Antoine Lehebel's 10 favourite wine bars and restaurants in Belgium 2023
Wine bars, fine dining restaurants and relaxed bars. The diversity when it comes to wine in Belgium is vast, and you can both find the niche venues and the ones that have pretty much everything. Here, Star Wine List's ambassador Antoine Lehebel, has selected his favourite spots in the country.
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Phone: +32 81 30 65 36
Address: Place des Jardins de Baseilles 14, Namur
Even though the restaurant is located in a commercial zone, and honestly you would not expect such a good restaurant in a location as such, this is the kind of secret address you would give to good friends and wine lovers only. Modern décor, open kitchen, classical cooking at its best and great value, the highlight is the carefully chosen selection of wine Anouck has made! She is passionate, can be extremely technical about tasting and knows her subject so deeply you could spend hours talking wine with her. Trust her choice blindfolded and you will never be disappointed.
Phone: +32 81 26 00 51
Address: Rue des Brasseurs 61, Namur
Both a wine bar and a wine shop, this is the place, right in the center of Namur, where Marc will take care of you in the best possible way. The place is tiny yet you feel home and at your ease the moment you step in. Food is well sourced, and always delicious and you can enjoy the great selection of wines chosen by Marc during his different trips in wine regions. What I like best is that Marc is passionate and he has his own likings, so the best way to enjoy the place is to leave every prejudice out at the door, take a comfortable seat and overall, take the time to discuss of nothing and ev...
Phone: +32 2 503 62 59
Address: Rue Haute 198, Bruxelles
In one of the busiest street in the area of Les Marolles, you would easily walk past it without noticing it. But this is the kind of place to keep in mind, and the kind of place where you would never go wrong. It is one of my favourite addresses because it is like a warm bistro, with efficient service and good bistro food, made with the freshest of ingredients. But overall I love to go there for the short but exciting wine list. No effort of presentation, it is a plain excel sheet but where else can you find some older vintages of Jura, plus other gems. Vincent Thomaes, after years of work...
Phone: +32 2 512 98 30
Address: Chaussée de Wavre 167A, Ixelles
Vivien, Baptiste and the whole team at Titulus have made a great reputation for themselves in Brussels for being one of the finest importers of carefully chosen wines and producers, mainly from France but also with the likes of Jason Ligas in Greece plus a beautiful selection of eaux-de-vie from Laurent Cazottes. To be honest, this is more of a wine shop but a couple of tables in the background are a clue to the fact that they also serve some food. So I love to go there, share a couple of plates with friends and playing around to test some wine pairings. Moreover, Vivien is a big fan of Saké...
Phone: +32 2 534 64 34
Address: Rue Africaine 31, Saint-Gilles
At first sight it does not look like any wine bar you have come across in you life: pink lights, wooden panels etc… you’d rather expect a trendy shoe/clothes shop but it is one of the sexiest wine bars in the neighborhood. The wine selection is precise, mainly French and at fair prices, and the food is typical wine bar with boards of good cheeses and charcuteries. Located in one of the trendiest area of Brussels, the wine bar attracts a clientele wanting to enjoy simple pleasures in life, and I love going there for the top selection of wines, which is changing often so you always have somethi...
Phone: +32 2 512 68 91
Address: Place de la Chapelle 5, Bruxelles
Located right at the bottom of the Sablon, one of the most central part of old Brussels, what strikes you first is the typical, out of time decoration, very “art nouveau” with old polished wood, a beautiful bar and dimmed lights. It feels good during our cold and grey Belgian winters, and it feels like a jump back in times the rest of the year. The food is typical, classical and sometimes plain old fashion but everything is cooked perfectly and homemade. Personally I go there for the amazingly good “Vol-au-vent”, and at the right season for the “Zenne pot”, THE signature dish of Dirk Myny, wh...
Phone: +32 2 374 31 63
Address: Avenue du Vivier d'Oie 75, Bruxelles
This is one of the most famous restaurant in Belgium since the end of WWII and has a long history and influence in the Belgian gastronomic scene. The past ten years have seen a real revival of the restaurant, and lately it has been completely (magnificently) revamped. Plus, Yves Mattagne (former 2 stars at the Sea Grill) has taken over the kitchen and offers high gastronomic pleasure in terrific surroundings… Both the wine list of the Villa and the former Sea Grill have been jointed, and that creates one of the most impressive list in the country: around 2000 references of wines all over the w...
Phone: +32 2 644 64 11
Address: Avenue Louise 326, Bruxelles
Even though they moved not so long ago, the feeling is still the same: this is what a proper wine bar should be! The choice of wine is extensive, well chosen and will suit every budget plus it is changing on a regular basis so you can never really get bored, even though you go there on a very regular basis. Their new sommelier Giuseppe is currently working on adding beautiful Italian wines to the already extensive list. The place is rather big and can feel loud and crowded but I am not going there to be calm and quiet, I want atmosphere, fun and plenty of people enjoying wine around. This is...
Phone: +32 2 343 45 23
Address: Rue du Doyenné 87, Uccle
This is the place to go when in love (or waiting to fall in love) with anything Italian. With a simple setting and a comfy atmosphere, this Italian restaurant is a must in Brussels. You will find two different rooms, one where you can grasp some typical Italian bites of the highest quality, followed by the “pasta of the day”, and the other where you will have more of a full-blown Italian meal with primi, secondi and all. Their speciality is the pasta Rigatoni Salsiccia e Limone. Still, I have never been disappointed by any of their dishes, so trust the whole team to look after you in the best...
Phone: +32 2 425 73 60
Address: Boulevard d'Ypres 33, Bruxelles
This place is about simplicity and high quality, both on the plate and in the glass. The interior is kind of rough, but you feel that a lot of love and passion has been put into the fantastic dishes and the no-less fantastic wines to pair them. Their idea is to work with a short supply chain and producers as much as possible to highlight the best Belgium has to offer in terms of food. The owners, Greg and Barbara, have had experiences in some of the best gastronomic restaurants in the country and put their efforts into what matters most: quality in the plate, the glass and the service. They...