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Restaurants in Brussels

Traditional Belgian cuisine consists of seafood, market-fresh produce and meaty beer-based dishes but in Brussels you can taste everything from fragrant Greek to Ethiopian. Restaurants surround the Grand'Place and line touristy rue des Bouchers, home to Chez Léon. Place Sainte-Catherine is home to the best fish restaurants, including La Belle Maraîchère. Art Nouveau interiors grace La Quincaillerie in trendy Châtelain while contemporary design defines Cospaia off smart Avenue Louise. Tip if service is good.

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  1. 1. Notos - Top-end: (More than €55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Notos, Brussels. © Notos

    Notos serves up 'slow food', reinventing old recipes with seasonal produce. Try the starter of poached ravioli and spiced yoghurt sauce or the veal fillet with fresh garlic and Assytriko vinegar for main. The wine list is a treasure trove of unusual Greek bottles. After dinner, stroll along bustling rue du Bailli.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 12pm-2pm; Mon-Sat 7pm-11pm

    Address

    154, rue de Livourne, Brussels 1000

    Telephone

    +32 (0) 2 513 2959

    Transport

    Tram 92/94 to Bailli

    Website

    Notos Website

  2. 2. Café des Spores - Top-end: (More than €55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Located in St Gilles, Café des Spores is one of Brussels' most original gourmet restaurants - dedicated to the mushroom. From shiitake to death's trumpet, the vegetable is delicately woven into traditional dishes, such as fondue or savoury crème brûlée. The wine list is designed not to overbear the delicate flavours.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 7pm-11.30pm; Tue-Fri 12pm-2pm

    Address

    103, Chaussée d'Alsemberg, Brussels 1060

    Telephone

    +32 (0) 2 534 1303

    Transport

    Parvis de Saint-Gilles metro

    Website

    Café des Spores Website

  3. 3. La Belle Maraîchère - Top-end: (More than €55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Dining places come and go but this Place Sainte-Catherine restaurant continues to please, with its excellent but simply served seafood and fresh fish. Brothers Eddy and Freddy Devreker set up shop over 30 years ago; now their sons have joined forces in the kitchen. Try the house speciality, the fisherman's pot.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Fri-Tue 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-9.30pm

    Address

    11A, Place Ste-Catherine, Brussels 1000

    Telephone

    +32 (0) 2 512 9759

    Transport

    Sainte-Catherine metro

    Website

    La Belle Maraichère Website

  4. 4. Cospaia - Top-end: (More than €55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Cospaia, Brussels. © Cospaia

    Great for people-watching or romantic dining, Cospaia is just off smart Avenue Louise. Dress up and choose from terrace dining among the bamboo, the dazzling main room or private dining decorated in black velvet. You'll be seduced by foie gras with figs, lamb with thyme, or the chocolate dessert created by renowned chocolatier Pierre Marcolini.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm & 7pm-10.30pm (until 11pm Fri-Sat)

    Address

    1, Rue Capitaine Crespel, Brussels 1050

    Telephone

    +32 (0) 2 513 0303

    Transport

    Louise metro.

    Website

    Cospaia Website

  5. 5. Bon-bon - Top-end: (More than €55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Inspired by the terroir (local produce), chef Christophe Hardiquest serves up super-fresh, olive oil-based Mediterranean cuisine. Dishes range from sea bream in a salt crust to roast saddle of lamb. Located on a leafy avenue in St Gilles, Bon-bon's understated decor of blonde wood and beige furniture allows the food to shine.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Fri 12.30pm-2.30pm; Tue-Sat 7.30pm-10pm

    Address

    93, rue des Carmélites, Brussels 1180

    Telephone

    +32 (0) 2 346 6615

    Transport

    Tram 92 to Darwin/ Avenue Brugmann

    Website

    Bon-bon Website

  6. 6. Comme Chez Soi - Top-end

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    A visit to Brussels' revered, Art Nouveau "Just Like Home" will surely be the culinary highlight of your trip to Brussels. Just reserve as far ahead as possible. Expect delicacies like cod with fennel, rabbit with goose-liver cream, cheese that's ready to run off your plate and chocolate mousse with peppery spices. 

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    Cost

    Main courses 68€-125€; fixed-price menus 87€-191€

    Opening hours

    Wed 7-10pm; Thurs-Sat noon-2pm and 7-10pm

    Address

    Place Rouppe 23, Brussels, Belgium

    Telephone

    02/512-29-21

    Website

    Comme Chez Soi

Mid-range

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  1. 7. La Quincaillerie - Top-end: (More than €55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    La Quincaillerie, Brussels. © Quincaillerie

    Step into this former hardware store from the 1900s, now converted into an Art-Nouveau brasserie. The menu features plenty of meat and fish as well as market-fresh oysters. La Quincaillerie is also a bit of a celebrity hotspot - John Malkovich, Javier Solana and Catherine Deneuve have all eaten in this classic Châtelain haunt.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm; daily 7pm-12am

    Address

    45, rue du Page, Brussels 1050

    Telephone

    +32 (0) 2 533 9833

    Transport

    Tram 92/94 to Bailli

    Website

    Quincaillerie Website

  2. 8. In 't Spinnekopke - Mid-range

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    "In the Spider's Web" occupies an 18th-century stagecoach inn. This is one of Brussels' most traditional restaurants with a menu that lists its dishes of regional Belgian cuisine in the old Bruxellois dialect, and a long list of Belgian beers. 

