Antwerp has emerged as a thriving gastronomical hotspot, witnessing a remarkable growth in Michelin star and highly ranked Gault&Millau restaurants over the past decade. As a testament to its rising importance in the restaurant world, Antwerp even hosted the Gastronomical Oscars in 2021, as the city welcomed The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
In this blog post, we will explore five notable Michelin-star restaurants that showcase the culinary excellence of Antwerp.
These restaurants are highly sought after, and booking in advance is essential. However, following their Instagram accounts can provide last-minute opportunities due to unexpected cancellations.
1/ Zilte ***: elevated gastronomy with a breathtaking view
Located on one of the top floors of the MAS museum, Zilte is a three-Michelin-star restaurant helmed by Chef Niki Geunes. Offering a state-of-the-art gastronomic experience, Zilte’s refined and modern dishes push the boundaries of culinary innovation. As you indulge in their creations, you’ll be treated to a stunning panoramic view of Antwerp’s skyline. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance, and the restaurant is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
2/ The Jane **: a 360° culinary experience
Situated in the urban neighborhood known as “Groen Kwartier,” The Jane made its debut in 2014 under the guidance of Chef Nick Bril, with culinary direction curated by Sergio Herman. This two-Michelin-star establishment has maintained its status since its opening. Prepare for unforgettable dining with exquisitely plated dishes and perfectly paired wines taking center stage. The impeccable service adds an extra touch of sophistication. Reservations open three months in advance at 8 am, so be ready at your computer to secure a table.
3/ Kommilfoo *: timeless excellence in trendy Antwerp
Kommilfoo has been in the trendy “T Zuid” district for over 20 years. Chef Olivier de Vinck has consistently delivered top-quality cuisine since its inception. With excellent food, a knowledgeable sommelier, and a relaxed yet stylish atmosphere, Kommilfoo provides a memorable dining experience. Bookings are available up to one year in advance.
4/ Nathan *: affordable excellence
Nathan quickly gained attention after its opening in 2018, and it only took a little while for them to earn their first Michelin star. Before developing his distinctive style, Chef Nathan honed his skills at renowned establishments like L’épicerie du Cirque. Expect an excellent and surprisingly affordable Michelin dining experience. And don’t forget to save room for their legendary lighter-than-air madeleines! Reservations can be made up to three months in advance.
5/ Het Gebaar *: a sweet escape
Chef Roger Vandamme, renowned as the best patissier in Belgium, showcases his talent at Het Gebaar. Here, you can savor Michelin-star desserts without committing to a full menu. The artistry and innovation in the desserts and sweets are unparalleled. However, Het Gebaar isn’t solely focused on desserts; they also have a lunch menu that embodies perfection. Please note that the restaurant is open for weekday lunch and afternoon desserts only. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance.