Top 10 restaurants in Mechelen, Belgium

July 15, 2017 Chanda Heide

The picturesque town of Mechelen, a hidden Flemish gem, sits between Brussels and Antwerp. Students of the world-renowned Carillon bell-ringing school provide an atmospheric soundtrack for sipping coffee at a sidewalk café in one of the town's charming squares. Many pedestrian areas make this a delightful town to promenade about, admiring hundreds of listed buildings and monuments, many dating back to 16th century. Highlights include Gothic and Baroque churches and the famed St Rumbold's Tower.
Things to do in Mechelen

1. Het Anker

Guido Gezellelaan 49, Mechelen 2800, Belgium Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Belgian, Bar, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$126 - HK$220 +32 15 28 71 41
Excellent
28%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 554 reviews

Het Anker

Brasserie Het Anker guarantees a unique taste experience. You will find delicious dishes with matching beers, of which some dishes are also prepared with beer. De initely try the Flemish beef stew and the Mechelen Cuckoo with Gouden Carolus. The beers are available in bottles and on draught. The brasserie is open every day from 10am, the kitchen from 11.30am. Step by and enjoy your meal.

Reviewed By Idler - Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

We had generous and delicious helpings of carbonnade flamande here, washed down with Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Kaiser whisky infused van 't vat (on draught). You can't get a better Flemish lunch than that. You really can't. Lovely surroundings and friendly, prompt and attentive service. Het Anker, its brewery, its hotel and its cafe really flies the flag for Mechelen.

2. Carlton

Grote Markt 34, Mechelen 2800, Belgium Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Belgian, European, French, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast HK$141 - HK$416 +32 15 20 18 80
Excellent
37%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 170 reviews

Carlton

Brasserie restaurant Carlton, in the historical center of Mechelen.The restaurant offers space for 80 people and our friendly staff will receive you and your company in a trendy but cozy interior.When the weather is nice, you can take place on our Terrace and enjoy the beautiful sight of the market with his town hall and the Cathedral.We are specialized in Belgian cuisine with French undertones, to bring you light and refined dishes at corresponding prices.The menu changes six times per year according to the seasons. Open every day from 9.00, sunday from 10.00 Our kitchen is open untill 23.00

Reviewed By John16752024 - Portland, Oregon

Stopped here for coffee this afternoon. The coffee was very good and so was the service. From the Terrace one has a great view of the Grote Markt where a carnival was underway

3. La Vigna

Hendrik Consciencestraat 22, Mechelen 2800, Belgium Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Mediterranean, European, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$337 - HK$432 +32 15 41 09 24
Excellent
58%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 262 reviews

La Vigna

Reviewed By Manu B

'il dolce' in Mechelen!! What do you do if you're looking for a superb italian restaurant, nearby, (family) friendly and still affordable ? Came here first time ever to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday together with the kids, still wondering how come we didn't discover LV earlier! Started off a romantic evening with a memorable Lambrusco, got it rolling with tuna carpaccio and culatello (top!), subsequently enjoyed some great, fresh Dorade for her and ossobuco alla milanese for himmmmmh!!! Juiced it all up with a deliciously fresh San Gimignano!
Taste this diamant housed discretely in a noisy street nearby the train station. I have, and will come back here for sure!! Promised the same to the enjoyable staff too!

4. RONDA

Vismarkt 10, Mechelen 2800, Belgium Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$212 - HK$267 +32 15 34 88 03
Excellent
32%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 451 reviews

RONDA

Reviewed By UglyBuffalo - Raleigh, North Carolina

The waiter and chef collaborated to whip up a couple of tegines that were quite tasty even though we showed up minutes before their closing time (on an otherwise slow evening).

5. Unwined

Steenweg 22, Mechelen 2800, Belgium Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Wine Bar Lunch, Drinks +32 15 41 81 85
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 124 reviews

Unwined

Wine bar

Reviewed By Hans J - Mechelen, Belgium

Great place if you like to enjoy wine. It is not a restaurant but you can get there nice snacks/tapas to accompany the wine. The selection of wines is very good an sometimes a bit surprising. regularly you will find new selection and wines. The nice thing is that you can also buy the bottle of wine to bring home. In fact it is also a wine shop. Great to discover new delights!

