Where to Eat in Mechelen: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 21, 2017 Rebbecca Marino

Discover the best restaurant in Mechelen, The Netherlands including Hotel Gerardushoeve, Atelier, Gezellerie Bel Air, Geulhof, Oude Brouwerij Anno 1782, Buitenlust, Vijlerhof, Hof de Draeck, Restaurant de Leuf, Bie de Tantes

1. Hotel Gerardushoeve

Julianastraat 23, 6285 AH Epen, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible Dutch, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night +31 43 455 1793
Excellent
39%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 153 reviews

Hotel Gerardushoeve

Reviewed By Erik1964 - Overloon, The Netherlands

Though not quite your intimate setting, the restaurant offers good quality and we were not hurried up by the staff. A very enjoyable place for dinner, if weather permist on their Terrace which offers a splendid view. Suggestion, in case you like white wine: take the Gerardushoeve house wine (Johanniter), it's fairly good!!

2. Atelier

Markt 9, 6271 BD Gulpen, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol French, Seafood, European, Dutch, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +31 43 450 4490
Excellent
86%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 161 reviews

Atelier

Reviewed By Buttons168 - Norfolk, Virginia

A reunion with special friends. Each course floats on air, is fun, made us smile and tantalized taste buds. The wine is perfectly matched with the cuisine, while at the same time being tailored to individual choice. The atmosphere is discreet and private while attentive and personal. An incredible team creating a memorable, local food and wine experience. I hope to have the opportunity to visit again soon.

3. Gezellerie Bel Air

Markt 7, 6271 BD Gulpen, The Netherlands Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Dutch, European, French Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch HK$110 - HK$220 +31 43 850 5310
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 93 reviews

Gezellerie Bel Air

Reviewed By Leon Z - Drunen, The Netherlands

The closing night of our weekend away in the province of Limburg we had dinner in the Gezellerie Bel Air in Gulpen. Located on the center square we entered the restaurant on a Monday evening but there were quite some eaters already and we (party of 5) were seated on the first floor at the window where we could overlook the nicely lit square. They had some Monday/Tuesday specials where a free bottle of house wine was given away with every two 3- or 4-course dinners. However they were quite flexible in this as when one wanted a better wine than the house wine the price of the housewine was deducted. We had different dishes and the food was really very good. The Seating was cosy, the servants were nice and not pushy and we really felt well cared after by the staff. So if you want to have a good meal and escape the massality of Maastricht or Valkenburg this restaurant is a very good alternative choice. Free parking in the street and only a very short walk. Well done.

4. Geulhof

Eperweg 11, 6281 NA Mechelen, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi International Dinner, Brunch +31 43 455 2522
Excellent
22%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Geulhof

Reviewed By Silhillianofsol - Maastricht, The Netherlands

The Geulhof is situated in a pleasant location for a Summer drink and perhaps a Sandwich on the Terrace. On this occasion we opted to eat dinner in the restaurant. We found the food below average with cheap quality meats. Good if you're looking for volume at relatively cheap prices. To be avoided if you are looking for any sort of quality!

5. Oude Brouwerij Anno 1782

Hoofdstraat 53, 6281 BB Mechelen, The Netherlands International Lunch, Dinner +31 43 455 1636
Excellent
20%
Good
66%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 49 reviews

Oude Brouwerij Anno 1782

Reviewed By GuilhermeVaz - Wageningen, The Netherlands

Was here with wife and two small kids. Lunch food was typical Dutch sandwiches but still with a local touch. Super friendly staff. Nice old place that looked like a kitsch museum but with also with nice outside terraces. Kids loved it. Quality vs price is a very good place!

6. Buitenlust

Camerig 11, 6294 NB Vijlen, The Netherlands Reservations Seafood, International Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +31 43 455 1388
Excellent
41%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

Buitenlust

Reviewed By ChangNoi1 - Nan Province, Thailand

For us always a place to come back, sometimes just to drink something and enjoy the view sometimes for diner or lunch.
The food is typically "Limburgs" with an international touch. The food is great and the staff friendly. A nice place to start & end your walkings in the forrest.

7. Vijlerhof

Hilleshagerweg 2, 6294 AP Vijlen, The Netherlands Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Dutch, European Dinner +31 43 306 1710
Excellent
46%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

Vijlerhof

Reviewed By C_and_H_11 - Dublin, Ireland

While touring in the Limburg area we had a lovely traditional Dutch meal in the Vijlerhof. The food was excellent, tasty & delicious. We got very good value for really tasty good food.The staff were on hand all the time & were friendly & efficient. This restaurant seems to be very popular & has a lot of regulars, which is not surprising. We would definitely have returned again had we had the time but had to be on our way. However, we would return again if we had the opportunity.

8. Hof de Draeck

Hoofstraat 17, Teuven 3793, Belgium Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff French, Belgian, European Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night +32 4 381 10 17
Excellent
74%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 106 reviews

Hof de Draeck

Reviewed By nicolasj - Liege, Belgium

Very friendly multilingual staff, nice dining room, beautiful location but I'd recommend using GPS to get there. The kitchen offers quite traditional food, but is is well prepared and presented. I'd hope they would continue innovating, and I'll certainly return.

9. Restaurant de Leuf

Dalstraat 2, 6367 Ubachsberg, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining French, Dutch, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +31 45 575 0226
Excellent
81%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 159 reviews

Restaurant de Leuf

Reviewed By LeoRaeves - Antwerp, Belgium

As far as the food is concerned, you just can't go wrong here... every bite you take releases a taste explosion on your taste buds. For the food itself I would have rated this review with 6 stars if I could, unfortunately "attitude" gave me a bad aftertaste.
The lady who owns the place seems to think that part of her patrons are total idiots. For this occasion we had a Groupon package that included the meal and a night in a Junior SUITE (yes the voucher explicitly mentioned SUITE). However, when we arrived at the hotel in question (Van der Valk Heerlen), this turned out to be a so called Junior Room... which is smaller than their standard rooms.
Upon arrival I told the owner that I didn't appreciate that, especially since in the e-mails leading to the reservation there always had been a reference to a JR Suite. At first she tried to convince me that in fact a Junior Room is the same as a Junior Suite, since I have some experience with the hospitality industry I let her understand that I'm not the person who can be fooled by such baloney. Then her reaction was: oh well you get spend the night in a nice room with a rain shower, that's a good week-end anyway! That attitude is insulting and terribly arrogant, I would expect more from a Michelin rated restaurant owner.
Lady, take a lesson in humility... patrons pay your bills.

10. Bie de Tantes

Wittemerweg 29, 6287 AA Eys, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff Dutch, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +31 43 455 3920
Excellent
46%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

Bie de Tantes

Reviewed By Catharina50 - Eindhoven, The Netherlands

This authentic tavern in the small village of Eys is a (not so hidden) gem! It's full of locals enjoying drinks, food, the fire in winter and the typical hospitality of the Limburg region. The kitchen serves all kinds of local specialties, like 'vlaai', a kind of fruit pie. In summer it has a wonderful Terrace. It's an excellent starting point for hikes in the area, ranging from 2 to 5 hours. Route descriptions are available against €0,20 fee and have been excellently described, including equally nice stops along the way for food and drinks (see: 't Pintje in Mechelen). In the weekend dinner reservation is recommended. Parking is available in the direct neighbourhood.

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