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“bad experience”
Review of De Rave

De Rave
Ranked #21 of 958 Restaurants in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 20 December 2013

We really had a bad experience with this restaurant. There was not much choice on the menu. We asked for a steak à point, a medium cooked steak, but were served an extra well done: no pink in the centre, gray-brown and dry throughout, in short, a fried leather. It was served with one lief of salad and a tiny portion of French fries. Also, the service was clumsy. Perhaps no wonder that we were the only customers...

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Reviewed 30 September 2013

This is one of the best restaurants in the center of Ghent. The host is very helpfull and very friendly. We took the monthly menu included the wine and coffee. We started with a glass of champagne with a touch of elderflower syrup, sweet but nice. the starter was a perfectly made sea devil. the head course was wild duck, just delicious!!And the moment supreme : baba rhum with raspberries. All accompagnied with the right wines.

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Reviewed 28 September 2013

The location is very nice, the interior is very nice, but the food is excellent! Where do you get a 'croquet' with real fresh Dutch shrimps. Pealed by grand mother? Nowhere but here. The quality of the products is well chosen and the people that run this place love their food and take preparing serious. Go and have a look!
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

This modest looking restaurant gave us one of our best evenings in Ghent, even though we were the only customers eating that night.

Service by the proprietor was lovely. We weren't in any rush and she got the balance right - giving us the privacy to relax and enjoy the meal. She translated the menu into English for us. Carpaccio and sole were excellent, the chef obviously sources ingredients very carefully. This was also true of the small touches where other restaurants can cut corners: great bread, salad, house red. We considered it very good value.

The restaurant is very small, as it's in an old house. Downstairs there are two or three tables, upstairs a few more. Fully occupied I doubt it seats more than 24 people, so bigger groups should probably book in advance.

Other reviewers are calling De Rave "off the beaten track". It's just one street away from the main tourist spots. Ghent is a city for walking in new neighbourhoods: I highly recommend you make the effort. (Also - if you visit at lunchtime - there's a great looking chocolate shop directly opposite)

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Reviewed 11 August 2013

We just returned from an outstanding meal at De Rave! We read about it in Trip Advisor and were looking for a place near the public transportation routes with good food. As others have noted it's on an unobtrusive street a few short blocks from the Belfry. At first we were afraid that it might be closed since many of the restaurants in the area aren't open on Sunday. But we were glad that it wasn't!

The restaurant is in a historic building and gets its name from the carved stonework Raven that used to be used instead of a numerical address in earlier times. Inside, the decor is rustic, muted but tasteful and comfortable. Only a few other people were dining when we arrived but when they left, they made a point of telling us that we were in for a treat.

The service was prompt and the server/owner was very personable and translated the menu into English for us on the fly. We had a carafe of one of the house wines -- as good as any bottled wine we had had during our time in Belgium. The food was excellent! After an initial tasting of bio tomatoes and goat cheese with tasty bread, we enjoyed our appetizers (sea bass over noodles with pesto, shrimp croquettes) and main dishes (Belgian chicken, sole). All were moist and cooked to perfection. For dessert the fixed price menu included fresh cherries, vanilla ice cream, sponge cake and chocolate shavings with an artistic presentation resembling a classic still life painting. The cream brûlée was outstanding with a crisp top (with no hint of a burnt taste).

Overall, we had a memorable dinner at De Rave and would recommend it highly as a first rate restaurant.

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