Group and Banquet Prices 2009
A family, a first name … a tradition !
A stone’s throw from the Brussels Gran-Place, that “rich theatre”, to borrow Jean Cocteau’s expression, there is the Ilot
Sacré (Sacred Block). At the heart of this district, the “Chez Léon” restaurant, temple of Brussels gastronomy, has been
in existence for more than a hundred years and has become one of the inescapable monuments of Old Brussels.
This restaurant, by its simplicity, its direct, warm welcome and its picturesque atmosphere has been able to
win the hearts of the public and to become a gourmand’s staging post.
In 1867, Léon Vanlancker set himself up to run a restaurant named “A la Ville d’Anvers” before opening, a
few years later in his own name, the one that was to become a symbol of Belgian cuisine.
The years go by and his establishment gradually grows. The Fifties, and particularly the Universal Exhibition of
1958, were to see the real start of the “Chez Léon” restaurant, when Brussels became the undisputed capital
of “Moules-Frites”, or “Mussels With French Fries”. From five tables in 1893, the restaurant now occupies nine
buildings and offers 420 places to the 350.000 visitors who, each year, sample its now world-famous cuisine.
There are a whole host of anecdotes about this popular restaurant which has welcomed all the personalities
of the political, cultural and financial world, as well as the members of the Belgian Royal Family.
All come to get a taste of the house’s mussel dishes. There are also lobster, fish and meat dishes, but the
truly initiated are distinguished by their predilection for the “Moules Marinières Spéciales”, an almost secret
recipe accompanied with chips and a delicious LEON beer, for example.
I’ll stop there, and thank you for your visit. Enjoy your meal !
Good to know
CHEZ LEON is the oldest restaurant in Brussels
Located a stone’s throw from the Grand-Place and three minutes’ walk from the Gare Centrale
and a bus parking