Where to Eat in Zaventem: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 15, 2017 Lean Nau

Zaventem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzaːvəntɛm]) is a Belgian municipality in the province of Flemish Brabant. It is located in the Dijleland area, one of the three large recreational areas which together form the Groene Gordel ("Green Belt") around the Brussels-Capital Region. The municipality comprises the subdivisions or deelgemeenten of Nossegem, Sint-Stevens-Woluwe, Sterrebeek and Zaventem proper. On 1 January 2006 Zaventem had a total population of 28,651. The total area is 27.62 square kilometres (10.66 square miles), which gives a population density of 1,037 inhabitants per km². The official language is Dutch as it is within the Flemish Region. Zaventem is the home of Brussels Airport, together with neighbouring town of Diegem.
Things to do in Zaventem

1. Da Lino

Vilvoordelaan 42, Zaventem 1930, Belgium Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +32 2 720 01 08
Excellent
33%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 245 reviews

Da Lino

Reviewed By Philippe S - Denderleeuw, Belgium

Probably on of my preferred Italian restaurants. Great food, tasty pizze and good selection of wine and Deserts. Close to the airport, so ideal if you have to stay a night over for a morning flight.

2. Palais Imperial

Vilvoordelaan 57, Zaventem 1930, Belgium Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +32 2 725 64 77
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Palais Imperial

Reviewed By Deletrea - Bruselas

Asian restaurants you can find by the thousands, Chinese being the pioneers in offering the flavor of Asian cuisine going back to the golden sixties. Nowadays other Asian cultures find their ways to our lunch and dinner tables. Thai, Vietnamees, Japanese, you name it. Chinese is common, like döner or pizza. So it becomes a challenge to find a Chinese restaurant that offers that slightly different approach, that touch of an unknown Chinese province ending with -ing, flavors we never tasted before. It is a true challenge to find an escape to the commercial european flat take away we find around the corner. Well, I was told Palais Imperial was one of those, at least a special one, not a regular one. So I went for lunch, saw quite some Asian executives there, good sign but left disappointed. It is a chinese like many other, around the corner.

3. Sawadee

Vilvoordelaan 21, Zaventem 1930, Belgium Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +32 2 721 64 60
Excellent
17%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 143 reviews

Sawadee

Reviewed By ManAboveTheClouds - Vence, France

I have been there with a group of 6 people for dinner. We all had different dishes from the menu that were all very delicious. This recently furnished good looking restaurant was packed but the service was still rapid and very courteous despite the achalandage. The friendly Thai ladies speak French, Dutch, English and Thai, obviously.
The following day the sun came out and we decided to return there to try the lunch menu. We sat in the backyard terrasse which was comfy and cozy. This time we were 4 and we all had a different 2 course meal with sorbet dessert and or coffee for under 15€!
I highly recommend a visit to this restaurant near the train station Zaventem, which is a few minutes drive from the airport. You shall not be disappointed.

4. Serenata

Heldenplein 10, Zaventem 1930, Belgium Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +32 2 725 49 29
Excellent
29%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 344 reviews

Serenata

Reviewed By ClemRobyns - Brussels

I was more than surprised by some of the negative reviews posted here. Someone speaks about rude waiters - all the four staff members we encountered were exceptionally friendly, considerate and efficient. The menu with the chef's recommendations was exceptional in its inventiveness. I had a lasagna with pheasant and Belgian endives that was superb. Pheasant with Belgian endives is a staple of Belgian cuisine, and it's simply a great idea to combine this with lasagna. My companion had tagliatelle with minced meat of wild boar which were very tasty as well. Serenata has an attractive, warm interior with enough space between the tables to allow for a real conversation. OK, we only tasted two dishes, but this certainly was a visit that made me want to return.

