Den Dyver

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Type: Eatery

Dijver 5
Brugge, 8000

+32 50 33 60 69 | map

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Photo of ggaughan
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

My wife and I ate dinner here over the Christmas holiday. We were attracted to this place due to the food reviews but we also read that the beer selection was very well thought out as well.

I was a bit suprised to see that they didn't have a bottle list but the waiter said he would suggest things to us.

We both had some wonderful food and that would have been enough for us but the few beers I had were very good as well.

Although the food is pretty expensive, as far as fine dining goes in Brugge, this has to be at the top or very close to it.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I will say this now to get it out of the way: I have traveled all over Europe, and this by far had to be the best dinner I have ever had in my entire life. On 3/25/07, my wife and I stopped in here right at 6:00 pm to make reservations for that evening. The host was very gracious and said he could accommodate us that evening. After a quick drink at Erasmus, we arrived at 8:00 and were promptly seated. The atmosphere in this place was fantastic, my wife said that she was extremely (and pleasantly) surprised at how nice this restaurant looked. The menu looked awesome, we we both went with the 3 course meal paired with beer. We received a nice little plate of small appetizer tasters with our house blonde ales we ordered separate. My meal consisted of braised veal cheeks paired with a Belgian dubbel, lamb chops and a potato/eggplant side with a Chimay Rouge, and a cheese plate with an Abbey des Rocs. My wife had four different oysters with a Gueze, baked sea bass, and a cherry crumble, both paired with beers also. The meal was finished off with a selection of chocolates and sweets. This meal lasted about 2.5 hours, but we had so much fun just savoring our meals and discussing the beers, etc. If you are in Bruges for any amount of time, you "must" eat dinner here one night to really see how cuisine de la biere should be done. This was an exceptional restaurant.

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Photo of iubball
2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

Unfortunately, I didn't have the same experience that the other reviewers have had here. We had a 7:30PM midweek reservation. We arrived, and were promptly seated. Immediately after we were seated, two large groups were seated. I will explain the relevance of this in a bit.

Were brought the pre dinner appetizers, and then ordered our selections. I chose the 3 course with beer, my wife had the same with wine. We were asked if we would like a drink before our first course. I didn't think that the first course would take long, so I didn't order a drink. Literally almost one hour later, our first course arrived. My first course was served with a lambic (non-fruit) beer. I forget the name of the beer. The beer was quite good, but the bottle was not left on the table. The server did come back once to pour a little more, but I never received the remaining beer in the bottle, and no, it wasn't a 750ml bottle. The appetizer itself was oysters. Menu description (styles included tempura) made it seems that they would be cooked. There were not. Not a big deal to me, but an oyster still covered in brine water is.

Main course wait was about a 40 minute wait from the starter being cleared. Waiter did not come to ask if we would like anything between courses. Main course was lamb. It was good, although slightly overcooked. Side dishes were not as good. What killed me with this dish is the beer they served with it. They served Chimay, which can be found in almost any liquor store in the world. Why not serve another trappist? This time the bottle was left for me to enjoy.

For our third course, we had a choice of a cheese plate or dessert. We both chose the dessert. After a 40 minute wait again, from the main being cleared, the dessert was brought. Here is where I was done for the night. The server brought dessert only. After ordering the three course beer paired menu, I was expecting a third beer. Especially after the table across from us also had the three course, and received beer with their cheese. Apparently the party behind us also thought the same, because they mentioned it to the waiter, and he then explained if you get dessert - no beer. Price is the same for dessert or beer & cheese. Seemed a bit sneaky to me, and left a bad taste in my mouth.

Got the check relatively quickly after dessert by maintaining constant eye contact with the waiter. A little over three hours later, we were out the door. When we got back to the hotel, the desk attendant who made our reservation, asked our thoughts. When I asked if three hours was normal for a three course meal, she stated that it was quite lengthy, even for European standards. I would agree. Skip the Dyver

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Photo of HopShop
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Belgium, Brugge, a private garden on a perfect evening. That's a 5.
Biere a la cuisine, that's so rare for us, the price was more than reasonable( 55E for 4 courses w/beer), the service exceptional, esp. because I dined alone. When the maitre d' learned that I was into beer, he GAVE me a bottle of De Doolen (Elvis lives on the tower)to bring home and was very solicitous without being preening. Extremely knowledgeable. The cuisine a la biere was very good, but as a foodie, there were some flaws ( unripe avocado and unripe cheese), although it was Monday eve, a slow night there. ROMANTIC to the point of spectacular: I will return with hubby.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Something totally different. Den Dyver is not so much a bar, as a restaurant. Don't let this put you off though, for it is not just any restaurant. We are taking serious Beer Cuisine. If you just want a Burger don't even bother coming here. If you are willing to make the time, and make the effort (and you must do both) then a visit to this establishment is extremely rewarding. Do not come just for a session, they may turn you away. But be warned ! - you must slow down after racing around all the other Bars in Brugge before you come here to truly appreciate the experience that awaits. In fact I strongly urge you to go for the "meal with beer" experience, long before you end up getting smashed elsewhere or in the Brugs Beertje. As I recall, this was a set menu of at least 6 courses, that myself and 5 other friends all chipped in for. Each course is cooked with, and accompanied by, the relevant beer, with an introduction and explanation by the Encyclopediac Waiter, who is extremely knowledgable but never condescending. Enjoy learning about the other side of Belgium Beer - it is truly fascinating. The beers served with the meal are tasters only, but you can have a few beers, from the list of 60 or so, after the meal as well. But please make time, we must have been here for at least three hours. One of the alternate "must-do's" in Belgium / Brugge, and a culinary experience never forgotten.

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Den Dyver in Brugge, Belgium
Place rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 15 ratings