Our Top 10 Brasseries in Brussels

Looking for a place to eat authentic Belgian food in Brussels? We have you covered! One of the main reasons we started this blog was to discover the best (foodie) Brussels has to offer. And obviously this includes brasseries serving proper Belgian food! 

One of the question we get most frequently asked on our FB page is if we can you recommend a truly, authentic Belgian restaurant? Well, yes, if you ask 🙂 Here are 10 we love in Brussels (link in the titles). 

Au Stekerlapatte 

If you are looking for truly old-school Belgian food with a modern twist, then look no further than Au Stekerlapatte. The restaurant is located in the heart of Les Marolles and the menu offers a mix of classic Belgian dishes with more unusual Marolles inspired ones like bloempanch (sort of a black pudding pie?). Add to this a great Belgian beer list and you will never want to leave. 

Les Brassins 

I loved this restaurant ever since I discovered it on a back street while living in Ixelles. The owner is full of life, the menu is straight forward, the list of Belgian beers is endless. I have probably eaten my way through the whole menu … and I still go back every chance I get to try the typical Belgian food they serve. Also, this restaurant review was our mini claim to fame with The Guardian Travel (ts ts ts) … 

In’t Spinnekopke

This restaurant is everything a tourist in Brussels wants it to be – close to the Grand Place, serving typical Belgian dishes (ham from the Ardennes, hot shrimps croquettes, chicken vol au vent … and let’s not ignore the mussels), a bit old fashioned and stuck in time and always full. Plus, their take on beer goes as far as offering several icecreams made with beer so worth to leave some space for that.  

Brasserie de la Gare 

In order to discover more of Brussels, 4 of us have set us a ‘commue dinner’ group – whenever our schedules allow, we go and try a new restaurant in a Brussels commune. One of these restaurants was Brasserie de la Gare. The decor is traditionally 20thC Brussels. The food is a bit more modern but not by much so you can expect classics such as croquettes, Americain (my favourite!) and of course the mousse au chocolat. 

disclaimer – both photos are from the restaurant websites 

Le Chapeau Blanc 

This was the first restaurant we tried on our commune dinner trail … and it set the bar really high. Anderlecht is not exactly on the foodie radar nor the touristic one (bar the football connection) but this restaurant is really worth a detour. The decor is inspiring, the waiters are typically brasserie style fun, and the food was de-li-cious! Also very cheap compared to more central Brussels prices so we have been back with family and friends ever since.

Bij den Boer

Located where the old Brussels fish market used to be, this restaurant has probably not changed too much since the fish market was operational … so don’t be surprised that upon opening the door of Bij den Boer, it feels like stepping back in time. A mix of brasserie with the obligatory marine / fish inspired decoration makes the restaurant feel cosy and familiar.

La Quincaillerie

La Quincaillerie! The place is absolutely gorgeous. Entering the now restaurant, then hardware store (quincaillerie in French) you understand why Brussels is so famous for its Art Nouveau architecture. Simply gorgeous. Granted, the food when we went was a little bit bof but you will always find something decent on the menu. And the setting pretty much makes up for the food. 

Viva M’Boma 

The menu at Viva M’Boma (meaning long live the grandmother in old Bruxellois dialect) is entirely Belgian, with dishes I didn’t know existed and others I probably won’t ever try. A choice of starters, a choice of mains including veal kidney, vol au vent, pot au feu, and finally very Belgian desserts, such as tarte au sucre, speculoos icecream, and of course the mousse au chocolat. De-li-cious! 

disclaimer – both photos are from the restaurant websites 

Les Petits Bouchons

OK, granted this is more of a French brasserie in Brussels but still serving enough tasty Belgian dishes to count in this top 10. When we visited, we opted for different set menus, which included pickled mackerel, shrimp salad, andouillette and Americain frites. The food was great. The wine was great. Nothing more, nothing less than honest good food at decent prices.

Le Clan des Belges 

Le Clan des Belges (literally the Belgian clique) is a very straight forward shabby chique meets cozy type of brasserie serving great Belgian food. Meatballs, mussels, shrimp croquettes,  Americain (raw meat) etc. In all honestly? Every single dish we had at Le Clan des Belges over time has been tasty and heart warming. Don’t expect fancy, but food that warms the soul. 

Do you have a favourite Belgian brasserie in Brussels? 

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10 Belgian Brasseries in Brussels by @onfoodandwine

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  • Pj Mac Gabhann

    Had lunch in Au Stekerlapatte today and it was a lovely experience from start to finish. Thanks for the list above. I look forward to working my way through it.

    • Andreea

      so happy to hear! we loved Au Stekerlapatte too (granted most brasserie food is for the ‘usual’ Brussels days … the sun took up all by surprise!). let me know what you think of the others when you get the chance