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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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Copenhagen, Denmark
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2015

Cafe Des Arts is a laid-back charming restaurant with food of good quality! It is not innovative and sophisticated but good honest food and well-prepared!

Thank Birgitte1804
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2015

Great place for a slightly more casual meal than many of the other places in Franschoek. Delicious food, good service, definately would return.

Thank Linda B
Bath, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2015

I went with others who knew and liked the restaurant and enjoyed a good, simple meal. Sitting outside on a pleasant evening with decent wine and good company was a delight. I had Lasagna, it was well prepared and most enjoyable.

Thank elliven_9
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2015 via mobile

This non pretentious eclectic cafe offer great value for money, good size portions, full of flavour and friendly service.

Thank PixiLove
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2015

This is a great little restaurant with no pretensions. It delivers a fairly small menu which can change daily, beautifully executed. Service is also very good.

1 Thank s13andra
Surrey, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2015

We were recommended this place by our hotel but it really was poor. There is a very limited menu which is on a chalk board. My wife and I chose different starters and main courses so we covered half the menu! None of it was up to the standard I would have expected, the service was fine and the restaurant... More 

Thank Derek C
Taoyuan, Taiwan
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2015

We took friends there for a special occasion.The food was good and tasty but the hikes on the wines really exorbitant.It's understandable that restaurants charge you more for a bottle of wine,but to hike the price from R32.99 in the supermarket to R115 per bottle seems just not kosher.If you pay in euros it's okay, but Franschhoek seems to have... More 

1 Thank andrew293913
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2015

This unpretentious restaurant is certainly worth a try. Good menu, good service, good atmosphere and good food.

Thank hgfhants
Copenhagen, Denmark
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363 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2015

Luckily we booked a table as the place was full and unfortunately people were turned away. We ordered a glass of house white to start with which was so good that we decided to go with a bottle of the house red - a full bodied shiraz which was equally as good - the owners here know their wines! Service... More 

Thank spark41
Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

This charming restaurant serves lovely food and offers excellent service. It is tucked away behind the main street and probably has to try that bit harder and it certainly shows.

Thank Valerie H

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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
European, 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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?