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In 't Spinnekopke

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In 't SpinnekopkeIn 't Spinnekopke
BA SCORE
88
very good

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 17.44%
Taps: 5
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Eatery ]

Place du Jardin aux Fleurs 1
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
phone: +32 2 511 86 95

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(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

After a visit to the Cantillon Brewery on 11/27/02, my friend and I (both ramblers) decided to walk it back into Brussels Central. In t’Spinnekopke just happens to be on the route back. It lies in a recently resurfaced/refurbished small square, which acts as the junction of several roads. The cream and grey painted outside brightly highlights this 2 story building from its surroundings. There is a third story but it is part of the steeply sloping roof. Hanging Baskets are always outside, but what really attracted my attention was the long black and white “Gueuze . Lambic . Cantillon . Framboise . Kriek” painted sign above the ground floor windows that runs the entire length of the building. Has a low doorway - so watch your head as you enter!!
The Beer List is stated as 90, but may well top 100, the highlight of which (for me) is the draft Cantillon Lambic and Faro (very rare indeed). The draft Lambic is gorgeous, a well carbonated desert dry offering, you have to drink this whilst here. Beer List does change, through omissions and deletions so do not be afraid to ask about new additions.
However, the “Little Spider’s Head” is truly known for the exceptional quality of its cuisine. The meals are simply legendary. The owner is a well known chef, and has written a Cook Book called “Cuisine Facile à la Bière”. If you like your food and beer, this is THE place to eat in Brussels, forget the overpriced Cafés and Restaurants near the Grand Place. Portions are sized for the hungry, so be careful if ordering Starters and a Main Meal, you may not have any room left for the Beer.
I visited during a slow Wednesday afternoon; when it is was quiet, and just having a beer in here is no problem at all when it is like this. However, later on as this small Brown Café/Restaurant fills up, it is difficult, and you will feel uncomfortable, if you just want to have a beer.
Generally the advice is to visit on a quiet afternoon for drinking only (it opens at 11.00 weekdays which is ideal). But I would strongly recommend that you do not miss the opportunity to eat here, if you want to eat - you may to have book - check first they speak good English.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 29, 2002
Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

uturn, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of youbrewidrink
2.65/5  rDev -32.1%

We decided to gor here after reading reviews and it being rcomended. Big Mistake!

To start with I ordered a bottle of 3F guezue which the waiter said they were out of and suggested a beer on tap the owner brewed, ok it wasn't awful. I overheard the waiter pull the same bullshit line on another table that ordered a different bottle. Nice scam.

The food was poor at best. We ordered traditional Belgian dish that should have been slow braised in various beers. Both dishes we ordered came out as roasted meat with geuzue gravy, not even close to properly prepared.

And the winner is: After my first beer was empty, The waiter never came back to offer me a beer to go with my dinner.

I have owned bars & resturaunts and not a pain in the ass customer, this place just is not as great as advertised.

youbrewidrink, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Gotta admit that i am surprised this location is even on BA. First thing you need to know is that this is a restuarant. Not a bar. We went here as it was suggested by several sources. The meal was amazing and the service was fantastic. They even brought us a special homemade aperitif to close out our meal. It was really good.

Had about 5 items on draft that covered the basic local styles and also had a very nice bottle list. But come here for the food!!!

Black and white Boudin, meatballs (Flemish NOT Italian), Rabbit in Gueuze were all incredible. My wife got an Orange Flambe waffle for dessert that was fantastic.

We had 2 Great meals in Brussels and this was ine if them. Come for dinner, not for the beer.

Reagan1984, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Phanatic
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%

Oh, this was disappointing. I'd had it recommended by a number of people.

The food was amazing. Had the best pate de fois gras either me or my friend ever had. The rabbit a la geuze I got for my main course was also incredible. Instead of a basket of bread, they bring you out a plate of sliced boudin noir.

The service sucked. "Sucked" doesn't even begin to cover the depths of horribleness. Apparently, if they're busy, or you're foreign, or whatever, they will feign ignorance of a beer list and claim to just have table beer. And it's *bad* table beer. It would be bad beer here in Philly, I expect it's actually a criminal offense in Belgium to serve beer that bad. Meanwhile, we can see people at adjacent tables ordering Orval and getting them. When the time came to get our check, other servers and bus boys passing our table were making a specific point of avoiding eye contact. Finally we flagged our bus boy down, and he said apologetically "It's not me, it's the waiter." Okay, great, but what, you're not allowed to go get our check? It took *30 minutes* for them to get us our check and allow us to get the hell out.

