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“Fantastic value for top quality dining” 4 of 5 stars
Review of l'art de vivre

l'art de vivre
rue principale, Spa, Belgium
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Ranked #13 of 46 Restaurants in Spa
Cuisines: Belgian
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Staffs, England
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163 reviews 163 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 73 cities Reviews in 73 cities
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
“Fantastic value for top quality dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

A group of us on a chilly Monday night in November enjoyed a top quality creative three course meal for €35 per person - unbelievable! OK, we spent a bit on wines, but at that meal rate, that's ok. And the place was full.

It's a lovely small house with great attention to detail. I agree with other reviewers that the service is not fast, but if you need that, anywhere from MacDonalds upwards does that (do you get them in Belgium?). This is a place for relaxed dining with friends where the conversation flow matches the wine flow, and where each course inspires a discussion in itself. The impression you get is that the Chef is cooking this for YOU and taking great care about it. The service itself was excellent.

€35 - amazing value

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Maldegem, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“A certitude when we visit Spa (Liège)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

For the sixth time we visited l'Art de vivre in Spa. Again we were not disappointed !!! This time we chose the 50 euro menu ... wine was 25 euro extra per person but we ordered 2 bottles of wine ourselves. We are convinced that we can choose better wines for the same budget and we will rarely order a menu wine included.
We first had an 'amuse' - three delicious 'tapas' with a very very good 'velouté' of mushrooms. Our menu included two starters that were both delicious (one with 'foie de canard' and one with white fish). Our main dish was 'râble de lièvre' as it is the season now. This dish is one of my favorites and prepared really great !!!
Dessert was 'double chocolate' and was a kind of chocolate mousse (white & brown chocolate).
Ideal to close a good meal ...
We discovered this restaurant 7 years ago and will go back again in the future !! Really a restaurant to recommend when you are in the region ....

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sao Paulo, SP
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66 reviews 66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Well decorated but slow to arrive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

You must have time on your hands to enjoy this restaurant. The food is in general very good, the service is effective but the delivery is slow. The chef takes his time decorating each individual dish (and I get redoing many!!) so, the wait between courses is long and gets irritating. But, maybe, I am wrong about it..after all when you are in Spa it is probably raining and cold so you might as well be waiting for the main dish!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sao Paulo, SP
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52 reviews 52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Average food, very slow service!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012 via mobile

Food was average, under the expectations. It was beautiful, a piece of art, but it didn't taste nearly as good as it looked. Service was very very slow, over two hours for a three-course dinner, and the restaurant was not even full. I guess the chef spent too much time decorating the plates.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Moscow, Russia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Best dining in a long time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

Maybe it was a special day or maybe the cook had a good day but this was the best meal in a restaurant that I have had in a long time. Don't miss it.

Visited October 2011
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