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“Cozy place 1/2 block from the Grand Place--homemade pasta”
Review of Osteria a l'Ombra

Osteria a l'Ombra
Ranked #1,161 of 3,715 Restaurants in Brussels
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 28, 2013

This very small restaurant is within a stone's throw of the Grand Place, but you can sort of feel that you are really in Italy for a couple of hours while eating here. There is a blackboard with the day's dishes on it, and I highly recommend that you get one of their homemade pastas for dinner. There is a communal table on the first floor, so if you are so inclined, you can meet other diners and enjoy their company. While there are tourists at this place, we noticed locals too. The owners let you linger, and that is nice after a long hard day of touring.Since you are near to so many incredible chocolate shops and Dondoy, you can either have dessert here, or else splurge on waffles and ice cream specialties somewhere else.

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Reviewed November 23, 2013

We tried Osteria a l'Ombra due to the reviews from others. We were disappointed. The service was DESPERATELY slow, well over an hour before we got our meals, and the restaurant appeared to be quiet at the time! Only plus side was the wine, the best sangiovese I have tasted for quite some time, but it wasn't cheap. When it came, the food was nice, not remarkable, but OK. Wont be back I'm afraid.

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1  Thank trendell26
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Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

This is such a nice Italian place. The food was great. Good wine and nice ambience. And so close to the Grand Place but without the atmosphere of being a tourist trap. Will definitely come back.

Thank JanPleun
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Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

Pros: Really good traditional italian restaurant. About 32? per person for appetizer, main dish and coffee. Touristic/historic location

Cons: i would give a 5 if the restaurant was clean. They definitely need to renovate and especially clean the place. It's not disgusting but...

Thank patall17
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We were party of three and were seated upstair in a squalid and seedy room with a lingering smell of kitchen.
Service was average.
Food was just poor pseudo italian cooking.
We visited this restaurant several times years before and unfortunately it has lost its quality.
It has become a tourist trap.

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1  Thank Artobrussels
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