed “the food and wine capital of South Africa,” this charming town is home to some of the country’s best restaurants, vineyards, wine estates, and farmers’ markets. However, Franschhoek offers more than just culinary delights.
Book a local trip with your partner or visit the enchanting and historic estates with rich history and beautiful scenic views. There is an abundance of other activities you can get up in Franschhoek as well including wine tasting, vineyard tours or even helicopter rides overlooking the vast valleys. 
There are many great restaurants in Franschhoek. Some of the best ones include the French-inspired Le Coin Français and the extravagant Deaux Lions. Here are 20 Franschhoek Restaurants that you should visit.
Haute Cabrière is a historic estate located in the Franschhoek Valley. It was built more than three centuries ago, in 1694, by Huguenot settlers from France. Today, Haute Cabrière is best known for its wines, which are made using traditional French methods. Their menus are based on traditional French dishes with a modern twist, and they use fresh local ingredients. A deposit of R100 per person is required to secure a breakfast reservation and R200 per person is required to secure a lunch reservation.
Breakfast times: Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 11am – Haute Cabrière Breakfast Menu
Lunch times: Thursday to Monday from 12pm to 3.30pm – Haute Cabrière Lunch Menu
Cuisine: French and South-African inspired
Address: Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.4
Contact: 021 876 8500
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Grande Provence Estate restaurant is a beautiful wine estate that was built in the 18th century. The restaurant has a chic industrial feel and the chef, Anvor Fortuin, has created a menu inspired by South African heritage cuisine. The eatery’s chefs use local ingredients that give new life to classic favourites.
No matter what you’re in the mood for, Grande Provence Estate restaurant menu has something for you. They have light lunches and hearty dinners. And of course, their wine is award-winning, so be sure to ask about their wine pairing options.
Restaurant times: Weekly 10am to 5pm and closes at 7pm on Wednesdays
Menu: Grande Provence Estate Restaurant Menu
Cuisine: Classic South African infused

Address: Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate
Rating (Google reviews): 4.5
Contact: 021 876 8600
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Arkeste is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal with casual fine dining. The restaurant is located on the Chamonix Wine Farm in a charming heritage building on the outskirts of a forest. The wonderful outside patio area sets the tone for a peaceful dining experience and flavoursome food by chef Richard Carstens.
He revisits some of his classics alongside new dishes that highlight both seasonal and local ingredients. The wine list features their in-house Chamonix wines and a curated selection from the surrounding area.
Lunch times: Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 2.30pm 
Supper times: Wednesday to Sunday from 6pm to 8.15pm
Menu: Arkeste A la Carte Menu
Cuisine: Classic South African infused
Address: Chamonix Wine Estate, Uitkyk St, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.8
Contact: 021 876 8415
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Country Grand is a cafe located on the slopes of Franschhoek and boasts beautiful views. It is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee or tea with company. The restaurant has a refined menu that includes dishes from different cultures and cuisines, like Linefish Tagliata and Beer Battered Fish and Chips. You are sure to find something you like at Country Grand.
Restaurant times: Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 10pm
Menu: Country Grand Africa Menu
Cuisine: Locally sourced fresh ingredients and both South African and International favourites 
Their service options: Sit-in and delivery

Address: Dieu Donne Vineyards, Uitkyk St, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.5
Contact: 021 569 9352
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If you’re looking for a unique culinary experience, you should check out Deux Lions. Head chef Nanda Cardoso has created a menu of authentic dishes that are packed with flavour. The scenery at La Bourgogne Farm is stunning, and it’s the perfect spot for a charming dinner or a special celebration.
Restaurant times: Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm and Friday to Saturday 11am to 7.30pm
Menu: Deux Lions Menu
Cuisine: Locally sourced and seasonal options

