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Brussels Bistro
Brussels Bistro

Brussels Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Good food, great service. However, it was so noisy we couldn't have a normal conversation. We skipped dessert and had to escape."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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. "
    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. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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."
    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 !"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Food was excellent.....very casual for casual ambiance"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I love mussels and this is a good place for that. The quantity and quality were both excellent. I would definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We drove 2 hours to go to dinner there and would definitely go back. Reminded me of home. :)"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "Great food! Will defiantly come back! Loved the atmosphere, and amazing service."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Their mussels are delicious. Very kid-friendly with a great beer selection."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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