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Brussels Bistro
Brussels Bistro

Brussels Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brusselsbistro.com
  • Email: info@brusselsbistro.com
  • Phone: (949) 376-7955
  • 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: Belgian, European
  • 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 WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "We drove 2 hours to go to dinner there and would definitely go back. Reminded me of home. :)"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The restaurant looks nice but the food fell short. Service was ok"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We absolutely loved the menu and the items we selected. The mussels were great, the salads were very tasty, and our entrees (pork shoulder and beef stew) were outstanding. Excellent wine list with reasonable prices. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Great food! Will defiantly come back! Loved the atmosphere, and amazing service."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We live near Laguna Beach and love to take advantage of the coast on the weekends. We just discovered this gem with Open Table's help. The food was surprisingly delicious and the service was amazing. Their Pot of Mussels is fantastic and the other specials are always worth a try. The Duck Confit with Brussels sprouts was delicious as well. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Love this place! The fries are fabulous! The appetizers are always interesting and delicious and the meatballs are awesome! The dessert crepes are delicious too! It's a bit cozy (small;), but the service is excellent."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "this was our first time to this place, and it definitely wont be our last. the food was sooooo good, the service was great, the waiter was very helpful and very nice, and the price was reasonable. keep up the good work, thanks for making our trip to brussels bistro, just like a trip to france, we enjoyed ourselves immensely, my girlfriend really enjoyed it, me too, heheheh"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Considering this is a Belgian Bistro and Mussels (Moules) is a specialty, I was amazed at how bland the broth for the mussels was. It was supposed to be a "garlic/wine" broth and it tasted like neither. I asked for another broth which he said was "cream/garlic" and it was like flour and water. Our server was apologetic, but I was sure disappointed."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "This is a real bistro. The setting is what you might find in Europe near the Mediterranean. The waiter had a real French accent. The food was great. We had the lamb, the duck, the trout, and of course the mussels. Even the bread and the crepes with chocolate sauce were terrific."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Vraie cuisine Belge, cela fait plus que 30 ans que j'etais en Belgique. C'etait pour mon anniversaire, des moules et des frites. Et en plus, on m'a servi une mousse au chocolat gratuitement. Bon selection des vins et bien sur des bieres Belges. Bon appetit!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My husband and I had date night and it took us momentarily to Europe. Lots of hustle and bustle and great food!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Very authentic food along with quality and taste. Only item on light side was the sauce for the scallops. We got the basic house scallops, none the less we will be back to try the other variants. This is busy and very high energy bistro, fun if you are prepared and know what to expect."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner at Brussels Bistro, as always. It is truly one of my favorite restaurants in OC. The food, especially the mussels with garlic and creme, was fantastic! Also, the appetizer of brie wrapped in bacon with a bit of honey was amazing and their selection of Belgian beers is worth the trip to Laguna Beach alone. The service was very good and our waiter had some wonderful suggestions. The crowd was pretty lively and it can get a bit noisy inside, but it all just adds to the atmosphere. This is truly one of my favorite restaurants anywhere!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This local treasure has amazing food and the best location! It's a bit loud and could use more space, but that just proves that it's popular. The service is great and I'm always left wanting to come back for more!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Having spent 3 weeks in Belgium for work last year - and loving every minute of it - I was surprised to find such an authentic Belgian menu in Orange County. I went in with a healthy dose of skepticism but found that it was everything I hoped it would be and more. My partner and I had Belgian-style oysters, beef stew, fries, beer, and waffles and each was delicious. The hostess was extremely sweet and our service was great. Not the most traditional Valentine's Day spot, but we loved every minute of it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was quite good. My wife and I shared the mussels appetizer. These were the best mussels we have eaten in years. Our main dishes were pasta with meat sauce and sea bass. My wife really enjoyed the pasta and I enjoyed my sea bass. Unfortunately was fish was undercooked, according to my personal taste, but I am sure others might have enjoyed it. The good news is that our server handled the situation immediately and graciously, even offering a free glass of wine. The crepes dessert was superior in every aspect. Overall this was a great fun night and we will be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening at Brussels Bistro , the food was excellent , the ambience upbeat and the service was outstanding! Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Had dinner with my wife here, great service even though the restaurant was busy. Great beer list, many Belgian beers that you will not find elsewhere. Had steamed mussels with belgian fries (mussels were good, plentiful serving size) and chilean sea bass in parchment paper (excellent). Also had duck confit tacos and assorted cheeses for appetizers, a good combination of flavors all in all."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My fiancé and I came for Valentine's Day, and it was one of the best special-occasion meals we've had! We are visiting from out of town and came based on a friend's recommendation. Great atmosphere - fun and relaxed (we didn't want anything too foofy) - and even though the space isn't that big, they leave enough room between the tables to not feel like you're dining with your neighbors. Service was really good - just the right amount of attentiveness - and our server picked beers for our flight and my fiancé loved all of them. And then the food! We had the best Greek salad either of us has ever had - deelish! I had the pasta carbonara (not something you would typically order at a Belgian place) but it was amazing! Mussels for my guy!