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The Belgian Cafe

601 N 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 235-3500
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Ranked #403 of 3,724 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Belgian, Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Most recent review
- Jul 5, 2014
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Redwood City, California
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164 reviews 164 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We spent several hours visiting Eastern Penitentiary and wanted to eat dinner before heading down to the 4th of July celebration. We stumbled upon this restaurant situated in the neighborhood. It was pretty full when we arrived on an early Friday afternoon. We were able to be seated immediately with our party of 3. Service was very friendly and efficient!... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Beers were fine, as was the crab/asparagus salad. But we went for the mussels, as that's their specialty. The mussels were miniscule, bereft of taste. I told them of this opinion; it was acknowledged fairly indifferently. Not going back.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Tucked away, just sitting on the corner is a nice little cafe servicing the neighborhood and the city. Just a few minute walk from Museum Row, is this Belgian style restaurant. There are two areas, well three in the season: first is the main dining room with tables easily accommodating 4- 6 people; a bar area with smaller tables to... More

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews 79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

Located in the trendy Fairmont section of philadelphia this place comes off as an upscale neighborhood bar. The food is really creative with a lot of vegan selections. For example I had ahi tuna cheesesteak with gruyere cheese. Fantastic. And being philly the ground zero of the craft beer revolution they do not disappoint, especially during beer week when the... More

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San Diego, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

A great variety of styles of muscles here - I've liked every one of them, and great fries to go with. I'm not a burger person - but hear they are good. Beer selection is awesome - extensive list of belgian beers. Outdoor deating lovely.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

What a find! We were driving around Fairmount Avenue and couldn't find parking, but lucked out when we found a "VIP spot" right in front of the door. We had no idea of what awaited us inside, because we knew "rien" about the place. Turns out they used the theme of famous Belgian artists (Victor Horta, Magritte, Bruegel et al)... More

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Bissamcuttack, Orissa
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Went there with a bunch of friends. My friends' mom who is an older woman was trying to make up her mind whether to sit indoors where it was warmer or outdoors where the seating was better suited for our group. While this was happening, one of the waitress comes by with a tray, snorts out a loud obnoxious "Really... More

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Arlington, VA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is a great stop after visiting the Barnes Foundation--even though it is more than the two blocks away as described in the restaurant's web site. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The beer selection is phenomenal and don't skip the frites.

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Baltimore MD
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

An inter city bistro. Casual and artsy atmosphere. Excellent beer list with a bunch of beers I'd never tried or even heard of. I've been there twice but have only had the mussels which were very well prepared. Currently my favorite casual place in the Art Museum area.

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014 via mobile

Picked it cause it was close. Will be back cause it was great. Had the stout brisket sandwich and a pint of Southern Tier Warlock. Both very nice.

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