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Restaurants in Antwerp

If you have a penchant for mussels then you’ve come to the right place; these molluscs are the main feature on most menus in the city. Yet Antwerp is no one-trick-pony when it comes to gastronomy. The city’s plethora of restaurants gives diners an extensive choice of cuisine from all corners of the globe.

The Antwerp restaurants below have been handpicked by our guide author and grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over €45)
Moderate (€25 to €45)
Cheap (up to €25)

These prices are for a three-course meal per person without drinks.

Expensive

Lux

Cuisine: Belgian, Mediterranean

Lux is one of the latest dockland conversions to turn cavernous industrial premises into a cutting-edge restaurant. Complete with wonderful views, sweeping staircases and a glass lift, Lux serves superb Belgian-Mediterranean dishes with an emphasis on fish and seafood. Try the monkfish with giant gnocchi for a main course or tuck into the chocolate banana mascarpone for a mouth-watering dessert.

Address: , Adriaan Brouwerstraat 13, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 233 3030
Website: http://www.luxantwerp.com/

RAS

Cuisine: Belgian

This ship-shaped restaurant is something of a landmark in Antwerp and not just because of its gregarious design. Formerly known as Zuiderterras, the eatery was redesigned and renovated, emerging as RAS in early 2016. The menu boasts superb Belgian cuisine with contemporary twists that follow seasonal cues. Better still, the view across the water is as stunning as the food, particularly as the sun sets along the river’s edge.

Address: , Ernest van Dijckkaai 37, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 234 1275
Website: http://www.ras.today/en

‘t Fornuis

Cuisine: Belgian, French

Right in the heart of the city, this elegant restaurant has maintained the highest standards, with admirable consistency, for around three decades. With a regularly changing menu, the French-influenced creations of Michelin-starred chef Johan Segers continue to win over customers, garnering accolades in abundance.

Address: , Reyndersstraat 24, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 233 6270

Moderate

Bacino

Cuisine: Belgian

This intimate Flemish bistro is run by a couple that’s passionate about both the restaurant and hospitality industries. The chef, raised in a family of cooks, is revered for his hearty meat dishes, decadent soups and freshly prepared vegetables. The building is split up into two floors, offering ideal dining for big groups, as well as cozy salons for sipping coffee in the winter chill.

 

Address: , Vlaamsekaai 10, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 344 6331
Website: https://www.senzelle.be/

De Rooden Hoed

Cuisine: Belgian

Fully renovated in 2013, this café-cum-restaurant claims to be the oldest in Antwerp, apparently existing in some form or another since 1750. All we know is that De Rooden Hoed features a gamut of traditional Belgian cuisine on its menu, including a great range of mussel dishes. The restaurant has a casual yet bustling ambiance and it can be hard to get a table during the summer crush.

Address: , Oude Koornmarkt 25, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 289 0909.
Website: http://www.deroodenhoed.be/

Grand Café Horta

Cuisine: European

This lovely art nouveau brasserie occupies a magnificent light-filled pavilion with huge glass walls and a ceiling held up by towering cast iron arches. There’s a more modern annex in the cellar if all the magnificence distracts you from enjoying the food, which is often a refined take on established European classics.

Address: , Hopland 2, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 203 5660
Website: http://www.grandcafehorta.be/menu

Het Gerecht

Cuisine: European

Established in September 1998, Het Gerecht is an expensive culinary experience with weekly-changing lunch menus and 5-6 course dinners. For those looking to indulge in a pleasant ambience, Chef Wim makes dining an unforgettable experience. He holds personal conversations with his diners, who eat in a room surrounded by beautiful photography – the chef’s second passion.

 

Address: , Amerikalei 20, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 248 7928
Website: http://www.hetgerecht.be/

Cheap

Bia Mara

Cuisine: Seafood, European

An Irish phrase meaning seafood, Bia Mara is reinventing the traditional fish and chips combo. The restaurant sits in the historic Grote Markt of Antwerp and offers its speciality of Cajun spiced mackerel. With other options, including salmon, seabass and halibut, Bia Mara boasts a creative take on the classic dish at affordable prices.

 

Address: , Maalderijstraat 1, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 707 2387
Website: http://www.biamara.com/

Cypro

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish

This restaurant is a hidden gem in Antwerp. The place is filled with locals, which is always a good sign, and offers great food at affordable prices. Known for its friendly service, Cypro prides itself on an original menu with entrees influenced by Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine. The mix of new and comfort food (expect pizza, kebabs and falafel) will satisfy the taste buds of everyone dining.

 

Address: , Volkstraat 60, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 216 4900
Website: http://www.cypro.be/

Kartini

Cuisine: Indonesian

This beautiful Indonesian restaurant offers a smorgasbord of authentic dishes at incredible prices. Cosy and casual, this is one of the best places to dine comfortably thanks to its warm ambiance and delicious cuisine. Fare includes Indonesian favourites like nasi kuning (rice with coconut milk and turmeric) and nasi goreng (stir-fried rice).

Address: , Oude Koornmarkt 61, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 226 4463
Website: http://www2.resto.be/kartini

Sensunik

Cuisine: French-Belgian

Quirky, fun and family-friendly, the menu at Sensunik has a different theme every day of the week. The incredible prices more than compensate for the short stroll required to get here, but it doesn’t cut corners where quality is concerned. If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll struggle to get more for your money.

Address: , Molenstraat 69, Antwerp, 2018
Telephone: +32 3 216 0066
Website: http://www.sensunik.be/
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Hilton Antwerp Old Town

Boasting the sky-high Cathedral of Our Lady as its next-door neighbour, this five-story fin-de-siècle building was originally the Grand Bazar department store. Spacious rooms are sumptuously decorated with one eye on history, though the flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi keep everything up to date. Drink in the surroundings by taking afternoon tea in the marble-floored lobby.

Hotel Rubens

Tucked away in a quiet side street behind the Grote Markt, this stylish 4-star hotel is the perfect base to explore the Old Town. A friendly concierge welcomes weary travellers with a refreshing port or sherry, while the hotel’s chic rooms are comfortable, quiet and well-appointed. You won’t go hungry either; their buffet breakfast will set you up for a day full of sightseeing.