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Dutch East Restaurant

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42 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 876 3547
11:30 - 15:35
18:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 15:35
18:00 - 21:00
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

This was my second time there. The first time I had the duck and it was brilliant - in fact it was the very reason for my return. While our starters and desserts were absolutely wonderful, just a perfect balance of flavour, the duck on the second visit was a bit on the salty side. Neither of us finished our... More 

1 Thank Louis J
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

The food was amazing but my other half wanted to try a burger and it just blew his mind! We had great service in a beautiful restaurant with coctails and three courses. Even though everything tasting amazing... It's the burger that he wanted to make sure I rave about :)

Thank CharlieGMD
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314 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016 via mobile

Perfectly situated on the main road in Franschhoek. They specialize in meat and The rib eye on the bone was some of the best steak we have ever had! Service is attentive and the wine list great. Watching the sun set on a wind still autumn evening with wine in hand is absolutely brilliant!

Thank Reenwoud
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

If you are into people watching while enjoying a meal then Dutch East is as perfect as it gets. On the main road through the picturesque town of Franschoek, we stopped off for a late lunch and enjoyed it tremendously. Service was attentive and good and both the dishes we ordered (steak and marrow bones) was perfect and most enjoyable.

Thank Trade M
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

when travelling i always look at restaurants to see how busy they are .this is an indication of the support the locals give to the establishment.. we stepped into Dutch East on Tuesday as it was quite busy . we ordered our food and my starter arrived, the fish cake which i felt was too small but was delicious .... More 

Thank dair5259
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82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

We ate dinner here on one night during our stay and it wasn't the best. Service wasn't particularly good. Out of four meals springbok steak was tough, sirloin steak was fatty and tough and the piece of pork belly was tiny. (you should go to Cafe des Arts for pork belly....mmmmm). Next time we are in town we won't eat... More 

Thank Bovington-Smythe
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

The Dutch East is probably not a bad restaurant, but compared to the others in Franschhoek on the same price level, it just dropes off a lot in quality of food and service.

Thank Ankita G
DINGIE, Manager at Dutch East Restaurant, responded to this review

Good day Ankita, Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your dining experience. However we cannot recall an incident in March that we received such unsatisfactory feedback from our guests. We would really like to know more about what leaded to such an unpleasant dining experience for you. If you could e-mail us at info@dutcheast.co.za so... More 

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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

We returned after 3 years because of the memories we had. Unfortunately we left disappointed due to the fact that our food was just ok and not as good as we had on our mind. Meat was ok, didn't really hit the ordered "medium", vegetables a bit over the point. The other dish: a burger has its meat rather medium-well... More 

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Linz, Austria
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

We had a table outside, it was a warm summer evening, we had kingklip, prawns and vegetable tempura, everything prepared very tasty and especially the fish has been perfectly prepared, very juicy. We made a booking right away for the other night.

Thank JuNaLi
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

We chose this restaurant by chance and were delighted with quality of the food, wine and service. We wanted to sit outside and thoughtfully provided cosy blankets enabled us to stay out when a sudden shower meant the temperature dropped!!

Thank FiPhil

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$18
European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:35
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:35
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:35
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:35
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:35
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:35
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:35
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Franschhoek
  • Phone Number: +27 21 876 3547
Dutch East cuisine is a unique combination of uncomplicated bistro fare, full of traditional South African flavours with healthy portions perfectly presented. The combination of delicate Asian flavours with robust local ingredients creates a subtle yet balanced experience.We specialise in the preparation of meat and seafood. From home smoked bacon, bresaola biltong, dry aged steaks to fresh line fish and daily specials. Open Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, 7 days a week!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?