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Rue Haute 179, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 502 35 59
00:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 22:00
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Wed - Sat 00:00 - 22:00
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Brussels, Belgium
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125 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Either for tapas or a one plate dish, I recommend this place at all time. For those who have never been, be aware this place some days gets (over)crowded, resulting in slow service and staff trying to keep up (I guess that's what some reviewers here call "unfriendly", because then staff do not spend much time chatting at your table)... More 

Thank ToyBoy_B
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

Veery nice place to eat tapat and drink a good bottle of spanish wine at a affordable price .I recomend the Pulpo and the chorizo a la cidra :

Brussels, Belgium
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

We arrived before 10pm and there was a free table, so we decided to sit down - all quite normal, right? The owner comes to the table and starts sending us out, in Spanish and in a really rude way, no justification whatsoever apart from something like "it is too late". Absolutely unnecessary, even the staff apologised quietly on our... More 

Thank Ana F
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

This place offers a great variety of Spanish tapas, wines and fresh fish. The service is very good and quick.

Thank Rada G
Brussels, Wisconsin
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

Not easy to get a table but worth the wait! Great selection of tapas. With all price ranges... Delicious wine selection....too good!

Thank Robinannatilocca
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

This is an actual tapas place, order at the bar and wine by the glass. Service was fast and friendly. Wine and food nothing special or revolutionary, but everything well prepared. Recommended for a quick meal in a relaxed atmosphere.

Thank Kirsten B
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

El Fontan serves Spanish tapas. Everything was good: wine, service, atmosphere... But some tapas were ok, some I did not like. There were some ribs, that I'm pretty sure were cooked from not fresh ingredient. Overall the the food not impressed. (be aware that additional portions of bread are for a charge - not usual for Brussels)

Thank Alexandr M
Geneva, Switzerland
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39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

We bumped into this place by accident, looking to have something to drink and then go for dinner. At first, it does not seem like a place where they serve good food - at least that was my impression. Since we ended up eating then - and I am glad we did! - I completely changed my mind. Anything we... More 

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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202 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

We went to eat at El Fontan recommended by a friend who has been there. The atmosphere there is uncomplicated, casual and friendly. We have ordered 10 different kind of tapas ( chorizos in wine, boquerones, navajas, Sardinas, fish croquetas, shrimps, calamaris. We took a Protos among the interesting varities of wines. We had a great time with Vincenzo the... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2015

We went there on a Tuesday and the place and staff was OK. We ordered a small tapa of anchovies and it was good at a decent price. However, the two main dishes that we ordered were listed in the menu as "Pork loin steak with salad and fries". My disappointment arose when they brought the two dishes (a bit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Spanish, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
00:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 22:00
00:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 22:00
00:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 22:00
00:00 - 18:00
00:00 - 22:00
00:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rue Haute 179, Brussels 1000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Brussels
  • Phone Number: +32 2 502 35 59

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?