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“Nice food & service”
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Ranked #80 of 3,904 Restaurants in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $59
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Nice food, and is not expensive. The service is good too and fast. The Kafenio salad and the octopus salad are quite good.

1  Thank ja_svq
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

I went here with colleagues (a group of 10 people in total). We were treated friendly and quickly. A colleague of mine knocked over a glass, spilling his drink. We were helped immediately. We didn't have to wait long for our meal, which was great.

Being a vegetarian, I asked if the mezze assortment could be made vegetarian (there are veggie options on the menu but I love mezze). This wasn't a problem at all. They double-checked if fish was OK, which isn't veggie for me, but again, no problem at all.

What I got was very tasty: different fried bits, vegetables and the typical sauces (Tatziki and others).

I found it a cosy and neat restaurant, friendly staff, not a long wait, good value.

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1  Thank PeterMorli
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

I was introduced to this restaurant by a friend and have now been there three times. Whilst I cannot comment on some of the negative reviews below, I have always been treated in a friendly manner by the staff and never had an issue with my bill.

My main reason for returning is the consistently good quality of the food. My favourite dish is the Lamb Chops that are cooked just right and very tasty. They come with what I call chips (not fries) and a very nice salad, well dressed and with walnuts. Yes there are plenty of other establishments in the area but this one has a nice menu, the food is cooked well and to a consistent quality and it is worth a visit.

Don't be put off.

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Thank Peter G
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Well, it's not exactly what the name (kafenio = greek coffee house) lets you expect. The decor is quite modern, in simple lines, the wall depicts the skyline of Brussels, not a typical greek landscape. However, the interesting part is the food. We had a large meze selection, which allowed for a quite comprehensive tour of greek dishes. Everything was well cooked or grilled, the tastes were distinct and at the appropriate level. The selection of greek wines is not huge, but covers a wide range of origins and prices. The service is friendly and efficient, although we got meze for 3, while we ordered for 2. All in all a good choice if you are in the neighbourhood of the European Commission quarters.

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Thank Konstantin F
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

We went here for after dinner drinks with some colleagues and had some beers and wine and got cheated. When it was time to settle the bill, we wanted to pay part in cash, party by card. The waiter (a very tall man in his twenties) took the cash with him when he went to get the card machine, and then came back with a sum that did not match our calculations of what should have been left. He claimed we had left 20 euro less cash than we had. Then the "owner" of the restaurant came to accuse us of not knowing how much we had left, when it was clear his member of staff (who he claimed was very honest, or someone else) has "miscalculated" or taken one of the bills. We thought it best not to make a bigger scene (though calling the police had already come up) since you cannot know what knives or other violence comes out of it, which is not worth the 20 euros. Do not go here if you want to don't want to get cheated and charged more than you should be!! They seem to think it's fine to cheat "eurocrats" and "international/tourist" customers - so we advice to avoid it, the place left a foul taste in our mouths.

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6  Thank Bella_Brussels
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aristoteli, Propriétaire at Kafenio, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2013
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Je suis le propriétaire du restaurant le « KAFENIO ».
Votre commentaire m’a fortement interpellé. Malgré mon absence ce soir-là, les faits m’ont été communiqués.
Trouvez-vous ça raisonnable d’accuser à tort une maison établie depuis plus de dix ans ?
Vous avez oublié de préciser qu’après le malentendu, mon personnel vous a cordialement convié à laisser vos coordonnés afin de résoudre ce différent.
Lors de votre venue, j’étais absent pour des raisons personnelles. Cependant, j’ai directement été averti de l’incident. Si mon personnel était si malhonnête que vous le prétendez, je suppose qu’ils auraient gardé les faits sous silence.
L’erreur est humaine, je ne vous l’apprend certainement pas. Le seul reproche que j’ai envers mon personnel est de ne pas avoir compté l’argent devant vous au moment de l’addition.
Je ne vous apprend pas non plus qu’après un moment de détente arrosé, l’esprit n’est plus au sommet de sa clairvoyance. Je me permet d’émettre ce détail, et je précise que mon intention n’est pas de vous vexer.
Un malentendu reste un malentendu, cela ne devient en aucun cas du vol. Vous mettez votre version en avant sans nous laisser l’occasion de nous justifier.
Je vais finir avec un dernier point : mon personnel est resté très courtois avec vous malgré la réaction et le geste déplacé que vous avez eu à leur égard en renversant votre verre de vin devant eux.
Les mauvaises critiques sont généralement constructives et bien reçues, je qualifie la vôtre d’insultante et d’erronée.

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