Restaurant De Ooievaar

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Cosy dining, a business lunch, a meal among friends, all remains utmost enjoyable. We offer you a choice between a season menu or an à la carte menu. The menus change every two months. We also offer arrangements for special occasions.

Opening times
Restaurant open Tuesday to Sunday afternoon. Closed Sunday evening and on Monday.


The restaurant is situated in the centre itself of Roeselare, an esteemed shopping town in West- Flanders. The address is Noordstraat 91. A vast private parking area makes the restaurant easily accessible. Bus and train stations are within easy walking range.


Francis Vinckier en Ann Veranneman, both from Roeselare, are the managing team. They got their training in Bruges, the provincial capital.
As a qualified wine connoisseur, 'Maître Sommelier des Vins de France', Francis is always aiming at the best harmony between the fine dishes and the right wine. Even for a qualified wine expert it remains a delicate matter to combine the chef's creations with the most tasteful and affordable wines from all over the world.
Francis's wife, Ann, who also graduated as a hotel manager, is the right person to host the guests with professional skill. Both, Francis and Ann have been running this restaurant successfully for over 25 years. In Roeselare it is the gastronomic place to be. References may be found in dozens of culinary guides.

Historical outline of the restaurant
Restaurant 'De Ooievaar' (English 'The Stork') is named after a brewery on the same spot at the end of the 19th century, run by the family Mahieu, of which one member was the mayor of the town. As the German soldiers had laid hands on the copper kettles during the First World War, brewing was no longer possible from then onwards. For several years, the buildings had functioned as bottling
plant and depot, until in 1985 Francis and Ann started their homey restaurant. The splendid cupola in the restaurant room still recalls the former situation.

The Kitchen
Restaurant ' De Ooievaar' offers a French cuisine with modern touch.
The chef greatly cares for selecting fresh quality products. The restaurant's showpiece: salmon, from its own smokehouse, offered in different methods of preparation and with different tastes.
Francis and Ann aim at a wide clientele including different categories of age. Business people are regular visitors, apart from all people enjoying fine and cosy dining at a reasonable price. The gastronomy here is fairly classic and traditional, with modern creative touches.

Our accommodation
Behind the stylish housefront of 'De Ooievaar', lots of things recall the former brewery. Inspired by respect for the past the restaurant's main room has been arranged into a cosy and attractive interior in which the cupola of burning glass creates a warm atmosphere, a sense of security and timeless class. An interior private garden invites the guests to drink an aperitif, pousse-café, or a cup of
coffee or tea, or a stand-up reception, surrounded by greenery, when the Belgian weather allows.

Family celebrations
“De Ooievaar” owns the infrastructure to organize family parties in a perfect way. Using round and oval tables means creating a sense of togetherness among the guests, creating an agreeable sphere during the festive meals.
It promotess social contact and cosiness.
Receptions, meetings, walking dinners, sessions... are further possibilities.Our team is ready to cope with every situation.

We also may offer and suggest arrangements with Bed&Breakfast, Wellness and Spa or hotel staying in the immediate vicinity of the restaurant.

For business and seminaries
“De Ooievaar” offers the infrastructure required to organize business introductions as well. A seperate hall guarantees a commercial framework and the privacy necessary to supply all kind of information to the clients. Catering in this case may easily be adapted and reconsidered according to the clients' wishes.

Parking facilities
By way of the Noordstraat one can reach our large parking area next to the restaurant building.
There is a separate entrance gate. This parking facility is true bliss in the busy centre of Roeselare!

Theme Nights
On special occasions the restaurant organizes gastronomic theme nights, such as:

  • 'Hibernating in 'De Ooievaar';
  • Special Wednesday Nights from January to mid-March, on which classic dishes from our kitchen are served;
  • Lobster menu on Friday nights in April;
  • Asparagus menu after Flemish fashion on Wednesday nights in May;
  • North Sea bouillabaisse on Friday nights in June;
  • Neptunusavonden: freshwater and saltwater table delicacies on Friday nights in August;
  • Autumn table on Wednesdays with one-pan dishes;
  • Gastronomy in de Albrecht Rodenbach Region on one Friday night in spring and in autumn. With these gastronomic nights, several restaurants want to promote our region in a spirit of collegiality, not of competition.

Free of engagement, you can always come in touch with us.
If the booking is urgent, or if our acknowledgement remains forthcoming, we ask you to contact us by phone.
Restaurant “De Ooievaar “- Noordstraat 91 - 8800 Roeselare (België)
Tel. 051 20 54 86 - Fax 051 24 46 76 -
International phone +32 20 54 86 fax +32 51 24 46 76

Dinner cheques / gift vouchers
A nice present to spoil someone is a gift voucher for a dinner at 'The Ooievaar'

Wheelchair users
“De Ooievaar “ is easily accessible for persons in wheel chairs. The restaurant disposes of a comfortable lift.

Roeselare, heart of West Flanders, an outstanding shopping town
Roeselare itself offers a lot of opportunities: s.a. shopping, Christmas market, produce exchanges, business fairs, cycle and walking routes... ( see online ). They rent out bikes at 'Velomobile', Ardooiesteenweg 12, 8800 Roeselare, tel. 051 77 11 27 -
Cycle routes:
Roeselare is the ideal operating base to explore West Flanders; Bruges, Ypres and its region with their World War I- record, Kortrijk (Courtrai), are all worth visiting, yes, even the neighbouring town of Izegem, the famous shoe and brush town. The Belgian coast is only at about 40 km, and Ghent, provincial capital of East Flanders, at about 60 km.