A solid restaurant experience and an amazing meal marred beyond repair by abysmal service. What a shame.

Phanatic, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of Travlr
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

A bit difficult to find, but worth the few minutes of extra effort. The main attraction is the excellent food, mostly local specialties and some Belgian classics; great mussels in season. Decent selection of beers, including a Cantillon faro and a few beers from farther afield. Bar staff substituted similar beers without asking, if they were out of what was ordered - very odd. Waiters were actually more helpful, and spoke English quite well. The bar area is small and cozy, but nothing special. 100% locals when I was there.

Travlr, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Tut
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

I'm not going to say much about In 't Spinnekopke. I first discovered it in 1998,before it was up on BA. At the time it was an excellent restaurant and I had a number of memorable meals there over the next few years. Then things started changing. More and more tourists started going there, it appeared in the BA Directory, and the whole experience just wasn't the same. I stopped going after a visit in 2006, preferring less touristy places when I'm in Brussels.

I want to correct a misconception some reviewers have. Spinnekopke is a RESTAURANT that has a small(by Belgian standards) but good beer list. It shouldn't be listed as a beer bar and you shouldn't go there just for beers. The place is small and you shouldn't be surprised that they don't appreciate you taking up space during their busy dinner period and just having a few beers and appetizers. There are plenty of good cafes in Brussels that will welcome you for that purpose. If you go here, order lunch or dinner.

Tut, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Atmosphere: Very beautiful interior and a quite comfortable terrace. Located away from a lot of the touristy, crowded quarter of Brussel's city center.

Quality: Very high quality in all regards.

Service: Pretty terrible service, albeit I only came here once. My fiancee and I waited 20 minutes to see a menu and then the waiter refused to give me a beer menu because it was dinnertime. Eventually he conceded but was visibly pissed when we only had a few beers and appetizers.

Selection: I can't say because he never did give me a beer menu, assuming I was some ignorant tourist.

Food: The quality of the food was very good no question. The portions were very small, and we left hungry.

Value: Pretty pricey.

EatsTacos, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of tendermorsel
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

Go to this placed for the Beer not the food. I had a simular issue when tring to get a beer list. Perhaps there was a language barier but I asked twice for a beer menu and the waiter said that they didn't have one?? I ordered a bottle of Gueze of the top of my head.

The service and atomosphere were OK (aside from the lack of a beer list). Pretty crowded for dinner. The place was nicely decorated with also sorts of beer decorations. The Cantillon glass light fixture above the front bar was was particularly cool.

The food was absolutely amazing. I had a Rabbit stewed in lambic which was a revolation. My buddy had a pork tenderloin in a brown beer reduction which was top knotch. His wife had mussels in a Mardous cream sauce which were probably the best mussels I tasted in my entire trip. The Rochfort cream scalops were awesome too.

Overall I would highly reccomend this place for the food. I was a bit pricy but well worth it. There are other places that I would go for a beer.

tendermorsel, May 28, 2009
Photo of 0711rconnoll
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%

Literally just got back to my hotel room after dining at In't Spinnekopke. While I'd very much like to blame a disjointed review on a healthy beer buzz, I'm afraid that this review is fueled more by shear disappointment than by alcohol.

After reading the many fabulous reviews of this establishment, I made it a priority during my short stop-over in Brussels. I was dining alone as this was a business trip and a short one at that. I was seated promptly, but then waited 15 minutes before anyone paid attention to me. I was thirsty, and once I placed my food order (carbonnade au lambic -- this was excellent) I proceeded to ask for the beer list. The waiter gestured that all they had was table beer -- TABLE BEER -- and brought me one. I quite enjoy Belgian table beer, but at a restaurant of this caliber, not to mention one that bases their menu on Belgian beer, I expected to have at least one or two options beyond the bier de table I was offered.

Perhaps it was my lousy French that got me into this predicament; I admit that I wasn't forceful when presented with a singular beer choice. However, I know that I communicated "beer list" to the waiter and he baulked.

Other than the very professional waiter, the other table service was pretty atrocious this evening. The bus-girl had a nasty attitude, and was downright rude at times. I was more than happy to pay the check and get out of there.

Unless I hear otherwise, I won't be coming back to this restaurant -- unless perhaps with a Belgian local that can pry this mighty beer list from the hands of the wait-staff.

0711rconnoll, Mar 21, 2009
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In 't Spinnekopke in Brussels, Belgium
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.