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“Not what we had hoped”
Review of Fin de Siecle

Fin de Siecle
Ranked #24 of 3,578 Restaurants in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $20
Cuisines: Belgian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: No telephone. No reservations. No credit cards. Simple place, simple food.
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not what we had hoped”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

We seem to be in the minority here, but we really found the restaurant to a little under whelming. We came to conclusion maybe that the point of the place was cheap, plentiful eats and in an affluent area with quantity over quality. The seating being amongst everyone and choosing from the chalk menu was fine and all part of the experience. It was really just the food that was pretty below average. Both the wife and I swapped dinners with each other in attempt to improve things, but the two dinners (sausages and the ham) were equal in their quality. Maybe we chose and off day, but I couldn't recommend a visit.

  • Visited July 2013
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Salem, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Over hyped”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Read TripAdvisor reviews and was excited to eat here while in Brussels, but left underwhelmed. Food was good, but not mind blowing (pork loin with mustard, grilled shrimp), and portions were generous. Service felt a bit superior, however, like we were lucky to be eating in such a busy and amazing restaurant (it was not busy at the time). No complaints about the food (other plates going by also looked good), but did not live up to the rave reviews of other visitors. Also, in case you are wondering how the restaurant works (which is not immediately obvious), you find a seat and a server takes your drink order. Then, you go inside and read the giant chalk board menu in French, decide what you want, then go back to your seat and wait for your server to return and take your order. Quick service.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Pbc315
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Brussels, Belgium
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very good”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

The food in Fin de Siecle was very good. The Belgian specialties were very tasty and the portions were more than ample. There was a very nice atmosphere about the place, and although it was very busy, service was quick and friendly.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Smithie W
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Milan, Italy
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Small, chaotic but delocious”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

I've been in Brussels just one night and one day for business reason and i decide to have my dinner in the small Fin de Siecle, suggested by a friend of mine. Just arrived you can notice that this place is more successful than the other around: they were almost empty, but there were a lot of people wating for a table in frony on the Fin De Siecle. The place is chaotic but well organized, i took a table outside but the food menu was inside, written in french, so i decided to eat the only thing i understood: an entrecote.. DELICIOUS! If you are going to plan a visit in bruxelles you mast try Fin de Siecle at all.

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Thank Gabir84
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Absolutely Amazing”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

I went here after my Graduation ceremony and we were able to fit in about 9 people after 9 pm, which was great! I had the Flemish Stew, whatever that equaled on their menu, and it was wonderful. The atmosphere, food, and beer menus were fabulous. Definitely a favorite.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank ElisabethJane26
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