Address: Deux Lions, La Bourgogne Farm, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.9
Contact: 021 876 3245
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La Residence offers diners the most scenic lunch reservation in Franschhoek. Inspired by the wide variety of fresh produce grown on their working farm, La Residence’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus have something for every dining mood and preference. Their sommelier-crafted wine list is the ideal partner to the romance of the slow-paced estate and their decadent Afternoon Tea is not to be missed.
Breakfast times: Weekly, 7am to 10.30am 
Lunch times:
Weekly, 12.00pm to 2.30pm – La Residence lunch menu
Afternoon tea times: 3.00pm to 5.00pm (booking a day in advance is essential)
Supper times:
6.30pm to 9.30pm – La Residence dinner menu
Cuisine: Contemporary cuisine

: Elandskloof Road, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.8
Contact: 021 876 4100
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Franschhoek Cellar is a great place to visit on the wine route. It has an elegant, country feel. People know Franschhoek for its good food, and this restaurant is no exception. The chef uses only fresh local ingredients, some of which come from the restaurant’s garden, so the lunch menu changes often to reflect the seasons. There is a great outside section at the Franschhoek Cellar that people really enjoy.
Their menu includes a lot of different items, like Grilled Beef Ribeye and Seafood Tagliatelle. They also have a kids menu goodies like mac and cheese and burgers.
Restaurant times: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm 
Menu: Franschhoek Cellar Menu
Cuisine: Locally sourced foods with a South African influence

Address: R45, Franschhoek Main Road
Rating (Google reviews): 4.3
Contact: 021 876 2086
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The sushi restaurant at GlenWood has done well since it opened last year. The sushi is truly exceptional when paired with GlenWood’s superb wines. Master Sushi Chef Lungani Ntuli has been in the culinary industry for over two decades and has a deep appreciation for seafood. Most of his training came from the pioneering Japanese chef Arata Koga, who brought sushi to South Africa. Together, they established three upscale sushi eateries, and GlenWood is his fourth.
The Crunch Bomb Roll is one of Lungani’s signature dishes; it consists of prawn tempura and avocado inside, salmon and tuna outside, and rice and seaweed in between.
Restaurant times: Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm 
Menu: Glenwood Vineyards – Gourmet Sushi Menu
Sushi-infused cuisine

Address: Glenwood Vineyards, Robertsvlei Road, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.4
Contact: 021 876 2044
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Le Bon Vivant is a great place to relax and take a break from the city. It has a modern French atmosphere that will make you feel like you’re in another world. You can see Pierre Hendriks and his team at work through the glass wall, and on warm summer nights, tables are also available in the shaded garden adjacent to the restaurant for lunch and dinner.
Le Bon Vivant’s food is very sophisticated. Chef-patron Pierre Hendriks and his team, passionate about flavour perfection from bold flavours to impeccable presentation invite guests on a journey for new tastes that will leave your mouth watering at every bite.
Lunch times: Monday, Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 2pm 
Supper times: Monday, Thursday to Sunday from 6pm to 11pm
Menu: Le Bon Vivant Lunch and Dinner Menu
Cuisine: French-inspired cuisine
Address: 22 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.6
Contact: 021 876 2717
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The Orangerie is the perfect place for a date night. The white walls and black glass structures together look beautiful and create a nice contrast. The head chef Nicolene Barrow is a serious talent, with training at the famous Gavroche restaurant in London. The menu at the Orangerie is inspired by classical French dishes like Chicken Fricassée as well as local dishes like the Karoo Lamb T-Bones. At the Orangerie, you get a classic but still elegant dining experience that is both romantic and set in a beautiful space.
Lunch times: Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 3pm
Supper times: Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 8pm
Menu: Orangerie Menu
Classical French cuisine

