Best French Restaurants in South Africa

La Colombe

$$$$ Silvermist Wine Estate Main Road, , Constantia Nek, Cape Town
French European Fine dining
La Colombe Restaurant is one of Cape Town's most well-loved and awarded restaurants. Serving Contemporary French and European cuisines.

The Test Kitchen

$$$$ The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, 7915, Woodstock, Cape Town
French European Fine dining
The Test Kitchen Origins is the culmination of the efforts put in to re-imagine and acknowledge the dining experience that today’s restaurant guest is wanting. A paired down yet undoubtedly luxurious fine-dining experience, going back to the origins of what delicious food is. Reduced courses yet the full Test Kitchen experience, less elaborate yet as luxurious as ever, shorter yet more impactful. The dishes will consist of seasonal produce, with a distinct focus on the use of small purveyors and suppliers who have enhanced The Test Kitchen experience since the beginning. Traditional English and French techniques will highlight each dish and allow patrons to savor the inherent qualities of each…

La Petite Colombe

$$$$ Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, , Franschhoek, Cape Town
French European Fine dining
Contemporary fine dining in Franschhoek, now situated at the beautiful Leeu Estates. The 6th Best Restaurant in South Africa serving scrumptious French and European cuisines.

The Shortmarket Grill

$$$$ 88 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, 8000, Cape Town
French European Asian Fine dining
Classic dishes with a South African twist. In an industrial 1920's "members-only club" inspired space where everyone is welcome

La Mouette Restaurant

$$$$ 78 Regent Rd, Sea Point, 8005, Cape Town
French International European Fine dining
La Mouette – French for “Seagull”, of which there are many in Sea Point – is a French-inspired modern European restaurant that offers seasonal menus that change regularly. We pride ourselves on showcasing only the best of local producers and take great care in sourcing these ingredients. Patrons at La Mouette also have the option of further enhancing the carefully curated menus with a meticulous selection of complimentary wines, expertly selected by our in-house wine list consultant. La Mouette restaurant is housed in an original feature Tudor house, once the home of the local Mayor. It has 2 floors, 4 dining rooms, 6 fireplaces, a bar/lounge area as well as a cobblestone courtyard outside.

Le Coin Francais Restaurant

$$$$ 17 Huguenot Rd, 7690, Cape Town
French European Fine dining
“Le Coin Français” embodies the essence of the Franschhoek valley by reflecting the heritage, elegant French cuisine, and European cuisine. Multiple award-winning Chef de cuisine and owner, Darren Badenhorst (previously executive chef of The Restaurant at Grande Provence), will take diners on a journey through his interpretations of nostalgic food memories.

Mont Marie Restaurant

$$$$ Blaauwklippen Rd, 7600, Stellenbosch
French European Fine dining Pizzeria
In the lap of casual luxury, Mont Marie offers unique food, wine, and family experience in a spectacular country setting in the heart of the Blaauwklippen Valley. Using only the freshest ingredients, Chef Pieter Vlok adds authentic flavors to a variety of mouth-watering dishes, full of South African personality.

Delaire Graff Restaurant

$$$$ Delaire Graff Estate, Helshoogte Rd, Banhoek, 7600, Stellenbosch
French European Fine dining
Delaire restaurant is situated at the winery and overlooks the Franschhoek valley. It offers approachable fine food with fresh and vibrant flavors. Guests are able to dine on the terrace under a canopy of pin oak trees or within the spectacular interiors designed by the interior architect and decorator David Collins, whilst enjoying the breathtaking views Delaire allows of the Stellenbosch Valley and Mountains. The signature dishes include: Pickled Beetroot Carpaccio with goat's cheese fritters; Crayfish Lasagne with king oyster mushrooms; Pistachio Nougat served with rose geranium ice cream.

Monneaux Restaurant

$$$$ Huguenot, Main Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, Franschhoek
French International European Fine dining
Monceaux Restaurant is located In the heart of Franschhoek, the acclaimed Monneaux Restaurant offers freshness, creativity, and generosity with their French International and European cuisines, without compromising on technique or elegance. Headed by visionary young chef Calvin Metior as of November 2019, this stalwart of the Cape Winelands' dining scene has reconceptualised its dining offering from pass to plate. The focus is on showcasing Monneaux's true identity through seasonality, responsibly-sourced local produce and self-sustainability Set on the original site of Franschhoek's first parfumerie, adjacent to the luxurious Franschhoek Country House & Villas.

Roca Restaurant At Dieu Donne Vineyards

$$$$ Franschhoek, 7690, Franschhoek
African French International European Fine dining
R oca Restaurant At Dieu Donne Vineyards is a hidden gem located at the Roca on Dieu Donne is actually translated as Rock on God Given land. This becomes apparent on first observing the iconic views of the Franschhoek Valley from the upper deck of the double volume Roca Restaurant, Serving scrumptious African, French, European and International cuisines.

Orangerie At Le Lude

$$$$ Bowling Green Avenue, Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, Franschhoek
French European Fine dining
Along with formal training in Europe, Chef Nicolene Barrow worked at the world-famous Le Gavroche Restaurant in London before setting-up Orangerie at Le Lude. Here classical French cuisine is presented with a contemporary twist; the purist, disciplined approach of the European masters combined with a hint of individual, modern creativity where what is on the plate is presented looking as good as it tastes. A seasonal menu offers the finest, freshest ingredients picked from the herb garden, found in the forests, meadows, mountains, and seas of the Cape, resulting in a selection of dishes offered in an environment conducive to making permanent Franschhoek memories.

Grande Provence Estate - The Restaurant

$$$$ Main Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, Franschhoek
French European Fine dining
Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate wears her 325-year history with style. Nestled within the Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape, surrounded by 47-acres of lush vines, this is a heartland South African wine country at its finest. A sophisticated destination in its own right, Grande Provence proudly presents superb cuisine at The Restaurant serving delicious French and European cuisines.
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