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Bierbrasserie Cambrinus

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Bierbrasserie CambrinusBierbrasserie Cambrinus

65 Reviews
Reviews: 65
Visits: 94
Avg: 4.27
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: 400
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Philipstockstraat 19
Brugge, 8000
phone: +32 50 33 22 28

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Place added by: lawrence76 on 03-30-2006

Open daily from 11:00am - 11:00pm
Weekends from 11:00am - Close
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Reviews: 65 | Visits: 94
Photo of safphoto
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This was our favorite restaurant while visiting Brugge last April. We went there twice. We got lucky on our first time there. We were able to get seated as walk-ins. That's unusual as the place is almost always completely reserved. So, if you plan on trying it out, get a reservation first.

I was absolutely stunned when I saw the beer menu. Approximately 400 beers were listed. It was so hard to choose. I wound up falling in love with Straffe Hendrik and had it both times we ate there. The food was really good as well. I would recommend the Flemish Carbonade. It comes with Frites and warm chunky apple sauce. It was soooo good.

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Photo of Darvin
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

We really enjoyed the experience. The atmosphere is excellent and the food among the best we tried while in Bruge. The beer list seemed too good to be true but they had everything we requested. Word to the wise, if your planning on having dinner be sure to make reservations. It was booked every night we were in Bruge.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

I had been meaning to review a few of these kinds of places from a trip to Belguim for nearly two years now, as I found other reviews to be quite helpful when I was planning my stay. As such, I should have gotten around to this earlier, but here goes:

Cambrinus is a pretty popular place, and for good reason. It has a very large beer menu, and unlike a lot of the other cafes/beer bars we visited while in Belgium, this place offers a full kitchen/food menu. Prior to my visit, reviews had suggested that this was the closest-to-a-sure-thing bar in Brugge for finding available Westy's, and my personal experience also confirmed what others had said, as the Blonde, 8, and much-lauded 12 were all available. Additionally, De Bier Tempel (the bottle shop which is most likely to have Westy for those looking to take some back with them) is right next door, so these can be hit on the same swing-by for those in search of the "holy grail".

The atmosphere was not unpleasant, but had a bit of a vibe of "chain-y" and almost "english pub-y" in a way that most Belgian beer bars/cafes did not. It wasn't "bad", but it didn't feel like a *special Belgain experience" to me. The wait staff seemed knowledgable and were certainly courteous, but very busy and perhaps a bit short at times, with all the bustle.

The food was good, but very pricey.

Cambrinus is a must-visit if in search of Westy. If Westy isn't a priority for you, there's 4 other "beer destinations" in Brugge I'd rank above it, but if in town for a good 3-4 day visit, this is certainly worth a stop.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.21/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Decent place to grab a meal with your Belgian beer. Simple pubby atmosphere, medium sized bar and plenty of tables; seems like it could be a cluster during busy hours. Beer selection is kind of sketchy. I think their beer book contains every beer they've ever had there even once, considering 4 out of the 5 I tried getting were not available. Ok, maybe it was hoping too much to get a cheap FouFoune, so I moved on to 3F gueuze. No? Black Albert. No? House beer. No? So basically you're left with your standard Belgian staples, trappists, and so on. I got a Rochefort, which, though a good beer of course, I could get anywhere anytime. Even one of their house beers listed on tap wasn't available, so, kind of a fail there to have a non-updated tap list with only like 8 beers to list. So as far as beer selection goes, this place is genuinely lacking...it's one thing to post a large beer list, but it's another thing to actually HAVE the beers in stock.

We visited Cambrinus twice. The first time, service was on the weak side, and the second time it was atrocious. Five minutes for the waitress. Five for the baby chair. Five for the drink order. Five for the next drink order when what we ordered wasn't available. Etc., etc. Might seem like nitpicking, but all those "five minutes" start adding up, and it was about 45 minutes before we actually had everything in front of us, and the bar wasn't even that busy. Plus the waitress was stumbling around and cursing under her breath. I know they like Jerry Lewis over here, but jeez.

