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“Womens day dinner” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Des Arts

Cafe Des Arts
Ranked #7 of 75 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: 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! -
Hout Bay, South Africa
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Womens day dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

We booked this after reading a good review on Trip advisor and the restaurant did not disappoint. A lovely quiet setting in a lane just off the main drag. The fire was blazing and the atmosphere was warm & relaxed. We ordered a parma ham & gorgonzola salad which was nice enough though little did I know what was coming...The Haute Espoir 2009 chardonnay was sublime. John & I both ordered the Angel Fish and crushed potatoes. I asked the waiter to get me the recipe but the talented chef seemed shy so I left it alone. Well I think volumes could be written about the fish but then I wouldn't have anything to say about the warm chocolate torte fresh out of the oven....its the kind of dessert that makes you feel reincarnated ;-)) I always take a doggie bag and sorry for our collies, there were no treats!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ashantha t
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St. Thomas
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“It doesn't look like much”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

This is a very casual restaurant and it was obvious that it was frequented by locals. Always a good sign. The food was outstanding and the wine we had with dinner (South African, of course!) was so good that we made a special trip from Cape Town to find out the name of it, Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed and we never did find out. Also, it was very reasonably priced.

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank islandwaySt_Thomas
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Does what it says 'on the box'”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013 via mobile

If you want an extensive menu with lots of innovative dishes - this is not for you.
If you want a relaxed meal, good food, cooked well and simply presented - you will love this place.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Coral V
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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102 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Hearty Winter Food & Amazing Dessert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

We had a wonderfully warm and wholesome dinner at Cafe des Arts last night. Both our dishes were delicious -- I had the sirloin with mustard mash and my fiancé had the roast duck. The service was great and the chef even came over to check on us and have a little chat. The highlight of the night was the malva pudding. I'm generally not the biggest fan, but this one blew me away. So yummy! We will definitely be back for more. :)

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank djameela
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best meal we had in Franschhoek”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

Really good, hearty winter food (we went to the restaurant in July). Found that it was better value-for-money and better flavours than some of the more fine dining options in Franschhoek. We had the Lamb's liver and the duo of Lamb for mains - both were very good. They serve large portions, so go hungry.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Erica F
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