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El Sombrero

Lei 25, Leuven 3000, Belgium
+32 16 23 12 28
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good54%
  • Average14%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible1%
14 Feb 2017
“Great Mexican Food”
17 Aug 2016
“Best Mexican in town (including for vegetarians)”
Opens in 24 min
All hours
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
$$ - $$$
Lei 25, Leuven 3000, Belgium
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Best Mexican restaurant in Leuven. Often busy, so worth calling ahead to book. Lively atmosphere and great food. I've enjoyed every visit.

Thank Cruxy77
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Close to my apartment, I've been looking forward to coming to El Sombrero for ages. On the Lei, 3 minutes walk from the centre this place looks good. Walk in and it's busy with a buzz. It's a good start. It did take them ages...More

Thank RichSWinchester
Reviewed 17 August 2016

The place is nice and the food is good. But the service was too bad. We had to wait 45 minutes for the drinks and 60 for the food for a dinner of two.

Thank LinaGr
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Nice cosy restaurant. Excellent Mexican cocktails and food. Prima options for vegetarians. Price policy ok, but not cheap. Discount for students - not for professors ;)

Thank D W
Reviewed 6 April 2016

Absolutely recommend the flautas!! Cruncy tortillas, tangy salsa verde... what more do you want? I don't know, maybe a plate of tacos or enchilladas? Yeah, that hit the spot. Wash it down with an authentic Mexican Lemonade and hey presto; a great night out in...More

Thank Stijn E
Reviewed 11 January 2016

I am a great fan of Mexican food and tried almost each Mexican restaurant around Leuven. So far El Sombrero is the best. The interior is very colorful and neat. reservation is a must for dinners. Staff is friendly but service might be a bit...More

Thank T B
Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

I have visited this restaurant numerous times over past few years. What strikes me is that it is always full of people. Leuven is known for large students population (they constitute majority of clients), but taking into account the prices (main dishes close to 20...More

Thank Globtrotuar
Reviewed 29 November 2015

Had a great evening at El Sombrero! The margarita cocktail was great, the burrito even better. Staff was friendly as well. Our only remark was the waiting time, which was a bit too long. Luckily we got plenty of nachos to keep us distracted ;)

Thank Eline D
Reviewed 26 November 2015

We had to wait really long (40 minutes) for the food to arrive. The main dish that I ordered was 17 euros and seemed rather small to me. The food in itself, was okay.

Thank Wander_Away24
Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

Friendly service but very disappointing food and a dreadful margharita. The food was served on a badly chipped plate. Not a good show!

Thank John C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lei 25, Leuven 3000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Flanders  >  Flemish Brabant Province  >  Leuven
  • Phone Number: +32 16 23 12 28
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