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Quai aux Briques 2 | Place Sainte Catherine 12, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 512 32 77
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good43%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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French, Belgian, European, Soups, Seafood, Gastropub
Quai aux Briques 2 | Place Sainte Catherine 12, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was cold and a bit tasteless. However the service was very friendly probably one of the best servers I've had while traveling for 3 weeks.

Thank wanderlustforever21
Reviewed 16 April 2017

As locals, we were quite hesitant to come here for dinner. Wrong we were, no tourist trap: friendly service, nice menu at reasonable prices (37 or 48 EUR) and the food was actually more than ok. Two comments: the wine list should be more elaborate...More

Thank Pieter D
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Went for dinner with husband and son and we loved our food but service was a bit slow. Great oysters, moules and croquettes. Would be back

Thank patriciaDubai
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We ate with our family here while on vacation in Brussels. First of all we are from the United States and don't know French and was surprised when they didn't have an English menu. The waiters attitude totally changed when they found out we didn't...More

Thank Cameron S
Reviewed 21 January 2017

This is a rather typical restaurant, or perhaps closer "brasserie" in Brussels. I came here for dinner as part of a larger group and we were seated in an area near the back of the restaurant. Which was nice as we had it to ourselves,...More

Thank PurplishCat
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Average, Nothing special. Service slow. Had huitres and fish, it was ok but not more than this. The plates are very simple.

Thank Eleni257
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

We came here for a seefood after reading TA recommendations. Unfortunately it appeared to be more than average. Tuna tartar was plain and it seemed to be even not very fresh, air-dried, bakes scallops (coquilles Saint-Jacques) were so dry and fibrous like if they were...More

Thank MarinaKomarkova
Reviewed 19 October 2016

It was a coincidence that we ended up at this restaurant. After a day of hiking around the streets of Brussels we found out that we had to have some food. We looked into several restaurants and settled on this one. And we were not...More

Thank Fibula77
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Restaurant Francois is located near the Vismarkt, a lovely place in the city center of Brussels. It is a well known, kind of posh seafood restaurant, but quite expensive, even overpriced (main course approximately 35€ and more). Quality of the food is ok (but you...More

Thank Goycochea
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere was good BUT: 6/6 of the oysters where not mouving at all (dead).Also high prices with nothing special .The service was good.

Thank Elenh T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
French, Belgian, European, Soups, Seafood, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Quai aux Briques 2 | Place Sainte Catherine 12, Brussels 1000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Brussels
  • Phone Number: +32 2 512 32 77
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Le Restaurant Francois, est un etablissement bien connu, au coin du Quai aux Briques et de la Place Sainte Catherine a Bruxelles.Un etablissement bien connu, au coin du Quai aux Briques et de la Place Sainte Catherine. Les arriere-grands-parents d'Anne-Marie Veulemans tenaient a l'epoque une friterie, dans laquelle on degustait des moules...Toute la famille s'affairait a couper les frites, nettoyer les moules, et mettre les harengs au vinaigre.Deux freres prirent la succession : Henry reprit la friterie et Francois ouvrit un petit bistrot au coin du marche au poissons.Avec son epouse Aline, il fit evoluer sa cuisine, entre la tradition et les nouveaux gouts de la clientele, de plus en plus nombreuse et fidele.En 1960, le traiteur fut ouvert juste a cote, et aujourd'hui, Madame Anne-Marie dirige le bateau, respectant les traditions.