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The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais

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African, International, Contemporary
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Cnr Berg & Wilhelmina Streets | 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 2151
19:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sat 19:00 - 22:00
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2015

Just an incredible overall experience. Each person get's a custom menu that changes as times goes on depending on your reaction to each course. So near the end of the meal my wife and I were eating different dishes. There was a great play on the visual side of the experience as well. Generally playing with the densities. It was... More 

Thank Scott S
San Diego, California
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90 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2015

This was a highly reccommmended restaurant and we can see why - whenever we travel we LOVE trying the best each city we visit has to offer - this restaurant is in Franschhoek which is dubbed the food capital of the country in South Africa, and after dining there, its obvious to see why. I had the full dinner with... More 

Thank MikeWolfRealtor
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161 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2015

Excellent service and presentation, although I found the food a bit fussy. The wine pairing was good, with a different beer or wine with each of 8 courses. Great fun evening but expenasive by S African standards.

Thank Nick E
Zurich, Switzerland
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241 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2015 via mobile

What a wow experience! The one thought that came to me, was this art or was it food? I do feel one needs to be open to trying creative combinations of taste and textures and to expect the unusual! We found our waiter explained everything perfectly without spending too much time as so many commented on. We also didn't find... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2015

My wife and I recently spent 3 weeks in South Africa which included a 3 night stay in Franschhoek. Having read the (mostly) rave reviews for the Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, we decided to book the restaurant and are very glad we did. It was like going to the theatre and having dinner all rolled into 1. We... More 

1 Thank AndyWB13
Cork, Ireland
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2015

Unfortunately, as much I wished otherwise, this review is not glowing. I agree with previous reviewers that the booking process for this restaurant is tedious and we set a reminder in our phones for Christmas Day to ensure we got a reservation! The food, while nicely presented (though not elevated to the level I expected) is just basically bland. It... More 

1 Thank caislean
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2015

We booked back here after a fantastic experience in the normal restaurant back in 2011. Had no idea we were booked into the tasting room as the phone service is on the poor side when booking, very rushed with little explanation as to what to expect. Suppose I should have been clearer though. The following is about the food and... More 

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JeanLQFZA, Public Relations Manager at The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review

We are sorry that there was a misunderstanding and we were not clearer when handling your booking about which restaurant you had reserved. Once our Restaurant Manager realised that you last ate in The Common Room (now our Living Room, which offers a much simpler tapas style menu), we offered to move you immediately as these are two very different... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2015 via mobile

lets get this straight, no 11 restaurant in Franschhoek, impossible. It is worldwide one of the top 50 restaurants and is the best dinner experience you can have. It Is no 1 and nothing else. Not cheap, but if you are one of the lucky few that can book a table, online, only one month in advance, make no mistake... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2015

From the minute you walk in, prepare to be delighted and amazed! Wonderful food, very clever cuisine and beautifully paired wines. Can't wait to return!!

Thank DiscerningLadyCrewe
Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2015 via mobile

Me and my brother had dinner at the tasting room! Very creative and fusion like food with some very great dishes and fantastic local wine parings. A bit strange that we had different courses thus de factor two different menus my brother and I. This was of cause meant to share, however we thought it would have been better to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$110 - US$150
African, International, Contemporary
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
19:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cnr Berg & Wilhelmina Streets | 16 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 2151
The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais is South Africa's most lauded fine-dining restaurant. It is the stage to award-winning Chef, Margot Janse, and her unique African Inspired Surprise Tasting Menu. Here, in this intimate setting, serious diners have the opportunity to experience a true journey of taste. With a menu that continues to evolve and astonish The Tasting Room, and its African Inspired cuisine, creates a dining experience unlike any other. One where surprise and nostalgia take centre stage. In The Tasting Room every African Inspired dish is exceptional and engaging. Truly refined with a distinct feminine touch and, at the same time, unexpectedly exciting ... Exhilarating in fact. It is this contradiction that results in The Tasting Room menu's outstanding balance and ensures that the cuisine is nothing short of a theatrical masterpiece.In The Tasting Room the journey extends further than just phenomenal cuisine; it moves fearlessly into the captivating realm of stories and magic. A place where each plate, and its African inspired elements, have the ability to captivate the hearts and minds of diners.The Tasting Room is open Tuesdays to Saturdays for dinner only. 19H00 till late.Please allow at least 3 hours for your dinner.

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