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Il Passatempo

#299 of 3,046 Restaurants in Brussels
Certificate of Excellence
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Rue de Namur 32, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 2 511 37 03
Mon - Sat 00:00 - 14:30
Thu - Fri 19:30 - 22:30
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Valescure, France
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Excellent lunch, changes each day, creative, light and prepared from good quality produce. Open kitchen, all visible to the clients. Good wine by the glass. Chef-maitre d looks after his clients very well. Have been countless times and always very good and at a reasonable price for the centre of Brussels.

Thank Geoffrey83Var
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50 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Warm welcome, cosy interior and excellent food but a strange formula. You just can eat what the chef prepared, no choise. We had 3 courses for the lunch (starter, pasta and meat). The quality of the dishes was amazing. An italian restaurant where I certainly will return.

Thank guy c
Deurle, Belgium
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116 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2016

First of al you have the chef, Pino, who has a great sense of humor. And this is shared by the staff. Very nice and dedicated team! Secondly, you have the restaurant, small but very cosy. You better reserve a table when you go there. But it is certainly worth the visit. Finally, there is the food and the wine:... More 

Thank AlexisDeVliegher
Senieji Trakai, Lithuania
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

Agree with most opinions, delicious Italian food, very nice shef suggesting his daily menu. Everithing was excellent. However pricy - lunch 40 eur/person without dessert and drinks.

Thank Lilajar
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91 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

The owner(?) or m'aitre d' is a real character. The food is "what comes" and is very good. We had 5 courses during our business lunch - sounds far too much, but they were sized to make the sum just right.

Thank BazNorway
London, United Kingdom
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210 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

I really like this new type of lunch: choose nothing; test everything the owner wants you to try during a lunch. No stress: no need to wonder what is best on the menu, he knows what is good in his restaurant so you can only be positively surprised...

London, Ohio
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2015

I accidentally found Il Passatempo on a recent business trip. The food is a set menu which you can talk through wight eh waiting staff but is typically an amuse bouche assortment, starter, pasta course, meat/fish course and coffee. I had an excellent dinner and will certainly return on future trips.

Thank BusinessTravellingLo
London, United Kingdom
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234 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2015

This restaurant is open mainly for lunch, full of business and italian customer. The concept is that the boss, a funny guy, choose for you the antipasti and the main one according to the products of the day. And it was wonderful, first a carpaccio of tuna (great tuna and olive oil) one of the best I eat, so abondant... More 

Thank Olivier t
Bangkok, Thailand
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2015

Il Passatempo is an authentic Italian restaurant specialized in lunch for the work crowd. It is only open for dinner a few days a week. The owner (Pino) is an integral part of the experience. As other people write, he has a strong personality but it would not be the same without him. Outstanding dishes, great wines. You can follow... More 

Thank ThomasFamilyBEL
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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209 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2014

A really nice Italian restaurant where all the food is freshly made and the owner brings you what he thinks is best. The food is not fussy- a nice change- but delicious. On the day, amongst the dishes we had, the pasta with wild boar was superb and the raw beef with potatoes amazing. The owner is super friendly and... More 

Thank Pierre171

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$36 - US$145
Italian, Mediterranean, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
00:00 - 14:30
00:00 - 14:30
00:00 - 14:30
00:00 - 14:30
19:30 - 22:30
00:00 - 14:30
19:30 - 22:30
00:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rue de Namur 32, Brussels 1000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Brussels
  • Phone Number: +32 2 511 37 03

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