If you like mussels (or have never tried them), this is THE place to go. Well, obviously I can't realistically claim that with any sort of legitimacy, but it is very delicious and hearty.
The restaurant is a bit kitschy, with all sorts of sea decor, sailing and fishing paraphernalia. It's basically designed to look and feel like a big fishing boat. However, the mussels are so good. I mean, mussels themselves are delicious and this is a pretty good place to go if you want them. Fresh too!
Steer clear if you're expecting fancy haute cuisine. This place is a lot of fun.
Favorite Dish: Mussels, obviously. In white wine sauce, with frites, mayonnaise and a delicious Belgian beer to go along.
From De Panne till Knokke, Belgian coast "überhaupt", you will find excellent fresh seafood restaurants.
Favorite Dish: Next to the famous and delicious "Moules&Frites" - spoiled with a famous Belgian beer or a splendid French white wine/South Africa Stellenbosch - just try it to get convinced
Kursaal Ostend was restaured at the end of 2004
The restaurant on top is a nice place to be with friends, enjoying an excellent meal, payable, although the "chef de cuisine" is nobody else than P.Wynants - the owner of restaurant "Comme chez soi" in Brussels.
The view on the beach of Ostend is perfect.
The restaurant is still under construction ( feb/2005) but acceptable.The elevator to the second floor produce sea sounds - the chairs are special in this sense that they give a feeling of being in the middle of seatrip.
Favorite Dish: The actual daily menu consisting out of daily fresh seafood
- Soupe de poisson a la flandrienne
- Plateau fruit de mer Ostend Queen
Atmospheric grill house, where you can eat a snack or mixed grill or fish plate or....(see website link). Grill is open from 19 to 02h. Now & then there's a performance of famous artists like soulsister,clouseau,...
A very relaxed atmosphere in this grill house, where the grill is IN the restaurant with the boss behind it.
Check their site to see if there isn't a live gig, then you have to pay entry fee.
The grill is open till 2am.
Favorite Dish: Everything on the grill !!
****If you buy a bottle of wine of the month, you get a full bottle of the same wine when you pay your bill.****
This is the best place to eat "Mosselen", you can have them in different tastes, garlic, cream, curry, ricard,white wine,.....
The interiour is very, very basic, so don't expect a romantic night out, but the food is delicous.
Favorite Dish: Mosselen !!!!
The Tex Mex is a very popular place because it is next to the Brazzaville, one of the best nightclubbing places in town. It has a mexican atmosphere and the food (plenty of it) and service is nice. On fridays and Saturdays it's a full house certainly when the Ostende Basketball team has won.
Favorite Dish: Tex Mex, Chicken Sandwich, lots of chicken, melted cheese, secret sauce, mmmmmm, enchiladas,..... They also serve great margarithas.
THIS FANTASTIC TAVERNE IS OPEN TWENTY FOUR HOURS A DAY. THE CHICKEN HAS TO BE THE BEST I HAVE EVER TASTED. THE ATMOSHERE AND FRIENDLY STAFF ARE SECOND TO NONE.
THIS IS MY TWENTY FIFTH VISIT TO OOSTENDE, AND OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS IT IS A TRADITION FOR MYSELF AND MY FAMILY TO EAT AT THE KOE KOEK THE FIRST NIGHT WE ARRIVE AT THIS FANTASTIC CITY BY THE SEA.
Favorite Dish: BARBECUE CHICKEN, BREAD AND ICE COLD BELGIAN BEER (NORMALLY A JUPILER).
t'Waterhuis is most famous for it's beers, and local people come eat here often.
In winter it is very cosy eating a pasta close to the fireplace. A great alternative for the usual restaurant! t'Waterhuis is well known for many years, even before WWII.
Also especially with English beer-tasters, but the atmosphere stays calm ;)
Favorite Dish: Some of their great pastas
All ingredients & recipes are 100% Italian import. This restaurant got a very important award as only and best restaurant at Belgium's coast with typical italian food!
All the ingredients are directly from Italy.
Only satisfied rating due to higher price, (nothing to do with the food)
This is a great Italian restaurant. Very small and intimate. And the owner - Mario - is completely out of his mind. He spaeaks 7 or 8 languages so hes all over the place. Something makes me think he hasa few to drink before he starts serving dinner!
Favorite Dish: Pizza Margharita
Seafood can be found all over Oostende. A few blocks from the promenade is the Adolf Buylstraat and other pedestrian streets loaded with restaurants, bars, and shops.
Apparently, Oostende does big business in English weekenders, which would explain the numerous English names for establishments across the city. The other possibility is that using English is easier than using both Flemish and French. You see that sort of thing a lot in Belgium, such as "Quick," a fast-food establishment. The upshot is that English speakers feel very much at home in Belgium, but Flemish and Wallonian culture is slowly dissolving in the process. And that's sad.
There is a large variety of restaurants spread all over town anf serve delicious food.
Some typical fish dishes are: 'Sole à l'Ostendaise' (sole with a white wine sauce and shrimps), 'Tomate Crevette' (a tomato filled with shrimps), 'Paling in 't groen' (eel in green sauce prepared with parsil, spinach and other green herbs).
This restaurant is 100% chinese, the staff, the menus,everything..
It is also very clean and you have the greatest view of ostend over the harbour with Yachts and the Mercator.
This restaurant looks very luxury, but isn't so expensive as you might think...
Great fresh chinese food, also take-away.
Definitely the best Chinese in Ostend town!
Favorite Dish: Vogelnestje 'De Lange Muur'
(plate made like a bird nest , filled with chicken, big scampis and other seafood, veal, peppers, nuts, onions, gong boa sauce)
So mixed meat with a great taste and great sauce...our favourite plate!
Quiet local restaurant on the Visserskaai, perhaps not the best or cheapest in town but it's the one I found and it was plenty good enough for the occasion. The service was friendly and efficient and the bill came to € 18.00.
Favorite Dish: Mussels, of course, in a big pan of white wine and vegetables. Washed down with a Duvel or two.