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“Fantastically Average!”
Review of Du Progres

Du Progres
Ranked #6 of 869 Restaurants in Ghent
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$22 - US$29
Cuisines: Belgian, French, Steakhouse
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
The Hague, The Netherlands
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66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fantastically Average!”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

For the life of me I have no idea why this restaurant was so busy on a Monday night! Are the neighbors that bad!?! According to information we picked up at the Tourist Information office, this brasserie has been in the family for generations and is one of the oldest in Ghent, providing you with an honest and authentic night out. I ate typical Flemish "stoverij" (stew) while my girlfriend had Steak Tartare (raw minced beef). While the meat of both our meals was ok, the rest of the food was poor. The "friet" (fries/chips) were soggy (a crime in Belgium!), and the salad came right out of a 1950's home cookbook. Perhaps the great grandmother still decides how the food should be presented? Simply said, it was truly uninspired - and that for €50. Skip the coffee as well, I think my double espresso was taken right out of the river running through Ghent. For a city known as one of the culinary hot-spots of Belgium, this was disappointing, even for a simple brasserie.

  • Visited February 2014
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“Great experience every time i come back!”
Reviewed 24 February 2014

Love the food!
The weiters are polite and fun at the same time!
It´s a classic place!
Refined! Good price! Really Gent delicacy! Authentic!
Their desserts are great! Their "stoverij" is simply delicious! Their "frietjes" are like they have to be!
Their meet is always well cooked and prepared (i visited more than 7 times last year)
Its a place for everybody! From babies until grandpa´s! I love it!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Kathyadesigner
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Dundalk, Ireland
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Fantastic steak”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

This restaurant must be reserved in advance to avoid disappointment and it doesn't disappoint! The food was excellent, the service was friendly and courteous and we highly recommend the fillet steak, fantastic!

Visited February 2014
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Thank EB79
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Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Amazing steaks”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

We booked online a few weeks before our trip to Ghent as we'd seen the reviews and didn't want to be disappointed! Our booking was for 8pm on a Monday evening: not the busiest of evenings you'd think but the place was still PACKED. There was a great atmosphere with lots of small groups and one large noisy Stag do which didn't bother us but would have others. We were surprised actually that the restaurant had taken their booking. Anyway.
We both had cheese croquettes for starter which were tasty, then steak (his was the tournedos- he spent ages practising saying it and still got it wrong! And mine was the rump steak). Both were medium cooked. As with a lot of European places, they were on the rarer side but we were aware this would be the case, and normally both take our steaks rare so medium was fine for us. The guy on the table next to us did ask his to be cooked a bit more. We both had the James Bond sauce. Usually neither of us would have sauce on our steaks but it's their speciality so we thought we'd give it a try.
All the food was really REALLY good. The bill was also small: 75 Euros for 2 courses and 2 drinks each, compared to 85 Euros in nearby Bridge for 1 less drink each the night before. A lovely lively atmosphere and friendly efficient staff topped off our perfect evening in Ghent. Well done Du Progres, don't change what you do!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Helen E
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Yum!”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

Seeing the good reviews from previous visitors, I booked this restaurant to celebrate my husband's birthday. Am really glad I did - it was packed, and deservedly so. We were a party of eight and we all really enjoyed our food. We mainly had steaks (EXCELLENT in every respect) and mixed starters including prawns, croquettes (a Belgian speciality, it seems) and smoked salmon (a vast portion). We washed it all down with wine and beer and at the end of the evening were presented with a very reasonable bill considering the quality of food and service. In fact it was so good, that we wanted to go on our second night but sadly hadn't booked a table. Lesson learnt!

  • Visited February 2014
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