Address: Bowling Green Avenue, Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.5
Contact: 021 876 2961
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CT ETC Tip: Be sure to check out the Franschhoek Wine Tram for a full tour of the beautfiul surrounding wine farms
La Petite Colombe, located in the heart of Franschhoek, is a must-visit for any foodie looking for an Instagram-worthy dining experience. The restaurant features an inventive menu that blends classic French techniques with modern flair, all expertly executed by chef John Norris Rogers.
La Petite Colombe is one of the most celebrated restaurants in Franschhoek, and it’s not hard to see why. It features a stunning glasshouse structure with the backdrop of the Franschhoek mountains. From the delicate amuse-bouche to the beautifully plated main course, each dish is a work of art that is sure to delight your palate and eyes. Of course, no meal at La Petite Colombe would be complete without a glass (or two) of the restaurant’s signature wine, sourced from some of the finest vineyards in Franschhoek. Whether you’re treating yourself to a special night out or celebrating a special occasion, La Petite Colombe is sure to make your meal unforgettable.
Restaurant times: Weekly, 12pm to 10pm 
Winter lunch special
: R 895 p.p. | Valid Monday to Sunday until 31 August 2022 and dinner for R 1295 p.p.
Menu: La Petite Colombe Menu
French inspired
Address: Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Rd
Rating (Google reviews): 4.8
Contact: 021 202 3395
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Le coin Français is the perfect representation of Franschhoek. Le coin Français, which translates to “the French corner” is a reflection of the spirit of the valley and is the brainchild of world renowned Chef Darren Badenhorst and is run by head chef, Marcus Gericke. It has a rich history, with a focus on culture and cuisine, and was nominated in the top 30 restaurants in South Africa in 2019.
The restaurant also boasts an excellent wine selection and beautiful artwork. The ambience of Le coin Français makes it the perfect place to enjoy a meal with family or friends. The food is exquisite, the service is outstanding and of course, booking at Le Coin Français is essential.
Restaurant times: Tuesday to Sunday, 6.30pm to 8pm (last seating)
Menu: Le coin Francais Menu
: 17 Huguenot St, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.8
Contact: 074 126 0022
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Protégé, a stylish casual eatery created by a team of talented young chefs led by La Colombe’s Scot Kirton, is now the perfect venue for diners looking for a casual yet engaging experience. Protégé is located at the Le Quartier Français which is home to other Franschhoek classics like La Colombe and Epice. The cuisine, which includes a trendy small plate menu ideal for sharing, has Asian, French, and Italian influences.
Visitors can dine outside or watch the chefs at work in the central show kitchen. The restaurant has a warm and inviting atmosphere, and the staff are passionate about providing excellent service. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, Protégé is the perfect place to dine in style.
Restaurant times: Weekly between 12pm to 2.30pm and 5.30pm to 8pm
Menu: Protégé Menu
Cuisine: Asian and French inspired dishes

Address: Berg Street & Wilhelmina Street, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.7
Contact: 021 492 4048
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Col’Cacchio Pizzeria has everything you need to fill your stomach with their nutritious meals and old traditional methods that feature wood-fired pizzas, classic pasta and an elite range of salads. Their prices are extremely affordable and their menu is quite extensive so your options are never limited. Their menu also features a light lunch section with wraps and smaller-sized pizzas. An elegant upstairs bar lounge offers the best wine and cocktails for casual conversation. Their main feature and “x-factor” is their outside patio area which is both scenic and good for families.
Restaurant times: Monday to Thursday from 11am to 9pm and Friday to Sunday from 11am to 9.30pm
Menu: Col’Cacchio Franschhoek
Cuisine: Italian-inspired pizzeria with a delightful range of pasta and salad options
: 66 Huguenot St, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.2
Contact: 021 876 4222
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The first thing that hits you when visiting Rueben’s is its distinct yet homely structure that is both simple and inviting. Another chef-inspired restaurant on this list, Reuben’s is headed up by celebrity chef Reuben Riffel and is the ideal place to gather with friends and family because of its simple cuisine is simple and relaxed setting. The menu features hearty favourites that guests have enjoyed for years, and the wine list is sure to please any connoisseur.
Lunch times: Weekly from 12pm to 3pm 
Supper times: Weekly from 6pm to 9pm
Menu: Reuben’s Restaurant & Bar Menu
Cuisine: Simple options with South African favourites including Pork Belly and Italian-inspired Mushroom Risotto
Address: 2 Daniel Hugo St, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.6
Contact: 021 876 3772
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Allora Ristorante Classico has a decidedly upscale and refined atmosphere. The emphasis on traditional methods like wood-fired pizzas and classic preparation styles plays into its identity as a traditional Italian-inspired restaurant. Their menu features Italian favourites like Antipasti, Insalata, Piatto and Pizza. They also have a wide range of vegetarian options.
Restaurant times: Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 12pm to 9.30pm and Friday to Saturday 12pm to 10pm
Menu: Allora Franschhoek Menu
Cuisine: Traditional Italian-inspired

