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“Real Flemish food, large plates” 4 of 5 stars
Review of De Vlaamsche Pot

De Vlaamsche Pot
Helmstraat 3-5, Bruges 8000, Belgium
050340086
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Ranked #244 of 532 Restaurants in Bruges
Cuisines: Belgian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 restaurant reviews
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“Real Flemish food, large plates”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

If you want to eat real Flemish food, you should definitely visit De Vlaamsche Pot! Try the waterzooi (Fish Stew) or the rabbit stew. The plates are really big, we were two persons, but we could not finish the meals. The atmosphere is very nice.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago
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17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Wonderful atmosphere and food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Portions are huge - you may want to skip the starter! Tip of the hat to Rick Steeves for recommending "The Flemish Pot" in his latest Bruges travel book. We loved the quaint, cozy, atmosphere. Leisurely is a key word - enjoy yourself, take it all in, wait for the "french fry fairy" to reappear again and again. Off the beaten path and just lovely. Hope to return.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Wonderful place to enjoy a true Belgium style meal.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

This is a really quaint and nice place. Had dinner here a few years ago and was glad I stumbled upon it again. The steak I had was a bit tough so get the filet instead of the Black and Blue( just that the cut is not a tenderloin). The service was good and the folks friendly. Of course you get french fries( or Belgium fries). Will keep coming back here like the feel.

Visited September 2013
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“Cozy, away from the crowd, friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Down an alley, off a shopping street, sits this beautiful restaurant where we had a leisurely, authentic Flemish price fixed lunch. The other diners were all locals. One of us had the North Sea Fish Stew and the other the Sauteed Beef. Both were done to perfection. The service was definitely slower than your usual tourist place, but the surroundings were so pleasant and the food so good, we didn't mind missing some of the other destinations. Well worth the price of about $100 for 3 courses for 2.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Stuffy and overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

This felt like a restaurant trying to seem authentic and rustic to tourists. Surrounded by English, Russian and Spanish, I realized that no local would ever be caught dead here.

Two fixed menu options, both for 32 euros, which by default do not include any vegetarian dishes. The 'a la carte menu' is limited, with no explanations of the dishes. Only familiar big-name, big-batch beers on the menu and just 5 or 6 of them. In a country famous for its endless variety of beer, this seemed like a travesty. They didn't offer a single beer from the one brewery still brewing in Brugge proper.

The tomato soup was scalding hot on arrival and was very salty. The beef stew, which is the reason the place was recommended to me, was surprisingly sweet. This, I gather, is one way to prepare it, but it was otherwise not very flavorful. The dessert was nice, but nothing special. This kind of food is uncomplicated and does not require expensive ingredients so it needs to be tastier to cost as much as it did.

The good: Quiet enough to talk without having to raise your voice (maybe noisier on a weekend night). Generous portions. I couldn't finish any of the courses. For this, I've given it "average" instead of "poor", but I wouldn't actually go back.

Visited September 2013
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