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Zarza

Bondgenotenlaan 92, Leuven, Belgium
+32 16 205 005
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Ranked #28 of 254 restaurants in Leuven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Leuven, Belgium
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

On the occasion of my birthday and the birthday of my husband we went to Zarza. For us it was a special occasion. And I must admit we had expectations for this restaurant as it has good reputation and belongs to the higher price category. We had an aperitif, a bottle of Merlot, a first dish, the main dish and... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We had dinner with 4 people. We could choose out of 2 menus, when asked to change 1 course in one of them it was no problem at all. We found the pricing honest for the freshness of the products and the quality of the wine. We paid 320€ for the four of us, having a 4 course meal with... More

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Aberdeen
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great seafood fixed menu. We had about 7 courses which were all different and innovative. The recommended wines were also great.

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
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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14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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