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) #395 of 3,090 Restaurants in Brussels $$$$ French, , Seafood
Quai aux Briques 2 | Place Sainte Catherine 12, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 512 32 77
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good45%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“lobster” (25 reviews)
“sole” (8 reviews)
“homard” (2 reviews)
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French, Belgian, Seafood, European, Gastropub, Soups
Quai aux Briques 2 | Place Sainte Catherine 12, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ordered two different lobster dishes, one just boiled and with rice, the other was baked with fries. All very good. Service also good here even though this is a very busy place. A bit overpriced.

Thank Suria_Nataadmadja
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was recommended by a friend who had lived in Brussels. It is in the very touristic area near St. Catherine church, which once served as a fish market. The former canal area is surrounded by seafood restaurants. Restaurant Francois is definitely worth a...More

Thank D W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there two evenings in a row. Actually we had been there many years ago and found the lobster we had too much cooked and too dry. We paid a lot quite some money for a rather mediocre dish, so we didn't go back. But...More

Thank Olivier O
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I am not quite sure why this restaurant doesn't get better reviews. I have been there a number of times, and each time it has been excellent. Great fish and good service in a very pleasant setting. Dinner takes a while, but it is not...More

Thank PrinceConsort
Reviewed 3 May 2017 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 27 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 25 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
French, Belgian, Seafood, European, Gastropub, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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.
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