Waterzooi - Garden City

4.6
2413 Reviews
$31 to $50
Belgian
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2413 people are saying
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was stale. I’ve enjoyed the food in the past but this is the second visit where the food quality is not where it used to be.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely lunch with my family. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max is a great waiter. My water glass was always full. The ahi tuna sandwich was the best

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vipLawr
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Been here a few times always satisfied but last night was a real eye opener. The unusual thing is that there were multiple mistakes and it seemed like the waitress and management didn't care 1. Ordered the Fra Diavla Black Pasta. Asked the waitress if they can prepare without spice or if the sauce is pre-made. Waitress said it could be prepared without spice. Came out spicy 2. Entrees came out approximately only 10 minutes after the two appetizers were served. Asked the waitress to bring back to kitchen so it would stay warm. Waitress reply "are you sure, they are only going to to put it under a heat lamp". 3. My date ordered a martini, the rim (yes the rim) of the glass was broken leaving a jagged edges. I showed the waitress, she quickly took the glass away, I called her back because I wanted t take a picture of it. She ignored my request and kept walking

At that point I asked the waitress to call the manager. Manger came I explained the three issues. Manager response., "I don't know why the waitress told you we can make the sauce not spicy its pre-made and sorry about the glass.". I replied "She could have cut herself on the glass" Manager response "Yes I know, Im sorry."

Check came and manager removed the Fra Diavla from the bill.

I really could careless about the credit for the Fra Diavila, I will never go back again even though I love the food.

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KristineS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived an hour early and the hostess was so sweet and accommodating. The service and food was amazing. Would definitely go again and recommend others to go as well

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Bells123
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

I made a reservation but was seated at the only table by noisy bar facing the bus buckets. When being seated I asked if this is my table and host said yes that all the other tables had reserved on them???? She did not ask if we wanted another table. It was loud and I really was disappointed but did not want to disrupt my evening. Service was good. Mussels were tasty but had no room to properly enjoy at bar table.

JC
vipJCNY
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got together with my 2 BFFs at Waterzooi for your amazing mussels, oysters and wine. Our waitress, Sky, was wonderful and the food was delicious as usual. Love Waterzooi.

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vipdcapts
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went with high expectations. Was let down. Many of the mussels were broken or cracked. I requested semi-dry wine by the glass. Chose the one the server suggested, which was very sweet. Though my husband was happy with the Belgian Ale the server had suggested.

A friend suggested we go to the Port Washington location as it is very good. Perhaps we will try that one (maybe). If anything, I will recommend the Garden City location to friends for their extensive beer and ale list, but *not* for their food. Very disappointed.

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vipLMentz
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal as always. Lobster frites was delicious and couldn’t pass on the beignets with Nutella for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

the restaurant could
not find my openable reservation. moules with lobster was actually langostini, not lobster meat. last time it was real lobster. service is very nice, oysters were impeccable

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cxraskin
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Typical French bistro in the center of Garden City. Plenty of outdoor seating and very clean. We were seated promptly for a Saturday 5:15pm early dinner reservation. We had an excellent server, was courteous and attentive.

The hype was the mussels so we tried that for appetizers. We don't like creamy broth so we tried the Provençal style. Unfortunately it didn't meet our expectations. We had better and the mussels though ample, were grainy.

We ordered salad with lump crab meat for me and bistro burger for my husband. The burger was good but the salad , though plenty of crab meat, was just okay for me. My recommendation is to have the dressing on the side if you want to try it so you can adjust it to your liking.

Price is comparable to the other restaurants in the area.

MK
MikeK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Wish they took away the stupid plexiglass already. Otherwise I enjoyed myself thoroughly!

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NajB
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff was attentive. My favorite restaurant in Nassau County.

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Susan
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was good but the bus boys kept coming over trying to clean the table while we were still eating. After we generously tipped the waitress she never came back to the table to fill our water glasses despite asking her a few times.

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vipKBLS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

sitting in an igloo outside was so much quieter than I remember the restaurant being (pre-covid) As always, food and presentation was great.

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Turbobun
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants and never disappoints.

JD
JayD
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good and would like to return to try more entree's from the menu.

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StevenF
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food was really good. We went there for our anniversary and did not regret it.

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Brookie
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner for a friend’s birthday. The lobster mac and cheese, escargot, and tuna tartare were outstanding! Our server was extremely attentive and personable. Great experience.

