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: 11:30am - 3:30pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • 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, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Scott or Jake 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
106 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)fit for foodies (46)good for groups (41)special occasion (40)hot spot (27)romantic (26)vibrant bar scene (26)great for lunch (25)great for brunch (24)notable wine list (15)great for outdoor dining (15)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (10)Show More
  • Excellent service
    Fabfoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Mussels were terrific and service was excellent. Seating was comfortable
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    DoctorFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I love this place. Fantastic mussels! Great beer!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kitchen is open?
    joulesphi
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I had made a reservation and walked in... to a server who said the kitchen is closed. I am new to the app, so I thought there was a mix-up. Turns out our reservation was upheld, and they seated us right away! So cool! ANY of the muscles pots are AMAZING, and you MUST try the sweet potato gnocchi. I dream about it. Seriously. It's crazy good, great balance of textures between the roasty potato gnocchi, creamy sauce, pops of peas and succulent sausage. Do yourself a favor and go here tomorrow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    Tony
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    If you like mussels this is the place to go. There is a price fixed special Sunday - Wednesday. There were eight different mussels on the price fixed. Two of the four do not eat mussels and they had a beef dish. The portions are enough to eat there and bring home for another meal. Had the lobster croquettes as an appetizer and Chocolate Mousse. Both were great. When we arrived it was empty and when we left it was crowded and getting a little noisy. Our wattress Jessica was great. Will be going back there soon.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wow...what can I say. The portions we huge. My husband and I both took home half sized trays of leftovers. The food was very tasty. The lobster mac and cheese hit the spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and drink choices
    MamaAZ
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Wide variety of unique food and drink choices. Excellent service. Not really the best spot for kids - the food is much more suitable to an adult palate. (I've hardly ever seen kids here, which is great when you need to step away from home life.) This is gem for couples night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Musselmania
    SPELL9
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The Monday-Wednesday Special menu is a fabulous buy. I have eaten at Waterzooi on several occasions, but when its Musselmania night, it is a Dinner to remember.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Known for its Mussels
    eattolive
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    On returning to this restaurant I was disappointed in the Mussels. They were tiny and not of the best quality. Although the portions are generous, the quality has dropped. I will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food. Loved it.
    Amyjo
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The crock of mussels were absolutely delicious. A little noisy inside so we were glad we sat outdoors. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love mussels and wonderful beers
    truleybad
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were seated immediately. Outstanding beers. Let us taste before we selected the one. Mussels are great. Would come back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zea Bass
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The bass was so good as well as the mussels.. Really one of the best meals I've had ever!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious
    DanielleC
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Mussels Mania is a no brainer $22 for an app a pot of mussels and dessert. Delish!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waterzooi dining experience
    Dutchess
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious dinner with great service but the lighting was way too dim and the noise level was crazy loud making it difficult to converse with friends. The bill was so affordable especially considering how much we ate. Great menu choices!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Instant favorite
    mjsnyny
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Amazing mussels with a large choice of traditional and unique recipes. This was my third visit, I have ordered the "Farmhouse Ale" every time. (I have actually dreamt of that flavor after eating there.) A huge beer menu with very accurate descriptions on tap and bottles focused on Belgium made but many great choices from other locals. Other very notable items, Rib Stuk and the crispy fries & dip that come with the mussels. If you have ever had a real Belgian waffle you know the batter has to be made a day in advance so the batter fills with bubbles and when you cook them the next day they are so lite, airy and crisp on the outside.. Yeah they make "those" for brunch, lunch,dinner and dessert!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place near our home
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We used to live in Amsterdam and mussels pots are our favorite. They added the flavor something American to it but they were still good. We went for Sunday brunch and ended up staying there till 5 o'clock. Good atmosphere and we will go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    cbartho
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food and wait service at Waterzooi was excellent as always we were very disappointed by our treatment by the person who seated us. She made no effort to accommodate our request for a booth and gave a walk-in the booth we asked about after the people who requested it cancelled (we found out when we left). We sat through our meal feeling like we'd been lied to. It wouldn't have been a big deal to move to that table but it wasn't offered to us. At any rate, it left a bad feeling at a restaurant we've been eating at for over 14 years.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weekday pre-fix dinner
    Love2eat
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Weekday pre-fix dinner was a good deal, included appetizer, a pot of mussels and dessert for $21.95. I picked the lobster croquette as appetizer, paella mussels (additional $7.00), and triple chocolate mousse as dessert. Great for week night dinner and not too pricey.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Place!
