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“Very good with group” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carlton

Carlton
Grote Markt 34, Mechelen 2800, Belgium
+32 15 20 18 80
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Ranked #33 of 152 Restaurants in Mechelen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $43
Cuisines: French, Belgian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Brasserie restaurant Carlton, in the historical center of Mechelen.The restaurant offers space for 80 people and our friendly staff will receive you and your company in a trendy but cozy interior.When the weather is nice, you can take place on our terrace and enjoy the beautiful sight of the market with his town hall and the cathedral.We are specialized in Belgian cuisine with French undertones, to bring you light and refined dishes at corresponding prices.The menu changes six times per year according to the seasons. Open every day from 9.00, sunday from 10.00 Our kitchen is open untill 23.00
Belgium
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Very good with group”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Looking for somewhere for lunch after a morning tour of Mechelen with a group of fifteen people, I selected the Carlton from the many establishments facing onto the main square on the basis of its smart appearance, varied menu (including local speciality Mechelse koekoek and local Carolus beer), and competent response to my first enquiry coming in off the street.

In the event it proved a good choice, avoiding many of the hassles which sometimes arise when arranging a meal for a group - there was a free choice from the varied menu, no attempt to impose a fixed three course menu (a problem if you have vegetarians or gluten allergy sufferers), flexible on numbers up to the last moment, and at the end of the meal each participant was able to pay for their individual consumption, saving the huge headache for the treasurer of trying to split up one large bill and finding change.

Inevitably we were allocated tables at the back of the restaurant, disappointing if it had been a warm sunny day, when people would have wanted to eat outside, but in the event it was cold and grey. Three members were in a hurry to leave, and asked for and got their meal very quickly. The others had to wait somewhat longer, but when the food came, everyone's meal was hot, tasty and perfectly presented.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
heemstede
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81 reviews 81 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Accomodating and not overly expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

After arriving in this brasserie we sat at a table near the front of the restaurant but discovered that every so often there was an unpleasant, irritating sound that turned out to be a recalcitrant coffee machine !They kindly moved us to another table and from there on we had a pleasant and satisfying meal. My sabayon was great.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Disapponted”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We were in Mechelen for two weeks that is four adults and a child. We enjoyed the first time we ate here and intended to go back several times during our stay. However the next time my grandson was not well and we asked for him to have just a plate of chips. Our waitress had to go and ask the chef if that was o.k. ? apparently so was the answer. However when we got the bill they charged us seven euros fifty cents for a currywurst ! Thinking it was a mistake we were told that that was on the bill and they would not take it off. Spending something like 160 euros plus a night on our evening meals they lost a customer. They were not at all polite when we queried our bill. So we will not return nect year if we are in Mechelen It was not the amount but the principle and their attitude towards us.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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BrasserieCarlton, Owner at Carlton, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Margendy,

I would like to apologize for the miscommunication between the waitress and the chef (me).
If you are again in Mechelen, I would love to explain why the error has been made. We certainly will pay back what you have paid too much.

Patrick
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Bologna, Italy
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102 reviews 102 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Good Fish and good desserts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

It's a very good place if you want to stay in the city center.
They have good dishes, personally I tried salmon and was very good, specially with a local beer.
Highly recommend apple pine withe cream as a dessert.
Two people we payed 65€.
Some trumbles on paying with Maestro.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mechelen, Belgium
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Classic kitchen with a modern tough”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

A nice elegant "brasserie" and a creative kitchen marying traditional meals with modern cooking. And all this at a decent price.

Visited December 2012
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