Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Antwerp dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Antwerp Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

9 't Zolderke
This restaurant occupies an airy loft in the historic part of the city, and its food is traditional as well. The menu changes seasonally, but the chef buys fresh produce, fish, and meats each day from local markets. Steak au poivre is a mainstay, and wild game -- in season -- is a perennial favorite. The restaurant is especially applauded for its high-end quality and working man's prices. Smart-casual attire. Reservations suggested. (323-233-8427)

8 Sir Anthony Van Dyck
This restaurant once served haute French cuisine but has switched to a more relaxed, monthly brasserie menu. The simple, elegant dining room is brightly lit, thanks to a bank of windows that opens to an interior courtyard. Try a hearty salad if you're looking for something light and fresh or a tuna steak if your appetite is more robust. Fruit sorbets are a favorite dessert. Two seatings are available each night, so call ahead for reservations. Smart-casual attire. (323-231-6170)

7 Rooden Hoed
Antwerp's oldest restaurant -- it's been in business for over 250 years -- attracts locals and visitors alike, thanks to classy atmosphere and affordable prices. An excellent choucroute d'Alsace (sausages with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes) is always a terrific choice, as are steak au poivre and chicken stew. Seafood dishes are tops as well, and eel in parsley sauce or generous bowls of fresh North Sea mussels are often requested. The medieval cellar downstairs serves snacks and drinks in Gothic surroundings. Reservations accepted. Casual to smart-casual attire. (323-233-2844)

6 La Pérouse
With Antwerp's history as a maritime city, it comes as little surprise that one of its most popular restaurants is set on a boat. French cuisine is standard and its emphasis is on the freshest seafood available. Locals claim that waterzooi de poussin (fish chowder) is the best in the city; other dishes include lobster salad, thick-cut steaks, and grilled monkfish with saffron and leeks, served with herb-mashed potatoes. Reservations necessary. Smart-casual attire. (323-470-2340)

5 In de Schaduw van de Kathedraal
At this appealing restaurant, delicious Belgian favorites are served, literally, "in the shadow of the cathedral" -- what more could you ask for? The signature dish is Grande Bouillabaisse, loaded with fresh fish and seafood from the North Sea. The menu indicates that the generous bowl feeds two, and that's an understatement! Crab gratin, sole with lobster sauce, and croquettes -- both shrimp and veal are offered -- are other popular dishes. Smart-casual attire. Reservations accepted. (323-232-4014)

4 De Peerdestal
De Peerdestal means "the horse stable," and horsemeat is the specialty of the house. Generous, juicy steaks are served with hand-cut French fries and have a faithful following. Diners looking for something more mainstream can opt for a platter of North Sea mussels, a dish of sole meunière or a fresh salad topped with marinated goat's cheese and bacon. Casual to smart-casual attire. Reservations accepted. (323-231-9503)

3 De Manie
Excellent food and unhurried atmosphere are the hallmarks of this cheery restaurant. Innovative appetizers include quail salad with goat cheese and artichokes and goose liver baked with honey and bilberries. For a main course, sample lamb with rosemary and mustard seed or grilled woodcock with Brussels sprouts gratin. Finally, for dessert, consider a parfait, which are the house specialty. Smart-casual attire. Reservations accepted. (323-232-6438)

2 De Foyer
For a quick lunch or a light supper, make a beeline to this café in the foyer of the Bourla Theater. The setting is superb -- the theater's ornately painted dome, red velvet drapes, marble columns and potted palms make you feel as if you're in a chic turn-of-the-century hotel. The lunch buffet is a local favorite, thanks to reasonable prices and a wide variety of fresh salads, homemade soups and imported cheeses. Smart-casual attire. Reservations accepted. (323-233-5517)

1 't Fornuis
A 16th-century stone house in Antwerp's historic section is the setting for this revered restaurant. Sturdy oak chairs and low-beamed ceilings create a cozy ambiance, and although there are no menus, the chef comes by your table to explain the day's selections. Representative meals feature sole with rhubarb or roasted sweetbreads in wild truffle sauce; a 4,000-bottle wine cellar provides apt accompaniments. Take time to admire the restaurant's collection of miniature stoves. Reservations necessary. Business-dressy attire. (323-233-6270)

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't Zolderke 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Continental, European, Flemish, French, Mediterranean
Neighborhood: OLD CITY
Sir Anthony Van Dyck 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Belgian, European, French
Neighborhood: LATIN QUARTER
Rooden Hoed 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Belgian, European, French
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: OLD CITY
La Pérouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: SUIKKERUI
In de Schaduw van de Kathedraal 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Belgian, European, Flemish
Neighborhood: LATIN QUARTER
De Peerdestal 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Flemish
Neighborhood: OLD CITY
De Manie 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Continental, European, Flemish
Neighborhood: LATIN QUARTER
De Foyer 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Continental, European, Flemish
Dining Options: Family Friendly
't Fornuis 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
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