The best seafood restaurants in Antwerp

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The best places to eat fish and shellfish

 

Antwerp is a small but cosy city near the river Scheldt. Since centuries the city is known as a port city, its harbor being accessible to cape-size ships, bringing goods into the heart of Europe. It is Europe’s second-largest seaport, after Rotterdam. With this nautical influence, it’s not surprising that this is where gastronomy meets architecture, and where many restaurants are serving the very best seafood in sometimes unique buildings that contribute to Antwerp’s dining experience. Here are some of the top seafood restaurants that you can’t miss when you’re visiting the city!

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FISKEBAR

The South of Antwerp is the perfect place for dinner and/or drinks on a warm summer evening. One of the best, and definitely one of the most famous hotspots to eat seafood, as locals will assure you. Fiskebar is a great restaurant with an even better menu. You can eat everything from the sea, from Fruits de Mer to anything else. The dishes are honest and pure, and the wine list is extensive. The restaurant exudes a Scandinavian atmosphere with a touch of France. Since the place is often crowded and fully booked, you can aslo try its oyster bar right next door, that serves a more limited menu but works without reservations.

ADDRESS & CONTACT

Fiskebar – Marnixplaats 12-13, 2000 Antwerp

+32 (0) 3 257 13 57

DOME SUR MER

The restaurant consists of a white design interior with a wall aquarium with orange goldfish. In the open kitchen, which is located behind the bar in the middle of the case, Benjamin Goedbloed cooks on his only tool: the plancha. All the dishes are cooked à la minute, and the restaurant is known for it’s fresh and tasty food! The kitchen is rather small, but you can enjoy the show that Benjamin brings while preparing his langoustines, gambas and calamari, sitting on a stool next to it. If you are looking for a good seafood hotspot; this place will not let you down.

ADDRESS & CONTACT

Dome Sur Mer – Arendstraat 1, 2018 Antwerp (Zurenborg)

+32 (0) 3 281 74 33

PLATEAU ROYAL

After New York and London, Antwerp has now its own River Café. An iconic name belongs to a similar location. Plateau Royal is a creation of Philippe Hawinkel in the Antwerp Noorderterras, with an amazing view on the river and the city, that will only encourage your taste for seafood! The managers have already proved their cooking skills before with locally known projects as “Vrijdag Visdag” and “Oesterkraam. The establishment houses a special installation in the basement that is unique in Belgium and that is designed to keep the muscles extra fresh!

ADDRESS & CONTACT

Plateau Royal – Jordaenskaai 27, 2000 Antwerp

+32 (0) 495 10 80 08

DEN BEER

Since 1971, Marcel has been cooking the dishes and Gustje has been responsible for the cosiness of this small and very charming, renowned shell & shellfish restaurant. No fish dishes or meat dishes, but mainly lobster preparations from simple until a touch of exotic. For many years locals know this place by the freshness of its various oysters and crustaceans. One of our top recommendations!

ADDRESS & CONTACT

Den Beer – Handelsstraat 85, 2060 Antwerp

+32 (0) 3 236 38 86

NEMO

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Meanwhile, when it comes to seafood, Nemo has become a well known value in the city. You are taken on an unexpected and inspiring gastronomic adventure, as they express it themselves so beautifully. Nemo not only works with fresh fish and fresh vegetables, they also value the importance of sustainability and choose for bio-labeled products. Besides fish, they also offer vegetarian alternatives and even seasonal meat dishes. All of this comes together and a stylish, simple, but tasty interior.

“The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the living Infinite.” -Jules Verne-

ADDRESS & CONTACT

Nemo – Verschansingstraat 18, 2000 Antwerp

+32 (0) 3 237 24 79

MOJO

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At Mojo fish and seafood are the main ingredients of delicious and affordable dishes. That quality and freshness in this bistro are of the utmost importance, speaks for itself. The passion for the ingredients and the sense of adventure of the chef will ensure deliciously prepared fish dishes. Do you like meat more than fish? Just ask for the meat suggestions. As stated on their website, Mojo wants to distinguish from other bistros by offering you the opportunity to compose your main course yourself, or choose from the “creations-of-the-chef” chalkboard.

ADDRESS & CONTACT

Mojo – Kasteelpleinstraat 56, 2000 Antwerp

+32 (0) 3 237 49 00

 

These are just a few of the best places where you can eat seafood in Antwerp. If you think we forgot an important one that should be added to the the list, leave a comment below and tell us why we should add your suggestion to our list!

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Dolf Van Sprengel

chief executive wanderer

Dolf Van Sprengel is born and raised in Antwerp, and loves to travel to discover new cultures. Dolf loves nature and religion, amongst many other things. Since 2017 Dolf is the administrator of WANDERLUSTVLOG.

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