Whether it’s a special occasion or you simply feel like treating them to a delicious dinner, one of these restaurants is sure to impress. From a tiny Italian trattoria to Brussels’ most lauded Michelin star restaurant, these are the 10 dining experiences that will put a twinkle in their eye.
Enjoy traditional French cuisine in an intimate setting with one of the best wine lists you’ll find in the Belgian capital. The menu features classic dishes like fois gras and beef onglet. And we recommend sharing the cheese board over some specially paired wine at the end of your meal. Try and bag one of the tables towards the back near the stairs. The candlelit setting is the perfect place to whisper sweet nothings into your loved one’s ear.
Source: Le Wine Bar Des Marolles
Winehouse Osteria transports the food (and romance) of Italy to Brussels. Part wine shop, part coffee shop, part Osteria, the wine bar just off Place St Gery is small and cosy giving it an intimate feel, perfect for date night. In true Italian fashion, the menu features starters like cold cuts and soup, pasta courses and then the main event. The tagliolini with scorzone truffle and red tuna tagliata were particularly delicious. A few of the wines on their list come in at under 20 EUR which means you can even treat yourself to dessert.
Looking to impress? Then a table at Le Rabassier should do the trick. This exclusive restaurant hosts a maximum of 18 diners per night making it a hot ticket in town. Open since 2014, over the past 5 years it has come to be a reference point for fine dining in the capital. The menu focuses on truffle, using it in imaginative and unexpected ways. The service is also impeccable and you’ll want for nothing while dining here.
Source: Le Rabassier
L’Auberg’In have managed to recreate the feeling of a county manor right in the middle of the city. The cozy restaurant feels like a rural escape, featuring a large open fire in winter and a gorgeous terrace for the summer surrounded by nature. The menu features classic French cuisine and they will cook your steak exactly as you ask. They do a four course menu for a very reasonable 44 EUR. You’ll need to make a reservation here about a week in advance so be sure to plan ahead.
Head chef at La Villa Emily, Mathieu Jacri, quickly earned a Michelin star for his classic French cooking and has gone one to earn La Villa Emily a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Brussels. The restaurant itself leaves no detail untouched, with sophisticated surroundings that will leave you wanting to redecorate your own home. If you opt for the a la carte menu you will likely pay roughly 100 EUR, but the reasonably priced set lunch is 46 EUR, perfect if you want to impress without breaking the bank. Be sure to book ahead.
Source: La Villa Emily
Located in an elegant Brussels town-house, this two Michelin star restaurant integrates a subtle mix of charm and character. From the moment you walk in to the Monet you leave you’ll be treated like royalty, making for a very special dining experience. Founded in 1926, the menu still features specialities that have held their own over four generations as well as more recent additions. Choose from dishes from land or sea and sit back and enjoy the ride.
Another Brussels restaurant that has earned two Michelin stars, Sea Grill is, as the name suggests, the place to take lovers of seafood. The dining room features stylish artwork and separate areas for added intimacy. Choose from a tasting menu or go a la carte and curate your own experience. There is a particularly good wine list here. The price is high so we recommend saving this for special occasions – a perfect anniversary date for foodies.
Philippe Renoux has bought flavours from his native South of France to Brussels and mixed them with the cooking techniques of other Mediterranean areas. The result is deliciously fresh and sure to impress. Dining space here is very limited so be sure to book ahead. You’ll be glad you did when you step into the romantic dining area.
Source: Orphyse Chausette
This wine bar doubles up as a wine shop (if you’d prefer to take a bottle home) but it’s worth stopping in for the light bites and tapas that they serve alongside their extensive wine list. It has a warm and cosy atmosphere with sofas and wine boxes scattered around as well as high tables. A great place for a casual date when you haven’t thought to book ahead.
Is there anything more romantic than sharing a pizza with the one you love? Our favourite place to do this is Mito. The leather benches are perfect for snuggling up on and exchanging slices of their chewy sourdough creations. They feature delicious toppings like pig cheek and pumpkin and pistachio pumpkin. Perfect for taking your date out of their pizza comfort zone.
Source: Brussels Kitchen