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Brussels Bistro never disappoints. The food is always impeccably prepared, with the finest ingredients and the flavors divine. Whether you are coming for the all you can eat mussels or the beef stew, you will feel transported into Belgium."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Mussels were not full. Salad was good. Generally not worth the money"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I have been here many times and love it! The European basement style restaurant has a very fun atmosphere not to mention a wonderful beer selection...some very special choices. Staff knows them well and will quickly help you in making a selection if you need. Brought a friend here for the first time who is a big beer fan..............we enjoyed so many and had a string on constant appetizers delivered to us. We had reservations at 8:00 on a Friday and stayed till they walked us out to close up for the night. Great time for both of us."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Our absolute favorite restaurant. We eat there twice a month the food is always great. The specials fantastic! Wonderful waiters(Mondar & Mathew) and chef Thomas is also the owner. Extensive selctiion of great beers, notable wines and cocktails. Did I mention FANTASTIC!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This food is definitely not the standard American fare. Felt like I was is Europe and LOVED it. I will be back to tray at least half the menu."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The food was delicious as always. W e come specifically for the steak tartare. . Our waiter was attentive, funny and helpful. Fantastic ! Our guests enjoyed it immensely.."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Food is amazing. Servers work so hard - the best. The music is great. Such a special little place. The only issue is that it is so small that they'll sit people at the tables that your reservation is also overtaking. So with our issue - we had 13 people and the reservation was at 8:30. They had to put together about 3 tables to make a table of 13. At 8:30, they were still waiting for the other diners who had come earlier to finish. Two tables finished around 8:40, and our party wasn't all together yet (there were 8 of us) so we sat there. But then about 30 minutes later the rest of our party arrived, but they were still waiting for the other diners to finish. So they had to sit at the bar. So know that you could be waiting."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Fine, but not some place I'd hurry back to. We are in search of someplace really great to meet friends (half way between San Diego and LA) this is not it. but, fine if nothing else is available."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Love this place. Has a true euro feel in it. Food is great and staff is nice to deal with. On Friday & Sat nights at 10 they clear the tables and have dancing."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Just the aromas coming-in will make you want to order everything on the menu… "Moules - Frites" are awesome! But you MUST have the lava cake at the end (make sure you order it ahead of time!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Wife is on a mssion to duplicate Mussels she had in NY at Waterzooi. That's all she has talked about since Memorial Day. We found out about this restaurant on Monday from a friend and went Monday night. It sounded similar. A Belgium Retaurant specializing in Mussels. Well she ha 2 pots of the things. The sauce that she was looking to duplicate like Waterzooi was different but she still liked them. I had the Beef Stew and although tasty, I thought the amount of meat in it was on the weak side for $21.00! The service was excellent. Laura, with a French accent was excellent, new her menu and beers and was just a sweetheart! We'll certainly go back."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Went for dinner while on vacation here. Our server was very nice and efficient. The food was good. My mussels were a little bland. My husbands pork shank was very tasty. The atmosphere is vibrant and fun...I would go back and try some other dishes."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We went to this bistro on the Sunday before New Year's and it was moderately busy. Our french waitress was very helpful and friendly, and the provencal mussels were delicious. Great spot for really good food without having to spend a fortune, when you feel like heading to a comfortable, homey, and casual place that simultaneously feels very special."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "We arrived approx. 10 minutes before our reservation but our table was already ready and we were promptly taken in. The restaurant is below street level which was a neat touch. The atmosphere was very lively with a quaint charm. A waitress took our orders for drink and food with just the right amount of time to decide. Foodwise. My date and I split a large Caesar salad served in a fried cheese bowl. It was a bit small for the price but very good. I ordered a pinot noir and a NY Steak medium. It was perfectly cooked and the peppercorn sauce was delicious with it. My date ordered the gruyere burger medium. Also delicious. We were too full for dessert. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Tomas consistently offers great food that is truly "European" and not easily duplicated by most restaurants. We have been loyal patrons since Brussels Bistro opened seven years ago. We have never been disappointed by the food or the staff."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Excellent Belgium beer selection and excellent flavors! The Macaroni and cheese is delicious and worth every calorie. The staff is friendly and attentive. I highly recommend this fabulous restaurant!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "This wee gem of a resturant is a family favorite of beer aficionados and foodies alike. Which means everyone we know will have something to rave about. The mussels are superior, the frites unparalleled, and the beer menu a knockout. Our waitress was French and served with a flair. The only thing midly disappointing, was the dessert of waffle....... Nnit picky, as we 7 were full, and happy and planning out return trip.."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "We were pleasantly surprised. Great food and service."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Still one of my favorite Laguna Beach eateries. Great steak tar tar, fabulous mussels, the best burger in Laguna, incredible soups made daily, one of the few places to have Lapin (rabbit), great wines and bear at happy hour...what more can I say? Great servers and bar tenders...I Love it!"
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "One of our favorite restaurants in LB, we love it here!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "This is one of my all-time favorite places before the theater. Highlights are the green bean salad, endive salad, steak tartare and of course the mussels. Never ordered anything I didn't like. Always great European waiters, and the busboy is on top of things-always helpful."
    Dined on 10/22/2013