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About 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.

850 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Belgian, European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 12-3:30
Brunch: Saturday 12-3:30 and Sunday 11-3:30
Dinner: Monday-Wednesday 5-10, Thursday-Saturday 5-11, Sunday 4-9

Cross Street:
Stewart Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(516) 877-2177

Website:
http://www.waterzooi.com/

Catering:
Please inquire for details.

Parking Details:
Parking is located in a lot behind the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Within walking distance of the LIRR Garden City train station.

Executive Chef:
Ed Davis

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Waterzooi Belgian Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Great Beer (30)
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Casual (21)
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Fit for Foodies (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Romantic (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Cozy (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Fun (10)
Authentic (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Business Meals (8)
Notable Wine List (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Healthy (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Just amazing service it wasn't cheap but the amount of food balances that out

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We have had many times lunch and dinner at this restaurant for mainly the Mussels and frites which come in massive pots. Also the selection of Belgium beer is extensive with unbelievable imports that you don’t find in many Pubs. It is a lively atmosphere which can be noisy with the after work with a young energetic crowd. Outdoor seating can be great place to sit if you want to remove yourself from the noisy inside bar and dining room. My favorite place for Moules on the Long Island and truffle fries

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Went with the intention of having mussels and so that's what we had. For appetizers - one shrimp cocktail, the other was little neck clams - dozen and 6 blue point oysters. Both had the Provencial mussels which were quite small because I believe they might have been overcooked and were dry. The noise level was a bit to loud, so we passed on desert.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Amazing rose menu now for summer!! I had the short rib which was great and the other 2 members of my party each had steak. We all enjoyed our meals and the vibe at Waterzooi is so energetic. Louis is a great server, always gives you his full attention and recommends wine and cocktails. I had the Espresso Martini for dessert - it was delightful!! I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Outstanding......moules are amazing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The service was ok and so was the food. Over all, nothing special just ok maybe a little over priced. The biggest issue was the noise, we couldn't have a conversation. At one point we just said forget it and just stopped speaking to each other.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Invited friend who have never eaten there before. They loved the mussels and other food we ordered. Looking to go back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

As usual the menu did not disappoint and our server was attentive and wonderful and fabulous and dedicated because he was sporting an injury and was really a trooper

I had a drink at the bar before dinner and it was delicious can't wait to come back

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Date night with my wife while in town for business. We sampled a couple of oysters as appetizers. Initially my wife was less than enthusiastic, but really enjoyed! As the main course we each had a moules frites, a pot mussels. I had the Homard, my wife had the Pealla. They were both awesome!! Portions were enough for two people. The Moules come with a side of fries that were also excellent! Fried twice. Last, they have about 100 beers. Highly recommended Waterzooi!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

3 couple dinner. Went on recommendation of a waiter at Mill Pond House in Centerport as well as co workers from Garden City. Great beer selection. Great appetizers. Unique mussel pots. Great homemade desserts. Only issue was that it got very noisy as we approached 9pm. Cement ceilings and arch ways similar to subway and sounds echo so you had to increase volume and really listen to those at table. Other than that highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The food and service are excellent but the noise was overwhelming and frankly ruined the dinner. Will go again but not on a Saturday night!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Went for an early dinner & sat in bar area. It was early enough that we avoided high noise level.
We had kale salad with shrimp & Wellinton hamburger. Food and service was great as always.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The food was excellent as usual and the service was great. I would recommend this restaurant to all.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The mussels were wonderfully sweet and flavorful.
Our server Coleen was very professional and attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Waiter was outstanding. Food is great. Beware of noise level

Tags: Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Our waitress, Stephanie, was surly. The beer was served with a head that was 1/3 of the glass. The manager walks around with an IPad to check how long a table will still be there, which makes you feel that they can't wait for you to leave. The waitress practically dumped my dessert plate I front of us. I would still recommend the food and hopefully you will have a different server.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Mussels galore! Love the variety of ways this shellfish is cooked - Thai is my favorite, although this time I tried the Lobster/Shrimp - also very good but I'm going back to Thai next time. Yes, there will be a next time because it's that good!

