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“Food is good but bit expensive”

Osteria Michele Leuven
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Ranked #54 of 474 Restaurants in Leuven
Price range: US$22 - US$36
Cuisines: French, Italian
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Reservations
Description: We offer a typical italian cusine made up of ancient recipes revisted in a modern and original key.... Basically, a new culinary art which will thrill you! Smells and tastes from our beloved Italy. A true fusion of the best techniques from north to south on the dish just in before you
Reviewed April 4, 2018

Service was friendly, with every time another waiter, but they were all friendly and did their best. The food was good but not wow. Nice interior.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Michael M, Manager at Osteria Michele Leuven, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2018

Thanks for your honest feedback, Goedele, and the nice score. Alla prossima!

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Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

The food is good, the orders come fast, maybe too fast, since I managed to eat a starter, main course and dessert in 1 hour and 24 minutes. I could have waited a bit longer for my food since the restaurant is lovely decorated and you can enjoy the company of your partner or friends instead of eating with no break for 1 hour and half. Anyway, thats just my opinion.
The prices on the antipasti are too high, 18-22 euros is a bit too much, we have to take into consideration the fact that it is not a main course afterall. The tiramisu was delicious and the staff friendly.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Michael M, Manager at Osteria Michele Leuven, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Thank you for the nice compliments about out food, our interior and our staff, Mihaela. We'll take your considerations into account to make your next visit even more pleasant. Alla prossima!

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Reviewed February 28, 2018 via mobile

1st visit and with customers. Oops.

On the plus side the place looks good. Recent refurb does the job. Clean, modern, sophisticated.

Downside was the food. Half the menu was not available. Cold plates lead to rapidly cold food. Salmon was ok but served with over cooked peas and beans. Tiramisu looked shop bought. Steak was ok.

Service was average at best. And must be the only place in Leuven with no English menu.

Ah well, first and last time.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Michael M, Manager at Osteria Michele Leuven, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

Thanks for your review, Rich. We're happy to read you liked our new interior. We will take your feedback on our food and menu into consideration to further improve our service. Arrivederci.

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Reviewed February 24, 2018

Had dinner here with colleagues.
Food was excellent, menu with enough options to choose from.
Vitello Tonnato and Osso Bucco were great.
Two downsides however
- The organisation seems a bit overly Italian (chaotic)
- Food comes at a rather high price (one could understand some people would even say overpriced)
Improve the service and adapt the pricing and you will have an unbeatable recipe for success.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Michael M, Manager at Osteria Michele Leuven, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2018

Thanks for the compliments about our food, Aleph59, and also for your feedback. We always aim to serve our clients the highest quality and naturally, this comes with a price tag. Alla prossima!

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Reviewed February 22, 2018

What is it with Italian restaurants outside of Italy ? Either they are cliché pizza places or self-proclaimed 'temples of gastronomy'. Osteria Michele is of the latter category. It looks very nice, the setting and decor are quite tasteful. So the first impression is very good. The service quite frankly is not up to par and really ruins the experience. For instance we reserved for four, and received a table for six; the table was set for six and only after 2 attempts did the waiters grudginly remove 2 couverts, and later 2 chairs (with that look implying that you are really asking a silly thing). They are understaffed, so service is slow, and especially, not very professional. We jokingly wondered if these guys worked in the Alma (student restaurant) during the day. Not impolite, simply, clumsy and not up to par in view of the price levels of the place and image they try to project. For instance when clearing the table, asking one of the ladies to pass her plate and cutlery is NOT DONE (there was more than enough space for him to collect it properly). The food was good, no complaints there. We found the portions of the starters quite small (but tasteful). When going to the restroom I noticed several tables for two that I would never want to sit at (close to toilets, cramped in, etc). Price in the end was far too high - in view of the total experience. If you want to sell up, make sure the service and seating are up there as well please !

Date of visit: February 2018
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Michael M, Manager at Osteria Michele Leuven, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2018

Dear Nitti, we're glad you enjoyed our food. We also want to thank you for your feedback, which will use to further up our service. Hopefully we'll do better on your next visit. Arrivederci.

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