This elegant establishment is housed in a 17th-century building overlooking the Grand Place. At one point La Maison du Cygne was a popular cafe where in 1881 the Belgian Socialist Party was founded. Now it consists of one of the finest restaurants and bars in Brussels, where elegance, class and style are standard. There are five different rooms—the most coveted seats overlooking Grand Place. The cuisine is classic French, and the wine cellar has a permanent stock of no less than 70,000 bottles.
In operation since 1921, Aux Armes de Bruxelles, located on the bustling rue des Bouchers, manages to still be one of the most popular in the neighborhood. It boasts among its past patrons Placido Domingo, as well as King Léopold III. Its three salons (the Rotonde, the Brasserie and the Bodega), can accommodate from 15 to 160 guests. The kitchen serves traditional cuisine, including oysters, an array of seafood, cheese fondue, meat and poultry. Try the cod in mussels sauce. This place is not inexpensive, but it's definitely worth the money.
Bon-Bon's menu changes often, depending on what is currently available in the local market, allowing the chef to work with the freshest ingredients possible. The Michelin-rated restaurant takes pride in offering inventive main courses as well as whimsical twists on desserts. The friendly staff is happy to guide diners in choosing wines to complement their meals.
This Michelin-rated brasserie combines traditional Belgian cuisine with international aesthetics and modern techniques. True gourmands should partake of the tasting menu, for which the chef surprises and delights diners with a series of inspired dishes. This eatery is very much in demand so be sure to reserve a table very far in advance.
The brainchild of chef Alexandre Dionisio, Alexandre opened its doors just a few weeks after Dionisio won the French version of TV's Top Chef. The creative menu focuses on bringing diners the best examples of modern French cuisine. The restaurant's main focus is fresh, seasonal cuisine, so the menu changes daily. If visiting for dinner, be sure to make reservations well in advance.
Comme Chez Soi has earned two Michelin stars and is one of the most renowned restaurants in the city. The art nouveau-style restaurant has an intimate dining room, a distinctive menu and a wine list to satisfy any avid foodie. Dining in the kitchen usually requires an advance reservation of two to three months for a Friday or Saturday night. Watching the restaurant staff at work is like watching a well-orchestrated ballet. The menu is comprised of set courses and a la carte options.
With love at the heart of this bistro's menu, it is hard to go wrong with any selection you make at Le Chou. Chef Dominique Aubry has put a new spin on the definition of "bistro food" by adding modern flare and technique to classic French and Belgian dishes. Le Chou offers a prix fixe menu, which includes dessert, and the large and enticing wine selection has something to compliment any dish on the menu.
L'ancienne Poissonerie brings a true Italian dining experience to Brussels. Located in a building considered a cultural heritage site, its Art Noveau exterior immediately catches the eye. The inside of the restaurant brings past and present together with modern, comfortable tables and chairs overlooked by a ceramic mural from 1926. With only the highest quality ingredients used in its dishes, the menu utilizes traditional Italian favorites alongside more modern fare. Though the restaurant honors its name by serving a number of fish and seafood dishes, there is also a range of meats, pastas, and desserts to be enjoyed.
Cowfish offers diners a unique dining experience in the heart of the city. The creative prix fix menu and delicious burgers are what people come her for. The menu offers three options for lunch and three for dinner, the most basic being a choice of appetizer and main, or main dish and sweet. The lunch menu is priced more reasonably at EUR19 for the basic option. Opt for the Japanese beef tartare or watercress soup and goat cheese. The Codfish Truffles, Croque with Foie Gras and Porc Iberico Blackwell are raved about by regulars. Save room for dessert, their gaspacho strawberries are quite refreshing. The ambiance is elegant yet welcoming, the rustic gold-hues offset by chic black furniture. It's a great place for a casual date or evening out with friends.
Take a break after venturing through the Museum of Fine Arts at Museum Brasserie for a Belgian meal presented with an artistic, contemporary twist. The restaurant's interior features minimalist architecture and black chandeliers draw in Flemish hipsters for a culinary equivalent to the museum's fine art. Refer to the website for details, as reservations are required.
Located just outside the heart of the city but also conveniently accessible, the Loui Bar & Restaurant is a gem in the crown that is Brussels' gastronomic scene. Today, this star shines over Brussels, with seasonal favorites like wild mushrooms making appearances in October and delicious Foie Gras at its peak production in November. Though the entire menu is seasonal, there's always a reliable assortment of delicious meat and fish dishes available. Combine your meal with some delicious freshly mixed cocktails and fine wines for a fantastic meal.
Colonel is an ultra-luxurious restaurant serving exceptional aged steaks and French dishes. Sourcing the highest-quality ham, beef and sausages from diverse French regions, its dishes are a delight to sample. It obtains beef of cattle like Rubia Gallega, Normande and Charolais, and ages the meat for at least 30 days. Its prix fixe menus, albeit expensive, allow you to sample the chefs' best creations, especially the signature 4-week Dry Aged Rib Eye Steak. The ambiance here is classy but not intimidating, and the decor strives for a balance between casual and sophisticated. The Butcher's Counter within Colonel Restaurant is a chance for guests to purchase high-quality meats that they sampled during their meals here.