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L'Essentiel

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French, Belgian, European
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Rue Roger Clement 32 - Temploux, Namur, Belgium
+32 81 56 86 16
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Namur, Belgium
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Fabulous place and exquisite dishes with outstanding service. The number 1 in Namur. Every single detail is an invitation to Enchantment. A place to experience !

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Thank PulcinelliRoberto
Belgium
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

A very pleasant surprise. We arrived there at the last moment... with a reservation made 10 minutes in advance. Nice welcome, and brilliant food. A wonderful 6 course menu for a very reasonable price. The cuisine is inventive, modern, varied, and offers a symphony of textures and tastes. The only question being that we should ask Michelin to be a... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

L'essentiel is a very convivial Gastronomic Restaurant ( one Michelin) and after spending several times there, I just can confirm they certainly owe a second star ..... but as says the Boss ( dear Mrs Benedicte) she prefers keeping their regular customers "than getting a big Neck" !! Just take one of the Menu's and simply Enjoy !!! Team is... More 

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1 Thank thebelgianfox
Nossegem, Belgium
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I visited L'essentiel with a client on a thursday evening, the restaurant was full: always a good sign. We took the 'Menu Ballade' with 5 courses @ 65 EUR: great value for money for a Michelin star restaurant. Superbe service, great food, I will go back!

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1 Thank Luk S
Brussels, Belgium
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56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I had an amazing vegan lunch in the Michelin starred restaurant L’Essentiel in Temploux (Wallonia). We called one day ahead to ask whether it was possible to eat a vegan menu as this wasn’t advertised on their own website nor on the ViaMichelin site. The lady on the phone (owner) said directly: “OK, no animal ingredients at all right?” This... More 

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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I have been treated to dinner here on 2 occasions and both visits were out of this world. The food was divine, the wine choices spot on, the service excellent. Easily among the best meals I have ever tasted. If you get the chance to go, you really must.

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1 Thank Mary H
Chaumont-Gistoux, Belgium
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I've been to this restaurant to celebrate many special occasions and I've never been disappointed. Through the years, these couple who run this resto in such a great tandem has maintained consistency from the series of mise-en-bouche to the irresistible wide choices of well-selected "fromages" and the array of calorie-worth-desserts that follow it. What makes l'Essentiel even more exceptional for... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

we experience a very slow service (not enough people for the number of tables) and we were very astonished with the "help yourself" remark of one of the waiter. The food was nice but without extraordinary discovering. Finally a very broad but so expensive wine choice make this evening not a remarkable one.

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Thank Renaud R
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

Expensive for what you get ... We tried 3 different main courses and 2 of them were not at the level of the expectation : the meat was not cooked at the best (poule faisande and chevreuille) and very poor quantity for the vegetables (different mixtures or puree). The restaurant is a nice place and the service was perfect. The... More 

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1 Thank Alex C
Ghent, Belgium
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101 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Since a couple of years, I visit this restaurant with a nearby customer and every time, we are surprised of the value one gets for the price of 50€/pp for a 3 course business lunch, including wines and coffee. This restaurant should be an example!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
French, Belgian, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rue Roger Clement 32 - Temploux, Namur, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Wallonia  >  The Ardennes  >  Namur Province  >  Namur
  • Phone Number: +32 81 56 86 16

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?