Rijsel is the result of a passion for the French kitchen and an attempt to catch the lightheartedness of Flanders.

“Rijsel” is the Flemish name for the industrial city that the French refer to as “Lille”.

It is not the sort of hip and modern city you would expect a restaurant to be named after. Sometimes a name is just that, somethimes there’s much more to it. Rijsel is more than just a name.

In a classic meets ‘60s interior with a modern industrial feel we serve no-nonsense food for a fair price. The relaxed atmosphere allows you to enjoy yourself, whatever mood you’re in or celebration has brought you to us.


About us

Your hosts are owners Pieter Smits, Stephanie Lücken and chef Iwan Driessen. Together with sommeliers Eelke Leeuwerink, Shelina Sars and maître Merel Schenkeveld we look forward to host a lovely evening for you. Our menu changes daily.

Take Away

For the last 1,5 year we have enjoyed serving you our classic dishes for take-away to enjoy at home.

To fully focus on the service in the restaurant we have decided to stop our take-away.

If you have any questions about our take-away you can send your questions to


A first impression



On May 20th 2020 we started our butcher shop. Many of you are already familiar with our restaurant. We have always had a great passion for making our own terrines, sausages, and looking for the best quality cuts to serve you.  You can see these “butcher” products represented on the menu in the restaurant. Also represented in our menu are our homemade mayonnaise, vinaigrette and pickled vegetables you might know from our Russian salad.

Would you like something for at home? You are always welcome to come by and pick up something for at home. Please see our assortment listed below.

Team Rijsel

  • Pickled vegetables
  • Rijsel mayonnaise
  • Rijsel vinaigrette
  • Chutnies from Gartine
  • Flemish Mustard
  • Homemade terrines (to be ordered in advance if available)
  • Prime rib (to be ordered in advance if available)
  • Spring chicken (to be ordered in advance if available)

à bientôt!

At Rijsel you can only pay with Maestro or Cash. Reservations can only be made online via the website, if you have any questions they can call us.

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Restaurant opening hours

Monday till Saturday 18:00 – 00:00

Our kitchen closes at 21:30