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El Sombrero

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Lei 25, Leuven 3000, Belgium
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice cosy restaurant. Excellent Mexican cocktails and food. Prima options for vegetarians. Price policy ok, but not cheap. Discount for students - not for professors ;)

Thank D W
Ostend, Belgium
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Absolutely recommend the flautas!! Cruncy tortillas, tangy salsa verde... what more do you want? I don't know, maybe a plate of tacos or enchilladas? Yeah, that hit the spot. Wash it down with an authentic Mexican Lemonade and hey presto; a great night out in a restaurant with a good decor!

Thank Stijn E
Leuven, Belgium
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

After my visit I understood why that place is always full (table booking is recommended). It was a completely improvised visit and as usually such visits are the best. We with my friend had only one hour to eat so the staff organised a reserved table for us. We took 0,5l of margarita which was very good, water and fajitas.... More 

Thank baltavarna
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2016

I am a great fan of Mexican food and tried almost each Mexican restaurant around Leuven. So far El Sombrero is the best. The interior is very colorful and neat. reservation is a must for dinners. Staff is friendly but service might be a bit slow due to the crowd. I need to mention that portions became smaller than used... More 

Thank T B
Brussels, Belgium
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

I have visited this restaurant numerous times over past few years. What strikes me is that it is always full of people. Leuven is known for large students population (they constitute majority of clients), but taking into account the prices (main dishes close to 20 EUR) it's a bit surprising. Anyways, reservations recommended. The food is good (tried a few... More 

Thank Globtrotuar
Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Had a great evening at El Sombrero! The margarita cocktail was great, the burrito even better. Staff was friendly as well. Our only remark was the waiting time, which was a bit too long. Luckily we got plenty of nachos to keep us distracted ;)

Thank Eline D
Leuven, Belgium
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

We had to wait really long (40 minutes) for the food to arrive. The main dish that I ordered was 17 euros and seemed rather small to me. The food in itself, was okay.

Thank Wander_Away24
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

Friendly service but very disappointing food and a dreadful margharita. The food was served on a badly chipped plate. Not a good show!

Thank John C
Zaventem, Belgium
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

It's a fine Mexican restaurant, better than your average chi chi's. They have some special dishes and the classic fajitas, tacos and enchilladas. And it has a nice interior and friendly waiters too. Often, people say it is the best Mexican restaurant in Louvain, but it's not that much better than its competitor, New Mexico, if you ask me.

Thank jlanssie
Antwerp, Belgium
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159 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I have been several times to El Sombrero when I was studying and it was always a special night out! You can print a bon on their website to get 8 euro reduction for 2 persons, which is quite much! I don't know if they still do this... The fajitas, the burritos, all is very good! Not the best mexican,... More 

Thank NelVerbeke
els0mbrer0, Owner at El Sombrero, responded to this review

Dear Nel, Our bon is still there, for you and other clients. We are glad for the nice time you had in our restaurant and we are looking forward to improve even more. El Sombrero Team More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Latin
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lei 25, Leuven 3000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Flanders  >  Flemish Brabant Province  >  Leuven
  • Phone Number: 16231228

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