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Rue Roger Clement 32, Namur 5020, Belgium
+32 81 56 86 16
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

This is a gem of a restaurant. We had lunch there on our way to Spa for the Belgium GP. We had a fabulous lunch outside on the patio area which was served by extremely professional and pleasant staff. The food was truly memorable and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for something special.

1 Thank Stephen R
Namur, Belgium
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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 !

Thank PulcinelliRoberto
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank donbernardissimo
Brussels, Belgium
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank thebelgianfox
Nossegem, Belgium
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

1 Thank Luk S
Brussels, Belgium
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59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

4 Thank misspurpleann
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank Mary H
Chaumont-Gistoux, Belgium
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Divina H
Brussels, Belgium
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Renaud R
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Alex C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, Belgian, European
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rue Roger Clement 32, Namur 5020, 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?