Brussels Bistro
Brussels Bistro

Brussels Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brusselsbistro.com/
  • Phone: 9493767955
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Saturday & Sunday 11.30am - 4pm
    Diner: Sunday - Thursday 4pm - 10.30pm
    Friday & Saturday 4pm - 10pm
    Dj Nightclub: Every Friday & Saturday at 10.30pm - 2am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Belgian
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Crijns
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: DJ Nightclub every Friday & Saturday 10.30pm - 2am

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Coast Highway
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Brussels Bistro
Brussels Bistro is located in downtown Laguna Beach and offers great Belgian food and beers with entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Brussels Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (45)fit for foodies (36)good for groups (23)great for outdoor dining (18)vibrant bar scene (17)late-night find (17)great for lunch (15)hot spot (12)special occasion (10)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (8)romantic (7)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • In from dc visiting area
    susanismVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Service poor..waiter distracted. Friends at next table so he engaged with them...had to ask for refill for water four times,.went for mussels and they were terrific. Too bad service did not match up with food. When time for check..of course service very attentive.. Too late.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DON'T DO IT
    DPSerious
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service poor as incorrect orders were served without apology and response from server regarding improperly prepared food fell short. Food also poor as steak was served at wrong temperature and one order had a foreign substance in it. Too bad as I have been there before and enjoyed a much better experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Getting really expensive
    LoveItbut2Expensive
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We love and have been eating at Brussels Bistro for many years (3 to 4 times a year), and seen the prices going up every time we go, there is a limit to what remains a casual meal. The flagship meal (mussels) now starts at $26, add a sauce and it will jumps the price by another 3 or 4 bucks. A party of 4 got is a $220 bill, before tip. Although we did share 2 appetizers, we limited our drinks to beer (4), and no wine. Food and service are good, but do not justify the price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • authentic belgian/french
    hockeygirl
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    love this place. food is superb. extensive Belgian beer list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find!
    RidgeRunner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food! Service was impecable, a menu worth exploring. Can't wait to go back and try more of their menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant Surprise
    PShrews
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great food and service. Located on busy Forrest street. Dishes are well thought out and presented nicely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels from Brussels
    CheynagalVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We come here on the nights when they have all you can eat mussels. You can try all their different broths & you get a glass of wine or beer. All for $26. They have this special Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. I gained 2 lbs. this time! I love all the people who work there too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A touch of Belgium in Laguna
    Mamamaya
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Friendly, attentive service and a classic European menu (mussels and beef tartare anyone?) make this a great spot for dining. They do a fun birthday, blasting a birthday song and serving chocolate mousse with a sparkler. My one complaint is that the mussels they feature as a nightly special were not fresh; a bit of a disappointment, but the rest of the family enjoyed their meals.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy but fun
    Coronakid
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Small downstairs bistro with tables packed in and a busy bar. Saturday night might not be the best night to judge. Brie wrapped in bacon was great and popular. Mains were innovative but the Belgian sausages didn't quite hit the spot and the tuna special with peaches was a bright idea but somehow lacked 'wow' factor. Our French waiter was lively and the bar man was born in England. Very European! Nevertheless we enjoyed ourselves and would go again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big fat PEI Mussels
    Gregver
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Brussels Bistro has 'em, along with great French-speaking servers limited but fun wine list
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    Delish
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I took my fiancé who is a total foodie and be loved it. The waiter was so nice and friendly and great recommendations. Everything was perfect and full of delicious flavor. Thank you Brussles
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Belgian Bistro
    JKZDAD
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I have family in Belgium, and visit when I can. I found the meal (food & experience) very authentic. There is a nice, varied selection of Belgian dishes & beers (draft & bottled), and an appealing set of daily specials. My yardstick for basic Belgian food is fries, and the Bistro's don't disappoint in flavor or texture. Our party of 4 shared appetizers & bites of entrees. Everything was delicious. Our server, Pierre, was terrific and spot-on with his food & beer recommendations, and he allowed us to enjoy a relaxed meal experience. We were NEVER rushed. We savored a leisurely Euro-style 2.5 hour meal (you may dine faster if you wish). The Bistro's a bit pricey, but well worth it. We're already planning our return to try more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our new 'go to'
    K4foodVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Tucked downstairs on Laguna's Forest Ave, BB is dreamy good. Burgers are up there with top 10. Pork ahank is as good as any I have ever had. Simply cannot recommend it more highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Beer
