Brussels Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Brussels

March 20, 2018 Alice Mieles

Unassuming Brussels is the capital of Belgium, Flanders and Europe. Medieval Grand-Place, is indeed grand, with many 17th-century buildings and daily flower markets. Reopened in 2006, the Atomium, Brussels' Eiffel Tower, provides great views, inside and out. Architecture fans should visit Musee Horta, home of Belgian master architect Victor Horta. St. Gery's clubs and bars are packed year-round. Seafood eateries abound in Ste. Catherine. Walk, rather than get snarled up in traffic, in the narrow streets.
Things to do in Brussels

1. Comme chez Soi

Place Rouppe 23, Brussels 1000, Belgium Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French, Belgian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$1,020 - HK$2,299 +32 2 512 29 21
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 870 reviews

Comme chez Soi

2 Michelin star restaurant** run by Chef Lionel Rigolet, his wife Laurence and their incredible team.

Reviewed By TangerineB - Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom

The food was very good. But not a patch in other restaurants I have eaten at with Michelin stars. Everything else was frankly a bit of a farce. We almost left as the waiter and the staff got increasingly confused over a dietary requirement they had checked twice in advance. They then told us that they don’t really bother to accommodate as some people say they are gluten-intolerant and then order pancakes. My friend has a religious dietary restriction. In the end, they did provide alternatives but it felt like too much effort. And then the bill was charged in Sterling when we requested to be charged in Euros. They acknowledged the bad service but did nothing about it. We won’t go back and won’t be recommending.

2. Bon Bon

Avenue de Tervueren 453 | 1150 Brussels, Brussels 1150, Belgium Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa French, Belgian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +32 2 346 66 15
Excellent
76%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 505 reviews

Bon Bon

Reviewed By PrincessAurore - Braine-Le-Chateau, Belgium

From the moment you arrive, everyone will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Relaxed and elegant atmosphere. Exquisite Gewurztraminer. Extraordinary concoctions. Black truffle dishes incorporated into the 5-course menu we had selected. Open kitchen. Extremely friendly and attentive staff. Chef Hardiquest: you gave us a memorable experience today. Thank you!

3. Le Wine Bar des Marolles

Rue Haute 198, Brussels 1000, Belgium (Formerly Le Wine Bar du Sablon) Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi French, Belgian, European, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$235 - HK$549 +32 496 82 01 05
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 809 reviews

Le Wine Bar des Marolles

The classement today of the restaurant is 8 in the section Tea and coffee but we are a real restaurant (bistronomie) with 600 different kind of wines kind regards

Reviewed By 321CIB - Brentwood, United Kingdom

I booked this place for dinner on our wedding annivesary and was so looking forward to the experience given the great reviews. I noticed a number of couples walking into the restaurant asking for tables but they were turned away, which to me was impressive as most of the customer base seemed to be regulars. The staff were very helpful and had great knowledge of the menu. I asked about the beef/steak onglet and was asked how I would like it cooked? I replied 'medium' and then I was then informed that this would not be possible as the chef wouldn't allow this to happen and it had to be rare. This is the first time I have ever experienced this in any restaurant and I find it shocking as the paying customer, regardless of what the chef thinks or opinions on how something is cooked. I ended up with beef cheek and beetroot, the beef was lovely but there was far too much beetroot on the plate. To make matters worse, my wife had the pork chop and about half way through she noticed blood starting to seep out of the meat! Given the response to me wanting my steak being cooked how I would like it? The waiter was very polite and offered to change the pork but by this time we had seen enough, and we asked for the bill and left. There was no discount or refund offered for the undercooked pork, and as much as I find that dissapointing I really couldn't be bothered to argue this point on our anniversary. I was suprised by our experience as the place is lovely, the staff were knowledgable and the majority of the reviews looked fantastic.

