68 Best Restaurants in Brussels, Belgium

Boentje Café

$ | Schaerbeek Fodor's choice

Just a brilliant café run by a pair of owners who really care about what they do. Their aim is to be zero-waste, whether that means repurposing used coffee grounds to grow mushrooms, composting everything that’s left over, or handing out reusable containers. The menu—all bowls, soups, and healthy weekend brunches—is organic, delicious, and wary of food intolerances. They also run a number of interesting workshops. 

Café des Spores

$$$ Fodor's choice

Finally, the mushroom-theme restaurant of your dreams … well, someone's dreams. And while diners might discover that it isn't quite as eccentric as they'd expect (mushrooms feature in all dishes but often as side ingredients), it is nonetheless quite out there, particularly the desserts: try the cakey flan diplomate and wood-ear fungus! The owners also run the impressive fine-dining French restaurant La Buvette and the excellent bakery Hopla Geiss, whose cinnamon rolls are utterly moreish, on the same street, but this is where the "fun guys" go (groan). 

Chau. d'Alsemberg 103, Saint-Gilles, 1060, Belgium
Known For
  • wonderfully imaginative slow-food menu
  • wide selection of natural wines
  • the desserts are something special
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Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.


$$ | Schaerbeek Fodor's choice

Another example of a restaurant making the most of its appeal: charming Art Nouveau decoration, recycled tables, and a sustainable ethos. A pair of sisters are behind this admirable neighborhood eatery, where menus are short but sweet and limited by what is fresh and local that season (and day).  

Av. Louis Bertrand 57–61, Brussels, 1030, Belgium
Known For
  • well-prepared, fresh cooking
  • friendly staff and chill atmosphere
  • a charming escape from the busy world
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

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Comme Chez Soi

$$$$ | Lower Town Fodor's choice

With superb cuisine, excellent wines, and attentive service, this two-star Michelin restaurant remains a regal choice, with an interior (and prices) to match. Lionel Rigolet, who took over the reins as chef from his father-in-law Pierre Wynants in 2006, is a ceaselessly inventive character with one foot in tradition, dishing up elegant racks of veal dashed with sweetbreads or cockerel breasts crowned with crayfish. Earlier creations have been relegated to the back of the menu, but one favorite remains—fillet of sole with a white wine mousseline and shrimp. Book weeks in advance to guarantee a table.

Pl. Rouppe 23, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
Known For
  • very busy---book before you step on the plane, let alone through the door
  • sumptuous cooking from a genuine star of the Belgian dining scene
  • an excellent, and often surprising, wine list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Tues., Reservations essential, Jacket and tie

De Noordzee | Mer du Nord

$$ | Lower Town Fodor's choice

What was once just a friendly fishmongers has evolved into one of the city's best, and most unexpected, street-food stops. It's set on place Ste-Catherine, which has been revitalized as the home of all things seafood, and visitors queue up at the counter outside, place an order, then grab it from the window when called. You eat at tables standing in the square, prodding with your fingers at sumptuous salt 'n' pepper calamari, scampi drenched in garlic butter, and fresh North Sea crab. A true gem rightly lorded by those in the know. It closes at 6:30 pm, though, so get there early. 

Gare Maritime

$$ | Laeken Fodor's choice

The city isn't short of good street food markets, not since Wolf opened in the center, but out in Laeken, where the options are not nearly as interesting, this new addition was a godsend when it opened in the Tour & Taxis center in 2021. The choice here is a mix of slightly more upmarket and downright crowd-pleasing, ranging from the frites of "140" (the perfect temperature for cooking fries) to the Ayurvedic veggies of Xgreen. The space is huge and you're not short of options. 

Rue Picard 7, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
Known For
  • Carne's Mauro Colagreco is a veteran of the three-Michelin-starred Mirazur in France
  • Just Graze has a load of local cheeses to try
  • regular music nights
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Rate Includes: Closed weekends


$$$ | Upper Town Fodor's choice

There are a cluster of bars and restaurants around the Cirque Royal. This "brassonomie" experiment is a cut above the rest, taking the usual brasserie fare and elevating it to a fine-dining bistro experience, and throwing in its own brewery for good measure. A beef-cheek carbonnade arrives drizzled in a silken gravy made from its house Santana beer; even the buerre blanc smothering the plaice and grey shrimps is jazzed up with its own brews. 

Rue des Cultes 36, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
Known For
  • inventive takes on Belgian classics
  • the seasonal beers are pretty good
  • the menu isn't huge but it is special
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Rate Includes: Closed weekends. No dinner Mon.–Wed.

