Dining with a sea view
Whether you feel like a relaxed meal with a tasty shrimp croquette, or you prefer a gastronomic evening with treats from the North Sea; on the Coast you will always find something just right. Top it all off with a view of the sea, and it has never been so easy to find some enjoyment!
Feeling Kust (2016 edition) hit the road and selected the most delightful and tasty addresses right on the sea.
Craft cocktail with tapas
Cabo’s ultramodern white building looks like it comes straight from Nice. The spacious terrace offers a fine view of the harbour and is a real ‘place to be and be seen’. Delightful! The restaurant works with fresh organic and local produce.
Address: Wenduinse Steenweg 1, 8370 Blankenberge
Music, art and nibbles
You will want to visit this cultural centre for art, music and literature, but also for the delicious nibbles and drinks.
Address: De Droge Coo, Zijdijk 10, 8400 Oostende
Bistro Fin Claire
If you want something not too complicated but delicious, then Bistro Fin Claire is your destination. You’ll want to come here for classic bistro food such as shrimp-stuffed tomatoes, sole or shrimp croquettes.
Address: Zeedijk 38, 8420 Wenduine
Respect for fish
You can savour the daily catch at the cosy, family restaurant Tijdok. Here you will enjoy classic fish dishes prepared with great respect and expertise.
Address: Tijdokstraat 16, 8380 Zeebrugge
Oh, those shrimp croquettes
This is a true local café that has been around since 1905, where every starred chef drops in when they feel like some authentic food. Their shrimp croquettes in particular are out of this world.
Address: Werfkaai 29, 8380 Zeebrugge
Sole that melts in your mouth
Drop by the pleasant De Kombuis for a quick bite or a full restaurant experience. Here you can find everything you would expect on the North Sea: from baked sole, code with mousseline sauce to shrimp-stuffed tomatoes.
Address: Tijdokstraat 4, 8380 Zeebrugge
Toi Moi et la Mer
Surprising fish brasserie
The Albert I Promenade in Oostende is the site of this restaurant with the most inviting name on the Coast. This fish brasseries with a sea view has for several years now been blazing its own culinary trail that deserves to be discovered.
Address: Albert I-Promenade 68, 8400 Oostende
Fish art raised to the heights
Right near the Kursaal casino in Oostende, you will find the elegant Bistro Mathilda. The typical North Sea cuisine is raised to the heights here, with dishes such as monkfish with sorrel, purslane, sour cream and citrus.
Address: Leopold II-laan 1, 8400 Oostende
Sky lounge with 360° panorama
The 3sixty sky lounge of the Memlinc Palace Hotel has a fabulous rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a magnificent 360° view, from the Zwin to Zeebrugge. The menu is concise, but the drinks menu is extensive.
Address: Elizabethlaan 2, 8300 Knokke-Heist
Traditional and contemporary
Trendy and agreeable brasserie where traditional dishes are given a contemporary twist. The menu features both North Sea fish and game.
Address: Heldenplein 33, 8301 Knokke-Heist
Two Michelin stars with a sea view
One of the best contemporary restaurants on the Coast, with two Michelin stars and an 18/20 from GaultMillau. You may know Chef Bart Desmidt from his cooking show on Njam.
Address: Zeedijk 267, 8301 Heist
Food for foodies
A visit to Sel Gris is a must for foodies: a fabulous restaurant located almost on the dunes. The interior is ultramodern and minimalist, while the menu is a work of art.
Address: Zeedijk 314, 8301 Duinbergen
Shrimp-stuffed tomato and Gin & Tonic
This brasserie is right on the sea, and is a great place to go for a drink (i.e. gin & tonic) or a classic brasserie dish such as shrimp-stuffed tomato, a salad, pasta or tapas. On Fridays there is live music and on Sundays you can come for some cake.
Address: Albert I-promenade 53, 8400 Oostende
From high tea to North Sea fish
The new Brasserie Albert is part of the Thermae Palace Hotel in Oostende, a true pearl of our Coast that, after a long period of renovation, has been restored to its glory. You will want to come to Albert for the delicious North Sea fish, but waffles or high tea are also a great option.
Address: Koningin Astridlaan 7, 8400 Oostende
No reservations, just enjoy
The classic that probably needs no introduction. The Oesterput has been around for more than 130 years and not without reason: supertasty fish in a nostalgic setting. By the way, there are no reservations in this restaurant.
Address: Wenduinse Steenweg 16, 8370 Blankenberge
Fair trade and local
Located right on the sea dike, ‘t Fregat specializes in working with fair trade and local seasonal produce. Be sure to take a look at their outstanding wine list.
Address: Zeedijk 108, 8370 Blankenberge
Gastronomy and romance
The penthouse of the Kursaal casino in Oostende is host to the Ostend Queen, a lovely restaurant with a breathtaking view of the sea. You will want to come here for gastronomy and romance.
Address: Monacoplein, 8400 Oostende
Classics given an upgrade
Nostalgia and contemporary gastronomy go hand in hand at this fantastic brasserie, right on the dike at Knokke-Heist.
Address: Zeedijk 291, 8301 Knokke-Heist
A stylish restaurant on the dike at Oostende, where quality and tradition are the norm. They cultivate a love for Belgian cuisine, combined with a Mediterranean touch.
Address: Kemmelbergstraat 33, 8400 Oostende
Chef Laurent has a great love for authentic top produce from Oostende and its surroundings, certainly if they are grown with respect and dedication. His restaurant is truly classy, and the menu a pleasure to choose from: a must for foodies.
Address: Albert I-promenade 75, 8400 Oostende
F as in Fine
You may know starred Chef Stéphane Buyens from his appearances on various culinary TV shows. In his elegant and luxurious restaurants in De Panne, you will be sure to enjoy the finest dishes.
Address: Walckierstraat 2, 8660 De Panne
Cool for the kids
On the dike at De Panne, step into the Imperial, where fish and shellfish are at the core of the menu. The atmosphere is relaxed and children are most welcome.
Address: Leopold I-Esplanade 9, 8660 De Panne
Super cosy and healthy
A really delightful restaurant. A true paradise for families with children (no soft drinks, but sugar-free and organic alternatives) with an uncomplicated menu: from Thai beef salad to mussels and baked brill.
Address: IJslandplein 10, 8670 Oostduinkerke
Shrimp finger food
A cultural and culinary spot in Oostende. Fresh fish daily supplied by the Ostend fishers. You will want to come here for fish or shrimp finger food and the cosy atmosphere.
Address: Visserskaai, 8400 Oostende
Due to the corona crisis, opening hours and timetables may vary. If in doubt, it is best to contact the entrepreneur himself.
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