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Osteria a l'Ombra

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Rue des Harengs 2, Brussels 1000, Belgium
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

Had lunch during a business trip in this lovely restaurant. Menu was filled with different pasta options as were the day's specials on the wall menu. I had very good basic penne with ragu and some chilies and it was as good as any pasta can be. The portion was also so large that it easily took me through the... More 

Thank Henri K
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

The first thing you notice with this restaurant is the friendly welcome. The owners spoke excellent English and were incredibly friendly and helpful. Then the setting, just off Grand Place, and then the interior of the restaurant, which is listed. It is a small cosy restaurant with a communal table in the middle. The food is fantastic, freshly cooked and... More 

Thank 77JVL
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Nice family style Italian restaurant. Everything (food, decor) was simple, nice, good and enjoyable. It was a welcomed change from the many fancy, touristy and/or overpriced restaurants near the Grand Place. Red and white house wines were good, the spaghetti with seafood was tasty as were the carbonara and arabiatta. No pretense good food at reasonable prices. Staff and service... More 

Thank Stephane W
Boston, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

If you want authentic Italian food look no further! It is right off the Grand Place.It does have a small downstairs and upstairs so maybe best to make a reservation. We had 5 people but were lucky that they had enough room for us. The pasta was absolutely homemade! I think they even picked the tomatoes for the tomato sauce... More 

Thank islandhopper68
New Delhi, India
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2016

This is a small and homely Italian restaurant right next to the Grand Place. The food tastes like mum made it and the staff is very friendly. The restaurant is spread over two floors and the ground floor has a community bench style seating which is great for groups-it could do with a little cleaning though. The first floor has... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

Most of us are suspicious of restaurants on the well worn tourist paths. This Traditional Italian sits in the heart of Brussels, in a narrow street off the Grand Place - normally to be avoided. but hey, it was a very pleasant surprise. The menu is not extensive, but the food is authentic Italian - my penne arabbiate were great... More 

Thank EdnYork
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2016 via mobile

Though siituated in the hearth of the city, the grand place, this little restaurant is a pleasant Italian surprise. Great (fresh) pasta, Cosy upstairs dinning room. Ideal for business lunch or romantic dinner. downstairs, the big table can host a larger group. Recommended

1 Thank EricArden
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

I visited the restaurant after a recommendation from a friend. Why he ever recommended it to me or how other reviews can be so positive is a mystery to me. The restaurant is well located at a bow shot away from the Grand Place. The restaurant looks very nice upon entering, with old tiles, shelves with cook books and a... More 

1 Thank bcpvd
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2015

We stumbled on this restaurant by accident on our last night in Brussels. I was determined to avoid the tourist trap type places the line most of the main streets in the centre of Brussels, and we walked for around an hour looking for something to catch our eye, ironically finding this little italian place down a small side street!... More 

1 Thank Hbucks
Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2015

A little, hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant, with upstairs dining room, just off the Grand Place, run by three brothers. For a change-of-pace from Belgium cuisine, food was out of this world. Bistro-like atmosphere, with friendly atmosphere. The second time we had dinner there, we part of jovial conversation with a Canadian Air pilot and an Italian couple, seated at other tables.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rue des Harengs 2, Brussels 1000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Brussels
  • Phone Number: 32-2-511.67.10

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