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Osteria a l'Ombra

2 rue des Harengs, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 511 67 10
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (32 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 23:00All hours
Italian, Mediterranean
$$ - $$$
2 rue des Harengs, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled across this restaurant completely by accident and we were far from disappointed. So much so that we came back a second time in our trip. At first glance this place is nothing to look at. You may actually just walk right by. Looking...More

Thank Jeremy R
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Don't miss this one. The most genuine Italian food you can get in this city. The waiter Lucca was unstoppable in his eager to please us. We will be back soon.

Thank jrmata2017
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Eating here was as being in a Bunuel movie (check: the exterminating angel movie) - a surrealist experience. Excruciatingly long waiting time for everything, i.e. from ordering, getting drinks, food to end simply. For example, cold cuts for whatever reason took 45 min to arrive...More

1  Thank Lynette C
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Being here this evening, I found the place by case and I got immediately the feeling it was ok for me. It is like eating in an Italian home, so things are cooked on the spot and it takes time to do that in the...More

Thank Bruno bianco M
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

After having been a regular customer for over ten years, I have to share following information... The owner has retired, the place is actually run by family with a lot of changes, unfortunately not for the better. Dishes are often dissappointing now; over cooked, undercooked,...More

Thank ToyBoy_B
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Had lunch during a business trip in this lovely restaurant. Menu was filled with different pasta options as were the day's specials on the wall menu. I had very good basic penne with ragu and some chilies and it was as good as any pasta...More

Thank Henri K
Reviewed 15 September 2016

The first thing you notice with this restaurant is the friendly welcome. The owners spoke excellent English and were incredibly friendly and helpful. Then the setting, just off Grand Place, and then the interior of the restaurant, which is listed. It is a small cosy...More

Thank 77JVL
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Nice family style Italian restaurant. Everything (food, decor) was simple, nice, good and enjoyable. It was a welcomed change from the many fancy, touristy and/or overpriced restaurants near the Grand Place. Red and white house wines were good, the spaghetti with seafood was tasty as...More

Thank Stephane W
Reviewed 18 July 2016

If you want authentic Italian food look no further! It is right off the Grand Place.It does have a small downstairs and upstairs so maybe best to make a reservation. We had 5 people but were lucky that they had enough room for us. The...More

Thank islandhopper68
Reviewed 26 March 2016

This is a small and homely Italian restaurant right next to the Grand Place. The food tastes like mum made it and the staff is very friendly. The restaurant is spread over two floors and the ground floor has a community bench style seating which...More

1  Thank SushantChalise
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how do i book?
30 July 2016|
Response from islandhopper68 | Reviewed this property |
I gather you can just call them directly. I couldn't find a website for them. I don't recall if they were on open table but when you are in Brussels call them or have your hotel call if you don't want to make the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 rue des Harengs, Brussels 1000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Brussels
  • Phone Number: +32 2 511 67 10
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