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“Superb New Year's Eve celebration”
Review of La Maison du Cygne

La Maison du Cygne
Ranked #1,182 of 3,828 Restaurants in Brussels
Price range: US$31 - US$75
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Description: - - We inform you that your restaurant La Maison du Cygne will be closed for an indefinite period. All the team of La Maison du Cygne thanks you for your trust and hope to welcome you very soon again ! - - La Maison du Cygne restaurant in Brussels: grand dining on the Grand Place. When you enter this exquisite 17th century mansion in the heart of Brussels' most famous square, you enter a world of refinement and harmony. The building was once the home of the Butchers Guild and where captains of industry and high-flyers now dine, Karl Marx once drafted his manifesto. That's the sort of surreal fact Belgians delight in. The décor is grande dame traditional, with velvet banquettes, ornate paneling and woodwork, fine art paintings, white napery, fine china and crystal, and lovely views over the square. The carte is haute traditional with innovative nuances, under the creative touch of award-winning chef Donald Loriaux. Dishes include starter of waterzooi de homard, a local soup speciality, main course of tournedos with green peppercorns. The monumental wine cellar sets the standard.
Reviewed 2 January 2014

We were staying in the nearby Hotel Amigo but decided to have dinner here instead of the hotel for New Years Eve. It was a fairly hefty price tag for an 8 course tasting menu - but my goodness, it was superb! I was a wee bit worried that it might be a little 'hushed' and formal for us (parents and two teenagers ready to celebrate 2014 ...) but the waiters were charming, service was seamless and the food was AMAZING! Our only complaint really was that portions were too generous for a tasting menu! It's classy, traditional and not cheap but well worth it for a special occasion.

1  Thank QuincyYork
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Reviewed 25 December 2013

An expensive, elegant and classy restaurant overlooking Grand-Place. Food was excellent; it was beautifully decorated, creative & well-seasoned. We had venison and guineafowl, both were cooked perfectly. The wine was great and the service was good. We particularly loved the small-bite desserts served with coffee. However, the atmosphere was a little uncomfortable for some reasons; only one side of the table was able to see the view of Grand-Place through the relatively narrow windows; I had my back against the windows, so didn't get to see the view and felt squeezed. The price is at the higher end; will think twice before going back as there are cheaper restaurants serving equally good food.

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Thank crimsondip
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Olivier G, Responsable relations publiques at La Maison du Cygne, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2014

We are happy that your experience was positive.

Grand-Place is indeed so beautiful that most clients would love to have a view on that magic square. The restaurant is housed in an historical house of the XVIIth century with the advantages of the decoration and the inconvenient of the small size of the windows. Even though we would prefer to have a wonderful glass wall to allow our guests to enjoy the panorama, we are also respectful of the heritage and we would, nevertheless, not be allowed to act so.

Thank you for your feedback. We hope to welcome you soon again.

Best regards,

Olivier Gillis

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Reviewed 4 December 2013

This year's annual meeting with our business partners took place in Brussels. Our Belgian partner invited us to dinner at a famous restaurant on the square Grand Place.
Meeting point we had in the hotel lobby, than we went to the square. Advent atmosphere in the square was magic.
On the way to the restaurant we stopped at the the statue of t'Serclaes. It is said among locals that the statue of Everard 't Serclaes brings luck and grants the wishes of all who touch it. Many tourists touch the statue, particularly the arm, because legend has it that rubbing the arm will ensure one's return to Brussels. So I touched it, too. Right next to the statue of Serclaes is a special entrance to restaurant Maison du Cygne at the corner of rue Charles Buls. This restaurant is housed in a prestigious 17th century building of the former butcher's guild and offers both outwardly (a unique view of the Grand Place) and inside (a stylish, authentic interior) an unforgettable setting .In the 19th century Marx and Engels wrote here the Manifesto of the Communist Party.
We had a dinner in the separate Salon Marbres in the second floor. Filled with the paintings from Italian painter Arcimboldo, paintings depicting the four seasons. I felt like in the Architects Club in St. Petersburg.
As an appetizer we had a great Kir Royal. For starters I tried „Duck Liver Terrine and Candied Onions“, for the main course I ordered „Lamb chops ‘Vert Pré’ with ‘Gratin Dauphinois“ In Italy I've eaten better lamb, but the todays combination was originál. During the meal we tasted delicious white and red French wine. I really enjoy that wine and unfortunately I forgotten which one it was. Followed by outstanding dessert „Delice au chocolat et glace vanille“. At the end our host ordered coffee and French cognac. They also offered a free mini dessert.

Service here was attentive, discreet and not intrusive . I can not objectively comment on the price because our host was paying the dinner. Apparently it was very expensive.
In my opinion this 17th century house offers its guests a unique atmosphere in the heart of the Grand Place of Brussels and it is very prestigious for business occasions.

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Reviewed 1 December 2013

A wonderful setting overlooking the Grande Place, appealingly old fashioned with nooks and crannies, lots of wood paneling and at least three floors. Ours was a large group of approximately 60 people with fixed menu choices, so I can't comment on the extensiveness and variety of the menu. So, I will focus on the ambiance (which was wonderful) and service (which was excellent). The food itself was beautifully presented and creative. Tasty? Well, when you're serving 60 something has to give, and in this case the dinner was a bit disappointing. The fish with spinach and potato was uninspiring and the pheasant a little dry and tough. With so much pleasant conversation in good company, this really didn't matter all that much. Starters and dessert were fine.

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Thank jbmcnair
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Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

As we are frequently visiting restaurants we tried to go in this restaurant. They told is they are fully booked. When i called there to reserve they did have space bit when they saw i came with my 2 year old son we had to wait 2 hours they said so we left!!! Really bad service

Thank Daniel F
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Olivier G, Responsable relations publiques at La Maison du Cygne, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2013

Dear Sir,

I am very surprised by the bad experience you had. I would really appreciate to have further information. Did you visit the gastronomical restaurant La Maison du Cygne on the second floor or La Brasserie de l'Ommegang located on the first floor right on Grand-Place? All extra-information you might give us is important. We will never refuse a customer with a child at the Brasserie and we might be more strict for the gastronomical restaurant if, and only if, the child is of the very active type. But we will always do that in the most customer friendly manner and will never lack of assertivity in such a way that we would ask a couple to wait for hours with a young child. We would rather find or suggest an alternative. Thank you in advance for your further feedback.

Best regards,

Olivier GILLIS
PR Manager

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