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Cafe Des Arts

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7 Reservoir West Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 2952
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2016

Step off the gorgeous main st in Franschoek and step into a place that does simple food really well - all home cooking too. Not for you if you're looking for a sandwich lunch - it's got proper meals at reasonable prices in a quirky setting away from some of the pretentiousness outside.....

Thank Ben C
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

My wife and I had booked foliage for our last night in Franschoek but needed a place to eat on our arrival. This place is so unpretentious the food is excellent and well presented. Tiwan looked after our every need and was so obliging, the chef was happy to chat with us. We were so enamoured with the place we... More 

Thank Nic R
United Kingdom
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2015

Great Tuna probably the best I've ever eaten! Good service and wine suggestions too. They serve wine by the carafe or glass which meant we could try a couple of different wines too.

1 Thank Christina M
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2015 via mobile

This is a breath of fresh air amid the fine dining of Franschhoek. The tables are set in a lovely outdoor terrace dotted with trees. The servers are quick, friendly and helpful, low-key in casual shorts and t-shirts. There is a very short but well chosen and keenly priced winelist. The menu is on a travelling chalkboard, and the food... More 

1 Thank Gaeilgeoir
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2015 via mobile

Found this restaurant on trip advisor when everything else seemed booked up. Read the reviews and decided we would be safe. The owners of the b&b said we'd chosen a local favourite. What a delightful meal. The risotto was fab, duck parfait amazing. Yellowtail was perfect. And then came the puddings. What a great meal. Will definitely return.

Thank Stevi L
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2015

Made new friends, went for ribs. Had beers, some luscious wines and watched the football too. A great introductory first night to one of our favourite places in the world.

Thank nefyn
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

Thank you so much to all of you that reviewed this! We would never have found it otherwise. And what a find this little quaint and arty restaurant is. Gourmet food without pretension and value for money. R130 for the most amazing mushroom risotto. My son loved his pork dish. My daughter enjoyed her tender sirloin with mushroom sauce. The... More 

Thank Louki C
Frederiksberg, Denmark
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299 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015

Franschhoek is a foodie paradise with so many fine and semi fine dining options that fiercely compete on surprising the guests with their compositions. Cafe des Arts was the only place we revisited during our stay - and the quality was consistent: This place does not try to be anything but focused on the food. The quality and the taste... More 

Thank JeJeWe
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We were recommended Cafe des Arts as the place the locals go. Quaint restaurant that was low key and casual. The menu is small but that means they put great care into the dishes. The food was delicious and the service excellent.

Thank CanadaUK
Chiang Rai, Thailand
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67 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2015

Simple, unpretentious place; tables under a big tree; friendly service, good, interesting food, sensible prices.

Thank BPJH

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Reservoir West Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 2952
Based in the small village of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Franschhoek is renowned world wide for Haut Cuisine and Fine Dining.
Cafe des Arts is neither Haute Cuisine nor Fine Dining!
Cafe des Arts is a simple, rustic, relaxed restaurant where all that matters is the food.
There are no table cloths, no silver service and the food is from the pan to the plate. If you're lucky, you may even get some cutlery! -

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?