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Osteria a l'Ombra

#462 of 2,715 Restaurants in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
Italian, Pasta
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2 rue des Harengs, Brussels 1000, Belgium
32-2-511.67.10
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 72
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    Very good
  • 21
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  • 7
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unexpectedly great italian

Having tried to avoid the typical tourist haunts in Brussels, we stumbled upon this unassuming old fish shop converted into a little Italian eatery and gave it a go. Upon entering, it's evident that you're somewhere special and different. Seating is either on a shared table or bench downstairs... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The food was fine, but everything else was dreary, old, tired and the food did take a bit to be served.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A little more cheer in guest service would not hurt. Decor has not met any maintainence in the past years, it might have lost its charms. Food is average although trying to be Italian.

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Penetanguishene, Canada
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Busy restaurant with loads of charm to match the fine food. We ate on the upper floor where the kitchen is situated. The dishes on offer were authentic with fresh ingredients prepared for each plate. You do not want to be in a rush to eat here as each order is done with care. the clanging of the kitchen utensils... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Taste😀😀😀😀😀 Service😀😀😀😀😀 Environment 😀😀😀😀😀 Very very good..delicious..but sad..today is the last day at belgium..goin back to malaysia..if not i think i will come here every week..

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

Cosy restaurant with relaxed atmosphere. Was recommended by a shop keeper I met when looking for directions... Food was simple and delicious. Recommend the sword fish carpaccio.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Having tried to avoid the typical tourist haunts in Brussels, we stumbled upon this unassuming old fish shop converted into a little Italian eatery and gave it a go. Upon entering, it's evident that you're somewhere special and different. Seating is either on a shared table or bench downstairs, or up a very narrow wooden staircase to the intimate dining... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We waited about 30-40 minutes for our food. Even though there were only about 6 tables seated. The table next us ordered about 3 minutes before us. By the time we got our food, they were already paying the bill. We ordered pretty much the same dishes minus clams. However, the waiter was very apologetic about the wait. The tomatoe... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The place does not feel super clean, the windows are dirty and it smelled like the bathroom had some major issues. This is very small, and to be honest, not very tempting to get in. We did enter because it was recommended by a acquaintance. Good surprise is that both the service and food were very good. In other words,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

I read several great reviews and decided to pop in and taste this Italian restaurant. Tres bon. Will come back. Service was excellent as well.

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Bruges, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Love this little italian place in Brussels! I work just next door but it's the first time I've actually been able to walk in and have lunch. I ordered the Gnocchi alla sorrentina (13.50€) and it was absolutly delicious! Sometimes, when I order gnocchi, I get a really small plate. But all dishes are served in proper portions and you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 rue des Harengs, Brussels 1000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Brussels
  • Phone Number: 32-2-511.67.10

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pasta
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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