6. Nino's

Gentsesteenweg 38, Mechelen 2800, Belgium Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$243 - HK$581 +32 15 43 32 44
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 431 reviews

Nino's

Reviewed By Rudy V - Brussels, Belgium

I tried Nino's as recommended by Tripadvisor :) It is a cosy, jazzy place with a very nice menu card. The veal plate tasted very good, juicy as it should and is a plate I would recommend. Nino's also has a great selection of Italian wines, something the chef is very proud on. The prices for the wine are on the high side though. In general I would rate this restaurant as good to very good. But five stars is overrated.

7. Via Via Mechelen

Zandpoortvest 50, Mechelen 2800, Belgium Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +32 15 21 60 56
Excellent
23%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 146 reviews

Via Via Mechelen

Reviewed By Bart F - Geneva, Switzerland

Via via is located in a modernised historical building in the botanical garden of Mechelen. I summer this provides the extra pleasure of eating on the Terrace with view on the park. The food selection is creatively sourced with ideas and ingredients from all corners of the world. Management is present and very friendly. The quality of the food is amazing and prepared promptly.

8. O'Fiachs

Grote Markt 24, Mechelen 2800, Belgium Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments Irish, Bar, European, British, Pub Dinner, Drinks HK$118 - HK$173 +32 15 65 01 21
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 142 reviews

O'Fiachs

Real deal Irish Pub multiple draught beers, good trad Irish food, good craic & atmosphere, live sports (sky) on big screen. A wee bit of Ireland in the centre of Mechelen. Specialties "Fish & Chips" & Gourmet Burgers...food served 18-21 every day except Mondays our closing day. Sunday no kitchen..

Reviewed By Soniamykos - Hudson, New York

Ordered a chicken burger which was raw. When the waitress finally came around to ask how everything was I told her it was raw. She apologized and brought out the check and still charged for the raw chicken.

9. Sava Mechelen

Grote Markt 13, Mechelen 2800, Belgium Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$31 - HK$243 +32 15 64 70 90
Excellent
29%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 334 reviews

Sava Mechelen

Sava Mechelen is a local pub and Spanish Tapasbar. All tapas are freshly prepared. The pub is open from 9 am until at least midnight (in weekends later). A selection of tapas is available all day. Known for its nice wines and cava by the glass and a variety of local beers on draught. Credit cards accepted. Reservations are welcome, by phone or e-mail.

Reviewed By flemish01 - Savannah, Georgia

Hard to believe but this restaurant serves the best and most authentic Spanish tapas outside of Barcelona. The Jamon Serrano and Manchego are simply superb but so are the warm tapas dishes.
The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. If the weather cooperates, try the outdoor Seating so you can enjoy the pedestrian traffic and the beauty of the "Grote Markt" while savoring your food.
Highly recommended for quality, service and atmosphere!!!

10. M-Eatery

Koning Albertplein 8, Mechelen 2800, Belgium Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, Steakhouse, Belgian, European, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +32 15 33 90 90
Excellent
50%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 335 reviews

M-Eatery

Reviewed By Yowzerrr - United Kingdom

A bizarre experience whereby we were unable to order what we wished to eat. A colleague had recommended to order all the steak sauces and share them amongst us as they are apparently really good and all deserve to be tasted. The waiter refused to do this because certain steaks should only be eaten with certain sauces. Two colleagues wished to have chips with their beef Wellington, but this was not allowed as it would upset the chef. Then we ordered wine; the waiter forgot to bring it - no problem, it happens. But, when we asked for it he got quite emotional, and started arguing about it not having been ordered. Overall, unnecessarily stressy service that took the edge off the dining experience. The entrecotes were okay, not outstanding. The recipients of the Wellington were happy, but not ecstatic. In a town with very many excellent steak restaurants, this one is okay, expensive, but not high on the list for a repeat visit. Which is a shame.

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