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“pricey, average food”
Review of Brussels Bistro

Brussels Bistro
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Ranked #6 of 175 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: European, French
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Pacific Coast Highway
Description: Since 2004, Brussels Bistro has brought the best in Belgium flavors to the heart of Laguna Beach. Relax on the terrace with a premium Belgian beer or dine underground in our casual-urban setting. Offering Belgian cuisine with a French flair, our Executive Chef, Thomas Crijns has created a superb menu of authentic dishes ranging from Beef Bourguignon to Steamed Mussels. Complimenting our wide variety of imported Belgian beers are mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres including Cheese Croquettes and our world-famous Belgian Fries. Join us on Friday and Saturday nights when the Bistro transforms into one of the hottest nightclubs in town.
Reviewed November 24, 2013

We were a bit disappointed. Some reviews raved about the originality of the menu, but we found it average and overpriced. We ordered mussels ($26), only to find that the sauce was extra (+$2-$5). Raw oysters were small. The pea soup was good and made from fresh sugar peas. The service was so/so, felt that we were being rushed. There are lots of other options in Laguna Beach.

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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Visited here on a Thursday evening so it was not very crowded. We only wanted drinks but they let us sit in the dining section. Staff were friendly & helpful with the beer choices. Will come back again.

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Reviewed October 31, 2013

The food is authentic Belgian and the beer selection was great. Thu-Sat nights, the place also turns into a nightclub. I've been there many times and it is a great place to have dinner, just a waffle, or a beer and fries.

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Reviewed September 22, 2013

We were in 3 (I and my elderly parents) and went for dinner at Saturday night, but, as expected, almost every nice restaurants cited by Tripadvisor were full, with waiting time at least 30 to 90 minutes and, at 19:30 PM, long waiting time is not a solution. Then, walking through the main streets, we saw this restaurant located undergrounded, not completely full, European styled, then, we decided to follow our instinct and hunger, so let's try this...
What a great surprise!! Although the small number of the waiters, the service was excellent, the food came marvelous (suggested by the waitress): the sea bass cooked in a paper bag is suburb, extremely soft and tasteful. My father had a yummy creamy chicken with belgian rolling, besides the Belgium fries. And if you love mussels, they have a very nice ones. All enjoyed our meals, and feeling the vibe of being in Europe, just in Laguna Beach. The place can get a little noisy and crowded, but it is a fun time without some of the pretension of other places in the town. Brussels Bistro really saved our night!! We will certainly be back. And my father remembered his very nice food for several days...Last: the price is really nice, comparing to other restaurants in the city. It is a must!!!

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Thank Tigerlin
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

I tried out Brussels Bistro while on vacation in Laguna. It was interesting that the restaurant is in the basement of the building, but still open to the street near the entrance. The tables are very close together however, which made me a little uncomfortable. Luckily, I sat next to a lovely couple and we spent the entire evening chatting. I think that was a pretty big fluke, so be warned: you'll basically be living in each other's pockets all night. I had the beef stew which was flavorful, rich and filling. Was pretty noisy inside, but the service was attentive.

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