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“Good, but didn't meet expectations”
Review of Le Bon Vivant

Le Bon Vivant
Ranked #6 of 101 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 15 - US$ 20
Cuisines: Dutch
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

I'll start by saying the food was really good--on that alone I would have given four stars. Unfortunately, the service really ruined the experience: it was slow, so slow, and haphazard. Our five course tasting menu took almost three hours to get through, for no good reason. We often sat with empty, dirty plates on the table for more than ten minutes. More often we sat at an empty table between courses. At one point we considered cancelling the rest of the tasting at course 4 because we were tired of waiting. The restaurant wasn't even full. For a place that is clearly trying to present itself as higher end, they should consider improving their front of house staff training (example: tell the server not to top up someone's sparkling water with flat; but if you do, take the glass away and bring a new one). Also, I think they perhaps do not have a pastry chef on staff, as the desert options were sad and included nothing baked (all pannacotta, custard, and ice cream). The only thing that saved it from being a terrible meal was the food. Too bad that we were so annoyed by the end of the meal that we almost didn't even care about the food anymore.

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Reviewed 28 September 2017

It is difficult to put my finger on why I didn't particularly enjoy this restaurant....The food was ok, the service was ok, the atmosphere was ok....That was it though, it wasn't special, a bit bland.

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Thank JoSaint51
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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

What an amazing experience. Intelligent fine dining. I was stimulated, twigged and simply had an amazing experience.

This is more of the traditional experience, rather than the trendy. They are both equally important and share opposing markets. This seems to work perfectly.

Raymond was our food conductor for the evening and what a harmonious concert. Professional, friendly and knowledgeable.

My compliments to the whole team, everyone played a critical vital role and delivered.

Thank WCPT
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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

While the food doesn't look like a lot...it's definitely filling! Great setting, superb food and excellent wine selection too. Worth the price for sure!! Oh and the fireplace was great too!

Thank Liesl K
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Five years since we were last ate at Le Bon Vivant and its still impressing me with its individual menu, great service and warm surroundings. We visited on a chilly September evening and the log fire was very welcoming. Great to see the chef / owner and his team hard at work courtesy of the huge plate glass window between the dining room and the kitchen.

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Thank Miles7000
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