You'll find this typical Parisian brasserie next to Bois de la Cambre. Smart waiters welcome you at the entrance right next to a wonderful display of fresh fish, shellfish, lobsters and other sea treasures. You can take out your plateau de fruits de mer for a chic picnic in the woods. The ambiance of the restaurant is cozy, relaxing and friendly and you can rub shoulders with the local beau monde.
For most visitors to Brussels, this is the place to sample Belgian cuisine and mussels. The decor is simple and modern, and the dining room always seems full of customers. The kitchen is best known for its moules-frites (mussels and french fries), but other quality seafood dishes are also available at Chez Léon. Outdoor seating is available during the warmer summer months.
Sticking to the basics, this seafood restaurant maintains a simple decor, saving its frills to serve some of the best seafood in Brussels. While the main dish is Brussels' infamous moules frites, La Marée offers a wide selection of seafood. This restaurant has received much praise from numerous journals such as the Michelin Guide, Petit Fute, and Gault et Millau.
Houtsiplou's signature dishes are the burgers. On offer are a wide range of delicious options perfect for kids and adults alike. Toys are included in the meal for kids. Adults can opt for tofu burgers and other healthy choices. And don't fear - if you aren't in the mood for burgers, the menu also features pasta and salads. The patio makes for a relaxing hangout on a nice day.
Kokob specializes in shared, small dishes of traditional Ethiopian cuisine. This buzz-worthy restaurant prepares delicious meals with excellent service to match. Following Ethiopian tradition, the food served here is eaten without the use of spoons, knives or forks. The menu features a variety of scrumptious options including numerous traditional dishes such as Doro Wot, which is composed of chicken drumstick, a boiled egg, and berbere.
A traditional Belgian favorite, this fry stand is the oldest in Belgium. Large potatoes are cut into thick strips and fried to golden perfection, then served in a paper cone or even on a baguette with a hot dog. A dozen or so different sauces are the perfect accompaniment. The line is usually quite long for this popular frite stand, but the delicious and simple comfort food is more than worth it. Grab your order from Maison Antoine and head to one of the nearest bistros to enjoy with a nice cold brew and watch as the world passes you by.
Le Clan des Belges boasts a prime location at the heart of Brussels' social scene. The ambiance at this restaurant is intentionally reminiscent of the 1920s prohibition era. Its antiquarian decor is replete with industrial lamps, bookshelves, a gramophone and photographic memorabilia. Chef Joris creates a menu of traditional French and Belgian flavors served with fine wine and spirits. Classics include Côte de Bœuf, Cordon Bleu and top notch Mégacheeseburger. Le Clan des Belges also does a popular brunch on the weekends.
Mussels rule the menu at Au Vieux Bruxelles. This lively brasserie serves flavorful mussels cooked with fries or in curry and wine; the dish is a specialty of Belgian cuisine. Traditionalists can also savor raw mussels. It is a local hangout place with diners digging into the food amidst animated conversations. Pair it with a local Belgian ale to discover the magic of the traditional cuisine.
Il Pasticcio is hands down one of the best Italian eateries in Brussels. Their menu is extensive, offering traditional Italian dishes that are prepared with the utmost love and care. Order the spaghetti with clams and sit outside on the charming terrace, or dine inside, where it is dimly lit and romantic.
This small eatery is a hit among the locals. A popular breakfast and lunch spot, The Break Time serves delicious sandwiches and cold as well as hot platters. They make their own bread daily and only use natural ingredients. Their portions are generous and very affordable. Savor their sandwiches like the Matador, Super Chicken and Le Croquant. Other dishes includes the like of Croque Monsieur, Lasagne and Moussaka. They also deliver and cater.
Set on a road that is near to many commercial and government offices, Le Dauphin is a popular place among office-goers for a quick bite. This friendly Italian haunt is known for its delicious sandwiches. Don't be surprised by the long queue during lunch hours. But they do dissipate quickly due to their efficient service.