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Big Dog Café

Big Dog Café
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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Café fare, Coffee, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Snapscan, Visa, Zapper

Critic's review

Hetta van Deventer Terblanche

Food

Big Dog Café serves delicious all-day breakfasts, ranging from Middle Eastern spiced shakshuka – a pan consisting of tomato relish, creamy labneh, free-range eggs and flatbread, to mushrooms on toast accompanied with spinach purée, poached eggs and miso hollandaise. There’s also standard breakfast fare, like granola, croissants or bacon and eggs. The Big Dog Whole Bowl is recommended if you crave a fresh salad, cheese, pulses and other scrumptious salad combinations. These change with the season and depend on availability.

More light meal options include a burger, a waffle with buttermilk-fried chicken or a selection of open sandwiches. Enjoy them outside on the idyllic veranda, which overlooks the backyard garden, or in a cosy nook inside on a cold winter’s day. Pastries, cake or a dessert special of the day will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Drinks

Big Dog Café is serious about its coffee and part of its aim is to showcase Terbodore, who roast on the premises and supply stores countrywide. A selection of coffee, including cold brews with interesting flavours and spiced lattes are offered, in addition to matcha teas. No beer or alcohol is served, but cordials and other refreshing drinks will quench your thirst.

Service

The service here is friendly and non-intrusive, with the owners always ready for a quick chat that adds that extra personal touch.

Ambience

The interior is modern and reminiscent of a café in New York. The beautiful backyard garden is spacious and shaded with large trees, and features a labyrinth and lots of play areas for the little ones.

And…

Stock up on fresh coffee or pastries to take home with you.

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User reviews

  • The famous Big dog Cafe', nice hidden gem with awesome food and the best coffee! The Great Dane blend all time favourite.
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  • Awesome laid-back cafe environment at Big Dog. Incredible food and coffee on offer. A definite must for anyone visiting Franschhoek.
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  • Big Dog Cafe  offers a delghtful cafe experience. A variety of seating options are great for that quick business lunch, rendezvous  with mates or lazy cup of coffee with a good book. The laid back,  friendly atmosphere and delectable food are all packaged in a great deal of style. You can also pick up your favourite blends of Terbodore coffee to enjoy at home . Congratulations....
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  • Could not be more excited about this Franschoek gem. Great food, great coffee and great people make for an experience at Big Dog Cafe that is unforgettable. Proud to see local talents being showcased to boast exciting food and drink that make eating and drinking out such a pleasure. The coffee is incredible, the chicken waffles are a definite must and the location is breathtaking. Cannot wait to return!
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  • An amazing coffee and food experience! Being a #coffeeaddict, their coffee is what lured me to Terbodore's new eatery, and man! It was good. Their menu caters for different tastes, and the Chef's weekly specials (both savoury and sweet) keep me coming back for more. Definitely a place to visit if you're in the area (or an excuse to visit), with good aesthetic, great environment and definitely kid friendly.
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  • Great place for quality food and great coffee! The chicken waffles are a must!
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  • My husband, daughter and I made a stop at Big Dog Café during our recent visit holiday to the Western Cape. We were welcomed with a warm greeting and delicious smells! Small children are welcomed and the gardens and outdoor area is fantastic for little ones to enjoy while mom and dad enjoy some coffee, treats and conversation. Although I am a tea drinker, their coffee has now converted me to bring a coffee drinker! Don't hesitate in paying Big Dog Café a visit - you WON'T be disappointed!
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  • This is the new hotspot of Franschhoek. You have to treat yourself to this different food and flavours. And don't forget the coffee. What can you expect if you are at a roastery where coffee get hand roasted.? Of course just the best. Service is excellent!! Consistent and friendly. And the garden just add to this whole experience. It is worth a visit. (Be warned ,you might come back for more and more....)
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  • Big Dog Cafe is a really cool restaurant. With friendly staff and delicious food and coffee, this is a must visit!
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  • At last got to Franschhoek to visit the Big Dog Cafe. Beautiful decor, divine coffee, friendly staff. The food is delightful, interesting and beautifully presented. Tanya and Amy make an excellent team. Just have to go back lots more to try everything on the menu! Can highly recommend.
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  • Micheal and Alriska, thank you for making us feel at home when visiting The Big dog Café-Restaurant. Upon approaching the doors of Big Dog your taste buds gets ticled by the fresh aroma of ground coffee, as the doors to Terbodore Roastery is on your left where you can experience the roasting of the coffee beans. Once inside the restaurant you feel at home in the warm friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy a variety of great food and drinks on the menu. The gardens are beautiful and well kept where one can find one's innerpeace.
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  • Wow! What an awesome place! Entering the front door, after passing the coffee roaster doing its thing, you are faced with the first challenge - where to sit today? (Yes, this place will have you coming back day after day). Every nook has a different feel to it - Contemporary bar stools at the counter, tables outside under the willow, a private nook with a garden view or on a leather sofa in a lounge arrangement. Next is the menu; from exotic late's and cold brew's to Michael's signature Terbodore coffees. Tania and Amy is cooking up a storm with fresh produce and local flavours; creating dishes that is a feast for the eye, an adventure for the taste buds and yes, light on the pocket. From modern architecture and contemporary decor to great food and friendly staff; everything is designed to create a comfortable and vibrant space where you can enjoy good coffee and beautiful food.
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  • One of my favourite places to go to in Franschhoek! The Terbodore team is doing an amazing job. From the coffee to the superb food using superior quality and local ingredients. Stunning ambience that is refreshingly different to the rest of the Franschhoek coffee shop & eatery scene. Follow them on Instagram and get to see the daily specials on their menu.
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  • What an amazing restaurant. Such a kiff vibe and delicious food :)
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  • Interesting menu - Friendly staff - Still the best coffee in the country
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  • The authenticity of the staff, a fresh and daring menu, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and detail in every corner make Big Dog Cafe one of those rare places where everything just comes together and works in perfect harmony!
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  • Absolutely delicious! Truly the best coffee and breakfast I have had in a while. I would highly recommend the Big Dog Cafe and will be going back soon.
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  • When Michael said he was going to do breakfasts that were different, I was skeptical about how different a breakfast could actually be, but I've had to eat my words (and some great breakfasts and lunches!) Big Dog Cafe is light, fresh and modern and the food that is served there complements it beautifully. Freshly roasted Terbodore coffee can finally be served with delicious food....
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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