    socalmon
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    If you want to try a taste of Europe, specifically Belgium, this is the place for you. To start, order the mussels; they are not to be missed. Belgium is known for their beer, and the selection at this restaurant is diverse and excellent. Also to be recommended is the sausage plate. The sausages are robust and the bacon potato divine. The plate is served with a mustard sauce that is out of this world; we poured it over everything. Make sure you have room for dessert, you won't want to pass up either the Belgian waffle or the Liege waffle; with Belgian chocolate on the side. The atmosphere is energetic, oftentimes loud, people eating good food and having a good time; but I couldn't imagine it any other way.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Belgium Beer
    RandR
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Expensive for the casual nature, but the mussels and beer are awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BruinVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Amazing food and service! Our favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • European Comfort Vibe
    okiedokie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The Moules are the specialty and quite delicious. Sausages are another specialty. The fish in parchment can not be beat. The basement brick interior sets up a casual setting that is quite comfortable . Wine and beer list includes good Belgian beers and tasty French wines. This is always on our Laguna restaurant week. Brussels Bistro produces consistent tasty food with excellent service. The menu is diverse and lid friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    MissAdventure
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The hostess was very welcoming and made us feel at ease right away. The server was convivial, attentive, and amusing. The bus boy was prompt and efficient. A great staff that works well together to provide excellent service from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Belgian beer is a must
    JoelVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Wonderful recreation of a traditional Belgian bistro. The beer alone is worth the visit. Traditional Belgian dishes are prepared with care and affection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paul
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We have taken friends to dinner here on many occasions and have never been disappointed. Always very good food and outstanding service. Also, the restaurant has very good wines at moderate prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Extensive beer list
    Tilly
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We have been coming here for years. We usually just stick with appetizers. Boeuf Tartare is divine. Mussels, croquettes, scargots are divine!! Worth the visit!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    Planetmike
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've been here several times and it's always a pleasure. Whether in groups or just for 2, the food and service has always been good. It's a trustworthy culinary standard in the hood. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different
    BenJ
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Good food, great service. However, it was so noisy we couldn't have a normal conversation. We skipped dessert and had to escape.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth visiting
    ScGoo
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I had the sea bass in parchment and it was excellent. Wife had the seafood special and it was ok. Dessert was very good and waiter was excellent. We will definitely go back. Great happy hour and feels more like a city place vs. beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, amazing food.
    John
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    It was difficult to select an entree because they all sounded wonderful. I ended up choosing the pork shank and it was one of the better meals I have ever eaten - incredibly tender and flavorful. Everyone in our group had wonderful dining experiences. The staff was very friendly and attentive. This was the second time I've been here and the service and food has been of similar quality. I will definitely continue to consider Brussels Bistro anytime I have the occasion for a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    If you like seafood, the Tomates Crevettes are a must. You haven't had good shrimp until you had the North Sea shrimp they use in this dish. Had plenty of different dishes at the Brussels Bistro, and never been disappointed. The restaurant is very busy and it does feel a little cramped in there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Abbee
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I brought my Belgian born mother here before we went to a play. She was absolutely delighted. A replica of the famous Mannekin Pis statue greeted us as we walked in, which set the mood. The food was delicious; perhaps the best Trout Almondine I've ever had, anywhere. Everyone spoke French as well as English, which also pleased my mom. The owner and the waiters were warm and attentive. We were stuck in freeway traffic (from L.A.) and arrived much later than our reservation time and they were very gracious about that, too. We'll be back !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cute place ftench-speaking waiters
    doll
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food was so-so. Fries and sausage tasted more like American. Our table ordered sausage, trout, and hen. They were good but nothing special. Service was attentive and prompt. Dessert was not memorable i can't recall what i ordered. no eclair till the holidays. go to beard papa's in irvine for real eclairs
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reminiscent of being in Europe
    Momar
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The servers have those wonderful accents and one can practice their French on them and even maybe overhear the French speaking at the next table. The food was beautifully presented and delicious!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 197 reviews are from the Brussels Bistro reviews archive.
