Brussels Bistro - Laguna Beach
Authentic Belgian food, excellent beer selection, great location and very family friendly. We live quite far but are still frequent visitors since we like the food so much.
Wonderful meal and birthday experience.Highly recommend to beer and french fry lovers.
The owner, chef, and wait staff are amazingly hospitable. The menu is outstanding.
Great restaurant for a birthday celebration!
Always a wonderful experience at Brussels! Food is excellent. Burger is to die, and oysters are always so fresh! Mushroom soup is perfect for the chilly weather. The martine cocktail (it’s in menu) is incredible!
Loved the underground bar vibe but open to the street. Food was disappointing compared to the previous reviews this place has received. We had the mussels Provencal. Average at best. Just not a lot of flavor. The french fries that accompany the mussels were horrible. Definitely frozen. Ugghh. If you are are a Belgian restaurant and want to be known for your mussels and frites then hand cut your fries and make them steak size!
Birthdays are best here!
Great value mussels night .lots of different choices
Love the mussels and escargot. I also liked the Tartare. But I must confess I did not read the menu properly and didn’t expect the meat to be raw!!! Hahaa. It was tasty. I should have gotten the nice waitress’ hint when she asked me how did I wanted it be done!! My mistake but I enjoyed it!! Worth a laugh!
You can always count on great food and great service. Especially the "Belgium Favorites"!!!!
Our favorite restaurant for the past 14 years!!
Fantastic! So happy we found this place! Food was authentic and the presentation was awesome
Very great service and good food. I will come back !
Delicious food, great beer, warm and energetic ambiance, thoughtful and efficient staff. Great all around experience.
The mussels are always great here. The burger with gruyere is also excellent.
We were just looking for a Wednesday night dinner and we saw that there was available time on Open Table. We got to sit outside and the meal was delicious and the staff was accommodating. They even turned on the tv so we could watch game 5 of the Dodgers game. We will definitely come back again.
Went for moules frits and was very happy with the results: not Aux Armes de Bruxelles but damn good for California.
The place has a good vibe and a real brasserie style Belgium menu with beers to match.
Service was young, friendly and right on.
Good to go!
We LOVE Brussels Bistro! Mussels, Beef Stew, Paella, Steak Tartar, anything is fabulous! We have celebrated family birthdays and other holidays here since 2005. Hands down our favorite restaurant in Laguna.
Truly authentic Belgian food, with a wide variety of excellent choices. Whenever we come here, we eat way too much but never regret it. Very friendly service, great beer selection and you will get the right beer in the right glass with the proper pour... on top of the delicious appetizers and entrees and desserts). This is my favorite restaurant (despite being 1h15’ ~ 1h30’ drive).
Had a wonderful night! Would recommend for a date night.
Perfect food. Better than at the Grand Place in Brussels!
Loved the food
Service was good
Great place for mussels and good choice of broths
Great selection of Belgian beers.
Sat in a corner table which is great as it’s a tight space with staff bustling around.
Staff friendly and helpful.
Having tried and loved the San Clemente location, we thought we'd try Laguna Beach. Initially we had booked a table downstairs inside but decided to take a perch up top right on the pavement. It's a great spot for people watching and was a lovely evening with a cool breeze. This is definitely a popular spot although you wouldn't always know unless you look in downstairs.
I took a stroll downstairs to the restroom, this venue is a little smaller with lower ceilings than the San Clemente location - personally for my taste, its a lot louder and you seem to be sitting on top of each other.
Food is great as always, service was fantastic and they were all very attentive. We'll be back for cocktails for sure to watch the world go by, maybe with snacks but I'll save dinner for our local in San Clemente
Great food and great service. Everyone was very kind and accommodating. The entire place including the restrooms was spotless.
a bit expensive but considering that is a special cuisine special to Brussels then it is worth to pay that price.
Great food and service every time
We love Brussels Bistro.......we have dined there approximately 4 times in the last 8 months and found it to be very inviting. The food and service is excellent! A couple joined us there this last time, and they also loved it and said they would be going back for sure.
It’s a very small, intimate dining experience which wasn’t necessarily bad. It can get very loud, so if you’re looking for a more intimate setting, maybe not the place. We were seated outside in the ‘patio’ area, and it just felt a little...cheap?
The mussels were good (ask for bread vs fries) and the spaghetti carbonara as delicious.
Service was swift.
Excellent quality mussels per usual. Think the French fries should be crispier.
4 people dining, the 2 who had the mussels enjoyed them a lot. Diner with steak thought it was terrible, and frankly it looked bad, way overdone. Diner who ordered a night special of trout almandine thought it was ok. Drinks were fun.
We started off with Brussel sprouts with a bacon and Balsamic glaze and moved on to mussels we tried 3 different types Belgium Beers and fries. All items were great Sevice was s bit week But I will be back. .
A great place to get together with friends... it wasn't any of our birthdays, but watching 3 others, I can tell this is THE place to go to celebrate!!! They do it right!
I cannot think of another restaurant lie it. Maybe the feeling of being underground. What brings me back is the Belgian beer and the frites!
The food was spectacular and the waiter was able to tell us all about the food and answered any questions we had and had good recommendations that we loved. I have never had a salad like the beet salad before and it was so delicious
The food was absolutely horrible. Way overpriced. Doesnt seem like this soot cares much or even love food.
A little taste of Belgium in sunny Laguna Beach. Good selection of Belgium beers. Mussels were delicious, almost as good as in Belgium. The Bitterballen were very good with a nice crust and creamy, meaty center, almost like a battered and deep fried pate. The complementary bread was excellent and served as a great means to sop up the excellent garlic cream broth from the mussels. I'll be back. Don't miss the happy hour.
The best mussels I have ever eaten. I also found the selection of different preparations of the mussels were good.
Birthday celebration! Great food! Had the beef bourguignon which was excellent as is the Dover sole!
Excellent moules frites! Just like I've had in Belgium, though the excellent mussels come fresh from Washington State.
Service slow at first, but then excellent. Atmosphere is pleasant enough, but restaurant is below street/sidewalk level.
The food is fantastic, a smidge heavy, but delicious. We came for the mussels and fries (a family favorite), they were wonderful, sweet and each preparation was better than the next. The special grain mustard, bacon, cognac version was the winner, but all were delicious. The only note is that they take a minute to get out to the table, so if you know you want mussels, order them right when you sit down. Obviously, everything is made to order from scratch, you can taste it, you just have to be a little patient and have another beer. Be careful, the bread is hot and wonderfully crusty, even slightly charred in a good way, it is easy to eat way too much. We weren't going to order dessert and the server overheard us say happy birthday to my father, suddenly march music was blasting over the sound system, the whole staff came out clapping with a glass full of Brussels chocolate mouse topped with fresh whip cream with a full blazing firework torch on the top. It was fun and divine. The chocolate bested our plan for gelato after dinner. We wanted to come back to try more items on the menu.