I know dinner and brunch in particular get a lot of love when it comes to celebrating special occasions… But what about lunch? Personally, I’m a major fan of long & leisurely lunches. There’s something so luxurious about settling in with a loved one (or many!) to enjoy a great meal in the middle of your day. And a big plus: some higher-end restaurants offer the same excellent food at lower prices at lunch time 😉
So next time you’ve got something to celebrate, or just a bit of extra time, check out one of these nine places in Utrecht for a special lunch!
Having lunch at Madeleine located on the busy but cosy ’t Wed square is no punishment. The lunch as well as the dinner menu are inspired by the French kitchen. The lunch menu consists of three courses. You can choose between two main dishes: meat or fish. And the dessert? This is freshly bakes French butter cakes with cardamom ice cream. Order a cup coffee or tea and your afternoon is just perfect.
Address: Wed 3-A | website
This gorgeous spot is tucked away on the corner of Mariaplaats. Part restaurant and part florist, Le Jardin’s philosophy is to base their meals on seasonal and local produce. I can definitely get on board with that! Choose between a two-, three-, or four-course lunch menu and enjoy it amidst lots of beautiful plants. Read a full review here.
Address: Mariaplaats 42 | website
Creativity is paramount at Concours and that is what makes the restaurant special. Get out of the daily grind and be surprised by various taste sensations created effortlessly in the kitchen. In addition to creativity, Concours also stands for indulgence, so sit back and relax. Concours is a must for a fancy lunch in Utrecht.
Address: Biltstraat 20 | website
Hemel en Aarde
Restaurant Hemel & Aarde is all about seasonal produce, from which they make flavorful dishes. Their beautiful dishes are served at the table, combined with fine wines. And you can even order cocktails or mocktails. The interior of the restaurant adapts to the season. So every season there is not only a different menu, wines but also a suitable environment to enjoy.
Address: Keistraat 8 | website
Restaurant Maeve (Michelin 2023) is a fine addition to the culinary landscape of Utrecht. The catering couple Tommy Janssen (the chef) and Vera Voorend (the maître) opted for their own dream after years of working for top restaurants. Dining at Maeve is an experience, the restaurant is located in a monumental building on the Kromme Nieuwsgracht. The location sets the mood, before you even order a glass of wine. All you need to do is to enjoy delicious dishes with matching wines.
Address: Kromme Nieuwsgracht 18 | website
WT Urban Kitchen
Located in the water tower on Rotsoord, WT Urban Kitchen offers you a delicious lunch with a view. Head straight here for a set three- or four-course menu as you overlook our beautiful city in a unique atmosphere. Just make sure you reserve well in advance for this one to avoid heartbreak – it’s extremely popular! Get a more in-depth look here.
Address: Heuveloord 25A | website
Be seduced by Fico! Beautiful interior, delicious wines and refined food. What more could you wish for? If you are looking for that extra touch or spice, consider restaurant Fico. Believe me, you won’t be disappointment! Finish your lunch with something delicious from the sweets table.
Address: Veilinghavenkade 14 | website
Koenraad is a hidden gem on the Voorstraat in Utrecht. Definitely worth discovering because the food and wine combinations are great. At Koenraad you can choose: lunch downstairs in the restaurant or drinks with luxury snacks on the second floor. Both highly recommended!
Address: Voorstraat 14 | website
Karel 5 Bistro
For classic dishes with a modern & creative twist, check out (Michelin 2023) Karel 5 Bistro. The restaurant is located on the grounds of the beautiful and historic Karel V hotel, and in the summer you can eat outside in their garden. Build your own menu or choose a set one, throw in some wine, and have yourself a wonderfully indulgent afternoon. Check out our review of the Karel 5 food offerings here.
Address: Geertebolwerk 1 | website
Beeld door: Susanne Sterkenburg, Dainahara Polonia & Robbert van Walsem