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The Belgian Cafe
Belgian Restaurant$$
Today 11:30AM–2AM
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601 N 21st St Philadelphia, PA 19130
601 North 21st StreetUSPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19130
$$Belgian Restaurant, Bar
Belgian Restaurant
European Restaurant
Today 11:30AM–2AM
Tuesday 11:30AM–2AMWednesday 11:30AM–2AMThursday 11:30AM–2AMFriday 11:30AM–2AMSaturday 11AM–2AMSunday 11AM–2AMMonday 11:30AM–2AM
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Belgian & other craft beers plus mussels & hearty bar fare in a quirky space with outside seating.- Google
"The fries and accompanied sauce are very savory and slightly spicy."
"I ordered the seitan tacos and the taco shells were completely burnt/not edible."
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Sean Maxwell
in the last week
The host had a crustache and a snoody look on his face when we arrived. My friend and I got the impression that he felt superior to us. He definitely made us feel a little uncomfortable with his glaring and judgemental looks but we quickly realized that was common amongst other guests too. The waitress was a delight initially and took great care of us. The food came out accurately and tasted great. The big problems came when our check arrived. The waitress gave us one check for a party of 7 (including 3 couples and 1 other guest). She asked us to split our own check which caused great confusion due to a missing item on the total bill (a supposed $5.25 up charge for adding chicken). This up charge was on the total but not on our check. About an hour later, after math and staff got involved, it was finally figured out. We were all thoroughly disappointed by this point. Great food but the establishment needs to update the register software to this century. Also, some of the staff needs to be set straight.
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Laurie Brown
a month ago
We couldn't wait to taste the fare at Belgian Cafe and intentionally picked it over other spots because it was Fido friendly. Sadly, this place isn't even human friendly. We arrived at 4:30 PM on a Monday. Sat outside at one of the picnic tables (which hadn't been bussed but all of the empty tables had dirty dishes). After 10 minutes, I held onto our dog and asked my daughter to go in and ask about some service. The only server in attendance rolled his eyes and said he'd be right out. Shortly thereafter he came out and without asking us if we wanted water or without bussing the table, said, "Oh, there's four of you. Okay, I'll be back." Confused, I wondered why he had come out at all, sans menus or an iota of hospitality. I asked, "Hi, well, before you go, we're getting on a flight at 6:45 PM tonight. Do you think it's possible that we can get some salads or sandwiches in about 40 minutes and be on our way?" Without hesitating he responded (in a disgusted tone like how dare I ask such a question), "Nope. Impossible." "What?" I asked (knowing there were only three other tables taken in the entire cafe). "Maybe there are some things on the menu that won't take long, things that you could heat up or so." "Nope. Nothing like that." We concluded that we were definitely a thorn in this guy's side and had no choice but to walk the five blocks back to our car and find someplace else to eat ... with at least 30 minutes of our time now wasted. I even said to the server, "Well, I guess we have no choice but to go somewhere else." He responded, "Guess so." Wow!
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Alison Priebe
a month ago
Awesome beer selection. Great eggs benedict at brunch. Terrible paintings.
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Kevin Harris
2 months ago
Great beer selection and typically a nice ambiance. The bar area is very classic and the outside seating is fantastic. The service is typically great, but there is a bartender or two who can be less than friendly.
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Ken Brahl
2 months ago
Went to Eastern State penitentiary and we were looking for a nearby place to eat. This place was recommended by one of the eastern state employees. Food was awesome. I had the ahi tuna cheesesteak and my wife had the schnitzel. Both were outstanding. Tons of beers available and service was very good. We live in south jersey and we may come back just to have lunch. Nearby table had the burgers and they looked good. Prices were reasonable also. Ps. Get the bourbon mayo and put it on the ahi tuna cheesesteak. Delicious
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Ryan Fry
4 months ago
Some of their waiters/bartenders can be a little irate or rude, but this bar is a fantastic community spot. Their menu is designed around their large selection of European beers, and everything from the food to the beer delivery is extremely high quality. The fries and accompanied sauce are very savory and slightly spicy. The mussels are about two dozen, and come served with your choice of a variety of vegetable and seafood sides. The entrees are great, with a wide variety of ingredients being incorporated. On the beer front, this bar has more varieties of beer than you probably know about. There's a few beers from many western European countries, a few more than average from Germany, and many from Belgium. They also carry a great selection of American craft beers. Finally, their prices are fantastic. You can tell that they try to offer the lowest price possible per beer, and their delivery is absolutely fantastic. They will in 95% of cases use the glass recommended by the brewery and I've never received a bad pour. This is my favorite bar in my area, the only downside to it is that if it's pretty empty they'll close at 11, 11:30.
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Nicholas Coffman
3 months ago
One of my favorite places in Fairmount! Their bottle section is obviously Belgian heavy but is very vast. My wife and I really love the mussels here and most specials and sandwiches have been very tasty. Sit outside and enjoy the weather if you can!
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Henry Moll
a month ago
Terrific beer options. The food is also great, would recommend the burgers and chicken


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