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Bistro Mathilda

Every foodie who has paid a visit to Ostend knows Bistro Mathilda, which is why this establishment, famous for its selection of fine wines, has built up a strong reputation in the past years. And it is not as if time has stood still, indeed on the contrary!


On the one hand, Bistro Mathilda apparently succeeds in continuing to offer its classic dishes without any problems whatsoever, whereas on the other hand, it continuously embraces new culinary trends. This results in a very special and successful culinary balancing act. The menu features both their signature dishes as well as new, creative dishes. These range from their world-famous milky mash to cuttlefish with lime, noodles, chili, ginger, coriander and coral. As a result, Bistro Mathilda not only caters to the wishes of their loyal traditional guests, but is also an ideal restaurant for curious customers wishing to expand their culinary boundaries. Here you will find nothing but satisfied customers.

Wine list

Connoisseurs of fine wines will be spoilt at Bistro Mathilda. In addition to the extensive wine list – with prices ranging from € 25 to € 195 a bottle – you can also taste a number of wines by the glass. Six white wines, six red wines and one rosé wine with prices ranging from € 5 for a normal wine to € 15 a glass for a higher-class wine. A perfect alternative for those who only drink two glasses and like to try both a budget-friendly as well as a heavier, more expensive wine.


Contemporary, fairly austere, but never chilly design. The interior radiates a stylish, ageless character thanks to the large windows, the wooden furnishings and beige colours. While seated at one of the windows, you will have a first-class view on all those who enter and leave Ostend.


Sometimes, people start to panic when children enter a restaurant. In Bistro Mathilda, this is certainly not the case – families are more than welcome. Our little nipper can start by tasting a couple of refined tidbits and then enjoy the best shrimp croquettes ever. We opt for the € 37 Bib Gourmand menu and I try the milky mash, which meets all my expectations without any problems whatsoever, whereas my husband is lost for words when praising the Moroccan lamb couscous.

Practical information

Contact details?
Leopold II-laan 1

Type of cuisine?
Contemporary bistronomic cuisine.

Gault & Millau?
14/20 rating.

Opening hours? 
Wednesday up to and including Sunday 
12 am to 2.30 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm
Closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Travelling by car?
Park your car at the Zeeparking.

Travelling by public transport?
Take the tram and get off at the Marie-Joséplein stop.

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