Taps: 6 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 58 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by lawrence76:
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
While in the Temple de Biere in Brugge, the store manager (owner?) referred us to the brand new Cambrinus Restaurant, and actually gave a us each a gift card for a free "house beer."
We had just arrived in town and had no clearly defined plan so we went to check the place out. I am so glad we did!
The bar is beautiful; it's new & clean but still very classy and traditional-feeling. Lots of warm wood and clean brass everywhere. Stained glass. Huge bar with nice comfortable stools, and about 30 tables as well.
We first tried the house beers, they have a blonde and a brown, and both were great (the bar tender explained that they were brewed locally, at perhaps the last operating brewery within the city of Brugge). They also have about 4 more taps showcasing some various regional beers and a TON of bottles.
We stayed only for a few beers, but after some shopping and cleaning up we came back that night and settled in for the long haul at a big table. The waitress was very attentive, even though the place was super crowded. The food was good, perhaps could have been better with less cigarette smoke, but it is Europe afterall and I refuse to be bothered by such trivialities when I'm abroad.
also....I could have been really out of it but it seemed that we somehow only spent about 60 euros in there which about half of what I was expecting to pay!
All I can say is that I can't wait to get back to this place, and I now wish we had spent more time in Brugge (oh yea, the city is great and not too crowded if you go there during the off-season).
03-30-2006 15:07:11 | More by lawrence76
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4.26/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
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
Bierbrasserie Cambrinus in Brugge, Belgium
94 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.