Waterzooi Belgian Bistro
Waterzooi Belgian Bistro

Waterzooi Belgian Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.waterzooi.com/
  • Phone: 5168772177x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30-3:30
    Brunch: Saturday 12-3:30 and Sunday 11-3:30
    Dinner: Monday-Wednesday 5-10, Thursday-Saturday 5-11, Sunday 4-9
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Belgian
  • Executive Chef: Ed Davis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Scott or Annella 5168772177x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stewart Ave
  • Public Transit: Within walking distance of the LIRR Garden City train station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is located in a lot behind the restaurant.
A word from Waterzooi Belgian Bistro
Waterzooi is Long Island's only Belgian Bistro, setting the standard for cutting edge food, service and style.
The Bistro is always raising the bar with innovative cocktails, martinis,
global wines and over 130 Belgian beers. The Euro Chic lounge creates a sleek and sophisticated atmosphere.
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Waterzooi Belgian Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (52)neighborhood gem (50)good for groups (44)special occasion (42)great for lunch (27)romantic (25)hot spot (24)vibrant bar scene (23)notable wine list (21)great for brunch (21)great for outdoor dining (20)kid-friendly (14)late-night find (12)Show More
  • Mussels!!!!!
    JoeR
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Best mussels I've had in a long time.. We split the oregonatta and the coconut thai.. The bread to dip with is the icing in the cake.. Server nick was great and helpful.. Definitely a place to return
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waterzooi
    Datenight
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    The muscles were very good. Everything else...not so much. The waiter steered us wrong. We ordered way too much food. My recommendation: two people, two appetizers, one pot of muscles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining with social flare:
    Chris
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    I've come to Waterzooi a handful of times but find myself blown away by their diverse selection of domestic and international beers and excellent fair each time. Any of the muscle pots are a great selection. Decided to their prefix menu including an appetizer and delicious mousse dessert. The wait staff are informative and never over- or under-involved while waiting on your table. The bar is a relaxing setting where you can grab a drink and glaze over their extensive drinks menu. I highly recommend this restaurant for lunch or a nice dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!!
    Gr8food
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We all ordered mussels, and they were all perfect! Gotta say the oreganata was probably the best. My friend ordered it with extra garlic and it was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    johnng
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Took our grandson for a special dinner. He loved it and said he would like to return. As always the food is great and the service was friendly and very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love love love
    Foodiefam
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Waterzooi never disappoints! My daughter now lives in California and when she comes home Waterzooi is always tops on her list for us to go for dinner. Thanks again for Great food great wine great time! See you again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We are hooked!
    Dan8x
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Went here yesterday for the first time and we are hooked! We had the lobster bisque mussels and Thai mussels and both were terrific! We can't wait to go back and try different mussels pots. The service was great as was the beer menu (plenty if other drinks too, just love beer!).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday brunch
    Cocosmom
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    My husband loves the mussels at Waterzooi, so it was the perfect place to celebrate his birthday. I do not like mussels, but there are many other options on their menu. Our waitress Alex was great. We couldn't decide on a wine selection, so Alex brought us a taste of the two we were considering. I ended up ordering a spicy Bloody Mary, which was very good. The atmosphere at Waterzooi is very comfortable and the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    Lunch
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    As always, Waterzooi has amazing, amazing food. We met two family members from out of town and they were impressed as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    I definitely liked the ambiance of the restaurant. Every dish was delicious. The appetizers/tapas dishes were unique and each had aan outstanding flavor.. I would definitely go back for other dishes. The Moules pots were fabulous and bottomless. The baked hot chocolate dessert is delicious and beautiful. All in all - something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its like a piece of Belgium
    Elisa
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Its like a piece of Belgium on Long Island. The food was great, serves excellent. We had Lobster BLT , mussel oreganato and the cheeseburger. We were all very happy with quality and quantity along with the perfect frites and mayo. ( normally I hate mayo with fries but its a MUST at Waterzooi.) Highly recommend going here for lunch or dinner. Wish they had another location on the North Shore of LI say..........port washington?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good all around
    neldamVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We've enjoyed Waterzooi for many years, and the food does not disappoint. It remains one of our favorite places on Long Island. I would recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mussels Galore!!