In 't Spinnekopke

$$ | Lower Town Fodor's choice

True Flemish cooking flourishes in this reliable old favorite. The low ceilings and benches around the walls remain from its days as a coaching inn during the 18th century, and little has changed since---including the menu. Choose from among 100 artisanal beers. The specialty here is the distinctively sour lambic variety of beers, which are also used in the cooking, such as lapin à gueuze (rabbit stewed in fruit beer). Go with an appetite, because portions are huge. The knowledgeable waiters can recommend beers to go with your food but can be on the brusque side.

Pl. du Jardin aux Fleurs 1, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
Known For
  • incredible selection of Belgian gueuze (fruity and bitter) beers
  • great, old-fashioned Flemish cooking, with stews aplenty
  • Belgium-size portions
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

Leopold Café Presse

$ | Cinquantenaire Fodor's choice

This cozy café is the epitome of Brussels decor: bicycles hang from the ceiling, there are Tintin statues everywhere, and shelves overflow with books. It's sculpted chaos and part of a chain of cafés that is slowly taking over the city. This was the first branch, and is still the best. The bagels and ready-made sandwiches are always tasty, plus it stays open until 8 every day, by which time it's filled with busy students. 

Maison Antoine

$ | Schuman Fodor's choice

The Maison Antoine frites stand sells the best fries in the capital, say some people, accompanied by a dizzying range of condiments; try either local fave "Bicky" or the indulgent vol-au-vent sauce. 


$$$$ | Schaerbeek Fodor's choice

Hidden away in the streets just to the south of Parc Josephat, opposite the wine bar Ethylo, the local buzz is strong about this charming restaurant. The "market menu" is adapted in case of intolerances and geared around local producers. Its focus on gut-friendly fermentation, from kefir to sauerkraut, is explained knowledgeably, as amuse bouches are carted out with enthusiasm. 


$$ | Lower Town Fodor's choice

This tiny, modest, well-executed Flemish restaurant with a superb beer menu was quite the hit when it opened. The brasserie is named after the Dutch phrase for those who "can't get enough," and the city voted with its feet. Back then, diners lined up dutifully alongside its Art Nouveau facade, clutching beers from the bar for warmth; now there's finally online booking (one crumb of comfort from COVID). The food leans into the best of Belgian comfort food: stews slow-cooked in fruity beers, meat flaking off in gravy-soaked, hop-flavored chunks onto crisp frites and chicory. It's simple food executed well, and its selection of local lambic beers is a connoisseur's dream.

Rue du Lombard 25, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
Known For
  • beer-drenched stews to die for
  • a fine selection of lambic and local brews, with some rare finds
  • it's still got that hip factor
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch weekdays


$$$$ | Schuman Fodor's choice

A short walk from place Jourdan reveals this elegant, modern French restaurant, its pared-down, neat decor broken up with colorful prints of animals and the bustle of the open kitchen. The choice of food is equally sparse but to the point: four-course set menus deliver with imagination and no little amount of skill, letting you mix and match from your pick of cold, warm, hot, and sweet dishes on the blackboard. Lunch is a great deal at €25 for a starter and main.   

Rue Général Leman 36, Brussels, 1040, Belgium
Known For
  • original cooking that's delightfully presented
  • helpful staff and a decent selection of wines by the glass
  • good value for money
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.


$$ Fodor's choice

There's plenty of debate as to Brussels's best ramen. This cozy little joint on rue St. Boniface is undoubtedly in with a claim. Diners cluster around the countertop as chefs boil up their stock, chop up the meat, and prepare each dish. The scents and aromas are reward enough, though the gyoza aren't bad either. That's your only choice really—the menu is tiny—but you don't come for anything more. No booking, just walk in and pray there's space. There's also a street terrace on warmer days. 

Rue Francart 11, Ixelles, 1050, Belgium
Known For
  • one of the best ramens in the capital—especially the katsu
  • the countertop dining and scents are a joy
  • great value

't Kelderke

$$ | Lower Town

Head down into this 17th-century vaulted cellar restaurant (watch out for the low door frame) for traditional Belgian cuisine served at plain wooden tables. Mussels are the house specialty, but the stoemp et saucisses (mashed potatoes and sausages) are equally tasty. It's a popular place with locals and tourists, as it's open noon to midnight—but anything on the Grand Place is always going to be heaving with people. Like many restaurants in the center, Covid forced them to adopt a reservation system, so it's easier to grab a table than it used to be on busy nights. 

