Brussels Bistro - Laguna Beach

4.7
897 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always great mussels !!!

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vipTheresaM
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best Beef Bourguignon I’ve ever had!

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Vegaskay
Las Vegas
4 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 !

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vipJerryAck
Orange County
34 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
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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
17 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.

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Valeria
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was overall a good place. Mussels were really good and there was a lot of variety to choose from. The area was nice and lively and had a good atmosphere. Overall experience was pretty good.

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vipSuzanneS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super mussels and beef bourguignon

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vipDanaR
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent 🤩

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vipWendy
Orange County
57 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed dining here. The menu was inventive, and had many choices. The wine list was large, and there was a fun cocktail list as well. The outside seating was wonderful, and made us feel like we were actually having dinner in Belgium!

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NickJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, beer, and service. Sat outside on Forrest street. Very pleasant. Felt very healthy and safe

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JustinP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meatballs I’ve ever had and my family is Swedish... don’t tell them I said this.

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vipNAMS
Phoenix
74 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best fries ever, cooked in beef fat as they should be; healthy & delicious! Mussels were great along with the spinach & French bread. Can’t wait to return!
So many restaurants cook in unhealthy oils, canola, corn, soy & safflower. It is refreshing to find a place that does it right!! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The outdoor patio is great . Mussels and other items very good

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vipbigfoodie
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I've been to Brussels and was very impressed. The food was delicious and service amazing. Also, they did an excellent job for social distancing, sanitizing, etc. Tables were at least 6' apart so we felt comfortable there and enjoyed our dinner.

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JohnC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After months of working/eating at home, my wife and I ventured out for a meal. Laguna Beach has added outdoor seating, so not only was the food, drink and service at Brussels Bistro as wonderful as ever, but the outdoor seating was an added bonus on a perfect summer day. We had the escargot, mussles mariniere with pomme frites on the side, beet salad, a small loaf of bread and butter to soak up the broth and a flight of Belgian beers. I missed this so much! Thank you for a wonderful meal and experience!

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SamuelF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very good. My friends at the Bistro are all very friendly and the menu is wonderful.

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summgal
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food not hot. Puffed pastry soggy. Mushroom gravy thin. Waiter oblivious ... I guess he thought it was OK to grab husband's phone to help him with an app. Promenade is nice, but despite signs requiring masks, only 1/2 people walking were wearing them.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service

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Joanna
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So excited to be back in the restaurant! The food and the people make this local restaurant someplace we want to revisit over and over. If you have not already tried it, the brussel sprout appetizer is perfectly cooked and such a great combination of flavors! The fries are a tried and true staple that are hard to beat, especially with the garlic or truffle may dipping sauces. We went with burgers on our first visit back and were not disappointed! Let's not forget the amazing beers on tap! The belgium waffle with nutella, strawberries and whipped cream was a hit too! We have no idea how they make it so crispy yet you can cut through it like butter.

FYI. The tables are socially distanced and additional new outside space on Forest Avenue is also utilized. All employees were wearing masks. We felt very comfortable with the precautions taken and venturing back out.

As a side note, we have also been enjoying the sous vide options during the recent closures and everything has so been delicious and so easy to do at home! Great for those nights where you are craving something savory but don't want to cook or clean up the mess.

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VirginiaP
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of Belgian beer. Loved the seasonal summer outdoor sitting

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly atmosphere and delicious food

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SamuelF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been dining at the Bitro since it’s opening and we go often and will for the foreseeable future.
It’s fun and delicious.

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Jenn
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always. Happy they were able to reopen. Love the outdoor seating option.

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vipDanaR
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top Notch 🤩

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vipAnnee
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They never honored our reservation!!! We are a First Responder family and have to sit outside. They refused us an outside table for an hour and a half after our reservation of 6 pm. I will never eat here again!!

Brussels Bistro - Laguna Beach
Responded on June 22, 2020

Hi Annee, Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you were disappointed but we can't guarantee any reservation on the outside deck. On another note, I hope you understand we didn't want these social distancing restrictions, we didn't want to be closed for 3 months due to the Pandemic, we've been hit hard, it is hard for us and for our staff ! We are happy to be back open, and if you don't want to come back, no problem. Thank you for your understanding

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
305 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had dinner at the Brussels Bistro on a weekday night in early March. We were seated immediately when we arrived. We could pick our table since the place was pretty empty.
We ordered some of the Happy Hour Special drinks (beer, wine). They were good. We had the Brussels sprouts as an appetizer and the mussels and steak tartare as our main dishes. We enjoyed our food.

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JanetW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

First time and loved it! Will definitely be back! The mushroom soup was out of this world!

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vipDonnaB
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely evening there with the family last week. Lots of tasty options including delicious mussels. A great happy hour too!

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vipCassieG
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food with fun lively atmosphere!

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vipTeri
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and happy hour until 7 pm at every table. I recommend the bacon wrapped brie and the Carbonara was very good.

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LeilaniF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here! This is one of our favorite go-to restaurants!

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vipBrettM
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good choice and the service is great! The best oysters and pots of mussels and oh my the bread!!!

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 4.7 stars by 897 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.