  • Ginny
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Food was excellent.....very casual for casual ambiance
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Laguna Beach Type
    BipG
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I love mussels and this is a good place for that. The quantity and quality were both excellent. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Food
    LunchReview
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was more authentic then I thought it would be. The service was great, even with it being very crowded. Our Waiter came around quite a bit. The croquettes were my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great solid food
    Merle123
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Choose this restaurant on recommendation of a former employee and was not disappointed--food was great. You can see Thomas, the owner is very hands on and service was fast, efficient and perfectly timed. In Laguna? I would never hesitate to go to BB. PS: loved the fresh homemade bread.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed and Sad...
    TastyFaceVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Was our local "go to" place for great food and a casual "euro bistro" vibe. Have given it many visits to smooth out, but there may be new management - past year (?) who do not seem to be bringing the touch & quality of before. Menu still wonderful, the same choices but taste is missing! Mussels, a favorite, were small, flavorless (meunière with garlic and cream that you should be able to smell the fragrance coming from the kitchen. ...Meh.) The Caesar Salad, a beauiful presentation in a lacey parmesan shell, lacked the oomph it needs in the dressing. By 10pm ALL tables had emptied and were moved for bar & dance scene. The two neighboringe restaurants still were 3/4 full and buzzzing on a Saurday night. Too bad, but will keep trying!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Belgium Beer
    Mike2014VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Good selection of Belgium beers on draft and bottles with authentic Belgium/French menu. Excellent service, funky ambience and a great place to hang out.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Love Love the FOOD!
    JMilo
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Everything we have ever had here has been OUTSTANDING! Bread is killer good! Amazing variety of beers! Fries to die for! Very accommodating to special needs. EXCELLENT service! The best desserts! My only complaint is the noise! It is virtually impossible to hear others at the table and almost feels painful. Unless you go at 5pm when it is still fairly empty, it is truly awful for conversation. While we LOVE everything else, we won't go back at prime time again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my Favorites But...
    rox077
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Every time I come into town I always make it a point to stop by this neighborhood gem - The menu is incredible and the food is consistently great every time and the service has always been friendly. However my latest experience was a little different. We arrived on time for our reservation but still had to wait for 30 minutes, were practically kicked out of our table because it was time for the DJ. Granted this was my first time dining on a Saturday night however it was not the same way that I remember. Our whole dinner seemed rushed and the food was still GREAT (mussels blow me away every time) the service suffered. I understood that they were changing the pace but to kick out dinner patrons that way just left me with a bad impression...
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it.
    DomnmasonVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We drove 2 hours to go to dinner there and would definitely go back. Reminded me of home. :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible
    SCM365
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Horrible. Period. This place is "Romantic"????? Are you KIDDING ME? Nothing could be further from the truth. If you want to go to some super loud place, with guys in flip flops and Board shorts as your "Romantic Evening" then you have a different view of "Romantic" than I do..... Dressed up, drove 45 minutes, no one at the counter to seat you when you arrive, "come on down into the cellar....DUUUUUDE". Really? Ugh. ... this in NOT the place. Left after 5 minutes, extremely embarrassed I chose this as a "romantic" setting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre at Best
    SamMarlow
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The restaurant looks nice but the food fell short. Service was ok
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall