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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 #86 of 2,374 Restaurants in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The food was good though not special. The price was reasonable given the proximity to the Grand Place. The bathrooms were not up to modern standards.

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

My first reaction was disappointment. There is little ambience and the restaurant is tiny; however. we sat on the second floor with open windows and a view of the street. Our waiter was friendly and helpful. Brought complimentary bruschetta and salami. Tomatoes were fresh and tasty. Enjoyed canneloni stuffed with spinach and ricitta with a tomato sauce. Everything was fresh... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

A wonderful restaurant that you could miss out on had you not had trip advisor to tell you about it! It's an authentic Italian restaurant hidden in a side street from the 'grand place'. It's held by a couple of Neapolitan brothers one of which will be cooking for you. The dishes are authentic and the pasta 'al dente'... Need... More

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Newport, Mayo
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The streets around the Grand Place in Brussels are full of restaurants of the kind that has menus with pictures of the food on them. What a surprise therefore to find this Osteria in a quiet side street. An interesting small inside room with a communal table if you want it, and space to sit outside on a fine evening.... More

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bxl
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Services is average. spaces per person is small. But very good food with low price even restaurant is located center of city.

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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1,233 reviews 1,233 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
1,243 helpful votes 1,243 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
111 helpful votes 111 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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