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Brussels Restaurants

Chez Léon

Updated 10/17/2013

Fodor's Review

More than a century old, this cheerful restaurant has expanded over the years into a row of eight old houses, while its franchises can now be found across Belgium and in France. It's a reliable choice on the restaurant-lined rue des Bouchers—just don't expect to see any locals eating here. Heaped plates of mussels and other Belgian specialties, such as anguilles en vert (eels in an herb sauce) and fish soup, are continually served.

Restaurant Information

Address:

rue des Bouchers 18, Brussels, B1000, Belgium

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Phone:

02-511–1415

Website: www.chezleon.be

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted

Updated 10/17/2013

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By JDiver

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Jan 13, 2007

Good fast food, Belgian style.

Clean, efficient, well-prepared and reasonably priced Belgian specialities, including a number of moules et frites preparations. Be friendly, they are friendly; be serious, they will serve efficiently and move on.

By Jason

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Mar 6, 2006

Great mussels from Brussels - NOT VanDamme !

Was here a few weeks back on business trip. Echo some comments seen, not an ostentatious atmosphere, but - GREAT FOOD ! Moules/frites spot on, house beer is good, excellent garlic prawns. When we went 80% of diners were local - has to be a good sign.

By Richard

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Dec 9, 2005

The original and still very good

You want a quick meal of mussels, go to Chez Leon. This is the original from 1893. They have spread all over Paris so when I first came to Brussels, I hunted down the granddaddy of the chain. Noisy, bustling, quick and good.

By David

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Jun 27, 2001

Good value in an expensive area

My impression was that many of the restaurants in the Rue des Bouchers cater purely to tourists and the quality of food / service reflects that fact. Chez Leon is, by no means, completely different but the food was good, the ambience enjoyable and service very efficient.

By Esther

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Oct 4, 2000

Authentic feeling Belgian bistro

Off La Grande Place - just on the left as you enter Rue de Les Bouchers ( a network of narrow lanes with door upon door of restaurants). The main course portions are large and starters could prevent you finishing or being able to tackle deserts. Plump juicy moules dishes and fine fish. They add your bill up on the tablecloth in front of you! A little more expensive than the average restaurant on the street, but probably worth it.

By Michael

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Jul 30, 2000

The MacDonalds of Mussels

If you've never had "moules marinieres et frites"(steamed mussels) or "Tomates aux crevettes" (Tomatoes stuffed with the little North Sea grey shrimp)then this is as good a place to start though by no means the definitive experience.Leon's is coasting on an old reputation and you can do much better elsewhere.

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