When all is said and done though, the food is pretty good. Good selection, even if all the dishes are pretty simple. The Italian-style fare was good. I was kind of craving something more in the "Belgian" style, but oh well. The menu is huge, but there is an English section in there somewhere.

Overall, not a bad place, just bad service, and a let-down of a beer list. Two times visiting was more than enough for me.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%

Yea, solid selection. But no clue why this is rated so highly. Had Fou Fone and other Cantillon on the menu (only €11.75 for Fou) but only Kriek and Rose actually in stock. Westy Blond and 8 also on menu and out of stock. Poor service overall. Food was below Chili’s level. Very disappointed. While for an American, drinking 2 Cantillons and a Westy 12 with lunch is awesome, these are all over the local shop shelves and there were no other things nice about this place. Stop in I guess, but better places to eat with a fine beer selection everywhere. Seriously this place is a major tourist trap ambiance.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

We ended up at Cambrinus just as the late dinner crowd was thinning, and seating was available. This place is one of the best beer bars in the city and the beer menu is a huge two inch thick beast with wooden covers! It took us quite some time to narrow down our options while faced with a seemingly endless amount to choose from. I ended up ordering a tart and wonderful Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus, also sharing a Girardin Framboise and Rodenbach Vintage 2011 with our group. We did not eat there this time, but last trip we found the local Flemish fare to be wonderful and often included beer in the preparation. We finished by splitting a Pannepot strong ale from nearby brewers De Struise.

The place is usually packed, warm, and loud, but one of the best beer destinations in Bruges for sure.

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Photo of Maximus_Prime
4.44/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Visited April 2, 2014. Nice size rest/brewery with a clean modern take on a belgian bierhouse. Menu very extensive ordered beer sausage cheese platter, a goat cheese and bacon salad, onion soup and tbone for 2 with cambrinus house sauce. Service was on point and very accomodating. Temperature was slightly hot so my heat sensitive sis made us move to a table in the back but was not a problem hence forth. The cambrinus logo looks like the drunk santa klaus ive imagined since childhood. Waitress was on top of her game as far as service goes but her knowlege of beer could have been better. All in all it was a great atmosphere with an extensive menu of food and beer and I would return upon my next visit to Brugge.

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Photo of GJ40
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A great beer bar and restaurant with an outstanding beer list and great atmosphere. The food is pricy but good. We had the cannelloni with spinach, meat an boursin cheese one night. And then my wife had the Irish rib eye and I had the brewer's special the second night. It was all very good. They can be busy and seem preoccupied with coordinating their tables and reservations but the service was still good. I recommend reservations, even in the off season. This is a great place if you love good Belgian beer.

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Photo of jdense
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Located just a bit north (though the streets of Brugge have that Brussel-esque confusing feel) a few doors down from the (grossly overpriced) Bier Temple, BB Cambrinus is a must stop destination for the traveling BA.

Certainly a beer-themed restaurant, very small bar area only 5 stools. One of the most impressive beer lists outside Delirium Cafe I've seen so far this trip (haven't been to Kulminator yet) and the prices were, as the Belgians say, democratic. I started with the Zot on tap and had several other bottles, a really impressive beer (book) list.

The service at the bar was top notch, too Amazonian-ladies (both taller than me) who were quick to bring my beer, ask if everything was alright, etc. No complaints.

I ate their twice, once a Flemish onion soup, quite tasty, really hot, served in a little La Crueset crock, the ubiquitous floating cheese/bread 'thing' on top. Not the best onion soup I've had this trip (that would be Drie Fonteinen). Met up with some American and British folks for a late night snack, the usual meat/cheese/etc plate. I need to go back and sample the beer-infused menu, especially looking forward to the rabbit. My understanding is this is one of the best beer restaurants in Belgium, but having been to De Heeren von Liederkercke, it's a long ways down to 2nd place after that superlative experience.

The prices were a bit on the high side, many of the dishes had recently seen a 1 Euro price increase, indicated by the pen marks over the 'old' prices. Might be time for a new menu.

