Translation:Would they have gone to the bistro?
I don't think I've ever heard the term "eating café" in English.
What kind of food is served in an "eetcafé" and what do you get to drink? Is service at a counter or are there waiters?
I'm assuming this is a casual restaurant - not fast food but not upscale either.
You're right, it's a pub where you can get a fairly proper, but not too fancy meal as well and there are waiters. You can also call it a lunchroom or a bistro. Since it is a pub, there is most likely a bar as well, but this is normally only used by the drinking customers, not the ones having a meal.
An example (with a billiards table in front, this is not really common in eetcafés, but quite common in brown cafés):
A pub with a classical look, lots of brown, wood and cloths on the tables, normally they range from average size to really small (where the bar/counter takes up half the space). Very common in the Netherlands, especially 'neighbourhood pubs' away from the big nightlife areas. Think something like this:
Don't always trust your dictionary - last night I looked up klopjacht whilst watching the news about Keulen and it gave me 'round-up', which is quite importantly not the same thing as a 'manhunt'. I'm British and I wouldn't call anything an 'eating house', though some people might ironically call somewhere an 'eatery'. We just don't have a specific term for an eetcafé.
The only people I've ever heard say 'eating café' are Dutch people who either don't want to explain the concept or assume that it's an English term. I've learned to hover over Dutch words that don't have a direct translation, because the Dutch word isn't always accepted and the English translation often isn't actually a thing.
No, an eetcafe is a pub that also serves food (so in British English at least, that's just a pub, since nearly all pubs do some form of hot food nowadays). A (BE) cafe serves coffee, tea and food, but generally not booze. A (NL) cafe is a pub, not a coffee house ( I was going to write coffee shop but that just opens up another can of worms!)