IMPORTANT NOTE: As from January 2007 all the restaurants in Belgium, and thus in Antwerp, are smoke-free.

Het Pomphuis, great location. Food ok but service very patchy. Recommended only for lunch. Price category: more expensive than average.

Le Zoute Zoen in the old town.  Great location, food and service.  Definitely one for lunch or dinner. Chef Viviane has been elected "Lady Chef of the Year" in 2006. Le Zoute Zoen also has a Michelin Bib Gourmand since 2005 which means a meal of excellent quality at a fair price. Price category: average.

Lunchlounge Het Gebaar, beautifully located in the small Botanical Garden at the posh Leopoldstraat. Small menu list. Very good innovative cuisine. Everything fresh and home-made, so if you come late, some items may be sold out already. Portions are rather small. Open for lunch and afternoon coffee. Price category: expensive (1* Michelin since 2011).

Brasserie Appelmans, located at two steps from the main entrance of Our Lady's Cathedral, in the middle of the tourist area. Absolutely not a typical tourist restaurant, though. Belgian cuisine with a touch of southern Europe and the Orient. Good price/quality ratio. Friendly staff, correct service. Price category: average.

Restaurant Bar Lux, located in the city's Eilandje quarter in a beautiful building, formerly a Polish shipping company. The new owners have completely restored the building in its original state with marble columns, mosaic floor, authentic parquet and an impressive ornate staircase. The food is exquisite, as well their very affordable business lunch as their à la carte menu. Sometimes the staff is a little unattentive and slow. But really, the great food and the impressive wine list (with at least 20 'open' wines to choose from) makes up for that. Price category: more expensive than average.