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L'Essentiel

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French, Belgian, European
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Rue Roger Clement 32, Namur 5020, Belgium
+32 81 56 86 16
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Namur, Belgium
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I went there a couple of times and have been delighted. Their wine pairing menu is highly advisable. Service was perfect, friendly, attentive but not making you feel uncomfortable at any point. I loved also that they had this cart with a multitude of breads.

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Genval
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This was a family celebration at lunchtime in a charming location, in a private alcove in the restaurant. The building is an old tannery, but with a great ambience and space to enjoy your meal without being intimidated by surrounding tables. We had a 6-course menu with each dish being beautifully presented. We chose to follow the house suggestions for... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

This is a gem of a restaurant. We had lunch there on our way to Spa for the Belgium GP. We had a fabulous lunch outside on the patio area which was served by extremely professional and pleasant staff. The food was truly memorable and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for something special.

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1 Thank Stephen R
Namur, Belgium
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Fabulous place and exquisite dishes with outstanding service. The number 1 in Namur. Every single detail is an invitation to Enchantment. A place to experience !

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Thank PulcinelliRoberto
Belgium
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

A very pleasant surprise. We arrived there at the last moment... with a reservation made 10 minutes in advance. Nice welcome, and brilliant food. A wonderful 6 course menu for a very reasonable price. The cuisine is inventive, modern, varied, and offers a symphony of textures and tastes. The only question being that we should ask Michelin to be a... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

L'essentiel is a very convivial Gastronomic Restaurant ( one Michelin) and after spending several times there, I just can confirm they certainly owe a second star ..... but as says the Boss ( dear Mrs Benedicte) she prefers keeping their regular customers "than getting a big Neck" !! Just take one of the Menu's and simply Enjoy !!! Team is... More 

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1 Thank thebelgianfox
Nossegem, Belgium
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

I visited L'essentiel with a client on a thursday evening, the restaurant was full: always a good sign. We took the 'Menu Ballade' with 5 courses @ 65 EUR: great value for money for a Michelin star restaurant. Superbe service, great food, I will go back!

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1 Thank Luk S
Brussels, Belgium
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59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

I had an amazing vegan lunch in the Michelin starred restaurant L’Essentiel in Temploux (Wallonia). We called one day ahead to ask whether it was possible to eat a vegan menu as this wasn’t advertised on their own website nor on the ViaMichelin site. The lady on the phone (owner) said directly: “OK, no animal ingredients at all right?” This... More 

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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

I have been treated to dinner here on 2 occasions and both visits were out of this world. The food was divine, the wine choices spot on, the service excellent. Easily among the best meals I have ever tasted. If you get the chance to go, you really must.

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1 Thank Mary H
Chaumont-Gistoux, Belgium
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

I've been to this restaurant to celebrate many special occasions and I've never been disappointed. Through the years, these couple who run this resto in such a great tandem has maintained consistency from the series of mise-en-bouche to the irresistible wide choices of well-selected "fromages" and the array of calorie-worth-desserts that follow it. What makes l'Essentiel even more exceptional for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
French, Belgian, European
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rue Roger Clement 32, Namur 5020, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Wallonia  >  The Ardennes  >  Namur Province  >  Namur
  • Phone Number: +32 81 56 86 16

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?