Other than going to see Miss Daisy (and she wasn't in, sadly), BBC should be at the top of the traveling beer afficionados list of places to visit in Brugge. Just don't stuff yourself on 3-4 euro waffles beforehand.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

After surviving primarily on frites and assorted snacks for 4 prior days of epic shenanigans, it was nice to sit down for a proper meal.

We didn't have reservations, but we showed up early enough to sneak in before the 7:30 reservations started hitting.

The beer list was huge - we ordered a dirt cheap Fou Foune, which seemed to good to be true, and was as it was not in stock. Still, many other options to choose from including the Westy line (with a tax) and tons of trappist, traditional and lambic beers.

The food was quite good - i went for the rabbit prepared in the house beer and the rest of my crew seemed to enjoy the fish stew.

I dig the beer cuisine focus - I've read the Brewmasters Table, but I think it took this most recent trip to Belgium to really trigger my interest in incorporating more suds on my cooking.

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Photo of spoony
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Reviewed from notes dated May 23, 2013.

A-Cambrinus is located in the centrum of Brugge within walking distance of the city's main attractions. The place is well-lit (a touch bright) and inviting. Tourist friendly, I would say, with a bit of TGI Fridays feel to it. The restaurant is good-sized for Europe with seating in one large room that is split into two levels and houses a 25-foot long bar with stools. A hefty mural of King Cambrinus stared down at us from the back wall.

Q-The beer list was, as you might expect, full of Belgians. The bottle list was well-curated with a high-quality selection that included some harder-to-find offerings, including Westvleteren. As is typical in the old world, the tap list was pretty limited.

Ser-The service was prompt, friendly, and food delivery was well-timed. However, the beer glasses delivered to our table were noticeably warm (perhaps from sitting under a lamp?) and the servers did not take the time to pour the beer.

Sel-As noted above, the bottle list is pretty impressive with a good bit of selection in each style of Belgian. I did not notice anything super-unusual, but they did have a few vintage offerings and some more off-the-beaten-path brews from the better-known Belgian breweries.

F-The menu is pretty heavy and leans toward traditional meat and potatoes style food. I had rabbit with a gravy and some buttery mashed spuds and the wife had chicken with with a gravy-like stew and croquettes. Both were tasty (and made with beer), but a touch traditional and uninspired.

V-Prices were on the better side of reasonable for a tourist-feeling establishment in a tourist town like Brugge.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Visited Cambrinus around a dozen times whilst in Belgium. The Beer list is very impressive and the staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. They also have Westvleteren. The Garlic Scampi is exquisite to a point where we were having two serves each ! The atmosphere is good but a little background music would be good. A must try spot in Brugge or Belgium for that matter

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Photo of JimTeal
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Visited Cambrinus in September 2012. Bruge is such a spectacular spot, full of nothing but ridiculous over the top 800 year old scenery, a Michaelangelo masterpiece on display, breathtaking doesn't do Bruge/Brugge, no matter how you spell it, the place surpasses the Rick Steves tourguide. I almost feel like a local after my second visit. If by chance you ever get a chance, GO TO BRUGE!, for a few wonderful days. That said, back to Cambrinus. Absolutely a splendid bar/restaurant. Not the warmest staff, but my belief is that is one of the special qualities of Cambrinus. This place is extremely confident and professional in its image, flounting a beyond belief beer selection, Westvletaren 12 readily available and my first Pannepot Fisherman's Ale. We didn't dine, focused on imbibing our butts off, and enjoying the fine ambience. Like I mentioned before, I have read that their service is not great, probably average, and probably true, but professional, and the staff's knowledge and recommendations are spot on. I hope next time in Bruge I will take time to dine, and next time I'm sure I'll be a local. But who cares, I read the BA top 100 list, and Cambrinus represents the best of the best without a doubt.

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Photo of Lyke2Drink
1.5/5  rDev -64.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 1

I had to give Bierbrasserie Cambrinus one star because Beer Advocate does not have an option for zero stars.

