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$7 - $27
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French, Belgian, European, International
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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0.1 miles from Historic Centre of Brugge
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1. Excellent Service
1. Excellent Service
"Friendly staff, very good food, and reasonable prices"
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2. Every Sunday Live Music
2. Every Sunday Live Music
"Sunday evenings they have Live music and we enjoyed the Blues band"
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3. Authentic Place
3. Authentic Place
"What a hidden gem this place is. Great decor and ambiance"
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Reviewed June 7, 2022 via mobile

Lovely historic building, nice background music with live bands sometimes, great service and a selection of food to cater for most tastes, the Belgian stew ring a particular winner with us

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 15, 2022 via mobile

Pre-booked this place before our trip based on its favourable reviews. Our family group of seven were well received and the service, food and ambiance were were all pretty good. However, our elderly father, who has Alzheimer’s was struggling a little with his child-size portion...of food in a quiet respectful manner but had resulted in him sat with his head in his hands. This prompted the manager to assume he was drunk when he clearly was not, and told my sister that he was to have no more alcohol. She calmly tried to explain the situation and that it is not alcohol related but he didn’t care and told to take it outside. My father went outside to get some air with two of our group and the manager followed him out and stood staring at him in a very aggressive manner while constantly on the phone (although he wasn’t talking). There was no effort made to understand what was actually going on. One of our group paid and we left immediately. I’ve seen other reviews mention his aggressive behaviour and they are not wrong. This not a piggy-back review. Spend your money elsewhere and steer well clearMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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JACOB, Manager at 't Zwart Huis, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2022

We really can't understand that you made such a comment that you would like to thank us!!! We were very worried about the person because he wasn't feeling well at the table, so we asked if you needed an ambulance or if you needed anything...More

Reviewed May 7, 2022

It was not quite as expected. Judging by all the good reviews here, I had high expectations of the place. I was looking forward to a lively eatery with music and bustling life. Instead, we came to an almost empty place with a staff I...did not perceive as particularly service-minded. We were a large group and it had been a long day. So maybe not an ideal situation where we came in hungry around 20:30. It still does not change the situation considering that the place was almost empty on a Thursday night. Then I had also thought that the service would be better. The food was also nothing to brag about. The creme brulee tasted almost nothing and several of the guests wanted to send food back to the kitchen. I was simply left with the impression that this was an overpriced tourist trap. Not to recommend even though they have garnered a lot of praise from others. Maybe they have not endured the pandemic.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed May 1, 2022

A horrible experience. If i could give 0 stars I would. A tourist trap. Please don’t pay a visit to this extremely overpriced and overrated tourist trap. The meat in the ‘vlaamse stoof’ (stew) was dry, but very expensive. I can make it a hundred...times better myself and im not much of a cook. You call yourself flemish? Shame on you! When I told the waiter the meat was dry he couldnt care less. They charge SEVEN EUROS for half a liter of water. And TEN EUROS for a glass of mediocre red wine, without even mentioning the price on the menu. This place is a pure disgrace. Please don’t waste your time here! Go elsewhere! The place was only 1/3 full, not a single local to be found. And for good reason. We should have known better. We should have read the 100’s of bad reviews! We feel like stupid tourists now. I feel bad for all those tourists getting screwed over by these criminals and ruining their Bruges experience!!!!! SHAME ON YOU!!!!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 26, 2022 via mobile

We arrived pretty late to Burges on a Saturday night and managed to book a table for 9pm here. Couldn't believe how busy it still was, and with people even arriving after us! The staff were friendly, and spoke English. Due to the lateness we...though "just order the mixed fried tapas and chicken Caesar salad." Well both were such decent portions we could not finish it all. Took a little while at the end to get the bill, but otherwise a perfect visit. Oh and the live jazz apparently is every other Sunday so if you are going for that be sure to find out the schedule so you are not disappointed.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 14, 2022 via mobile

Just love this place! We always book a table here when we visit Bruges and it has never let us down once. The atmosphere, the staff and the food just make this the best place to have a meal. We took two friends here last...Saturday and they loved everything about the place. The staff have a great sense of humour and given it is not their first language, pretty good going. I would book in advance as it is very popular with the locals and that should explain it. Never understood why it is so low in the list of best restaurants.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 18, 2022

Once you understand that eating in Belgium is not cheap, you must then relax and hope to get some value out of your expenditure. This we did when we booked this restaurant and were not disappointed in either respect (price and quality) - two courses...and a bottle of wine for over £100 but what wine (although a really hefty mark up). Great atmosphere in a building first used in the 15th Century. Very large, grand area beautifully area divided into different levels and sized tables. Warm welcome and great service all night. Really good and tasty escargot for me and excellent beef carpaccio for herself followed by kangaroo steak for me and vegetable risotto for herself - both were very enjoyable (if the sauce on the steak as a little heavy)! Tapis Malbec is one of my favourites and this did not disappoint.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed November 22, 2021

We ate like kings. It was simply excellent. And the food is really delicious. The stew is smooth and fragrant. There is a wide choice of beer. Friendly staff, very good food, and reasonable prices.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 24, 2021 via mobile

Everyone makes mistakes but you can judge a place by how they deal with it and this place was awful. We waited over 1 hour 30 minutes for our mains, all but one were rare steaks. We ordered drinks that never arrived and there we...no apologies whatsoever. When we asked for a discount on the bill or some drinks to make up for it the manager was rude, aggressive, and couldn't care less. The dishes are expensive - the 16 euro prawn starter was 4 small prawns in a skillet - and so the service should be exceptional. All in all, wouldn't recommend at all and they left a horrible taint on our otherwise very pleasant visit to Bruges.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed August 15, 2020

One of the best steaks i ever ate, you have my respect 👌 First class wine, good french fries, frish salad 👌

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed February 16, 2020

Our Beer walk guide recommended this restaurant to us and we were so happy he did! Service was welcoming and friendly and we loved the setting inside. Could not complain with the service at all, we thought it was perfect. The food was so nice,...we both could not fault a thing about our dishes. If we come back to Brugge we will certainly head back to this place. Also on Sunday evenings they have Live music and we enjoyed the Blues band they had on that evening, it was a lovely place to spend our last night in Brugge.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 8, 2020

Lovely setting but no service, as nobody comes to your table. We had to ask for menus and wine, we waited 45 minutes for bread. By one hour we were totally fed up with the rude, lack of service that we had to leave. It’s...a pity as it beautiful setting just ruined by the appalling service. Our worst and most disappointing visit to a restaurant. Don’t waste your money here.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 4, 2020 via mobile

What a hidden gem this place is. Great decor and ambiance, friendly service and excellent food; flavoursome, generous and perfectly cooked. Great service. My only gripe was you were crammed into the place like sardines- it's clearly popular, but a little room to breathe (and...walk) wouldn't be a bad thing. Then there's the live music on a Sunday evening - in our case a British blues band, who were great. Food, fun and music... overall a perfect evening!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 4, 2020

Are you in Bruges? Do you like In Bruges? Indeed you like it. You ARE in Bruges :) Do you remember that Ray’s remark in the first bar: “One gay beer for my gay friend, one normal beer for me because I am normal” This...is that bar. We did not expect anything extraordinary going there. But it turned out to be traditional and delicious. The service was attentive and quick. And one of two old fireplaces will make your dinner warmer. Pluses: - service; - interior; - fireplaces. Minuses: - no.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 1, 2020

Yes, the food we had was very good but for the portion sizes and the quality, the prices are too high.

Date of visit: January 2020
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  • Food: 4.5
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