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Café Bruges

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Taps: 6
Bottles: 95
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

16 N Pitt St
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 17013-2941
United States
phone: (717) 960-0223

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(Place added by: akorsak on 07-04-2009)
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Reviews by pburland23:
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Was in Carlisle last weekend for my ten year college reunion and decided to hit Cafe Bruges for dinner on Saturday night based on the recommendation of a classmate who lives in town.

Walked in around 7:00 or so and told it would be a half hour wait for a table. However, there were four seats together at the bar so we decided to eat and drink there. Atmosphere was nice basically it was a plain rectangular room adorn with Belgian breweriana. The bar ran the width of the back of the restaurant.

The bartender was quite friendly and knowledgable, however the service was perhaps a little slow. It was a busy Saturday night and the pace of meal did feel European to me so I can't complain too much.

The beer selection was 100% Belgian with 6 or 7 taps and around 100 bottled offerings. I opted for a Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Red. Two of my friends asked for recommendations and the bartender did a nice job walking them through some choices.

The food was quite delicious...a real treat for Carlisle. I opted for the moules frites with a spicy sriracha mayo dipping sauce for the frites which was outstanding. I thought the beer and food prices were very reasonable for the quality.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed dinner and drinks at Cafe Bruges. A real plus for the Carlisle dining and beer scene.

06-16-2012 13:30:44 | More by pburland23
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BcOneSeven

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-02-2014 00:28:05 | More by BcOneSeven
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%

Wow, what a great spot. Nice, clean looking place. Dark green paint throughout and a lot of tables. Nice looking bar area also. The beer selection is only Belgian ales, but without exaggeration, I think that they have pretty much most Belgian beers that are available in the U.S. I'm not kidding. They even get Cantillon in, apparently. (Doubt it lasts long.) Food was okay. Above average, but not mind blowing. You could certainly do a lot worse. Service was very good. Only one guy in the house during lunch service while I was there, but he knew a lot and knew what he was talking about. This place really is a gem and should be visited if you have the chance.

07-30-2014 20:23:32 | More by RblWthACoz
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illeagle05

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-09-2014 19:25:35 | More by illeagle05
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GeorgianBayPackr

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

03-08-2014 23:26:39 | More by GeorgianBayPackr
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-11-2013 05:11:13 | More by BillRoth
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-09-2013 13:43:01 | More by garuda
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%

Notes from Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

I have been to this place several times, but just decided to rate it on beer advocate. As soon as you enter there are beer magazines to peruse. The beer selection is focused on Belgian beers and is quite excellent for this region of Pennsylvania, and many other regions for that matter. The draft list is small but good. The food is Belgian in focus and is quite impressive. I had rabbit fricasee, which I paired with a Belgian IPA and then a dubbel.

Overall, I have been extremely pleased with this place during all of my visits. It is a unique place nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania, and one that I will visit again soon.

10-01-2013 20:33:08 | More by MarvinSnyder
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Dweedlebug

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

Cafe Bruges is a little slice of "Monks Cafe" right here in central PA. Sure the beer is expensive, but everything they sell is from Belgium, what do you expect? One of the few places in central PA that you can get a Sour beer, and on tap at that.

The menu is quite diverse and very Belgian. They even serve rabbit. At the same time, it is quite affordable. It's $19 for a steak w/ frites. Frites by themselves are $5, so the steak is really only $14. That's pretty good for a steak and green beans. Those frites, by the way, are double fried in beef tallow. Good luck finding any fries as tasty in a 50 mile radius.

As for the beer selection, I doubt you will find a finer Belgium selection outside a major city. At my last count, which was the week of 2/19/12, they had 6 draft beers and 111 bottles. I have a copy of the beer menu, so just message me if you want me to send you scans of it ( it's 14 pages, some of which are just info on different beer styles)

PS. BA magazine is available at the bar for you to flip through, along with other random beer books. You don't find that just anywhere, do you?

02-28-2012 05:20:24 | More by Dweedlebug
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maxpacemph

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%

Arriving at this Belgium beer spot was quite impressive. Their kitchen is seen from the street through a large glass window extending across the whole front of the cafe.
I was greeted immediately by a very friendly host that made me feel very welcome. Sinjin the beer specialist chatted it up rather expertly as I sat at the bar cruising the Belgium menu. I was very impresses with their selection and the menu had each beer under its specific style listed with great convenience. I admit I was impressed at their glassware, and overall quality of the building this excellent cafe resided in. If you are a Belgium beer lover, this place will be perfect for your palate! Overall, I wish i had more time. to stay and drink, eat, and chat it up!

06-27-2011 02:52:51 | More by maxpacemph
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Café Bruges in Carlisle, PA
93 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.