We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Osteria a l'Ombra

#1,268 of 3,177 Restaurants in Brussels}
€€ - €€€Italian, Mediterranean
2 rue des Harengs, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 511 67 10
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (34 reviews)
“the grand place” (25 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 23:00All hours
Italian, Mediterranean
€€ - €€€
2 rue des Harengs, Brussels 1000, Belgium
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (228)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 111 reviews

Reviewed 2 November 2017

Reading that this place could even be rated sounds surreal. The only good thing about Osteria a l'Ombra is the setting, originally an old fishmonger shop a few steps away from the Grand Place. Only it is a trap. Everything else is a true disaster....More

Thank tortellini28
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Service was very very slow and unpersonal. The food was nothing special. Prices were ok, but unacceptable for the quality and service received. Definitely not worth the wait. his place is severely overrated.

1  Thank wyn5
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for something quick this is not the place for you. Very slow service. If you don't mind just hanging about then it's worth it for the food. Bread warm and fresh from the oven. Homemade pasta is delicious and perfectly cooked....More

Thank Christina H
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

We came here because we saw the reviews, and the closing time was at 23.30. We arrived at 22.00 and we were told that the place was going to close ( they didnt want to work). We came the next day and it was horrible.

1  Thank Pauix
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

The restaurant is located in an alley not in the Main Street so you probably won't see it unless you are actually looking for it. It's very small and a big sharing table that you sit with other people. The pastas were good and big...More

Thank Anharin
Reviewed 3 July 2017

At 50 meters from Brussels' beautiful Grand Place, this tiny Italian restaurant is outstanding. Interior, people, concept, food: all excellent! Whenever in Brussels, go there, not once but a couple of times. A small but excellent menucard. Wine likewise. The common table downstairs invites to...More

Thank jos-verniest
Reviewed 25 June 2017

If you like to go out for dinner with your partner and/or friens, enjoy the evening over a meal with some win, this is the place to be. Typical italian ambiance and food that has again improved, as yes they went thru a bad patch...More

Thank Ann V
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across this restaurant completely by accident and we were far from disappointed. So much so that we came back a second time in our trip. At first glance this place is nothing to look at. You may actually just walk right by. Looking...More

Thank Jeremy R
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Don't miss this one. The most genuine Italian food you can get in this city. The waiter Lucca was unstoppable in his eager to please us. We will be back soon.

Thank jrmata2017
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Eating here was as being in a Bunuel movie (check: the exterminating angel movie) - a surrealist experience. Excruciatingly long waiting time for everything, i.e. from ordering, getting drinks, food to end simply. For example, cold cuts for whatever reason took 45 min to arrive...More

2  Thank Lynette C
Nearby Restaurants
La Brouette
622 reviews
.07 km away
The Sister Brussels Cafe
166 reviews
.03 km away
Au Coin Gourmand
65 reviews
.04 km away
El Greco
342 reviews
.05 km away
Nearby Attractions
Grand Place
26,628 reviews
.07 km away
Town Hall (Hotel de Ville)
2,679 reviews
.03 km away
479 reviews
.07 km away
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
6,880 reviews
.09 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
30 July 2016|
Response from islandhopper68 | Reviewed this property |
I gather you can just call them directly. I couldn't find a website for them. I don't recall if they were on open table but when you are in Brussels call them or have your hotel call if you don't want to make the... More
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 rue des Harengs, Brussels 1000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Brussels
  • Phone Number: +32 2 511 67 10
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing