Ghent has a fabulous selection of places to eat with over 300 restaurants and bars to choose from. The most popular serve the traditional cuisine, specialising in Belgium and Flemish dishes, but over recent years international influences have been introduced in restaurants across the city, so now the choice ensures that everyone’s tastes are met.
Flemish food is a combination of German and French cooking, where you are likely to find an abundance of mussels, seafood, pork and winter stews. Watch out for the famous ‘waterzooi’ dish that is a delicious creamy combination of chicken or fish with fresh vegetables, while ther popular ingredients that you may find served in a number of restaurants include rabbit, herring, asparagus and of course the infamous Belgium beer.
Restaurant in Ghent are keen to make everyone welcome. You can select a quiet cosy location for a romantic meal or choose one of the many family friendly eateries, where often children can eat free. There are expensive imaginative dishes to be found as well as lower cost, affordable establishments, so check the menus and pricelists before making your selection.
There are Michelin-starred restaurants alongside small brasseries and cafés, all offering tasty menus, so whether you are looking for a quick mid morning snack or a sumptuous multi-course evening meal, with such a selection, you are spoilt for choice in Ghent.
Recommended Restaurants in Ghent
Based in a 19th century warehouse this stylish restaurant is popular with the locals, which is always a good sign. Renowned for Italian and French style food, the speciality is in its fish dishes. Be sure to try the whole lobster or the Flemish favourite, garnaalkroketten (shrimp croquettes).
A magnificent 13th century warehouse is now home to one of the citys most fashionable restaurants. Many of its ingredients are sourced locally and Belgium beers are proudly added to many of the dishes. This is the perfect place to taste all that is good about Belgium food.
Theatrecafé De Foyer
This brasserie can be found on the first floor of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Schouwburg theatre, and boasts a balony that overlooks Sint-Baafskathedraal. If location is something you are interested in then this is the restaurant for you.
Recently renovated, this modern and upbeat location serves traditional Belgium dishes and offers a delightful terrace that is a real treat during the summer months.
The House of Elliott
Jan Breydelstraat 36
Fabulously decorated with an intimate atmosphere, this restaurant is very popular and understandably so, with an excellent menu, exquisite flavours, dishes that are beautifully presented and if you have a seat by the window you could have a lovely view across the canal.