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Quai aux Briques 2 | Place Sainte Catherine 12, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 512 32 77
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good43%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“lobster” (27 reviews)
“sole” (11 reviews)
“bouillabaisse” (4 reviews)
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French, Belgian, Seafood, European, Gastropub
Quai aux Briques 2 | Place Sainte Catherine 12, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was looking for an excellent seafood restaurant and somewhere I could eat in heated outdoors (smoking section). Francois checked all the boxes. Oysters on the half shell and scallops gratin to start. They were super fresh and delicious. I had a whole lobster as...More

Thank Busybee_011
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

A great location for fish lovers. The quality if the fish is excellent which is traditionally cooked in a good execution. Price are slightly over the value but understandable considering the touristic city of Brussels.

Thank GiuseppeMoscarda
Reviewed 14 October 2017

From beginning to end, our meal was special. We were greeted with smiles and service was above and beyond any higher priced venue. Great care was given to our meals and it was reflected in the quality of our dinner. Two of us had the...More

Thank Linda P
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Although it's relatively expensive, we have had an amazing lobster experience in Brussels! The lobster was perfectly cooked and amazingly presented on the plate! Lobster shell was incredibly removed!

Thank Dynamic1979
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The sole really was good - flavour of fish was perfect, no excess butter - just right. The funny little mix of vegetables on the side was quite out of place and not interesting. My wife had sole in a creamy sauce and said it...More

Thank Andrikos
Reviewed 22 August 2017

This was recommended by our concierge at the Hotel Amigo. We wanted some fresh seafood and this definitely fit the bill. We split an order of Zeeland oysters which were large and fresh. I love European oysters since they have that "fresh from the Ocean"...More

Thank Discerningrater
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We dined here with another couple and sat outside. That evening we each had an appetizer (white asparagus with mousseline and tiny shrimp was incredible!), a main, shared two desserts, and had two bottles of wine. Once we resolved some issues with the bill (an...More

Thank kwm762015
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

We ordered two different lobster dishes, one just boiled and with rice, the other was baked with fries. All very good. Service also good here even though this is a very busy place. A bit overpriced.

Thank Suria_Nataadmadja
Reviewed 19 June 2017

This restaurant was recommended by a friend who had lived in Brussels. It is in the very touristic area near St. Catherine church, which once served as a fish market. The former canal area is surrounded by seafood restaurants. Restaurant Francois is definitely worth a...More

Thank D W
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Went there two evenings in a row. Actually we had been there many years ago and found the lobster we had too much cooked and too dry. We paid a lot quite some money for a rather mediocre dish, so we didn't go back. But...More

Thank OlivierFromBrussels
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
French, Belgian, Seafood, European, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Quai aux Briques 2 | Place Sainte Catherine 12, Brussels 1000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Brussels
  • Phone Number: +32 2 512 32 77
Le Restaurant Francois, est un etablissement bien connu, au coin du Quai aux Briques et de la Place Sainte Catherine a Bruxelles.Un etablissement bien connu, au coin du Quai aux Briques et de la Place Sainte Catherine. Les arriere-grands-parents d'Anne-Marie Veulemans tenaient a l'epoque une friterie, dans laquelle on degustait des moules...Toute la famille s'affairait a couper les frites, nettoyer les moules, et mettre les harengs au vinaigre.Deux freres prirent la succession : Henry reprit la friterie et Francois ouvrit un petit bistrot au coin du marche au poissons.Avec son epouse Aline, il fit evoluer sa cuisine, entre la tradition et les nouveaux gouts de la clientele, de plus en plus nombreuse et fidele.En 1960, le traiteur fut ouvert juste a cote, et aujourd'hui, Madame Anne-Marie dirige le bateau, respectant les traditions.
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