4. The Lobster House

Rue des Bouchers 39, Brussels 1000, Belgium Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Belgian, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +32 2 502 20 16
Excellent
69%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 930 reviews

The Lobster House

Reviewed By olevia_explorer - Singapore, Singapore

On my last trip to Brussels, I ate at The Lobster House, which is close by the famous Grand Place - often considered the most beautiful square in Europe.
It was an awesome meal - with freshly baked bread by Karim, the owner, fish Soup and the Grilled Mixed Fish Royal, which is a big serving meant for two persons. The Mixed Grill is offered together with paella. There was half a lobster, king prawns, shrimps, sea bass, salmon and cod fish. The lobster was very fresh, and tasty. The salmon was a little over cooked, as I often find it perfect with a little of the meat inside left slightly uncooked. Both and sea bass and cod were very nice.
I enjoyed the fish soup, and the bread very much too.
It was indeed an excellent meal. The Mixed Grill costs €49, but worth every penny of it. I would highly recommend for all who love seafood and fish.
Karim, the owner is very friendly and will help you with your order of the food.
When you are in Brussels, don't miss out having a big feast here.
How to find The Lobster House
Walk along Rue De La Montagne, and when you see the SUPERDRY Store, right on the opposite side, you find the LES GALERIES ROYALES DE Saint-Hubert, walk through the arcade, and on the first left turn, turn Left and you will find the sign - THE LOBSTER HOUSE.

5. Alexandre

Rue du Midi 164, Brussels 1000, Belgium Parking Available, Valet Parking, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards French, Belgian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$275 - HK$1,162 +32 2 502 40 55
Excellent
73%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 344 reviews

Alexandre

Gastronomic restaurant with beautifull winelist

Reviewed By belgianbear - Bruxelles

I went to the Alexander for a birthday lunch.
So I was very surprised to got all the restaurant place dedicated for this event! A small place!
Service was perfect for this big group. The food was very tasty, very creative, and artistically dressed! Every dish was a marvelous surprise. Wines where in perfect harmony with the different plates. Also the dishes plates were chosen in harmony with the food. So you can get there for an event of for a lovely diner. I recommend. ... and will be back soon!

6. Pasta Divina

Rue de la Montagne 16, Brussels 1000, Belgium Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$196 +32 2 511 21 55
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Pasta Divina

Reviewed By Tracy M - Chicago, Illinois

Absolutely the best pasta I’ve had- even in Italy! Patrizia is the chef and is a true gem!
Silvano takes care of every customer like family. Miriam, their daughter is superb. They are the sweetest Italian family! The waiters Joe and Nakita are so friendly and you feel like you are home. This is a must visit place when in Brussels! They are packed every night so make a reservation early! I recommend the squid ink pasta- my favorite bit you won’t be disappointed with anything as it’s all homemade with Amore!

7. Au Cor de Chasse

Avenue des Casernes 21, Etterbeek, Brussels 1040, Belgium Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Brazilian, Seafood, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +32 2 308 57 25
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 445 reviews

Au Cor de Chasse

Reviewed By Wainer L - Brussels, Belgium

Let's start by saying that the food is proper portuguese, well prepared and presented. We had seafood mainly, and it conpares well with what you would expect to eat in a good restaurant in, say, Tavira. However, choice is very limited, wait is very long, wines are overpriced and space limited. Price, overall, a bit over Bxl standards. So, all in all, nice for a romantic evening, not for a family meal.

8. Tonton Garby

Rue Duquesnoy 6, Brussels 1000, Belgium Takeout, Seating Belgian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +32 484 29 02 16
Excellent
85%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Tonton Garby

Reviewed By Phraewa S

I really like this place! you can find various kind of Sandwich in here! Also he's only person who run everything in this place, so maybe it's take time for waiting or in queue. but i was so lucky that i haven't wait to long, i had try 37 on menu list and it's really really good! you will get whole piece of cheese and various type of cheese that you want to have. And Garby he's really nice and positive thinking guys and can enjoy to talk with him while we waiting or in queue.But Sandwich is really worth every single penny that you pay for hahaha.

9. Le Second Degre

Avenue Legrand 15, Brussels 1000, Belgium Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +32 2 647 29 47
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

Le Second Degre

le second degré, another side of Italian cuisine.

Reviewed By Carsonino - Tampa, Florida

This is how restaurant for couples should be in school books.
You sit close to your partner. Service is relaxed and soft. Food is a triumph a triumph. I have been in all continents, 5 stars to street food, but in Brussels this is my place.

10. Menthe & Safran

Rue de l'Enseignement 49, Brussels 1000, Belgium Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +32 2 219 54 45
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 185 reviews

Menthe & Safran

Reviewed By Pär F - Sweden

A dinner at Menthe & Safran is an amazing experience. I travel to Brussels on a regular basis and this is hands down my favourite restaurant in the town. The owner is eager to please, the food is divine and the whole atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. Don't miss it!

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