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“First impression - appalling manners” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Drug Opera

Drug Opera
Ranked #614 of 3,492 Restaurants in Brussels
Price range: $11 - $32
Cuisines: French, Belgian, Bar, European
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dublin, Ireland
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445 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 305 helpful votes
“First impression - appalling manners”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

Three of us popped in here for a light lunch. We were told on entry to the building that we could sit anywhere we wanted, so we sat downstairs. Yet when the waiter arrived (eventually) to take our order, he was quite put out and turned his nose up at us when he realised we were only looking for coffee and something light. He told us quite brusquely that we had to go upstairs as that's where the light meals were served. We were going to leave as he was so rude but we were tired having walked around all morning and really needed something to eat. Service was marginally better up there, but it was amusing to read on the menu that customers 'can sit anywhere they like'. Pity the staff aren't aware of this. Had delicious coffee, crepes and waffles but the rudeness of the snooty waiter who we first encountered will stay with us forever. Unfortunately bad service and appalling manners is something we encountered far too often in Brussels. This is another establishment that needs to send its staff on a customer care course.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Raurimu, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A nice way to end a day”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

I'd been to Drug Opera on previous visits to Brussels but only later in the evening when it was operating more as a busy bar than restaurant so it was a pleasant change to go there for a quiet dinner after a long day.

We were seated right away and opted to sit outside - even though it was quiet a mild evening, the banks of gas heaters above the tables would keen dinners warm in the worst weather - at 9-30 in the evening, I was more than comfortable at our table in just jeans and a T-shirt. As one does, we started with a fine Belgian beer while we browsed the menu. I ordered a Flemish stew which came with the obligatory pomme frites and was amazed at just how quickly our mains arrived - not much more than five minutes after we placed out order. The fries were big and chunky but nothing special in the taste department but the stew was excellent: the sauce was rich and tasty and the chunks of beef soft and without any dodgy bits like gristle.

I opted for no dessert but there is a great selection on the menu.

I could quite happily eat here each night for good wholesome meals - and, of course, great local beers....

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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“Lunch at Drug Opera”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

Superb! Great location, good food. The wait staff was very nice and very helpful. It is near the Grand Place and Manikin Pis.

Visited September 2012
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traverse city, michigan
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“excellent dessert crepes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

We just went there for beer and dessert one evening. The crepes are huge and unless you have a really big appetitie I would recommend splitting an order. Beer and dessert may sound strange but the raspberry Hoegaarden went very well with the crepes.

Visited September 2012
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Brussels, BE
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“Great for Large Groups”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

We were there as a part of an event for 150 people - and the place cut us a great deal for food and drinks, as well as found enough good places for all of us :)

If you are going there with only a couple of friends, you will still see that the price-quality ration of food is pretty good. Mostly Italian cuisine

Visited March 2012
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