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Istas

Brusselsesteenweg 652, Overijse 3090, Belgium
+32 (0)26570511
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Ranked #5 of 23 restaurants in Overijse
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Brussels, Belgium
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Istas serves very good traditional Belgian food in a typical brasserie which hasn't changed much over the years, and you get the feeling of going back a few decades when you cross the doorstep. There is a lot of choice and variety on the menu with typical Belgian dishes, and I particularly recommend the coquelet à l'estragon and the variety... More

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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Going to Istas is always a pleasure, first "boterhammen met plattekaas" with a kriek and as main dish a excellent steak with french fries and a salad this all for a very reasonable price. It can't get much better than this for a Belgian Brasserie.

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Brussels, Belgium
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We went to Istas with a group of friends. Some of them locals. We had the steak dish which comes with frites and a salad all for a reasonable price. Everyone enjoyed whatever they ordered. Istas is where all the locals go for good food.

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Overijse, Belgium
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64 reviews 64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I like to have a meal here from time to time because you can have good food, a friendly and quick service for a very reasonable price. Don't expect haute-cuisine, but nice home-style food from a belgian mother's kitchen. Their game-dishes during the game-season are also very good. I had the deerstew and it was a delight.

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Brussels
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69 reviews 69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We tend to regularly alternate between this restaurant and its next door neighbour, La Foret. We can never really make up our minds which offers the best value Belgian food. Both are very good. When our children were younger La Foret used to often win the family vote, simply because they provide crayons and colouring sheets to keep children amused.... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Service was quick enough and waiters were proficient and welcoming. Food was good and portion size was exactly as needed. Really, eerything was just in an order we expected. Their facilities are very clean and convenient for people, who will come there with a little one. We'll certainly come to Istas once more, if we'll be somewhere in that area.

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Brussels, Belgium
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

I had very good memories of this place, near the Forest de Soignes, at the East entrance of Brussels. I decided to try again. What an error ! Food was zero and service was a scandal. They ran out of vegetables, we had only onions... the cheese was soapy, like it was mixed with any chemical. The steward never smiled,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Istas is what a brasserie should be. Good traditional food, friendly and efficient service, very reasonable prices. The kitchen is also open in the afternoon so you can arrive at every moment of the day. No problem to go with children because you don't have to wait for hours. The kids will love the tomato soup and the meatballs while... More

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Overijse
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I know Istas for fifty years and it stays what it ever has been: value for money. Never change a winning horse is their value. The only change: male waiters instead of female waitresses (positive discrimination). Good food, traditionals menu, excellent house wine and atmosphere of an old bistrot with paper table cloth and joyful service

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Brussels, Belgium
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75 reviews 75 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Istas is an institution and a piece of history. Originally set up to supply the locals with bread with fromage blanc ( a fresh, mild white cheese spread) and radishes, it has been serving most of its Belgian customers for several generations. The menu has expanded to include steak with a variety of sauces (my favourite is the poivre vert... More

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