Tags: Great Beer, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Usually go for lunch, but this time did dinner. Restaurant was packed & this was a Tuesday evening! Very,very loud, but good vibe & we enjoyed ourselves. Food was excellent. Mussel mania menu is a really good deal & my husband swears they have the best hamburgers. Last but not least the Belgian Triple chocolate cake is fabulous!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Waterzooi is one of our favorite restaurants. Especially if you love mussels, you will enjoy yourself at this restaurant. It is food with a Belgian flair. There are lots of choices, seafood, steak etc., but they are known for their mussel pots. The mussel pots are large and filled with mussels in a variety of sauces.....lobster, farmhouse ale with bacon, fra diavolo etc.... we like them all! We usually get the lobster croquettes as an appetizer....delicious! The chocolate mousse with whipped cream is a yummy dessert! It is busy, especially on weekends...best to make a reservation. It tends to be noisy, but that's part of the atmosphere! There is a rear parking lot so it's pretty easy to find a spot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Best food around can't get enough of this place.. Mussel pots are a must try and the brussel sprouts

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Graduation!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Loved the food and the service was awesome!!! <3 <3 <3

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Always enjoy the prefixed menu. The mussels are delicious and plentiful, the mayo for the fries is very tasty. I have to say the night we were there the noise level was tremendous. People were screaming at each other like I've never experienced in a restaurant. My ears rang til the next day. I don't know if it's like that every night, as I only go occasionally, but it was a lot.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Love love love the food. The service was implacable!!! Can't wait to go again!! :-)

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great muscles I honestly couldn't believe how Manny muscles they stuffed into the pot it was never ending

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I took my husband, along with two cousins fpr his birthday dinner! Literally everything was amazing from the cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and dessert! Service was fantastic too! Definitely worth going! We will be back again soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We traveled 1 1/2 hours, each way so that we could have dinner at Waterzooi. This was our second time there, and although we enjoyed the food very much I do have a few complaints.
The tables are so close together, that the waitress had to lean over my husband so that she could help me plate the first layer of the mussels. Second, the noise level on a Saturday night is deafening and we weren't able to talk to one another ( we had previously been there on a Thursday night).
My last complaint is that when my husband asked for another cup of coffee, for both of us, the waitress told him there are no free refills.
We didn't share food , as many others did, we had drinks, and we each had a dessert. I find this very odd, given that we eat out at least three (3) times a week.
Pictured here are our desserts. A second cup of coffee was definitely needed, but on principle I wasn't going to pay another $5.00 for two cups of coffee.
Is paying for a second cup of coffee a usual occurrence on Long Island? It certainly isn't something that happens in Westchester or in any of our travels.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Absolutely loved it! It was just a bit too noisey. Hard to talk to person next to you and tables are right on top of each other

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

With my husband ❤️ Love this place - Went out of my normal mussel pot and did the beer tasting three course and was not disappointed in any part of it! So tasty and was so full and still enough to take home for my father in law to try! Scrumptious and great service - even the noisy atmosphere is just not bothersome here - Love its energy!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Wonderful dinner with Dad.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Loved the menu options.. So much I like I need to return!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Attentive service. Extensive menu. Server was very knowledgeable. One meal was cold, which was addressed immediately. Desserts were a bit pricey. Very loud and had a hard time hearing the people at my table. Were able to take our time as no one was rushing us out. Plenty of parking available. Yes, I would go back, but perhaps try for a table outside. This is not a run of the mill restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Love the food. Love the service. Always happy to come here!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

great time out with friends we haven't seen in a while up from fl. unfortunately to noisey to have a conversation. But the food was great as always. The servicer was friendly and explained everything to those who were never there before. he fried calamari was tender and not to spicey just the way I like. Will be back again maybe either earlier or later than the dinner hour so we can talk while we eat and drink!

Tags: Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Food was amazing! Ordered muscles with lobster and was more than enough for 3 people.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Consistently good - so nice to share lots of different mussels with the group

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2017

An oldie but a goodie! Mussels, beer, pommes frites, etc.... really delicious bistro food and the ambiance makes you feel like you're somewhere other than a busy street in garden city. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Definitely one of the better places I've found for mussels but oof, you can easily spend a pretty penny

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

I always enjoy myself at the Waterzooi. The wait staff is always pleasant and very helpful with menu suggestions. The energy in the restaurant is very lively as it should be in my opinion. I will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Love this restaurant! One of my favorites. I wish I could go more often. Literally everything on the menu is amazing

Tags: Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Casual, People Watching, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Authentic, Great Beer, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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