I was on a beer tour of Belgium and spent a couple of nights in Brugge. On Sept. 12 our first choice for dinner was not open so we went to Cambrinus. As others have stated about this place, it was crowded and cramped. The service was not friendly. But what earns this place a spot on the "Beer Bar Hall of Shame" is that I broke a tooth on a fragment of a shell in my fish stew and the restaurant has done nothing.

When my party alerted the server, he acted like it was no big deal -- even after I showed him the large chunk of my tooth in my hand. We had to ask to speak to the manager twice, who said the owner was not around and she could do nothing. We asked her to call the manager, who told me over the phone that they would take care of the matter the next day and contact their insurance company.

Days went by without contact. After reaching back out to the restaurant, they said they had been delayed in contacting the insurance company. They did not explain why. Again weeks went by, only to get a form letter today from Rita Springael at AG Insurance that said: "We act as insurers TP Liability for brasserie CAMBRINUS. We took note of your complains and regret that you have dental problems. We believe that you in no way can prove that the liability of our insured is involved. We provide therefore no intervention."

I guess five witnesses at my table, the waiter, manager, owner, my dentist and the broken tooth does not count as evidence to AG Insurance.

So Cambrinus has decided they can avoid any responsibility by sending this to their insurance agent to dodge the issue. I have undergone two dental procedures to repair the one tooth and have at least one more trip to the dentist to repair a crack in the tooth next to the broken one caused by the shell. This painful injury was caused by negligence in the Cambrinus kitchen, but what is even worse is the response from the restaurant. They have calculated that I am an American tourist and they can avoid stepping up to the plate and dealing with the injury they caused.

Don't eat at Cambrinus. Brugge has many great restaurants and even better spots to have Belgian beer. Please don't give your money to a place that has such low business ethics and displays such a total disregard for customers.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

On a particularly rainy Brugge Wednesday, more rainy than most, a step inside the cozy entrance nook gives a welcome reprieve from the damp elements outside. What welcomed us is an earthy and elegant decor of fine French interior elements and gentlemanly English wood work. Brightly lit and somewhat shiny, the narrow procession between the bar stools and flanking high-top tables delivers us to our table tucked away in the back of the restaurant.

A peruse through the menu that housed both food items and beer items seems to take an etermity because of the enormity of the selections and because the hard-bound menu that rivited to a paddle board were hard to come by. Once I saw the Westvleteren offerings, my mind was made up. The Blue Cap (8) was the choice for me. Though the food menu was concise and dedicated, the beer selections were vast- likely ranging into the several hundreds- all based around Belgian offerings almost exclusively. Sour ales, trappist ales, blonde ales, strong golden and dark ales, and fruited ales are all well represented.

Although the menu ranged from entrees of scallops, duck, beef, fries, and pork- all seeminly exquisit; I settled instead on the entree salad of mixed greens, nuts, fruits and berries, goat cheese, and vinegarette. Although the pairing of the dark Belgian Beer was off, I didn't care this time around.

Once the food settled, a comfortable gaze across the room yeilded more dining tables on the other side of the room that was rather busy for a late mid-week lunch. Finely polished cabinets houses decorations that range from literature, glassware, and the random Belgian trinkets that remind us of their deeply rooted drinking culture.

As is usual for Belgium, we have so much to see and do on this one-day excursion that a quick in and out is all we have; but the relaxed demeanor of the waitstaff made getting timely drinks and tabs a little delayed.

Although an hour and a half was all that was spent here, I can see the charm and lasting impresions that Cambrinus left on me as it was a lunch that I'll never forget.

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Photo of shiner00747
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have been twice.Once in 2010 and 2011.Both times I had the fish stew.The food was good both times.Seafood in a gravy like sauce.Very tasty.Lots of really good beers in bottles and some good on tap too.the first time a guy next to me suggested their house brune and I thought it was really good.The wife and I hung out with a British couple and many pints of the brune were consumed.The second time I was there tried a bunch of bottles of beers i had never had and a few
that I knew.Hendrick straffes are always a good choice in Bruges.Wish there was a Cambrinus here.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I stopped into Cambrinus twice on my most recent European trip, on 28 and 30SEP11. Pahked myself at the bahr both times...

