The Belgian Cafe
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 250
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 19 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
4.33/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally I made it to this place after numerous trips to Monk's and Eulogy. It looked pretty small from the outside but seemed alot roomier inside. I enjoy the atmoshphere and the overal vibe. The place was done nicely and I was seated right away. The menu is awesome as far as beer selection and food selection. Some typical Belgian fare as well as some other interesting food choices. The food was great, the beer was awesome and the hostess and server were very pleasant as well. I had a great time and will be revisiting soon.
01-22-2011 22:19:29 | More by BeerForMuscle
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3.72/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
Great bottle selection, decent tap selection. Service was OK, a bit aggressive around peak hours. We could not order beer fast enough for them. Staff knew something basic about the beers. Decent location. Inside is kind of dark, outside tables nice.More or less an average place to go for beer in today's market.
08-07-2013 18:21:05 | More by Sammy
4.25/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
With a two hour Amtrak layover in Philly, I was quite pleased to find this lovely little Belgian-style beer bar about a mile from the train station. Pleased enough that when I had a second 90 minute layover on my return trip, I went again.
There is a fair number of tables outside, and plenty of seats inside. A long bar runs the length of the main room, behind which is a tremendous array of Belgian glasses. A second room goes off to the side with tables for seating.
I had two different bartenders, and both were knowledgable and pleasant, though not overly talkative. The Phillies game was playing both times on an HD TV in the corner.
The food is not Belgian, and tends towards high-end American bar food. The first trip I had the vegan Korean tacos which I found a little sub-par. The second trip I went with the Chimay Cheeseburger which was quite good. I definitely recommend going with burgers as opposed to the specialty items. The fries are quite tasty as well and are served with a chipotle mayonnaise.
Now the beer.
The tap list is modest (maybe 8 taps) and ranged from American to Belgian. While I was there they had St. Bernardus, Allagash, Victory, Monk's Café, and a few others on draft. A Lost Abbey draft night was a couple days away.
But the bottle list is where this café wins. An enormous list, they featured beers from US, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Scotland, Germany, Austria, among others. The list included several beers I had been wanting to try for years, including five different Russian River selections, and two of the beers from Abbey of Christ in the Desert.
The bar is certainly well worth visiting if you find yourself near the train station. I haven't spent a lot of time in Philly, so I can't say that it is necessarily worth trekking over for (my understanding is that Philly has many worthy beer spots), but if you did make the trip, you wouldn't leave disappointed.
04-04-2012 15:34:49 | More by rinhaak
3.65/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Nice spot in a residential area, inside and outside seating. Medium sized bar area that opens into a slightly larger dining room.
Beer selection was very good and some beers seemed to be a few dollars cheaper than monks. Beer was served in appropriate glassware and my server seemed to take care not to pour in the yeast from the bottle of cantillon that I had ordered.
We had lunch here with the wife getting a soup and salad and me getting some mussels. The "monk's" mussels were ok bordering on plain and some of them were very undercooked. My wife really liked her food. The menu here is very similar to monks.
The service was very good for such a casual place and our server was very attentive despite it getting busier and busier as lunch went on.
I would return if I was in the area.
07-09-2011 17:38:16 | More by bpfishback
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I had wanted to check out this spot because I'd heard of it from the monk's cafe website prior to my trip to Philadelphia. It turns out this place is owned by the same people who own Monk's Cafe which is amazing. Like Monk's cafe, the Belgian Cafe had a good selection of vegetarian food on the menu and also had a really relaxed atmosphere. The service here was good and the selection of beers was also good. I tried a De Struisse beer which I really enjoyed. I would definitely recommend checking this place out although I have to say I really liked Monk's Cafe a lot better.
12-31-2010 03:11:20 | More by Chincino
3.83/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place is owned by the same people that own Monk's in Center City Philly. It's in the museum district of Philly, and hence not quite as big or busy as Monk's. It's about as good beer- and food-wise, although the staff and atmosphere isn't quite as nice. Still mostly pleasant, and a great selection of beer, and they often get stuff that isn't available anywhere else, including Monk's. The food menu isn't quite as extensive, but still overall just as good in quality. Location is a bit out of the way, which is why I don't make it over there often.
12-13-2010 21:57:01 | More by Rifugium
The Belgian Cafe in Philadelphia, PA
90 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.