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“At last!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of De Ruyffelaer

De Ruyffelaer
(Gustave) De Stuersstraat 11, Ieper (Ypres) 8900, Belgium
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Price range: $18 - $43
Cuisines: Belgian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“At last!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

Having visited Ypres and Bruges on several occasions in the past 12 months we've always struggled to find good authentic Flemish food. Our B&B in Ypres recommended this restaurant and after visiting the Menin Gate at 20:00 for the incredibly moving Last Post ceremony we had a walk down to De Ruyffelaer. It was quiet when we arrived but lovely and warm with the real fires helping to create a cosy ambience. We decided that we'd go straight for the main course of rabbit served with mashed potato (I'd never tried rabbit before)
It was fantastic. The sauce was delicious and the rabbit was cooked to perfection.
The cost - for two stunning dinners and two glasses of red was about €42. Worth every single penny (I'm from Yorkshire so that's praise personified!)
If you're in Ypres and want excellent Flemish food, don't go to the restaurants around the square. Visit De Ruyffelaer. You won't be disappointed.
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    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Wonderful Little Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We booked a meal at the De Ruyffelaer Restaurant on the strength of the glowing Tripadvisor reviews and were not disappointed. Even by the high standards set by the majority of Belgium restaurants, our evening was exceptional. The charmingly quirky decor gave a promising first impression and things just got better.

Other reviewers have mentioned the rabbit meal - it is every bit as good as the reviews suggest but every course that we saw looked to be of the same high standard. Service was friendly and relaxed, all of which resulted in a memorable evening.

One tip - this is a small restaurant so booking is essential but well worth it.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sutton, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“What a gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Wow What a find. We were taken here by the "in laws" and were blown away by the food and the atmosphere. If its still on the menu try the Rabbit It's to die for. The owners wife is the chef and what a cook. We will be back.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wymondham
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32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Excellent dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

The food was excellent and there was plenty of it and the host friendly, the atmosphere relaxing, warm and rustic. What's not to like? The choice of food was local and, though the menu was a little strangely laid out, I wanted to try lots of the different dishes.

Guess I'll have to return again to try them.

Oh yes, the Venison was amazing.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“An all-around wonderful dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us by our hotel owner as his number one recommendation. I can see why. It offers excellent food and friendly, prompt service in a small, rustic room decorated with antique bits and pieces. Restful Celtic music plays in the background. When we asked about the origin of the restaurant's name and logo, the owner rushed off and returned with a framed description in English. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at de Ruyffelae, then walked the ten minutes to the Menin Gate for the last post ceremony.
I highly the recommend this restaurant for a delicious meal in a restful atmosphere.

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