Brussels Bistro - Laguna Beach

4.8
921 Reviews
$30 and under
Belgian

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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.
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AnyaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with fantastic recommendations. Would highly recommend!

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DJPj
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location in downtown Laguna Beach. Fun and unique atmosphere inside, with an outdoor patio available as well.

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Melissa
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was ready on time. Server came to our table immediately. Food came out in a timely fashion and was delicious. Happy, upbeat vibe. Perfect dinner before a night at the Pageant of the Masters.

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KarenL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant!!!! Really great food, service and atmosphere! Make you feel like you are in Brussels!

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Mimipjs
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Plenty of staff, but not polished. Patio outside with live guitar pleasant. Our first courses were brought out, and we had barely started when the entree arrived. French onion soup of the creamy variety was ok, ceasar salad ok, beef bourginon underwhelming. Much touted fries nothing special.

Not worth the money. Not really Belgian other than few menu items and beers.

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vipGreatFoodGreatAtompshere
Orange County
55 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Brussels always leaves you more than satisfied. The menu is european with a focus on, you guessed it, Belgian food. The table enjoyed a nice portion of 1lb of mussels Mariniere style which were very tasty and well done. If you have ever been to Belgium, these wont disappoint and they are of course accompanied with French fries. They have in the past had a mustard crusted lamb shank as a special which is AMAZING, but alas it was not on the menu so I went with the beef bourguignon with mashed potatoes and it too was really good! The kids had a good meat ball and pasta and everyone at the table was satisfied. Its a casual place with good service and nice value for your money. I highly recommend this place as I have come back several times over the years.

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KatK
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Like all the beachtown areas, parking is an issue....note, the restaurant resides within the blocked off street, so navigation is tricky! Outside of that, the patio set up was nice and dogs of any size and breed are welcomed. They have an extensive choosing of mussels, so if a fan, that's your place! We each got different items, and they were all tasty, but a bit on a salty side......lots of liquids after and during the day. The restaurant relies more on ordering online, but also has wait-staff available. The service, initially was slow, but once we finally got our drinks, they seemed more attentive. All in all, I would go again and would recommend a dining experience!

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KarenP
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The servers were outstanding, knew the menu and were very attentive. The mushroom soup was very tasty, the side of chicken was so dry, it splintered and the spinach, pretty basic. The Brussels sprouts appetizer were excellent. They’ve made the best of the Covid situation and added some flair to the street side dining.

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Chlouds
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food - mussels and fries were fabulous. My creamy chicken was tasty & the pastry was flaky and light. Other 2 guests ordered the filet which came out over cooked (one order medium rare and the other medium well, and they came out medium and well done). Awesome selection of beer.

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vipnprmarquesa
Phoenix
58 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mussels are exceptional and go very well with a great Belgian beer

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Foodie
Central Coast
36 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

I came to this restaurant from Los Angeles because it was very good a year and a half ago. I'm happy they closed off Forrest for outdoor dining. The restaurant follows all guidelines. Last time I had a hamburger, and this time I decided to try the Beef Bourguignon. Unfortunately it was incredibly salty. I still like this restaurant when I go to Laguna Beach!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibe here continues to be amazing! Great European fare, friendly service, a great selection of Belgian ales and French wine.

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vipDonS
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dinner was good, but sat inside by a couple with a dog and guests came and went without masks. Disappointed health codes weren't followed.

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jackiep
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat service was FANTASTIC our waiter was friendly and attentive to the needs to are group. Recommended dishes to are vegetarian friend
Most definitely will returned and recommend Brussels bistro.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fab! Trout and salmon dishes were delicious. Drinks were excellent. Service was great! I had a wonderful time and would go back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Brunch

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Gregory
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outside dining

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to enjoy quality food, ambiance , and drinks
U feel u flew to euroupe and came back
We go at least 2 times a week!
We love it

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Profe25
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!! The onion soup was delicate and delicious. The salmon and beef stew was amazingly flavorful.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way through! Beef Stew was the best I’ve ever had! Service was excellent!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best! Excellent food, cocktails and of course Belgian beers. The burger is to die for! Staff are wonderful too

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JohnA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant and outdoor seating . The servers are friendly, professional and helpful. The location is amazing and the ambience is charming .

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KimberlyR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and service

RK
vipRobertK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Showed up for our Reservation. But they we closed do to COVID. That should have turned off there reservations on OT. Anyways, sorry the Government closed them down. Not really there fault. Free small business!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had reservations and came from out of town, only to arrive, look for parking, pay for parking, and realize the restaurant was closed. Next time be courteous enough to cancel your reservations?

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vipBobF
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch before the state shut down outdoor dining. The food and service were wonderful. We will be back when they reopen.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always great mussels !!!

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vipTheresaM
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best Beef Bourguignon I’ve ever had!

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vipVegaskay
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place. Dining is outdoor due to COVID. Food fantastic as always. Happy hour only a few drink specials (understandable in the present environment). Was able to make a reservation several days in advance.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My Friday night dining experience was excellent. The hostess was organized and friendly. The manager was visible and seemed directive. Our server was timely in order taking and payment completion.. The roasted Brussels sprouts were tasty and looked appetizing. I would pick Brussels Bistro out of the restaurants on Forest Ave next time for sure! Thank you.

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DirkT
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

great food ! beers are +++ We love this places for years from Long Beach !

JA
vipJerryAck
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was good. The outdoor seating arrangements are comfortable and safe. It was all very nice.

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vipBailey
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect night!!!
They are doing a wonderful job in spite of all the hospitality challenges.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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DebbieF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the waiter made the entire experience even more enjoyable!

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vipDamo
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a gem, and love the flexibility with outdoor seating!

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LynnH
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great at Brussels and I love going downstairs during the colder months as it feels so cozy. Sitting out on the street on Saturday night was another great experience! The parade of people and the music up the street added to the fun. The wait staff has to run up and down the stairs and run across the street to serve people, so they are putting in double duty in effort. Please remember them when you tip!

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brenda
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn't know what to expect but was very happy when I saw how organized the whole staff was. Code bars on the table made it easy to pull up the menu. Food was beyond wonderful and staff very friendly.

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vipStephanieK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The waiter wasn't nice. He wouldn't even let me get a different dressing for the salad. I would recommend it to a friend just to have a different waiter as the food was good.

FAQs

Brussels Bistro - Laguna Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 376-7955.

Brussels Bistro - Laguna Beach is rated 4.8 stars by 921 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.