Cambrinus is found not far from the Burg square, on the ground floor of a corner building made of aged, light-colored bricks. Two large bay windows and a couple of old barrels frame the entrance. Entering Cambrinus, it is long from front to rear. As an earlier reviewer mentioned, it does have a TGIF sort of feel, not really being a rustic, old-school type pub. There are a few small tables at the windows on both sides, then the bar appears on the right, a short-L from that side heading back far to the rear. A few high tables are along the left on a divider, and there are numerous booths and tables further to the left and rear. The place is well-lit but warm, with lots of mahogany-colored wood and some brass here and there. Decorations consist of large bottles, old posters and pics, and other bier-related bric-a-brac. The bar itself is majestic, a large wooden edifice. Shelves hanging above the bar display numerous bottles of top-shelf Belgian biers. There are a few draft towers with about 4-taps each, though bottles far outnumber taps here. Behind the bar are many coolers housing said bottles. The bier-list is really a book, wooden-bound and about 3" thick. Damn!! I perused it for a good time, not knowing which direction I wanted to head in. When I finally felt I wanted a Quad, my bartender recommended a new offering, Prearis, a bier brewed by a Belgian brewery based on an award-winning homebrew recipe. Damn tasty, it was!! Unlike others here, I thought the service was quite good. They were readily available and helpful, in addition to being friendly. No gripes there... Prices are a bit up there, but it is Brugge, after all.... Anyhow, I'm here again whenever I return... This certainly is NOT a dildo bar (whatever that means), as some putz I know of has stated... Prosit!!

4.58 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$


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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

So this place is awesome. A place that I would love to drink and watch a soccer game, but also nice enough to have a nice dinner. Some really cool murals on the walls as well. A great selection of beer, they advertise 400, but it was way over that. As for the food, I had a seafood stew, which was just a touch of creamy broth and a bunch of seafood in it. The service was really good, but again it was busy and we were a large group. I recommend this place highly. Great atmosphere, great selection of beer, and fantastic food.

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Photo of Cmack15
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is probably the best bar I visited in Brugge. Located right off the main square so its easy to walk to. The Cambrinus was quite crowded when we arrived but the waitress was kind enough to get us an extra stool so we could sit at the bar. Nice selection of Belgian beers nothing to extensive or rare but a good selection. They did have westy 12 on their list so naturally I saw it fit to order that. When in Brugge I highly recommend this place. Did not try the food so i can not comment on that but it appeared that they had a full menu and I saw some peoples plates and they looked good.

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Photo of Chincino
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I went to the Cambrinus twice on a recent trip to Brugge, Belgium. I really enjoyed the atmosphere which very conducive to relaxing and drinking good beers. Immediately upon entering the place, you see rows upon rows of different styles of beer glasses and hundreds of bottles of beers in cases behind the bar. We were planning to go to this place anyway during our trip to Brugge, but we discovered that they sold bottles of Westvleteren 12 which was an excellent surprise. They also had the Westvleteren 8 which my friend tried and I had the 12. The beer list was extremely extensive and it will take you awhile just to read all the beers this place has to offer. I highly recommend going here if you are in Brugge.

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Photo of Sapper408
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

First off, this place is awesome and I will go here everytime I'm in Brugge. The beer was great and the food was exceptional for a beer bar/ restaraunt. The beer prices weren't marked up from what you would pay in a grocery store.

This place was filled with local Belgians and I only saw one other table with anyone speaking English. It was no Applebee's as some other reviews have stated. For the most part in Europe the cheesier looking restaurants are actuals local hangouts (I have lived in Europe for two years).

The place was very clean and the beer and food were great.

The waitresses know what they're talking about and know exactly what beers are on their 400 beer list. European service is not American service. Europeans don't care if you eat in their restaraunt. They know there food is good and don't need to ask. The service here is typical of European service.