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    Cost

    Main courses 15€-30€ ($24-$48); plat du jour 12€ ($19)

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri noon-3pm and 6-11pm; Sat 6pm-midnight. Bar Mon-Fri 11am-midnight; Sat 6pm-midnight

    Address

    Place du Jardin-aux-Fleurs 1, Brussels, Belgium

    Telephone

    02/511-86-95

  3. 9. Kokob - Mid-range: (€30-€55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Kokob restaurant. © Kokob

    Injera is a millet pancake that is Ethiopia's answer to cutlery. Order a selection of dishes: wat, a spicy meat and vegetable stew, doro wat; (chicken) or kofta (mince meat) along with vegetables and cooling lettuce and scoop it all up with the help of the pancake. Order ahead if you want fragrant Ethiopian coffee at the end of your meal. Kokob is located near the Grand'Place.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Wed 6pm-12am; Thu-Sun 11am-1am

    Address

    10, rue des Grands Carmes, Brussels 1000

    Telephone

    +32 (0) 2 511 1950

    Transport

    Bourse metro

    Website

    Kokob Website

  4. 10. Gusto - Mid-range: (€30-€55 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Don't be put off by the kitsch red and white checked tablecloths - Gusto looks so traditional it's actually hip. Situated near the bustling rue du Bailli, just off Place du Châtelain, Gusto serves up fresh colourful Italian cuisine. Expect cold and hot antipasti, garlicky scampi, ricotta-stuffed pasta or veal Milanese.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm; Mon-Sat 7pm-11pm

    Address

    32, rue Fourmois, Brussels 1050

    Telephone

    +32 (0) 2 534 9400

    Transport

    Tram 81 to Trinité

    Website

    Gusto Website

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  1. 11. Chez Léon - Budget: (Less than €30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    A stone's throw from the Grand'Place, Chez Léon has been serving pots of steaming mussels and sides of fries for over a century. Green and white paper tablecloths, snappy service and a warm welcome attract tourists and locals alike.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-11pm (until 11.30pm Fri & Sat)

    Address

    18, rue des Bouchers, Brussels 1000

    Telephone

    + 32 (0) 2 511 1415

    Transport

    De Brouckère or Gare Centrale metro

    Website

    Chez Leon Website

  2. 12. Maison Antoine - Budget: (Less than €30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Made with Bintje potatoes and served in a paper cone with a side of mayonnaise or curry sauce, frites (chips) are a true Belgian delicacy. Take away a cornet from one of Brussels' favourite frietkot (chippies), Maison Antoine, on Place Jourdan.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-1.30am

    Address

    1, Place Jourdan, Brussels 1040

    Telephone

    +32 (0) 2 230 54 56

    Transport

    Schumann metro

    Website

    Maison Antoine Website

  3. 13. Le Pain Quotidien - Budget: (Less than €30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Le Pain Quotidien, Brussels. © Le Pain Quotidien

    Known for its communal tables where people share pots of jam and newspapers, Le Pain Quotidien is a Belgian success story. Families and couples come for brunches of salads, omelettes, sandwiches or pastries, and takeaway bakery products after the kitchen closes. There are branches throughout Brussels, but the Sablon one is very popular.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 7.30am-7pm; Sat & Sun 8am-7pm

    Address

    11, rue des Sablons, Brussels 1000

    Telephone

    +32 (0) 2 513 5154

    Transport

    Tram 92 or 94 to Grand Sablon

    Website

    Le Pain Quotidien Website

  4. 14. Arcadi - Budget: (Less than €30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    A popular place for lovers of quiches and fruit tarts, Arcadi also serves pasta and salads, along with plenty of vegetarian options and cakes. Set at the end of Galeries Saint-Hubert's covered arcade, this informal eating place can get packed at lunch, so come earlier or later.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 7am-11.30pm

    Address

    1b, rue d'Arenberg, Brussels 1000

    Telephone

    +32 (0) 2 511 3343

    Transport

    Gare Centrale metro

  5. 15. Perroquet - Budget: (Less than €30 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The relaxed Perroquet (Parrot) is five minutes' walk from Place du Grand Sablon, but it's off the tourist trail. Locals come to this Art Deco café with original stained-glass windows and woodwork for the huge choice of spicy pitta fillings and hearty pasta dishes. In summer, there's terrace dining.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Sun & Mon 10am-11.30pm; Tue & Wed 10am-12am; Thu-Sat 10am-1am

    Address

    31, rue Watteeu, Brussels 1000

    Telephone

    +32 (0) 2 512 9922

    Transport

    Tram 92 or 94 to Grand Sablon; Gare Centrale metro

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