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Ranked #61 of 710 Restaurants in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $28
Cuisines: Belgian, Dutch, European
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: A cosy restaurant, in the city center of Brugge - Bruges. On a square with no traffic serving fresh qualitative food. Every customer is welcome ! Not open in the evening ! Each day from 11 till 17 h, except for Thursday, and during the period of 1 january till 15 march we are also closed on wednesday. Free WIFI ! All credit cards accepted : Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Maestro, Bancontact.
Elgin, Illinois
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98 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Delicious”
Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stopped in for lunch, and had a great meal. The servers were excellent and on top of things. The food was good, I had ham and cheese croquettes. I can still taste them now. The food had an amazing presentation. Stop by if you can.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Erica J
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Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review, June 19, 2014
Dear customer,

many thanks for your excellent review. We enjoyed having you as our guest and are very happy as a team that you also enjoyed our meals !
Looking forward seeing you again soon !

Erwin & Aquarel team
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A true gem!”
Reviewed June 12, 2014

This was our last meal in Bruges - such a shame we didn't find out about this place sooner! This is a truly great restaurant right in the center of Bruges. Good food, friendly owners, fast service, and very affordable.

We both had a tartare (raw beef) and asked for the fries to be replaced with salad. When our plates arrived, we were impressed both by the size of the portions and the awesome salad the chef had prepared for us! It was SO tasty and the price was very low for the quality you're getting (less than £40 for 2). We didn't try the fries nor the desserts, but we saw them at the table next to ours and they looked amazing.

Go there, you won't regret it!

  • Visited June 2014
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Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review, June 19, 2014
Dear customer,
we thank you for your visit and we were glad to adapt our dish to your requierements. Our fresh food is really appreciated and nothing is to much to satisfy our customer requests.
We love seeing you again soon @Aquarel !

Erwin & Aquarel team.
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Bruges, Belgium
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158 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Right in the heart of the city and certainly NOT a tourist trap!”
Reviewed June 2, 2014

We went to aquarel for lunch last week, having friends coming over from abroad and visiting Bruges.
Having eaten already quite a lot (as a local, living 30 km from Bruges) in Bruges my main concern is not to fall in a tourist trap kind of place.
Because it started to rain quite heavily we got in the first restaurant we passed (in the city centre on the Simon Stevin square). We (4 adults and a 5 years old) were nicely and friendly greeted and seated on a 6 persons table.
As said, and as happened before, I was afraid to have arrived in the famous tourist traps but my surprise was big that this was a good restaurant where they work with high quality ingredients and give you, in a good atmosphere, a nice meal.
Totally not trying to feed as much tourists as possible in as short possible time!

So we were extremely happy with our choice and whenever coming back to Bruges with foreign friends, this restaurant will be on our shortlist!

Food was good, nice choice of local belgian beers, kids were given colours to entertain theirselves, so a good choice with a good price/quality rapport.

  • Visited May 2014
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Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review, June 2, 2014
Good morning,

many thanks for your review and we are really happy with it ! Kids are Always welcome in our restaurant and we take care of them as we take care of adults !
As we were glad to read that you enjoyed our fresh ingredients and meals as our service.
Looking forward to see you all again

Erwin & the Aquarel team
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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“The best in Bruges”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

My girlfriend and I had just the best lunch at Aquarel today. The waiter was not only friendly and accommodating of our lack of language skills but knowledgable and patient. But the real star of the show was the food, which in my humble opinion was as good as I've eaten anywhere in the world. Beautiful local ingredients, skilfully put together, cooked to perfection, presented with style. And the pricing was extremely reasonable. I can not recommend this wonderful restaurant enough.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Sullivanjdt
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Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
Good evening,

many thanks for your honest review. We garantuee fresh ingredients in all of our dishes, next to serving our customer to his demands. Being polite, friendly and service minded is a must in our team.

We hope to see you again, soon, for one of our other dishes, well prepared, fresh and served with a smile !

Best regards,

Erwin & the Aquarel team
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Kortrijk, Belgium
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630 reviews
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“Unfair ranking”
Reviewed May 17, 2014

The ranking of this restaurant apparently suffered a lot from two negative reviews that were so unjustifiable, misplaced and below the belt that I started to question the TA evaluation system. I put my entire reputation on the scale to invite you readers to come and see for yourselves, and prove them wrong.

Aquarel offers a unique combination of excellent service, warm hospitality, excellent location (unpayable terrace on Simon Stevinsquare!), affordable prices, unique ambiance, great Flemish classics.

This is one of the best places for you tourists if you want a decent price/quality ratio and an unforgettable memory of real Flanders, not one of the fake tourist traps you will easily find elsewhere.

We just had the Surf & Turf salad with a glass of wine. Nothing more, nothing less.

Dixit Gonzalo de Berceo.

  • Visited May 2014
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Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review, May 21, 2014
Dear customer,

many thanks for your review and your fair and personal message about our restaurant ! We enjoy every day serving fresh food to our customer being local people or toerist. We treat them the same way with the same fresh food and the same smile !

Our team is having fun serving our customers with a fresh dish, being our croquettes, salads, pastas, meat or fish all accompanied with bread and/or salad and French fries.

We look forward seeing you again ! Best regards

Erwin & the Aquarel team.
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