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3.3/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
La Lunette is smack-dab in the shopping district of downtown Brussels, just steps away from the inner end of Rue Neuve- the famous, cobblestone, shops-laden street containing the City2 mall. This is why I visit the place so often... after half an hour of my wife and her sister shopping here yet again, I'd say, "That's it- come get me at La Lunette when you're done."
The bar takes up the first two storeys of a four storey building (the top two are apartments). The front is a dark wood frame holding giant panes of glass from top to bottom, with "La Lunette" and "Stella Artois" in big red letters. The inside is a smoky, wood-laden bar with mirrors running along the middle-left and back walls, and lots of Belgian beer signs in plastic and neon along the top. All tables, seats, and such are made of wood, with the bar running along the right of the establishment. A good looking wooden spiral staircase on the left brings you up to the second floor, which is quieter and more sparse- long tables with benches or small tables with wooden chairs lining the front windows- a great view but poor service, as the waitstaff don't get up there as often as they should. The place is a typical Belgian haunt that's shared between business people, students from the local schools, and shoppers taking a break- being there around 3pm shows a far different (younger, louder) crowd than at noon or 9pm.
As mentioned by other reviewers, "La Lunette" refers to the 1 litre glasses that are indeed shaped much like overgrown Orval goblets. Most Lunettes (in which any available beer can be served) go for between 10 and 14 euro which is quite a bargain if you're willing to let it go warm over the course of your sipping. The glass itself can be purchased but I believe it was something like 35 to 40 euro- a bit too steep considering how many normal-sized goblets you can buy for the same amount of money.
The selection is average- this isn't the place you want to go if you've had your share of different Belgian beers and want to try something new. Their lambic selection is next to nothing- they serve nothing but Belle Vue, which is mediocre compared to so many other options (especially their gueuze). They offer around 30 different beers, all of which you've had elsewhere. But because of its convenient location and nice ambiance, it's a bit pricey as well (with the exception of the lunette servings). It's a bit louder than your average Belgian bar because of its location and clientelle.
If you sit downstairs, you will certainly get prompt service, and most speak pretty good English. However, half a BA point off if you sit upstairs when it's busy- you get a great view of passers-by sitting at the windows and usually a quieter time, but it takes a while for a waiter to come for your next round. But if you're looking for one huge, relaxing beer in the ideal people-watching position, I can't recommend a better place in downtown Brussels than the window tables on the second floor of La Lunette.
(Last visited in April, 2005.)
08-13-2005 13:19:09 | More by belgianjunkie
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4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Lunchtime, December 2007.
Downstairs is full of people eating and drinking (a good sign in my eyes). As I pass the bar too my right, to reach the stairs I notice a selection of huge glasses, not the 'Lunette' pub based ones, but an Orval and a Leffe, 5 pints each I'd guess. The 'Lunette' glasses are being used by customers and are very impressive.
We find seats and are waited on very swiftly and pleasantly (in English), there are six of us, we all order different beers and different food. Everything comes correctly and both the food and beers were 'top-notch' and served in a friendly manner. The second round of beers were equaly as good and service ws quick and with a smile. The girls salads were large and wholesome, my Chicken Rosti meal was very good and the other hot dishes were dispatched without a word of complaint.
Is it a drinking venue? Not everyone upstairs or downstairs was eating, so yes it is a drinking venue. I have only been in the once and it was not in the evening.
Would I use it as a drinking venue? Most likely not, I think there are better drinking places within walking distance. I will eat (and drink) here again though. It is very handy as a meeting place for an after-shopping meal or beer.
12-31-2007 16:41:07 | More by BlackHaddock
3.74/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Right in the middle of Place de la Monnaie, in a section of town that I would consider as "70's urban", with gray, boring buildings where I'm glad I don't work, you can find La Lunette.
Besides the nice bar to your right as you walk in, the place is pretty much non-descript, by Brussels standards. Especially upstairs, with the view on the drab place, this really looks like a corporate bar where middle managers come drown out thier sorrows after work. And drown they will if they start pounding down Lunettes, 1 liter portions of whatever Beer they have on their list. Nonetheless, the place had a somewhat homey feeling to it, in that "Cheers" kind of way. It's like 75% of the bars in downtown Montreal took this place as a blueprint. If only they had their Beer menu! Most of the Trappists and about two dozen more. Almost all Lunettes are 10 euro, not bad, but I stuck to regular servings!
Service was allright, and the guy behind the bar turned on the lights so I could take a picture of the bar with the big "La lunette" sign lit up.
Even though the decor or ambiance didn't win me over, with that good selection and good enough service, maybe I wouldn't mind having a dead-end job in one of those crappy offices!
10-07-2004 22:39:03 | More by Goldorak
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
La Lunette is on the ‘Place de la Monnaie’, in the heart of the shopping area of Brussels. I sneaked a quick, but wholesome, lunch in here with a “large” beer during my last visit to Brussels in November 2002.
From the outside, La Lunette has a two floor high frontage that comprises large wood framed glass windows. It has a smart bistro look about it. ‘La Lunette’ and ‘Stella-Artois’ signs light the place from the outside at night.
Once inside, it is a long, thin, light & airy Café. The interior is quality all wood paneling with lots of thick beveled mirrors that lends an early 1900’s feel to the pace. The furnishings are clean, smart and in good condition. The Bar is to your right as you enter, and is slightly raised. You can sit at a few of the stools that line the front of this rather trendy retro-looking bar if you wish.
To the front of the bar is a well organized seating area, keen waiters ensure that Tables are cleaned almost before you get up to leave. The Café stretches further back beyond both these areas, to a cozier, more private area with some cubicles – but make no mistake – the Waiters watch every nook of this place like Hawks. Excellent Service!
The beer list is 40+, which contains the usual classic beers, including the beautiful Rochefort 8° which I had (which was 8 months old, and perfectly fruity as well – I really liked that!). In addition, it has many good Strong Dark Ales, a few Trappistes and Strong Blondes. La Lunette is famous for the fact that all of the beers on sale here are available in 1 Liter Glasses, called “Lunettes”; these resemble large Orval Glasses. The "Lunettes" are positively huge, quite monstrous – but a word of warning, each 1 Litre Glass is the equivalent of around 3 x 12 fl.oz. bottles – *well worth remembering* - especially if decide to hit a Rochefort or a Gordon’s Scotch!!!
Serves a great range of quick lunch snacks, which beat the temptation of shitty junk food on sale nearby, hands down. It also serves more substantial Lunch and Evening Meals, which are good value & efficiently served.
A long, smart bar with good value food and a solid beer list, all served by smartly attired & incredibly efficient waiters.
Just be careful if you decide to go for that second “Lunette” of beer though!!!
Last Visit: 27th Nov. 2002.
06-25-2003 22:43:16 | More by TheLongBeachBum
La Lunette in Brussels, Belgium
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.