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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
Reviews by spoony:
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 bostonbeans
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Dzu
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of troypepito
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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 Whatup14
3.44/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of kingjohnh
4.44/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Sixpoint
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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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4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

more than 400 beers and quality foods

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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