    an1619
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    I chose the prix fixe menu which was very reasonably priced. The lobster appetizer was okay, it was small and fried so nothing special. The mussels came in a very abundant portion and delicious sauce choices. I decided to try oreganto sauce which was simple but I will definitely try a more tastier sauce next time! It came with frites and mayo on the side. The chocolate mousse was okay, it was very light which I like about dessert. The other two entrees at my table were chillean sea bass and waterzooi (mix seafood combo). Both were not bad either. It is not a big place but it had comfortable red booths and simple decor to make up for it. This place is definitely worth to back for the mussels!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Anniversary
    Glorybee
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    We two couples were celebrating our Anniversaries and all chose different moules (mussels) pots with frites. With the price fix menu we enjoyed the more than generous entrée with a salad and chocolate mousse for dessert. Everyone enjoyed the service and food. My husband was even able to enjoy a gluten free Belgian beer.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely Recommend
    CBCT
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    We chose the prix fixe menu which was very reasonably priced. The salad appetizer was quite good with some unusual touches. The lobster appetizer was just so-so; very small and fried which does not appeal to me. However, the mussel main dish was excellent. Very abundant with delicious toppings and fabulous broth. I was able to get three meals out of it. The paella main dish was also very good. The chocolate mousse was fine but not outstanding. The restaurant was crowded on a Sunday night and very loud. Tables are fairly close together. I would not call it a romantic spot, but definitely worth a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner, cannot leave hungry!
    azndindin
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Came here on a recommendation. Upon entering we were greeted and shown to a table for two post haste. The table they gave us was in a heavy traffic area and I asked to move to a different table. They were accommodating but the maitredi was a bit hesitant. We got another table though, so I was happy. We settled down and were given the specials for the night. They had a BBQ pork belly prepared over a latke and fried onions. My date had mussels with shrimp and lobster bake in a tomato based broth. That, was, gigantic. We were barely able to finish it and had to walk it off for a solid 15min. I highly recommend ordering that item. The ambiance of the restaurant was pretty nice. It's reminiscent of subway station and the lighting was romantic.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels Galore!!!!!
    Longislandfoodie
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    If you love mussels this is your place. The mussels are a must have. The lobster Mac and cheese was amazing. Huge chunks of lobster. And to top it off they have Great desserts. I had the Belgium waffle with Gelato, fresh strawberries a touch of whip cream and chocolate Drizzle. It was delicious. Nice bar scene for the 30+ crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool
    BKCS
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Fun restaurant but I hit a not so good day. the service and food was good. The restaurant was cold. Apparently they were having issues with the room temp control
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Papa
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Although we don't frequent Waterzooi as often as we'd like eye brought our friend who loves mussels there for his birthday. We were not disappointed even on a Saturday night we were seated promptly, the food was prepared correctly and served promptly. If you like mussels there is no better place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood find.
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The food is excellent and you have a great menu with variety. If you are a mussel fan, this is a must with a great choice of suaces, just as if you were in Belgium. The ambiance is very nice, but note the acoustics are not very good, the placen tends to be loud and difficult to have conversations amongst the table unless you speak loudly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return to a favorite
    RickVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Waterzooi is close to my ofice and it's my good to spot for business lunches. It's always a local favorite for us when we're in Nassau County, and their "mussel mania" prix fix dinners are amazing values. If you love mussels, or Brussels bistro foods, this can't be beat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    Alene
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Waterzooi is an excellent restaurant. Their specialty is mussels and they do them well! The noise level is a bit too high and the lighting could be brighter, however, the service and the food make up for the previously mentioned. And do not forget to top your dinner with a Belgium waffle for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best mussels we've ever had.