Grand Place 15, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
Known For
  • its atmospheric underground setting in the center of town
  • a solid entry for sampling some Belgian classics
  • its rather touristy vibe, but don't be put off

't Kiekekot


In a city of students, it's no surprise that something so simple as a "chicken and bread" restaurant would take off. But it is also a thing of beauty. It has been going since the 1960s but closed for several years, reopening to much nostalgia and a hipper new look (think cocktails and decent beer) among the boutiques of Mechelsestraat. At its heart, it's just a hunk of delicious marinated roast chicken with a selection of sides (salads, veggies, apple sauce, hummus), but to locals, it's so much more than that. 

Mechelsestraat 46, Leuven, 3000, Belgium
Known For
  • tasty, and cheap—just a few euros for a half chicken
  • it's the perfect quick pick-up meal when shopping
  • the staff are friendly and the drinks choice is good
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

A la Mort Subite

$ | Lower Town

A Brussels institution named after a card game called "Sudden Death," A la Mort Subite is practically unchanged since its 1920s heyday; and with its distinctive high ceilings, wooden tables, and mirrored walls, it remains a favorite of beer lovers from all over the world. Balancing a vast drinks menu with a choice of simple snacks (sandwiches and omelets), it still brews its own traditional Brussels beers (Lambik, Gueuze, and Faro). These sour potent drafts may be an acquired taste, but, like singer Jacques Brel, who came here often, you'll find it hard to resist the bar's gruff charm.

Au Vieux Bruxelles


Matonge's St. Boniface area is a great spot to grab some food, and this Brussels institution (open since 1882) is as lively as any and a favorite among locals. The cuisine is decidedly Belgian, with anguilles au vert (freshwater eels in a green sauce) and hearty Flemish carbonnades on the menu, best accompanied by a draft beer. Naturally, everything is served with frites, and be sure to ask for the homemade mayonnaise. If you're too full to tackle a whole dessert, you can order a half portion.

Rue St-Boniface 35, Ixelles, 1050, Belgium
Known For
  • a vast array (even for Brussels) of mussels dishes
  • cozy interior and people-watching terrace
  • old-school hospitality

Au Vieux Saint Martin

$$ | Upper Town

Even when neighboring restaurants on Grand Sablon are empty, this one is always full. It's run by the Niels family, who have been restaurateurs in Brussels since 1915, and its short menu emphasizes local specialties; portions are substantial. Its iconic filet Americain—a popular local take on steak tartare and frites—was even invented by grandfather Joseph Niels. Ownership has passed to the next generation, but standards remain high and it still serves unusually good wine (the family also has a wine import business) for the price, by the glass, or bottle. It also has a sister restaurant, Au Savoy, is located in Ixelles.

Grand Sablon 38, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
Known For
  • longevity—this location opened in 1968
  • nothing too fancy, but exquisitely good Belgian fare
  • being the birthplace of the "filet Americain"
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations not accepted

Auberge Napoleon


This elegant dining spot has a charming terrace surrounded by a grassy lawn and trees. The menu is grandiose but not afraid of the more interesting rural delights of French cooking, from saddle of hare to fillet of fawn via a number of interesting pheasant dishes. Just as exciting is its new food-sharing menu, as it tries to capture the postgarden walk-in crowd, where baked sweetbreads, caviar, and Duroc pork belly offer a more classically French take on the format. 

Bouchoutlaan 1, Meise, 1860, Belgium
Known For
  • refined cooking in a gorgeous garden setting
  • the sharing plates are really different than the usual fare
  • the wine selection is mostly French and excellent
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No dinner Tues. and Wed. No lunch Sat.



A couple of miles west of Gaasbeek is the rather bijou little town of Lennik, home to a fair number of high-priced dining options. One of the finer is August, a wine shop-cum-restaurant that oozes class and is set in an 18th-century wine merchant's premises. Paired set menus aren't cheap, but they pack a lot of flavor in, arriving immaculately presented. 

Alfred Algoetstraat 2b, Gaasbeek, 1750, Belgium
Known For
  • the wine selection is backed by good knowledge
  • the cooking is pretty exciting with well-balanced set menus
  • it's a gorgeous old building
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No lunch Wed. and Sat.



Meatballs (or ballekes) are Belgium's current fast-food obsession. This restaurant chain is everywhere now but began here in Saint-Gilles, even if it's looking its age these days. The meatballs are offered with a choice of sauces, from classic tomato to a range of beery takes, all served up in cast-iron dishes. To this you add a choice of sides, ranging from frites to chicory salad. There's a definite Ikea vibe to the decor, but it's quick, delicious, and Ballekes even has its own craft beer—you don't get that in McDonalds! There's another branch in the Grand Place as well.