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vipVanesssa
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Just ok .. waitress not overly friendly

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andreaJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

With restaurants opening up to full capacity again, I would recommend you eat outdoors as the noise level indoors was extremely loud.

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HARVEY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit in 3 days! Great!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and huge portions! Really friendly staff.

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vipNikolai
New York Area
151 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Disappointed this time. In the past we had a good time here, but not this time. We had made a reservation well in advance, but got placed at some side table near the bar and got forgotten. The place was very busy, as it always is, but service could have been better. Food was good, but I noticed that prices have gone up. I'll probably go back, but I hope the service is better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max was a great waiter. Kept my water glass always full. Highly recommended

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staceyk
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I made a reservation to eat outside. Well we were put in one of the bubbles and had a very nice dinner away from everyone. The service was very good and staff all wore masks. The food was delicious especially the Thai mussels! Looking forward to going back

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vipsandrad
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Oysters were super fresh and delicious. Mussels are always good.

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vipLI23
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Creole muscle pot and fries were outstanding. Our favorite thing on the menu.

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JohnF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Waterzooi is a very popular Belgian-themed restaurant that attracts a large crowd. The mussels, served in pots, are typically excellent, but the overall ambiance of the restaurant leaves something to be desired. I have been here many times over the years and there is more of a process-driven value system than a customer-centric one. This is not a negative review, but a candid one. I'm writing this not only focusing on Waterzooi, but on a line of similar establishments. Successful Long Island restaurants have often lost their way because customers don't expect more than what they receive, even if they pay more than they should. Beyond the mussels, the rest of the menu is good, not great. The beer list is extensive, as is the wine. The mixed drinks are OK. Would I go back? Yes. Would I recommend Waterzooi: Yes. Can they do better? YES.

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vipAnitarina
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our anniversary at Waterzooie last night. We sat in a cute little outdoor igloo and was attended to without delay. Food and drink were great!

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TinaC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

All the staff wear masks and were accommodating with my Gluten allergy. The food came in perfect timing and order although it can be on the pricier side the quantify of food is plentiful for the price. would come again.

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vipSjm5813
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome as always!

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Reggie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We used to love the food here but something happened. The lobster roll was bland and dry. The crab watercress salad barely had any crabs and also bland and dry, like eating paper even with the dressing. The zalm salmon dish was again very dry and tasteless. What happened? We barely touched our food, paid $120 with 20% tip and left. Our server (Jose-Max on the receipt) barely checked on us and didn’t even bother to ask how everything was or if we wanted to take anything home. So sad that this place has gone downhill. We felt so dejected that we didn’t even bother to complain how we just wasted our money. Not coming back. No longer recommended.

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Birthdaydinner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mother’s Day dinner with my wife and adult son. Mussels are the specialty and we shared a pot and a roast. Everything was plump, moist and delicious. The soups, appetizers and deserts were all excellent. Great evening, definitely a place to have an entertaining and enjoyable meal. The wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive.

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Rebecca
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time I’ve been here and I will absolutely return. The drinks were delicious and the food was outstanding. It was busy but it wasn’t too noisy. I would recommend this place to anyone. It’s seafood prices but well worth it. Not overpriced at all

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vipCherylF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely Mother’s Day lunch. Your food, staff and ambience were just perfect!

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Bebo516
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Waterzooi was great. The food was exceptional, and the service could not have been better. The table we were seated at, however, was awful. We had a direct view of the kitchen and nothing else. Had it not been Mothers' Day and the restaurant was busy, I would have asked for another table. We did have a reservation, so I would have expected better, but overall, it was a great lunch.

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Jenn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Food was really good. Service/waitress great. Food came out quickly. VERY loud, noisy & loud music playing . We were seated near the bar. Could not hear my husband or waitress talking. The tables were small and not large enough for our food. Overall, good food & service. Not great atmosphere or good setting for a romantic dinner for two.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was amazing! Great food & service!

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vipwmhenry
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We go back to Waterzooi regularly -- the food is excellent, the beer choice is amazing, and the wines are good.

FAQs

Waterzooi - Garden City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (516) 877-2177.

Waterzooi - Garden City is rated 4.6 stars by 2413 OpenTable diners.

Waterzooi - Garden City does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://waterzooi.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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