    Musselman
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Best mussels we've ever had. Over 100 beers to select from. Try something new!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Moules Pots
    Mickey
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    Top knotch Moules Pots at Waterzooi. Great beer list, food menu, and ambiance. Always look forward to dining there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monday night gem
    Nurse4kids
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Very quiet night to dine out. Loved the tasting special. A great value for great food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    Annabotanica
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Consistent! You can always count on great mussels(sometimes rather small), incredible French fries with tasty dipping sauce, and excellent service. Forget the noise level and enjoy the meal and rather good wine. Outstanding price when utilizing their special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Treat
    Kees
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    2nd time here - ordered the Moules Pot again, the lobster croquette is light, crispy and very taste, wish they were bigger or they gave you more. The Fra Diavolo was, to quote my wife "almost exactly like my grandmother used to make it". Must say that is was absolutely delicious. I ordered the Fondue Moules, did not expect it to be as delicious as it was, a true treat. The French Fries with Mayo - piping hot and great, and since the mayo was much closer to the "frites sauce" I grew up with, another treat. Desert (Mousse) comes with the special and was light and excellent. As for the service, Mark was wonderful, knew the menu items well, courteous and accommodating All in all, another wonderful experience which will be repeated..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels and lobster mac & cheese...
    FatGuyFoodie
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    And beer too!!! Place is terrific as a bistro. Mussels, beer, lobster mac & cheese are my favorite things... Doesn't mean their other dishes aren't as spectacular but I travel from Brooklyn to Garden City to dine with them. It's a great spot and go at least once to try everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mussel Mania is right!
    JillCE
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    I went on a Wed night and opted for the mussel mania. The appetizer and salad were delicious. When the mussels came out, i was a bit disappointed, i thought the pots looked smaller than i anticipated from all the reviews. Was i wrong! I kept eating and eating and never seemed to reach the bottom of the pot. There was no way either my partner or i could finish our bowls and neither of us are bird like eaters. I got the farmhouse ale mussels, smokey and bacon-y and creamy. He got the Creole, surprisingly sweet with a bit of a kick. Both were excellent. The frites were amazing and dipped in the mussel sauce, all i can say is yum! Mousse was delicate touch at the end! Cant wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tony
    TonoVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    Large Portions, excellent beer selection. Bartender needs to slow down her pours to reduce the beer head, otherwise a real solid place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night Occassion
    VicK1007
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    One of our best preferred places to go, for a special occassion. This place never disappoints. Wait staff are friendly/well knowledgable/ready to suggest ideas. Will definitely be going back there again, and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    matt
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    One of the nicer restaurants I have ever been to. Food was pretty expensive, but everything tasted great and was worth it. If you love seafood and are interested in a little different take on it than your regular seafood place, then this is the place for you. Classy restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and atmosphere.
    SVCM
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Excellent food and atmosphere. Our waiter, Ignacio, was very attentive, friendly and helpful. Nice atmosphere, although it gets a bit noisy as it fills up. If you love mussels, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, fair service
    NYTaste
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    As always, the food is delicious. French onion soup is so flavorful and cheese is high quality! Service is fair - never bad but wait staff could be more attentive. After they drop off food, they need to come back to check on you. Restaurant was not busy - I shouldn't have had to track someone down for a condiment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service,
    Foodrave
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    Great food, great service, we had a wonderful dining experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Moules Pots
    Kees
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    First time here - must say the Moules Pots are indeed great. Had the Creole & my wife the Oreganatao. Abundance of Mussels, well prepared and delicious, use bread to dip. Appy lobster croquette and desert Mousse were included in the special. Although it was early and quiet, their was a nice atmosphere. Service very good, empty mussel shells were removed quite often. AC in dining room not working, and we were advised as soon as we walked in.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dined on Saturday night for
    loloVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Dined on Saturday night for 1st time. Awesome!! Food was wonderful and so was our server, Mark. This is now a favorite of ours. Now I know why it's so hard to get a reservation on a weekend night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a really enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    We had a really enjoyable meal. When it gets crowded the noise level is a bit much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, but extremely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Excellent food, but extremely noisy, and tables are too close together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Need severe acoustical assistance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    The mussel dinner special was great value, the oreganato being far superior to the provencale. The noise level just from normal activity was so far over the top that we couldn't be sure that we heard one another at the same table (and there were only three of us!) This place needs to spend some of their profits redesigning with professional help. I would not go back unless I was expecting to have NO conversation. Great place to dine if your planning to pick a fight.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic