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“Best restaurant in Knokke”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Esmeralda

Ranked #58 of 249 Restaurants in Knokke-Heist
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Edinburgh, Scotland
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188 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Knokke”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Consistently great food.
I love their dish of grilled King Crab claws with a delicious chorizo and herb sauce, as well as the Coucou de Malines (chicken from Mechelen roasted whole). Also terrific is the sea bass cooked in a salt crust.
For pudding, I love the Café Liegois.
The staff are extremely friendly, helpful and skilful.
Do visit!

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank KennyK12
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English first
Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Your fish will be fresh”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

This high end restaurant next to the Knokke casino always delivers what it promises. High quality food cooked in a classy but simple interior. Once again, this is a place where the ingredients come first. You can simply taste that the fish has been selected based only on the highest standards of freshness.

Most people will say that this place is too expensive but I can say two things about this. You are in Knokke, you know it will be more expensive than the rest of Belgium, and this place is really all about quality (16/20 GaultMillau). And secondly, they serve a great lunch, which I had on my first visit, which is extremely cheap for what you get (33 euro). The wine is always on the more expensive side though.

On my second visit I had a the mackerel with ‘buttermilk-potatos’ as a starter (28 euro) and fresh sea bass with fungi porcini (penny buns) which was delicious (40 euro) as main course.
Service here is really excellent.

You better put some money in the parking meter in front of the restaurant because there is no way you’ll escape a parking fine here.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Ciddharta
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“The best in Knokke!!”
Reviewed November 6, 2011

Our family have been eating here for 10+ years. You get what you pay for in life, the Esmerelda does not disappoint. Excellent food, service, atmosphere. We have eaten in virtually all resturants in Knokke which is a lot! Esmerelda is simply the consistently the best.

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1 Thank Leroyr6
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