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Osteria a l'Ombra

2 rue des Harengs, Brussels 1000, Belgium
32-2-511.67.10
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Ranked #72 of 2,314 restaurants in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Kaiserslautern, Germany
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We have had the pleasure of many meals at this restaurant and it is hands down one of my favorites in Europe. We always have a wonderful time, the staff is friendly and very helpful when picking out menu items. The last time we ate here we decided to bring a group of friends with us and each of them... More

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Sydney, Australia
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1,125 reviews 1,125 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
1,053 helpful votes 1,053 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A truly Italian joint, good for a quality bowl of proverbial,but oh-so-satisfying,spag or pasta with a glass of fine vino. Its a block off the Grand Place, and its pricey but what with a comfortable,woody,bistro ambiance and tasty grub, makes it good value. With your choice of main dish, the,the choice of pasta or salad is included in the price.... More

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MA
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90 reviews 90 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Quaint restaurant with tiny dining room downstairs that probably looks like it did a few decades ago with a small long table shared in the middle (uncomfortable seats) and a few side seats. Upstairs (narrow stairs!) there a small dining room. We had linguini with a ragu sauce and Fettuccini with garlic, shrimp, wine Both were lovely, with the ragu... More

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Stavanger
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Located next to the big square in city centre this little restaurant is a good find. The food is simple but very good, f ex cheese plate consist of 4-5 different cheeses on a plate, and nothing (!) else to look impressive or anything. Service is very good and staff was helpful when it started raining (no roof outside). Overall... More

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Boston, MA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We walked by here and decided to stop in based on other reviews and we were not disappointed. We sat upstairs near the window, away from the crowds outside. This is a family owned restaurant and we were treated like family. The food was freshly prepared, including the best homemade tiramasu we have had in a long time. If you... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

This is my 3rd visit to this restaurant. Small establishment, owned and operated by Italians... Good food, perfect location, reasonable pricing. Pros: pasta variety, food quality, location, welcoming (english speaking) staff Cons: not a lot on the menu beside pasta..., small and very tight tables inside-try seating outside Make a reservation or come early otherwise you won't find a table

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This little gem just off the Grand Place is well worth a visit. family owned and you will be greeted by Alfonso Paglia, a son of the owners. Go with his food recommendation as it is just cooked for the day. He will also suggest a wine . Their wine list is very reasonable. Some tourists but als many locals

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Western PA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Went there based on Trip Advisor reviews and location - easy to locate. We sat downstairs at a high table in the middle of the room with another couple from CA., who had eaten there a few nights before. Alfonso, our waiter, is the nephew of the owner. Alfonso was attentive and explained all the specials and wines. I had... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Very happy of discovering that I can finally trust it as a real Italian restaurant, I was skeptical `cause of its very central position but definitely happy when I had my pasta with clams!This is not a place for tourists, finally!Bravo!

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Albany, New York
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70 reviews 70 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Simple, good, Italian food. Don't expect fast, friendly service. Just sit down, relax, enjoy wine and your companion. Good appetizers, bread and olive oil. Great entree selection. Too late for dessert, was hoping to try the Tiramisu. Next time perhaps.

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