Brussels Bistro - Laguna Beach

4.7
739 reviews
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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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Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. Pierre is the best waiter.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything very nice but Belgium beer is way over priced

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place. Service and food prefect. They have really good specials but I do miss the hamburger and beer on Sunday special. Need to bring it back!! It was quiet in there this visit.

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KW
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday was made extra special by the team at Brussels Bistro!

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EL
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food - you could make a meal just of the soft, crusty fresh bread, out of this world fries, and superb Belgium beers. But the mussels and the paella (OK, not from Belgium, but good none the less) were great entrees as well. Our server was a Belgium native, and said the food is authentic. Prices are reasonable for a pricey area - give this place a try!

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TP
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful server and food was incredible!! Not one bad dish on the menu!

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L
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great mussels great prices great beer and great service
Fun easy place to enjoy a casual meal

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k
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a fun European style bistro. Lots of choices on the menu and very extensive beer selection. Cool and casual and overall such a great restaurant!!

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MP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great time. Loved it. The mussels are great and so are the Belgium fries! The service was great as well. Will happily return.

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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to celebrate a birthday

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R
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful friendly atmosphere with a European vibe. Excellent food and service.

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JT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great location & fantastic romantic ambiance. A nice place for adults (leave your kids at home)

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JM
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Pre-theater dinner; nice server; nothing outstanding

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OT
Atlanta
59 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Lamb Shank

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PH
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place to dine! Very European feeling, with frites in a cone and terrific pinned frites sauce. The mushroom soup was excellent, as was the beef Bourgogne.

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BW
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only 2 words.... Absolutely phenomenal

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RS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brussels has become our new go to place in Laguna Beach. Great food, European Ambiance, Friendly staff.

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BR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Belgian food and beer. Waitstaff was very attentive .

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brussels is one of our most favorite restaurants to dine at. The authentic and very flavorful, high quality food is exceptional!!!!!!!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food when it finally arrived and the usual European service...

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Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

1st time eating there. It was good. Very noisy. Our server was great. We live in San Clemente so we will differently try the Brussels Bistro there.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A friend recommended this place to us and we were looking forward to a nice meal. It was ok, but nothing amazing. Food portions are ok but a little pricey for what you get. The paella was almost cold and the chicken and mushroom was very bland. The beef stew had nice flavor though. Overall ok, but not impressed.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love coming back to Brussels for Special Occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and date nights! I’ve been coming to Brussels for a long time and the Creamy Chicken & Mushroom dish is my favorite... my date and I both agreed it was a bit dry tonight. Didn’t ruin the experience and we will definitely return for the amazing service, FANTASTIC FRIES and wonderful ambiance! I just hope next time I feel 10/10 about the main dish! Also... I got my date to try the Escargot for the first time and he LOVED IT!!! Please try!! Xo

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service at this gem of a spot in Laguna Beach. A must visit for any occasion.

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j
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. My husband and I have been there several times. We have gotten the mussels(of course!) prepared perfectly. As good as in Belgium! And the hangar steak and the beef bourguignon were also delicious. This last time my husband had the risotto which had lots of seafood, chicken, and sausage and I had the pork shank. It was melt in your mouth amazing. We both thought the pork was the best meal we had eaten in a long time and the person at the next table told us it was also her favorite.
The bread and double dipped fries were wonderful.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

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MK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere. Best service.

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L
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful authentic place great mussels, great beer and really nice service. A new favorite for certain!

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I always have a great time and delicious food at Brussels!!

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MD
Amarillo
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wish we had a Brussels Bistro in the Houston area

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MC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the most wonderful date night at this charming place. It was fun. A big pot of delicious mussels between us made for a very interactive date night! The service was impeccable. Matthew made our evening special with his knowledge and timing! Highly recommend this Laguna hidden gem!

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MA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great find! Luigi our waiter was awesome and the food was amazing. Definitely going back.

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BW
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable mussels.

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RS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been visiting BB since we moved to CA 15 years ago from Belgium, our go to place to eat.
love the food and staff

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RT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place for a casual dinner in Laguna Beach. Easy walk to the Laguna Playhouse.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came to Laguna Beach for the week and went there 3 times. Used to live in Brussels for 10 years, and could not believe how much we enjoyed it. Staff is great and many from Belgium/France adding to ambiance.

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m
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Been to this restaurant many times, always enjoyed the food and the service, there really are no French alternatives/Belgian alternatives in Laguna Beach

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LJ
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Unique and delicious! Best escargot and mussels. I also love the ceasar salad and french onion soup :-)

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Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot say enough about Brussels! My husband and I truly feel like family here. The service is amazing, as is the ambiance. Perfect for a date or even just a drink at the bar. However, do not leave without trying the food! Their bread is fresh and warm and to die for! Their frites are the best I’ve ever had and the mussels SO fresh! Absolute favorite restaurant, not only in Laguna, in all of OC! If you’re traveling, this is a must stop!

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ML
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drove almost an hour to eat here with my son on a Tuesday night. The Mussels are amazing. They have a special Green Curry which was out of this world and between the two of us we also enjoyed the Blue Cheese, Garlic and a Tomato base mussels. Will definitely be back again soon and looking forward to San Clemente location to open in Jan/Feb 2019 which is much closer to me!

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