Ristorante Marina is a classic in Ostend. It is common knowledge that classics can evolve in two directions: they either become legends or gradually fade away until they have been completely forgotten. We already know what the future has in store for Ristorante Marina.
Marina is not your normal Italian restaurant. It is a place you visit when you have something to celebrate, and because you like to do this in a location which oozes festivity. Which radiates beauty and splendour. Marina has it all: a great cuisine bourgeois, warm and professional staff, and an excellent location. As said before, this results in a slightly higher price, but the price/quality ratio is definitely correct. The monthly menu suggests a 4 and 5 course meal. This awards you a journey through antipasti, primi, secondi, and dolci, prepared with love, commitment, and, of course, Italian passion.
From the usual spumante, past traditional Italian bitters, to hip gins and domestic beers, Marina has it all. The wine list is long and presented by the proud and committed sommelier, who serves a not overly expensive and surprising white wine from Piemonte following a simple request.
The new interior breathes Italy: marble elements and brass accents set the mood. The open kitchen and the preparations in the seating area complete the experience. The restaurant offers a view of the Vismijn: the source of many delicious products that end up on your plate at Ristorante Marina.
Why not got for a beautifully styled plate of vitello tonnato with red onion flakes, chioggia beets, arugula, and an apple caper? Followed by trofiette – curly Ligurian pasta – with bits of sausage, spinach, fennel seeds, and pecorino. A typical Italian prima in terms of amount, taste, and consistency. No meal for the classic bolognese eater, but precisely what sets Marina apart: stubbornness in quality. The sabayon must be recommended as dessert. The champaign is whisked with sugar and egg yolks into a delicious and smooth zabaglione at the table, a ceremony which makes Marina worth a visit in itself.
Hendrik Baelskaai 7a
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Open from 12 am to 2.30 pm and from 6.30 pm to 10 pm.
Closed on Wednesday and Sunday evening.
Park your car right in front of the restaurant at the Hendrik Baels Quay.
You can easily cross the Oosteroever with the free ferry from Ostend Station.
Do you prefer the tram? Get off at the ‘Weg naar Vismijn’ stop. The restaurant is ten minutes by foot.