5. Brasserie Bavaria

Mechelsesteenweg 460, Zaventem 1930, Belgium Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible German, Austrian, European, Central European, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch HK$141 - HK$290 +32 2 731 93 11
Excellent
53%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

Brasserie Bavaria

Reviewed By Rebecca R

Good food and nice atmosphere. Unfortunately the beer garden wasn't open yet but we will be back. On a negative, if you don't finish your meal they charge you extra to get it to take away. This is not a problem but they should actually mention it when you ask. Also be careful as they offer you side dishes with main courses but these are all charged additionally.

6. Pirate Cafe

Leuvensesteenweg 278, Zaventem 1932, Belgium Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French, Belgian, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +32 2 725 84 64
Excellent
21%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 123 reviews

Pirate Cafe

Reviewed By Nela Z

Very good place, friendly service, big choice of food, nice atmosphere. You have a choice of fish and meet dishes, less salads. Prices are reasonable. I will be returning soon to this resto.

7. 't Cuyperke

Stationsstraat 19, Zaventem 1930, Belgium Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Belgian, European Lunch, Dinner +32 2 725 96 02
Excellent
43%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

't Cuyperke

Reviewed By Venneper - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This (from the outside) inconspicuous restaurant seems to be a local favorite serving good ole Belgian dishes.
The meat balls in tomato sauce came in a solid portion with more than reasonable flavor, albeit a bit salty. The accompanying Belgian fries were OK too.
Service was slow but friendly. The bill including a cup of coffee and sparkling water came to 21.3 EUR.
Not exactly breathtaking, but good enough to experience what the Belgian cuisine has to offer.

8. Verre Y Table

Chaussee de Roodebeek 249, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Brussels 1200, Belgium Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards French, Belgian, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$243 - HK$385 +32 2 779 54 69
Excellent
50%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

Verre Y Table

Reviewed By Lily T - Belgium

I went here with my boyfriend as we wanted to have a fancy dinner for our Valentine's dinner. We don't live far from this place and we often pass this restaurant. We were curious whether this was a good restaurant as they're rather discreet regarding location&food quality.
We got a 3 course meal:
Appetizer: scampi tempura&cheese croquettes. Scampi was well cooked, delicious curry sauce, fresh veggies - fresh cheese and bread crumbs was crispy. Noticeably homemade.
Main meal: irish beef, which were of decent quantity and good quality meat. The potato croquettes were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Dessert: orange crumble&dame blanche. Crumble wasn't the best, with a raspberry sauce and fresh orange pieces but it was good nonetheless - dame blanche: good quality vanilla ice cream with some whipped cream from a can but still good.
Service was very good. Staff is very customer oriented and they were very attentive making sure whether customers like the food, recommending dishes, ready to answer questions regarding food, clearing up the table when something is finished, etc. We appreciated that the guy who seemed to be the manager was waitering the customers as well, and the fact that he seemed approachable and warm is very important to me too.
The fact that the waitresses turned the label of the drink towards the customer is a very important detail to me as it shows they got a proper training. It indicates that the bar is set up high and they're focused on qualitative service for customers.
Another detail: they take your coat and help you put it on when leaving the place. It might seem like nothing, but it's cortesy that is not being seem everywhere nowadays.
Overall, I was very pleased with my dinner here, I'll come back for sure and will recommend it to my fellow foodies-friends.

9. Bovis

Heldenplein 16, Zaventem 1930, Belgium Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Steakhouse, Belgian, European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +32 2 308 83 43
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 339 reviews

Bovis

Reviewed By George1133 - Ljubljana, Slovenia

Was invited by my business partner for a short meeting during a stopower in Brussels airport.
Very close by and nice environment. Tables rather small but food was delicious. Beef tartar properly spiced according to the colleague and my beef excellent. Asked for medium rare and it was picture perfect.
Ok pricing... less than in downtown Brussels.

10. Nanaban

Heldenplein, Zaventem, Belgium Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Asian, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +32 475 43 57 30
Excellent
50%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 124 reviews

Nanaban

Japanse noodles barrecht tegenover het station

Reviewed By YolanderIam - Leuven, Belgium

Relaxing, quiet and simple environment, is the place where you can enjoy a bowl of delicious ramen with peace of mind.

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