If you're looking for a Belgium beer, they have it along with the appropriate glass. The beer will be served at the exact temperature it should be served at. You should have an idea what you're looking for, or you will be there looking through their list of 400 beers for a while. They have all of the Westvletrns.

I had the rabbit and my wife had the ham with a creamy mustard sauce. The Belgian fries were also very good. The food was some of the best I had in my week long stay in Brugge.

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Photo of sks120n
2.95/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

We visited Cambrinus Restaurant In Bruges last week. We made reservations about a week ahead of time just in case but there were plenty of tables. There was definitely an extra one for our waitress to sit at for a while and talk on her cell phone while we tried to flag someone down for another beer and our check!
The beer menu is like a wood covered phone book! We had fun combing through and making our selections. I decided on a Cantillion and my fiance' a Westie Blonde.
We ordered a cold meat starter and it came to the table looking like a meat volcano! It was good but really cried out for bread and maybe a small plate. (neither are really done in Belgium so I don't knock points for it)
Our entrees were fair. A fish stew that was really just fish in a buttery sauce and a sliced chicken with mushrooms that was pretty good.
The place is very inviting from outside but once inside it's kind of like a Belgian Applebee's not much ambiance at all.
We snapped a picture from outside of the three eldery ladies drinking beer in the window table. Overall, not a must do but there are many places much better.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Right in the middle of Brugge, close to one of the major squares and few doors down from the Bier Temple. New looking inside, dark wooden tables everywhere with interesting paintings. Sucks that you can't sit at the tables unless you eat so at least order an appetizer when you get there. The servers are nice, limited English and not great at offering suggestions, but they seem to try. They have a huge book of beers at least 100 of them. The book is sorted by beer style and each style has a different colored page. There are some semi rare beers there nothing crazy. They did has fou founne at 12 a bottle which can't be beat and all 3 styles of westy but at way to expensive of a price. The food is very good so you are safe with ordering anything. Its loud and touristy here so not a place you will stay for very long.

Worth a stop to see if you find something unique on the menu but not a destination place.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
2.99/5  rDev -30%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Wow - upon walking into this place, it's like stepping back into time and really has a classic Old World feel to it. We got a table right by the window that looks out onto the beautiful cobblestone streets of Brugge and with a light mist of rain coming down - I was ready to get into an evening of drinking and hanging out.

Hmmm, how do I put this without being too harsh - the draft beer selection was a joke. I've seen better selections in an average bar and grill in any random American town - Hoegaarden, Jupiler, Palm, Leffe Blond - I actually Leffe, but come on! I was shocked at their tap selection, especially in comparison to a lot of other bars in the area. Their bottle selection on the other hand, was simply amazing - good selection of Lambics and Geuzes, and some other West Flanders gems.

The service was mediocre at best and the two women working the bar guided me in the wrong direction - when asking for a good Oud Bruin and a good sour Wild Ale, I was given Augustijn Grand Cru and Ichtegem's Oud Bruin - neither of which were very good or even interesting. Also, the blonde girl working the front of the house serving drinks and food was terrible and acted like she was put off every time we tried to order a drink. We left after a few beers scratching our heads wondering what all the hype is about. If we return to Brugge someday, we may give it another chance, but there are so many better bars in town and in the area, that I'm not sure if we will.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Very nice and clean place with a lot of wood and brass accents, stained glass and assorted beer-related decor. The menu is gigantic and well put together - arranged alphabetically by style. The also offer a house beer in dark and blond versions - Gambrivinus (sp?). I saw Westvleteren on the menu, but didn't order. Good character in this place to go along with the beer-related food. Had Trappist cheese croquettes which were pretty good. Great location off the Grote Markt. A good visit but a bit pricy, especially food wise. Crowd was a mix of business, young people, and families, yet the focus on good beer seems higher here than in some other places around town. Recommended.

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Bierbrasserie Cambrinus in Brugge, Belgium
94 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.