Best restaurants in Bruges

Places to eat in Bruges

Ranging from Michelin-starred restaurants with an international menu to more local haunts offering traditional Flemish cuisine, there’s no shortage of fantastic food in brilliant Bruges. Whether you want to tuck into traditional dishes, contemporary takes or tantalising new flavours, you might be surprised at the range of cuisines available in this historic city.

  1. Little Siam
  2. Pietje Pek
  3. Bistro Bruut
  4. De Visscherie
  5. De Schaar
  6. La Gondola
  7. Tanuki
  8. Rock Fort
  9. De Lieve

With its beautiful, old buildings, Bruges itself provides the perfect backdrop for a thriving restaurant scene. It’s a true foodie’s paradise with food to suit even the fussiest of eaters – treat your tastebuds with these brilliant Bruges holiday packages. Pick up your chopsticks, knife and fork or spoon and tuck into this treat of a list.

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1. Little Siam

Could Little Siam be the best Thai restaurant in Bruges? We like to think so. Focusing on the four main spices of Thai cuisine – spicy, sour, sweet and salty – the chef ensures that all dishes follow traditional ways of cooking (and can be made milder if preferred!). Choose from two set menus – aptly named ‘Little Siam’ and ‘Big Siam’.

At a glance: Thai-Asian food with careful attention to detail, all served in an authentic atmosphere.

2. Pietje Pek

Tuck into delicious Belgian food at Pietje Pek , another highly popular restaurant in Bruges. Set in a relatively bright and airy setting, this restaurant features dark brown tables, chairs and booths that line the walls. Dishes are well-presented and contemporary takes on Belgian classics – you will leave feeling well-fed but not too stuffed.

At a glance: If the weather’s nice enough, opt for a table outside – prime people-watching territory under a balmy sun!

3. Bistro Bruut

Head down a narrow, ancient side street close to the Burg and you’ll find, overlooking a canal, this tastefully decorated bistro with a retro feel (love that black and white chequerboard floor!). The chef chooses the menu – you just choose the number of courses you want, up to a maximum of five or six. The menu is an elaboration of traditional Flemish cuisine with due emphasis on seasonal, organic ingredients. Try the lobster tartare with Brussels sprouts.

At a glance: Creative Flemish cuisine, seasonal ingredients and tasteful décor.

4. De Visscherie

Arguably the city’s premier seafood restaurant, De Visscherie is a smooth, smart and polished restaurant with a good reputation. It’s certainly worth reserving a table here. A well-presented and creative menu features such delights as a spectacularly tasty fish soup and monkfish in a beer sauce. The restaurant occupies the ground floor of a spacious nineteenth-century mansion a short walk south of the Burg, but the decor has some intriguing modern touches – small sculptures and so on – and the chairs are supremely comfortable.

At a glance: Best seafood restaurant in the city – and super comfy chairs to relax in, too.

5. De Schaar

In the cosiest of terrace houses, complete with stepped gable, this appealing restaurant sits prettily beside the Coupure canal about ten minutes’ walk southeast of the Burg. The speciality here is grilled meat – for example rack of lamb with wok vegetables and mustard sauce – but there are other gastronomic delights too, for instance duck with a raspberry sauce.

At a glance: Nicely served and presented meaty dishes in a cosy yet modern setting.

6. La Gondola

Just around the corner from Bruges’ belfry lies La Gondola , a popular Italian restaurant that is as welcoming as it is slick. Of course, the pizza and pasta dishes are a must-try, and at affordable prices you’ll leave wondering if you can squeeze in another visit before you head home.

At a glance: A little slice of Italy for meat-lovers and veggies, within walking distance of some of Bruges’ top historic attractions.

7. Tanuki

Probably the best Japanese restaurant in town and certainly, if you’ve been in Belgium a long time, a welcome break from the heaviness of Flemish cuisine. The menu features all the usual Japanese favourites – noodles, sushi and sashimi. Mains average €35. They must be doing something right – Tanuki has been in Bruges for over 30 years.

At a glance: Great Japanese food that serves as the perfect palate-cleanser.

8. Rock Fort

Highly regarded restaurant in chic and cool premises just off the normal tourist beat. The creative, international menu of nouvelle cuisine is particularly strong on seafood and shellfish, but there are many other gastronomic delights – try the duck breast and liver paté apple starter. We promise you won’t leave disappointed!

At a glance: International menu in ultra-cool premises.

9. De Lieve

On the edge of the Patershol, this informal, bistro-style restaurant features traditional Flemish dishes that taste simply wonderful – don’t miss the risotto with wild mushrooms or the rabbit with prunes. The main courses are very reasonable, making it a popular spot with so-called BVs – Bekende Vlamingen (Famous Flemings).

At a glance: Great traditional food, famous for its famous diners – keep an eye out!

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