    willyv
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had not been here for years, but the visit was not disappointing! Great Belgian beer selection, which is the draw here, and the oyster menu was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    LizzieVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This has become one of our favorite places. It's a cuisine you don't find in a restaurant very often and is worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The last time we went for dinner it was much louder, this time was better and we were not rushed at all. Good for mussels and seafood. Great selection of beers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but noisy
    Restaurantbucketlist
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Chose the restaurant to celebrate my daughter's 1st wedding anniversary. Food was really good especially the mussels but a bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy bar
    Type1
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We ate on the outside patio & we had a great seat out of the rays of the setting sun. Unfortunately, we were close to the bar where loud excitement over the World Cup was taking place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    If you like mussels that are clean and free of sand, this is the place to go. We had a very nice lunch with most of us having the mussels. Another table ordered burgers which looked amazing. The service was friendly but remarkably slow when they were not very busy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Went for dinner on a Sunday. Decided to eat at the bar to watch the game. And glad we did, bartender Nikki was super sweet and helpful with food and also tasting wine&beer (were picky) hostesses were very accompdAting and sweet. Although the food can be inconsistent we will keep coming back. Great service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner
    greatlasagna
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We had an enjoyable dinner get-together with friends who had not been in touch for a while, so the restaurant was good at allowing us to sit and catch up. The service was very good, we had a nice table, half in/half out. Not too noisy. I understand mussels are the primary food here, but I was in the mood for a lobster roll and it was a bit disappointing. The fries it came with were excellent. My table mates enjoyed their dinners - crab lump salad and chicken. A good evening with good friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Experience
    dimcat
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    After taking out a co-worker for lunch on his last day, everyone invited was absolutely blown away at the terrific beer selection and different menu choices! So, for a combined Father's Day and birthday celebration I made a reservation for last Sunday for my own family. Once again the menu offerings and beer and wine selection satisfied everyone in the party. The appetizers are different: lobster croquettes, sweet potato gnocchi, and escargot was outstanding. The crab mixed salad was light, fresh, subtly flavorful. And the mussel pots were tender, squeaky clean, flavorful and exciting! Thank you, Waterzooi!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • maria
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was great. Had the huge pot of mussels. We sat out on the patio which was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvelous Mussels & More
    GIgi
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Before dining at Waterzooi, I was not a huge fan of mussels. Well, this place converted me as the mussels are to die for! For starters we had the salmon flatbread which we devoured, and for our entree ordered the Moules Pot (pot of mussels) with Paella. Each cast-iron pot contains at least 2 1/2 lbs. of mussels enough for even the heartiest appetite. Each mussel was tender and tasty. We finished our meal with the Creme Brulee which was as delicious as I enjoyed in Paris. Highly recommend this bistro and will be returning soon for the weekday specials.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great mussels
    shels1818
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The Belgian seafood restaurant features Mussel Pots. I especially like the Homard Pot which has a lobster sauce similar to a lobster bisque. The Belgian Beer is great as well. i recommend this restaurant highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food with lots of noise
    dindin
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Good food, mussels were plentiful with a variety of favorable sauces. Noise is the negative here and detracts from the food and fine service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first time here
    Gluzba42
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    And everything was delicious. I was impressed at the portion sizes of the entrees and the variety of the different flavors of the mussel pots. My favorite thing we had was the cheese fondue appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!
    pauliej345
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Food was delcious and unique. Some of the best mussels i've ever had also had the verson of beef stew with apples and prunes. Insanely good and pleasantly different from the normal flavors and pairings. Service was top notch and the wait staff was very courteous.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great drinks
    mramirez13
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    the drinks were great as ususal. i come here quite often but this was my first time for brunch. the brunch menu was great lots of great selections but i was not happy with the lobster roll. too much mayo and not enough lobster and for $30 i felt i didnt get what I paid for. I could've gotten a better one at panera for half the price. my friend enjoyed her lobster eggs benedict and it looks like she had more lobster than i did on her entree. I still love this place this was my first negative experience in the 4 years i have been coming here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussel Mania
    Debs
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I loved the Mussel Mania deal. The food was very good. I would go back for the deal again. However, service was slow.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing new here
    JohneboyVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Been to Waterzooi many times. Typical Garden City prices, but if you can afford the neighborhood I guess expensive restaurants don't bother you either. They have cheap mussels on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday (which are always delish - I can't argue that), so I sucked it up. Waiter was really great, although there were a few bumps at first (not his fault - salads came out in about 2 seconds, and the drinks not for 10 minutes). Martinis were great, and the beer is really good too. A downside is the acoustics - VERY loud when the place fills up, to the point where you can't hear across the table. Anyway, come for the mussels and the beer. It's worth the trip. On a Tuesday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Okay
    AB13
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I am told if you like mussels they are terrific. My dinner companion had the mussels and loved them. Everything else was just average. I had the lobster cocktail to start. It basically had no flavor. My steak was good not great. The only thing I really liked was the Truffle lobster mac and cheese. It was an appetizer but we ordered it as a side with the main dish. I tried the parts of the paella pot that was not mussels and it was flavorful. I would not go back but again I am not a mussel lover.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming
    Happy
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Lunch was very good. My dining companion had the chipotle burger and I had the sirloin sandwich. The beer and wine lists looked terrific. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you can deal with the noise?
    robkapVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    If you can deal with the booming from the next door restaurant, the mussels are excellent. I have been here a bunch of tmes and the service depended a lot on which waiter we had. This time he was not very good. selection of beers is excellent F
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mussels
    Luvfoodadultbev
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The food was excellent, the service was good. Very noisy though and not enough room on the table. We ordered 2 appetizers: 1 order of mussels and 1 order of fondue, it was very tight. Everything we ordered was delicious. We've been there a few times before and will return again - the food is definitely worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussel Mania
    RickVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Most weekday nights, Waterzooi has a $22.00 three course special offering mussels in a variety of sauces. Always good, somedays better than others. Same day, I took business guests for lunch, which was excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate