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 chefs Iwan Driessen and Joris van Dijk. Together with sommeliers Eelke Leeuwerik, Shelina Sars and maître Merel Schenkeveld we look forward to host a lovely evening for you. Our menu changes daily.

Take Away

Côte de boeuf at your home? You can now order a small menu via the website for takeout. The order button at the bottom right of the website takes you to the take-out menu. You can order Mon to Sat until 8:00 PM for the same evening.


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. Now we can also ensure that you get that same quality in your kitchen at home! From June onward it is also possible to join us for lunch in the butcher shop.

We are open from Wednesday through Saturday between 10:00AM and 5:00PM.

Lunch in the butcher shop is available from Wednesday through Saturday between 12.00 noon and 3:00PM.

See you soon in the only butcher shop on the Weesperstrook!

Team Rijsel

  • Homemade sausages
  • Homemade terrines
  • Prime rib
  • Spring chicken
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Rijsel mayonnaise
  • Rijsel vinaigrette
  • Chutnies from Gartine
  • Flemish Mustard

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

Rijsel lunch: Wednesday to Saturday from 12:00 (noon) to 15:00 pm
Rijsel dinner: Monday to Saturday kitchen open from 18:00 pm to 22:00 pm