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2 rue des Harengs, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 511 67 10
08:00 - 23:00
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Brooklyn, New York
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1 review
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
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 (god knows why such time is needed for putting ham etc on a plate). Main... More 

1 Thank Lynette C
Coldrerio, Switzerland
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 proper way, you need to take your time like in any Italian home. Plates are... More 

Thank Bruno bianco M
Brussels, Belgium
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125 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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, too salty and go on... The usual staff is no longer there, the service is... More 

Thank ToyBoy_B
Level Contributor
70 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 can be. The portion was also so large that it easily took me through the... More 

Thank Henri K
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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 restaurant with a communal table in the middle. The food is fantastic, freshly cooked and... More 

Thank 77JVL
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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 were the carbonara and arabiatta. No pretense good food at reasonable prices. Staff and service... More 

Thank Stephane W
Boston, MA
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87 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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 pasta was absolutely homemade! I think they even picked the tomatoes for the tomato sauce... More 

Thank islandhopper68
New Delhi, India
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 is great for groups-it could do with a little cleaning though. The first floor has... More 

1 Thank SushantChalise
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

Most of us are suspicious of restaurants on the well worn tourist paths. This Traditional Italian sits in the heart of Brussels, in a narrow street off the Grand Place - normally to be avoided. but hey, it was a very pleasant surprise. The menu is not extensive, but the food is authentic Italian - my penne arabbiate were great... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?