Taps: 6 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 58 | Show All Ratings:
4.26/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
A great beer bar and restaurant with an outstanding beer list and great atmosphere. The food is pricy but good. We had the cannelloni with spinach, meat an boursin cheese one night. And then my wife had the Irish rib eye and I had the brewer's special the second night. It was all very good. They can be busy and seem preoccupied with coordinating their tables and reservations but the service was still good. I recommend reservations, even in the off season. This is a great place if you love good Belgian beer.
01-19-2014 23:52:17 | More by GJ40
4.14/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
11-20-2013 12:10:16 | More by jdense
4.34/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
After surviving primarily on frites and assorted snacks for 4 prior days of epic shenanigans, it was nice to sit down for a proper meal.
We didn't have reservations, but we showed up early enough to sneak in before the 7:30 reservations started hitting.
The beer list was huge - we ordered a dirt cheap Fou Foune, which seemed to good to be true, and was as it was not in stock. Still, many other options to choose from including the Westy line (with a tax) and tons of trappist, traditional and lambic beers.
The food was quite good - i went for the rabbit prepared in the house beer and the rest of my crew seemed to enjoy the fish stew.
I dig the beer cuisine focus - I've read the Brewmasters Table, but I think it took this most recent trip to Belgium to really trigger my interest in incorporating more suds on my cooking.
08-31-2013 17:15:06 | More by dirtylou
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
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.
06-05-2013 03:05:13 | More by spoony
4.68/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
Visited Cambrinus around a dozen times whilst in Belgium. The Beer list is very impressive and the staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. They also have Westvleteren. The Garlic Scampi is exquisite to a point where we were having two serves each ! The atmosphere is good but a little background music would be good. A must try spot in Brugge or Belgium for that matter
01-24-2013 12:33:04 | More by eric5bellies
4.23/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
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.
11-15-2012 01:32:59 | More by JimTeal
1.5/5 rDev -64.7%
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.
10-10-2012 17:55:33 | More by Lyke2Drink
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
05-04-2012 17:32:34 | More by BEERchitect
4.23/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I have been twice.Once in 2010 and 2011.Both times I had the fish stew.The food was good both times.Seafood in a gravy like sauce.Very tasty.Lots of really good beers in bottles and some good on tap too.the first time a guy next to me suggested their house brune and I thought it was really good.The wife and I hung out with a British couple and many pints of the brune were consumed.The second time I was there tried a bunch of bottles of beers i had never had and a few
that I knew.Hendrick straffes are always a good choice in Bruges.Wish there was a Cambrinus here.
03-07-2012 18:36:32 | More by shiner00747
4.58/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
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 | $$$
11-06-2011 20:57:27 | More by Bierman9
Bierbrasserie Cambrinus in Brugge, Belgium
94 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.