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Zarza

Bondgenotenlaan 92, Leuven, Belgium
+32 16 205 005
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Ranked #18 of 216 restaurants in Leuven
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $37 - $148
Cuisines: Belgian, French, International, Fusion
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Brussels, Belgium
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

Small town mentality here. We arrived 21.35 hrs having made a special detour based on the fact that the advertised opening hours were 18.30 to 24.00 hrs. We were told kitchen closed at 21.30 hrs and shown the door! Customers lost - for good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We decided to go out for dinner on a spur of the moment and after a scan of the restaurants in my town on trusty Tripadvisor, settled on Zarza. Reserving a table an hour in advance was no problem. Upon arriving we found the atmosphere in tune with what this place is: a higher end restaurant flirting (hoping to flirt?)... More

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Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

i have eaten many times at Zarza and despite some negative reviews, I have always found it very, very good. Yes, it is a little expensive but if you put together the very comfortable atmosphere, great service, excellent food - it certainly is worth it. Will be back.

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Leuven, Belgium
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29 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We enjoyed a fine main course from a limited menu. We were surprised by the very strange service: 1. Only 1 white wine served by the glass while 6 red wines by the glass where available 2. 45 minutes waiting time for a dessert that had to be preprepared 3. Not possible to have 2 menus at one table with... More

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Leuven, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I don't know what it is about this place: I went there several times and had a different experience every time. Mostly the food was great, but sometimes it was mediocre - I wouldn't know what to expect next time I go on. Service is okay. Prices are rather high. The wine list is quite nice, though!

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Maryland, USA
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7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Zarza is almost hidden - even with the street address one must look closely to find the sign, high and flat on the side of the building in cursive (i.e. difficult-to-read, low-contrast) script. Ambiance was nice. Dim but adequate light, good sound control: I was with a group of 6 at a table near the center of the full restaurant;... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

We are living close by so we go there from time to time. The food at Zarza is great but the service is so bad that it is ruining the whole experience! Fortunately, "tipping" is not mandatory in Belgium so at least we do not have to pay for being treated like this.

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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

I have eaten in over 10 restaurants in Leuven and it is by far the best if you are looking for a special, classy, quality food restaurant. I would not eat there every week since as many people mention it is not cheap but given the excellent food and quality it is worth it for any special occasion. After eating... More

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Province of Girona, Spain
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

I don't understand that the day that you want to enjoy dinner with somebody else (8 people) you have to start with restrictions having to choose only a certain menu out of three (max . 2 different menus per table!!). Please, freedom to eat what you wish to!!! On the other hand the dinner took too much time (nearly 4... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

We went straight for the mains as the none of the starters really caught our eyes and they were very pricey ! We both had Steak which was served with an excellent jus - very nice. I had the cheese for dessert which was lovely and very generous! Good restaurant but on the pricey side.

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