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Lei 25, Leuven, Belgium
+32 16 23 12 28
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17:30 - 22:30
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Hours:
Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Leuven, Belgium
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

The place is nice and the food is good. But the service was too bad. We had to wait 45 minutes for the drinks and 60 for the food for a dinner of two.

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Thank LinaGr
Sweden
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Nice cosy restaurant. Excellent Mexican cocktails and food. Prima options for vegetarians. Price policy ok, but not cheap. Discount for students - not for professors ;)

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Thank D W
Ostend, Belgium
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

Absolutely recommend the flautas!! Cruncy tortillas, tangy salsa verde... what more do you want? I don't know, maybe a plate of tacos or enchilladas? Yeah, that hit the spot. Wash it down with an authentic Mexican Lemonade and hey presto; a great night out in a restaurant with a good decor!

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Thank Stijn E
Leuven, Belgium
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

After my visit I understood why that place is always full (table booking is recommended). It was a completely improvised visit and as usually such visits are the best. We with my friend had only one hour to eat so the staff organised a reserved table for us. We took 0,5l of margarita which was very good, water and fajitas.... More 

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Leuven
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

I am a great fan of Mexican food and tried almost each Mexican restaurant around Leuven. So far El Sombrero is the best. The interior is very colorful and neat. reservation is a must for dinners. Staff is friendly but service might be a bit slow due to the crowd. I need to mention that portions became smaller than used... More 

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Thank T B
Brussels, Belgium
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

I have visited this restaurant numerous times over past few years. What strikes me is that it is always full of people. Leuven is known for large students population (they constitute majority of clients), but taking into account the prices (main dishes close to 20 EUR) it's a bit surprising. Anyways, reservations recommended. The food is good (tried a few... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015

Had a great evening at El Sombrero! The margarita cocktail was great, the burrito even better. Staff was friendly as well. Our only remark was the waiting time, which was a bit too long. Luckily we got plenty of nachos to keep us distracted ;)

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Thank Eline D
Leuven, Belgium
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

We had to wait really long (40 minutes) for the food to arrive. The main dish that I ordered was 17 euros and seemed rather small to me. The food in itself, was okay.

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Thank Wander_Away24
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

Friendly service but very disappointing food and a dreadful margharita. The food was served on a badly chipped plate. Not a good show!

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Thank John C
Zaventem, Belgium
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015 via mobile

It's a fine Mexican restaurant, better than your average chi chi's. They have some special dishes and the classic fajitas, tacos and enchilladas. And it has a nice interior and friendly waiters too. Often, people say it is the best Mexican restaurant in Louvain, but it's not that much better than its competitor, New Mexico, if you ask me.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:30
Thursday
17:30 - 22:30
Friday
17:30 - 22:30
Saturday
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lei 25, Leuven, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Flanders  >  Flemish Brabant Province  >  Leuven
  • Phone Number: +32 16 23 12 28

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?