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Bierbrasserie Cambrinus

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4.28/5
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

Philipstockstraat 19
Brugge, 8000
Belgium

+32 50 33 22 28 | map
cambrinus.eu

Notes:
Open daily from 11:00am - 11:00pm
Weekends from 11:00am - Close

Added by lawrence76 on 03-30-2006

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
104
pDev:
12.38%
 
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Reviews by OWSLEY069:
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

So this place is awesome. A place that I would love to drink and watch a soccer game, but also nice enough to have a nice dinner. Some really cool murals on the walls as well. A great selection of beer, they advertise 400, but it was way over that. As for the food, I had a seafood stew, which was just a touch of creamy broth and a bunch of seafood in it. The service was really good, but again it was busy and we were a large group. I recommend this place highly. Great atmosphere, great selection of beer, and fantastic food.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

A must go when in Bruges, located about 50 yards North of the main square. Selection on beers is pretty phenomenal given this is a serving establishment. You'll spend ages simply flicking through the beer menu, I always close my eyes, open it and point randomly, and hasn't let me down!
The atmosphere is brilliant especially in the winter months, something appealing about sat on a bar stool with your hands and beer on a brass top bar! Probably/possibly the best place in Bruges on balance.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.98/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Went to Cambrinus for dinner, place was very busy even at just before 7 PM on a Tuesday. ucked into getting a table anyway.

Cambrinus is quite different for Belgium. First, it's pretty big, and second, the decor seems more British chain pub than Belgian beerplace. Not cozy in the same way as most other places in Bruges.

The beer selection is ridiculous with some 400 bottles on hand. Too bad that the staff didnt seem overly interested in guiding you through it. Service as a whole was a bit uninterested. A small thing like them not pouring the beer for you was a big difference, since it seemed like every other place did.

Food was very good, sort of upscale pub food.

Overall, a good place, but the fact that we only had food and one beer speaks volumes.

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Photo of mollykats
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Had to reserve a night in advance due to popularity although could have walked in for lunch any time. Decor is somewhat generic, service fair, nice enough but a little disinterested. Massive beer list but they were out of the first FIVE beers I selected and their suggested alternatives were not good. They could have sold me a lot more beer rather than leaving me with an empty glass for ten minutes at a time. Food was nice but rustic b-level comfort food, solid flavors but not at all outstanding. Prices fair but I come from NY. Many cool off the beaten path places in this touristy town, glad I tried one of the mainstays but likely wouldn't go back. Also hot as hell in there.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Fill_It_or_Spill_It
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Euroglot
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Lisa22
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great food. Great beer choices even on tap but order all the beer you want up front. Good luck ever getting another one.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.45/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of BcCraft710
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Dzu
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of troypepito
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of safphoto
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This was our favorite restaurant while visiting Brugge last April. We went there twice. We got lucky on our first time there. We were able to get seated as walk-ins. That's unusual as the place is almost always completely reserved. So, if you plan on trying it out, get a reservation first.

I was absolutely stunned when I saw the beer menu. Approximately 400 beers were listed. It was so hard to choose. I wound up falling in love with Straffe Hendrik and had it both times we ate there. The food was really good as well. I would recommend the Flemish Carbonade. It comes with Frites and warm chunky apple sauce. It was soooo good.

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Photo of Darvin
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

We really enjoyed the experience. The atmosphere is excellent and the food among the best we tried while in Bruge. The beer list seemed too good to be true but they had everything we requested. Word to the wise, if your planning on having dinner be sure to make reservations. It was booked every night we were in Bruge.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.44/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of kingjohnh
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Sixpoint
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of psuKinger
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

I had been meaning to review a few of these kinds of places from a trip to Belguim for nearly two years now, as I found other reviews to be quite helpful when I was planning my stay. As such, I should have gotten around to this earlier, but here goes:

Cambrinus is a pretty popular place, and for good reason. It has a very large beer menu, and unlike a lot of the other cafes/beer bars we visited while in Belgium, this place offers a full kitchen/food menu. Prior to my visit, reviews had suggested that this was the closest-to-a-sure-thing bar in Brugge for finding available Westy's, and my personal experience also confirmed what others had said, as the Blonde, 8, and much-lauded 12 were all available. Additionally, De Bier Tempel (the bottle shop which is most likely to have Westy for those looking to take some back with them) is right next door, so these can be hit on the same swing-by for those in search of the "holy grail".

The atmosphere was not unpleasant, but had a bit of a vibe of "chain-y" and almost "english pub-y" in a way that most Belgian beer bars/cafes did not. It wasn't "bad", but it didn't feel like a *special Belgain experience" to me. The wait staff seemed knowledgable and were certainly courteous, but very busy and perhaps a bit short at times, with all the bustle.

The food was good, but very pricey.

Cambrinus is a must-visit if in search of Westy. If Westy isn't a priority for you, there's 4 other "beer destinations" in Brugge I'd rank above it, but if in town for a good 3-4 day visit, this is certainly worth a stop.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.21/5  rDev -25%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Decent place to grab a meal with your Belgian beer. Simple pubby atmosphere, medium sized bar and plenty of tables; seems like it could be a cluster during busy hours. Beer selection is kind of sketchy. I think their beer book contains every beer they've ever had there even once, considering 4 out of the 5 I tried getting were not available. Ok, maybe it was hoping too much to get a cheap FouFoune, so I moved on to 3F gueuze. No? Black Albert. No? House beer. No? So basically you're left with your standard Belgian staples, trappists, and so on. I got a Rochefort, which, though a good beer of course, I could get anywhere anytime. Even one of their house beers listed on tap wasn't available, so, kind of a fail there to have a non-updated tap list with only like 8 beers to list. So as far as beer selection goes, this place is genuinely lacking...it's one thing to post a large beer list, but it's another thing to actually HAVE the beers in stock.

We visited Cambrinus twice. The first time, service was on the weak side, and the second time it was atrocious. Five minutes for the waitress. Five for the baby chair. Five for the drink order. Five for the next drink order when what we ordered wasn't available. Etc., etc. Might seem like nitpicking, but all those "five minutes" start adding up, and it was about 45 minutes before we actually had everything in front of us, and the bar wasn't even that busy. Plus the waitress was stumbling around and cursing under her breath. I know they like Jerry Lewis over here, but jeez.

When all is said and done though, the food is pretty good. Good selection, even if all the dishes are pretty simple. The Italian-style fare was good. I was kind of craving something more in the "Belgian" style, but oh well. The menu is huge, but there is an English section in there somewhere.

Overall, not a bad place, just bad service, and a let-down of a beer list. Two times visiting was more than enough for me.

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Photo of mozartandmadnes
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Homebrew
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of simoen
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

more than 400 beers and quality foods

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Photo of samEBC
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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Bierbrasserie Cambrinus in Brugge, Belgium
Place rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 104 ratings
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