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$3 - $38
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Wine Bar
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0.2 miles from St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)
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Reviewed September 16, 2023

Illyan is a chic bistro with a beautiful interior, comfy seating, lovely lights, and delicious food, and an interesting Albanian wine list. The dishes are simple, rustic but with lots of flavour, and very delicious, indeed. Service is attentive and competent.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed July 15, 2023 via mobile

Scam. Be aware if you are a foreigner. We sat there and they told us they could not offer the meals included in the "a la carte" section. That meant we needed to order larger meals, more expensive. According to them, this was because it...was Gent festiva, and it was going to be like that for 10 days. When we were finishing dinner, we saw they were offering the meals included in the "a la carte" section to the people recently arrived. Waiters saw we were upset and one came to explain they had changed their mind and apologize. He came when I was not on the table, as he knew I was the one with the highest English level. That was coward. I believe they saw we were from abroad and they decided to fool us and charge more moneyMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 24, 2023

I've been in this restaurant with my family and we asked for the menu but actually the quantity of words written on the menu was bigger than the amount of food. 40€ for a good story?

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed June 24, 2023 via mobile

We were in three, we paid a menu of 36 euros each and we had to fight among each other for the portions. We had two halves of aubergines, two sweet potatoes for THREE people

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed January 18, 2023 via mobile

Never had tasted Albanian food before. Everything we tried was delicious. We ordered the hunter’s platter and some extra a la carte plates which were all delicious. I love the sharing concept and was happy to taste a bit of everything. The wines we had...were all really good as well, the ones I tasted were Kosovar wines which was also a first for me. Staff was friendly too. Thanks for the nice experience!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed April 14, 2022 via mobile

Amazing food!!!! The culinary experience is just fantastic! I am Albanian and have to say the food is just to another level! Well done to the chef! A must try!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Fation A, Eigenaar at Bistro Illyrian, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2022

Thank you, Manjola! 🙏🏽

Reviewed April 13, 2022

We go very frequently to Bistro Illyrian because we feel great, eat the most delicious food, drinnk the most impressive wines and receive the best service. Gent might have great restaurants but overall the service is horrendous. Bistry Illyrian excells in its service. Egzon is...a great waiter and the cooks are just amazing. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Fation A, Eigenaar at Bistro Illyrian, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2022

Thank you! 🙏🏽❤️

Reviewed March 10, 2020

Good food experience - balanced food with a story from Albanië - dined very well - price quality 100% okay

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 21, 2020

This perfect little Bistro offers a wonderful menu that you need to experience rather than read about. Everything is super fresh, wonderfully seasoned and the calamari is the best I've had outside of Southern Spain. They have a very unique oven as well which gives...food a lovely smokey flavour. Prices are so fair for what you get as well as service being very friendly and helpful, and they are open all day until the evening. This is my new best place to eat in the city. Make it yours!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Bistro Illyrian is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4