174 Chau. de Charleroi, Saint-Gilles, 1060, Belgium
Known For
  • Belgian comfort food—the way your maman would make it
  • quick service
  • nice selection of craft ales for a local chain



The novelty of this Italian pizza and food-sharing restaurant is proving pretty enduring. Set on the busy food street of Tiensestraat, this is one of few restaurants here not part of the usual Belgian chains (Wasbar, Balls & Glory, Bavet, etc.). Instead, you'll find good drinks, an array of tapas ranging from stuffed baos to pizza bites and oysters, as well as pastas, risottos, salads, and, of course, good pizza. The food is served on wooden boards, steamer baskets, and on paper. It's just fun and it probably won't be long before they're found all over Belgium. 

Tiensestraat 34, Leuven, 3000, Belgium
Known For
  • playful dishes that always surprise
  • good pizza
  • the cocktails are also spot on


$ | Upper Town

With former lives as a convent and a restaurant, this place along a side street in the Marolles now makes good use of its cavernous interior as a rather flash club, where deep house music and jaegermeisters flow freely.

Berlaymont Café Brasserie

$$ | Cinquantenaire

Moules (mussels) and steaks, along with a small handful of the usual standbys, set the pace at this much-adored brasserie. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks—it's pretty much all things to the large contingent of expats who have made this a popular local spot. There are plenty of burgers to keep the kids happy, too. 

Rue Archimède 6, Brussels, 1000, Belgium
Known For
  • simple, quick, crowd-pleasing brasserie food
  • there's a terrace outside for the warmer weather
  • its pubby interior shows sport on some evenings

Café Belga


Café Belga, in an ocean-liner-like Art Deco building, is a favorite among Brussels's beautiful people. Sip a cocktail or mint tea at the zinc bar, or sit outside on a deck chair and gaze at the swans on the Ixelles ponds.

Pl. Eugène Flagey 18, Ixelles, B1050, Belgium
Known For
  • A good spot to end the night



A much-revered Italian restaurant that has been remodeled in recent years to be more of a meal out. There's a nice garden terrace, the wine selection is proficient, and the cooking is never less than spot on. It's been a local favorite for years, and you can see why: a good choice of seafood (particularly lobster) accompanies pasta that reliably conjures the scents and tastes of Italy. 

Kerkstraat 15, Tervuren, 3080, Belgium
Known For
  • decent-value pasta dishes
  • friendly and helpful staff
  • you're a stone's throw from the park
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.



Even in Belgium, where meat tends to feature pretty high on the agenda of most menus, Colonel is something different. It's all about the steak here—marbled, aged, and kept on display like a treasured memory in a cabinet by the bar counter. Choose your own cut of traceable and personally sourced French beef, typically served with thick beef-fat frites on the side. There's more than just meat here, with a well-finessed bistro menu, but why fight it?

Rue Jean Stas 24, Saint-Gilles, 1060, Belgium
Known For
  • beautifully aged (pricey) French beef
  • great service
  • its oddly transfixing meat counter
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

De Ultieme Hallucinatie


This beautiful mid-18th-century town house was redone in the Art Nouveau style in 1904, adding an elegant bow window and balcony. It's been a brasserie since the early '80s, but remained empty for years after the previous owners went bankrupt. Mercifully, it's been resurrected and restored to its former glory. The menu is solidly Belgian, with not an ounce of desire to add anything to the classics. Well-made beer stews, moules, américains, and Liège-style meatballs accompany the one international caveat: an array of tagliatelle dishes. 

Rue Royale 316, 1210, Belgium
Known For
  • solid Belgian cooking
  • the setting is a work of pure early-19th-century elegance
  • they have the odd jazz night
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.



This cheap, satisfying neighborhood café-restaurant never fails to please. Slightly removed from the center, on Hogeschoolplein, it's as much a lunch spot as a restaurant, but its cheap pastas and salads make for a good, filling meal on the go. Given the prices, it's no surprise that it's a student hot spot with a large terrace that fills up fast on warm days. The fact you can get its desserts from a vending machine seems to delight many a local customer.

Hogeschoolplein 5, Leuven, 3000, Belgium
Known For
  • it's cheap (very cheap) and satisfying
  • the atmosphere is always young and bouncy
  • it's also a fine spot for a postdinner beer
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed weekends