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Waterzooi Belgian Bistro
Waterzooi Belgian Bistro

Waterzooi Belgian Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.waterzooi.com
  • Phone: (516) 877-2177
  • 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, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Belgian, European
  • 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: Jessica (516) 877-2177

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Chose the restaurant to celebrate my daughter's 1st wedding anniversary. Food was really good especially the mussels but a bit noisy."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Food was great. Had the huge pot of mussels. We sat out on the patio which was very nice."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Good food, mussels were plentiful with a variety of favorable sauces. Noise is the negative here and detracts from the food and fine service"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "This is pretty much why I go there. The lobster roll with truffle fries are beyond delicious. This was the 1st time I tried the mussels and they were ridiculously good! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Eggs benedict with smoked salmon was very good. However, the food was served warm, would have preferred it to be hotter. Instead of potatoes, there should be an option of a salad -- Belgian waffle was very good - should have a little more fruit served with it. Pistachio gelato was delicious. Noise level was very loud!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I love this place! So far every mussel pot I had was amazing, I can't wait to go back. Fries are great too!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We shared a pot of mussels (excellent) and the steak dinner ( also excellent). The fries and dip are addictive and the service great. Extensive wine and beer list. Definitely going back."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I came here for brunch for my birthday. There was nothing notable about the lobster benedict. it was overpriced and boring. i was expecting to be wowed, and i really wasnt. we had 130 reservations and somehow got seated between people w obnoxious children. this really did not seem like a place that you would expect children to be at-- not impressed. the noise level in this place is honestly obnoxious, so loud you cant hear anything. i would not come back here for brunch. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Not the first time to this place, but we usually for breakfast or brunch , at this time we went there for my husband'a Birthday lunch, We don't like anything heavy for lunch, so we decide to have pre fix Mussel lunch, we both choose mussel, We began with lobster croquette, mmm... Delicious!!! And my husband end up with BOULLABAISSE... I chose Thay spicy coconut Mussel.. It's really delicious! We definitely will be back , and this place highly recommended to everybody love French food..."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "The mussels: My wife had the Thai mussels they were outstanding. I had the Buffalo style mussels with blue cheese and celery, these were excellent and spicy which i like. The Belgian beer selection were great I had the Duval and my wife had the a light fruity Belgian (similar to Blue Moon)."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I have always been pleased with the food & service at Waterzooi. When we went for dinner Sunday night, we were very dissatisfied with the service. We ordered from the price-fixe menu, & I upgraded to paella. I also ordered a beer. After we ordered, we did not see our waitress again. We had no silverware. She did not come to see if I needed another drink or to let us know that the food would be arriving shortly since we waited over 40 minutes for dinner. After dinner was served, she did not come to ask how everything was. In the meantime, she stopped at the table behind us 3 times. She did come to clean the table and bring dessert but never asked if we wanted anything else. While the food was good, the service put a damper on the night."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "If you enjoy eating mussels, this a quite good place to dine."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Looking for great belgian beers and some really, really good food to go with them? Here you have it. Great moules!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food & drinks are always good. Never disappoints. I love the many choices for different palates. It wasn't too empty when we went on a Saturday evening. But once it got a bit later the service slowed down a lot. Our server forgot my side dishe and returned less frequently to refresh our drinks. At one point we sat there staring at our Belgium waffle because we weren't given utensils and dishes. But then the dishes came but still no utensils and my drink was forgotten. I don't blame her since she was given a lot of tables by herself. She seemed a little frazzled. Still, she was kind and friendly and that's better than someone who didn't give a hoot. Will definitely return but not on a busy weekend evening. But then again I'm old."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food is very, very good and the service is professional and timely but the restaurant is so loud that we find ourselves shouting to be heard. Best bet is to try the mussels on a weeknight and an early time before the crowds arrive....."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I don't always mind a loud restaurant. The energy can be good. But here it was ridiculous--people screaming to be heard, kids whining, crying. The place is dark and dingy with bad lighting. The food was mediocre, especially the mussels, which is supposed to be the main attraction here. I've never seen such tiny mussels, and the sauce was unimpressive. We ordered the Bouillabaisse style which came with some kind of crab or lobster meat and shrimp strewn on top of the pot of shells--what a weird way to serve it. The shrimp were teeny and rubbery. Frites were lousy too. Will not be coming back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great food. I have been here a few times and liked everything. I won't say what my wife and I have had because people should try things out. The staff knows the menu well and can be a big help. This is also a great spot for beer - fantastic selection!! Check out this place for some great food and beer that you don't usually find on Long Island."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Deal on weeknight is great. Mussels were fabulous. It was a cold night when we went, but the restaurant was cold too."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Lots of variety and big portions in this Belgian Bistro in Garden City, NY. Took my wife and some family for some birthday mirth and we had a great time in this lively restaurant. Service was great and everyone liked the food, especially the mussels and frites."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Good food and service but way, way, way too noisy. We ate in the heated outside area which saved our ears. But the dining room in unbelievably loud to the point of being unpleasant. Bring ear plugs."
    Dined on 2/22/2014