We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Very disappointed”
Review of Le Bon Vivant

Le Bon Vivant
Ranked #5 of 76 Restaurants in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$20
Cuisines: Dutch
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
London
Level Contributor
45 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Very disappointed”
Reviewed 16 November 2010

This was the restaurant i was most looking forward to on the whole trip and my wife and i left underwhelmed.

The service was rather patchy, a question from my wife about the menu was unanswered as the waitress went to ask and never returned. Also when they asked us if we enjoyed the meal they were not too interested in our replies. Apart from this the service was friendly enough and it was a nice relaxed atmosphere inside.

The food overall was rather mediocre. I had the smoked salmon to start and it was as unremarkable as that. For main i had the duck and chicken and whilst the chicken was very nice the duck was bland and boring. My wifes fish was very oily and again rather uninteresting. The fact i cant remember if i had a desert probably says it all about the food. One positive to the night was that despite having a bottle of bubbly it was still a very reasonable priced dinner.

Overall the experience was pretty average and i would be reluctant to return there again giving there are so many other restaurants in the vicinity. Despite the great presentation the food just didnt deliver for me.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank igs1995
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

1,452 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    964
    281
    130
    57
    20
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
656 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 347 helpful votes
“OK but more focus on presentation than quality”
Reviewed 14 November 2010

This was our 2nd trip to Le Bon Vivant and whilst we enjoyed our meal it is a bit OTT on the presentation. Food is good but there's much better to be had in Franschoek.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Baxie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
South Africa
Level Contributor
6 reviews
“Best dessert ever”
Reviewed 8 November 2010

I had the tasting starter which was great, although I thought the celery soup was a big let down. My fellow diners and I had the veal and the crayfish with pork. The veal was mostly wonderful but unfortunately with a few bland cuts as well. Up to this point the experience was a good 4/5. What earned the perfect review was the "taste of all the above dessert". WOW! What a selection, everything was perfect just perfect with the exception being the souffle which was perfectly presented but tasted a bit "eggy" for some diners tastes (but one would expect that from a souffle). Pierre is also an awesome host, the first chef in SA who has made came out to greet us personally. I would not hesitate to go back there again!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank SCSTashe
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Perth
Level Contributor
376 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
“Excellent Franschhoek Restaurant”
Reviewed 3 November 2010

We had a very good dinner at Le Bon Vivant Garden Restaurant. Food, although not stunning was very good and the dessert soufflé was fantastic. Service was friendly and efficient. A nice restaurant all round which was packed when we visited on a Monday evening, so reservations are a must.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank rwlid
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
plymouth
Level Contributor
37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Wonderful evening”
Reviewed 19 October 2010

Thanks again to Trip Advisor we enjoyed a fabulous meal at this restaurant. The surroundings are tasteful and the service faultless. Food delicious and beautifully presented and we enjoyed being able to look through the glass screen to chef at work in the kitchen. Highly recommended.

Helpful?
Thank justloveitaly
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Le Bon Vivant also viewed

Franschhoek, Western Cape
Franschhoek, Western Cape
 
Franschhoek, Western Cape
Franschhoek, Western Cape
 
Franschhoek, Western Cape
Franschhoek, Western Cape
 

Been to Le Bon Vivant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing