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“great food...”
Review of Euterpia

Euterpia
Ranked #334 of 1,441 Restaurants in Antwerp
Price range: $66 - $147
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Antwerp, Belgium
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“great food...”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

great restaurant with top atmosphere,food is great and staff very friendly....added bonus small smoking room for sigar or sigarets...highly recommended...

Visited December 2012
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English first
Antwerp, Belgium
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A safe bet - sometimes with a cook in love”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

Restaurants in Antwerp are not what they use to be. Nothing is, but in the last 20-30 years or so the Antwerp urban situation has grown from bad to worse - together with the disappearance of a nightlife that used to be one of the most vibrant in the Low Countries. Main culprits are the authorities who take a sadistic pleasure in concocting continuous "grand works" no one has ever asked for or devise the narrowing of main thoroughfares - both actions which render the access to the city centre as good as impossible. Add to this a public transport system which stops long before midnight, has at most a 30 minutes frequency in the evening, and requires several transfers before one can reach one's goal. In short, a bleak urban disaster.

Is it surprising, then, that over the years most great restaurants Antwerp prided itself on have disappeared? Where have all the legendary venues gone? Where are the likes of "Criterium", "La Rade", "Le Gourmet sans Chiqué", "La Pérouse"? Fallen to the chicaneries of a rabid political bureaucracy, which occupies its time in inventing dastardly schemes whose ultimate goal is to keep the population at home glued to their idiot boxes, so they'll stop thinking about their leaders' not all too clean shenanigans.

Of course, there are still a handful worthy places left, but hardly on the classical level, the ones the French call "une valeur sûre" - a safe bet - where one can keep returning with the certainty that one gets value for money in a cosy environment. And those that pretend to be in that agreeable category have changed proprietors, are hardly consistent, or are just not up to level.

One locale however has remained standing like a beacon in the treacle tempest, and that is Restaurant Euterpia, located in one of the most spectacular suburbs of the city, which was built in the early 20th century as a luxury district at a time that Antwerp was rapidly expanding outside its confines.

The mansion house in which it is situated is of the theatrical variety so typical of the times, more of a decor than the real thing, but that only adds to its charm, while it boasts a luxuriant garden where it is a pleasure to dwell on a summer night. When the weather is inclement, this is richly compensated by the cosy veranda, while the interior itself is as intimate as it is comfortable.

Now for the most important aspect: the food. In one word - superb, day in day out. And that as long as Euterpia has been there - 30 plus years. Quite an achievement, as restaurants go. The menu, with what I would call "enhanced classical" dishes is augmented with a copious "ardoise" boasting more inventive fare. But many feature that small luxury item (slithers of truffle, a tiny dollop of caviar, and suchlike) which makes everything a special treat - not to mention the imaginative "amuse-bouches". And the way everything is prepared is beyond par - except that far and between things get to be too salty. In Flanders we say then that "the cook must be in love". But that's just a tiny glitch in an overall pleasant experience.

All this comes at a cost, of course, even if the bill remains reasonable. The wine card is not extraordinary where choice is concerned, and a bit pricey for the better vintages, but again not really extravagant. Mind, this is not what I would categorize as a "great restaurant". But, truly, how many of those are left in the world?

So, if you're looking for a sure-fire place for diner in Antwerp, and certainly if you're planning "that special occasion", go for the Euterpia. I bet you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited November 2012
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Schilde, Belgium
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“eating in special atmosphere”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

if you have to celebrate something special, this is a very nice location, in the well known "belle epoque" Zurenborg quartier. You must choose a table in the garden room, and for one reason or another the whole atmosphere gets something different;

  • Visited February 2012
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Antwerp
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Brasserie food from the 80's.”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

Your paying for the location here, I think the locals from this exclusive neighbourhood come here for an informal dinner, but the food doesn't rise above the level of what you get in the average brasserie. This place has been around since the 80's or so.The food was OK but both taste and presentation is pretty basic. The dessert of Sabayon was the highlight but that's a typical taste from the eighties too. If you're looking for something in this area you would be better going for the 'Moscow" if you want good brasserie food at brasserie prices, or the the ' Mise en place' if you want something a bit more upmarket and worthy of a modern kitchen. We did have a nice bottle of Austrian wine though (50€) total bill was 200€ for 2 people.

  • Visited May 2012
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Antwerp, Belgium
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food & atmosphere @ a price..”
Reviewed January 7, 2012

This was apperently Keith Haring's favorite restaurant in Antwerp, the owner is always very keen on showing a little doodle Haring made on the door of the mensroom (probably making the door worth a fortune :)) So make sure to check that out whilst you're there. For the rest I wouldn't say to mush except you won't be dissapointed if you like good food and wines!

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