Address: 34 &, 36 Huguenot St, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.4
Contact: 021 876 4375
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Mont Rochelle Hotel is definitely a place you need to experience if you’re looking for stunning views and amazing food. The Miko restaurant is known for its delicious International cuisine, but it’s also home to some South African favourites. Plus, the terrace is the perfect spot to relax and take in the beautiful scenery of the Franschhoek Valley. If you’re looking for an unforgettable dining experience, be sure to visit Mont Rochelle Hotel.
Breakfast times: 8.00am to 10.30am (open daily for both hotel guests and external guests)
Bar & Terrace times: 12pm to 4pm (available daily)
Supper times: 6.30pm to 10pm (last seating 8pm)
Cuisine: International and South African influence
Address: Mont Rochelle, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.7
Contact: 021 876 2770
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Ōku Asian Eatery is situated in the heart of Franschhoek. The restaurant’s unique and minimalistic design is inspired by the traditional Asian culture, which is known for its delicate artwork and unique bonsai trees. The dishes on the menu have real Asian flavours and are made with the freshest, locally sourced ingredients possible. The restaurant is headed up by the decorated chef Ryan Shell.
Lunch times: Monday to Sunday from 12pm to 6pm – View their Kaiseki Menu
Supper times: Monday and Sunday from 6pm to 8.30pm  – View their A La Carte Menu
Cuisine: Asian-inspired 

Address: Heritage Square, 9 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.7
Contact: 021 876 2494
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Le Petit Manoir has Mediterranean characteristics with an ‘old-world charm’ that makes it feel like you’ve been transported back centuries ago when people didn’t live as fast-paced lives but still wanted to enjoy good food from quality ingredients sources just like we do today. In addition, their contemporary cuisine makes for an unforgettable dining experience.
Restaurant times: Monday to Friday from 9am to 9pm; Saturday from 8.30am to 9pm; Sunday 8.30am to 4pm (live music) 
Menu: Le Petit Manoir – All Day Menu
Cuisine: French-inspired 

Address: 54 Huguenot St, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.6
Contact: 084 810 8170
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Dining at this French restaurant is an intimate experience, surrounded by beautiful green vineyards and the Franschhoek mountains. Their large outdoor seating area makes it the perfect spot to enjoy a meal and take in the natural beauty of the area. The talented chefs here create French-infused dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening out or a relaxing meal with friends, this is the perfect place to dine.
Lunch times: Monday and Thursday to Sunday, 12pm to 2.30pm
Supper times:
Monday and Thursday to Saturday, 6pm to 8.30pm
Menu: Chefs Warehouse at Maison menu
Cuisine: French-inspired 
: Maison Estate, R45, Franschhoek
Rating (Google reviews): 4.6
Contact: 021 876 2116
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CT ETC Tip: Booking is always essential when making a trip to either one of these wonderful restaurants in Franschhoek
If you’re looking for an excuse to visit the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, look no further. From fine dining establishments to family-friendly eateries, there’s something for everyone in this charming corner of Cape Town. Let us know your thoughts!
5 getaway spots in Franschhoek, one of the ‘World’s Greatest Places’

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