Brussels Bistro - Laguna Beach

4.7
644 reviews
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$30 and under
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Belgian
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  • Authentic
  • Great Beer
  • Good for a Date
Since 2004, Brussels Bistro has brought the best in Belgium flavors to the heart of Laguna Beach. Relax on the terrace with a premium Belgian beer or dine underground in our casual-urban setting. Offering Belgian cuisine with a French flair, our Executive Chef, Thomas Crijns has created a superb menu of authentic dishes ranging from Beef Bourguignon to Steamed Mussels. Complimenting our wide variety of imported Belgian beers are mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres including Cheese Croquettes and our world-famous Belgian Fries. Join us on Friday and Saturday nights when the Bistro transforms into one of the hottest nightclubs in town.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Belgian, European
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Dj Nightclub
Fri, Sat 10:30 pm–1:30 am
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Phone number
(949) 376-7955
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Thomas Crijns
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pacific Coast Highway
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Entertainment
DJ Nightclub every Friday & Saturday 10.30pm - 2am
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.5
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Alla ricerca di un posto in centro per cenare abbiamo letto le ottime recensioni di questo locale e quindi abbiamo deciso di provarlo. Le aspettative non sono rimaste deluse: freschissime le cozze, molto buono l’hamburger artigianale, interessanti le birre

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Have been there a number of times and enjoyed the experience. This time I ordered the Hanger steak. It was so tough I couldn’t chew it. Didn’t eat most of it. When I informed the waiter he just blew me off. Won’t go back again.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We have eaten at this restaurant a few times and, each time, we have not been disappointed. My husband always gets the mussels and they are cooked to perfection. The fries are double dipped, just as in Brussels. So good! I had the beef bourguignon with fettuccine which was excellent. I have had their hangar steak in the past and loved it also and a slow cooked shank once that I loved. The service is always exemplary. We will return!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

We were going to the Pageant of the Masters and arrived an hour before our reservations and were seated immediately. Service was excellent. Four of us tried four different dishes; crab cakes and salad, shrimp fettucine, roasted salmon, and beef bourguinon. We all enjoyed the flavors of our choices. Belgian coffee was delicious! Excellent choice of restaurants since Laguna Beach restaurants are so busy during the festival! We had plenty of time to window shop and get to the theater and browse through the art before the Pageant. We would definitely go back.

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3.0Dined on August 13, 2018

They overbooked the restaurant and then took walkins in case the reservation showed up late. We were 10minutes late but called ahead to let them know.
The maitre’d was too young and inexperienced to this job.
The waiter was kind enough to try to hurry our food out of the kitchen. But because of overbooking and lack of staggering patrons, it was “all for naught”.
The food is average.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Service was not good. Waited and waited for our drinks. Walking areas are tight, husband was bumped by the waiter walking by.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Food very good. But the service was just too slow. Maybe a bad night

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Outstanding food. Great beers. Friendly and informative wait staff (watch for Pierre).

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

I love this place. Amazing food, great atmosphere and the owner is the best. He always takes time to offer good beer selections for me to try.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Authentic French/Belgian cuisine. Very nice for the price. Not crowded. A little warm on the patio in the heat wave.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Best Mussel's and Fries. Pork Shank was delicious,the beef and pork meatballs were amazing.
The deserts yummy. Had the chocolate mousse[ which tasted just like mine] and crepes with ice cream and chocolate sauce. I'm from Belgium and this is an authentic Belgian restaurant. I went twice in one week.
The 2 hour drive was worth it and would do it again.

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Great waiter. Great Belgium beer. Fries were great. Mussels were delicious. Veggie burger was a veggie burger. Burger ok. Crab cakes were good. Overall it’s good but not great.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

We did not find the food to be that good. The burger was just all right, the salmon was under-seasoned, the hanger steak was very chewy, the fries were good, and the chocolate lava cake was very disappointing. We had come for the chocolate lava cake and it was not a moist, molten chocolate cake as we expected. It was a fairly dry chocolate cake with a little bit of liquid chocolate near the top. The atmosphere was pleasant and the service was friendly if not attentive.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Good food, great beer, friendly ambiance and service. I wish though, they have more healthy choices.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Authentic European plates. The food is excellent and the ambiance is wonderful. Great location.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great food. Great service. Beer was fantastic. Overall a fantastic experience.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Excellent service waiter was very helpful and efficient
Food was excellent

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The Brussells Bistro has become a regular dining experience for us on each trip to Laguna Beach. The Mussells selections are delicious with with beers from around the world a highlight. Knowledgeable and friendly service to go with a great meal is normal.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

The food was great here along with their selection of beers. I had the boeuf bourguignon , my daughter had the beef and pork meatballs liège style, and my husband had the steak tartare and it was all delicious. The mussels in garlic were soooooooo good . We will definitely be back again.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Wonderful food as akways

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Best food in California! Outstanding Belgian cuisine. We drive 2 1/2 hours just to get there.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We had the Spaghetti Carbonara which was creamy and oh so tasty ~ great Caesar salad and fresh super delicious bread. The waiter was on top of everything and surprisingly, the bus boys had quite the sense of humor ~ definitely coming back!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Another great meal at the Belgium Bistro, this time to celebrate the Belgium National Day! The place was packed, but food and service was still excellent. Even Manneke Pis was all dressed up for the occasion!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Always excellent food!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

My current favorite local spot. The food and beer here are absolutely amazing and so is the entire staff. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. The food is like if someone took my grandma to culinary school and refined all her homemade recipes. I will be going here til I'm no longer able to.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Always have my mussels and endive salad and Beligium Beer Duval.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We love their mussels and fries - They are the best!!!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Excellent food, friendly and efficient staff, as a Belgian reminded of home
Would recommend the bistro to friends and family

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

My wife and I have been coming here for years - food is consistently tasty (the meatballs are MONEY) and service is great

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Neat place hidden in Laguna. Kind of hard to find, look out for the sign!

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2.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Tonight was an unusual experience here, the low scoring was due to the food and the waiters lack of customer service.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The food and customer service was fantastic. We were very close to the table next to us which turned out for the best; we received great recommendations from a regular and some tips on what we were missing in Laguna. I will definitely be coming back and would recommend checking out this gem.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

You have to try the shank...it is delicious! The steak was also very good!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

wonderful!

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

The place had a lively atmosphere. The brussel sprouts appetizer was very good. The salmon entree was slightly overcooked and dry. The small mussels entree was a good value for the price.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Best place for Belgium food & beverages, like Mussels & Fries.

Servers are from Belgium, so you may practice your Flemish or French.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Brussels was excellent- would definitely go back when in Laguna

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

First time diner at Brussels Bistro — I understand why this place is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Mussels and service are fantastic! Will be back!

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Recipe for Steak Tartare was changed recently to a heavy mayo based mix. Not a good change. Had to send it back it was so bad. Brought me a new plate with old recipe, much better but with the wait, break in my meal it was not a good experience this time. I’m a regular here and this was my first bad experience.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Just... excellent!

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