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Belgian, Dutch, European, Vegetarian Friendly
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Simon Stevinplein 2 A, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 34 07 44
11:00 - 17:00
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Fri - Wed 11:00 - 17:00
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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

My partner and I went here for dinner on his Birthday. He had steak and I had pasta which we really enjoyed. The staff were friendly and it was also handy to have wifi there too.

1 Thank M A
Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review

Dear Madam, Dear Sir, we are very happy that you liked our restaurant and our fresh food, this based in the city center of Bruges. We look forward seeing you again ! Best regards, Erwin en the Aquarel team ! More 

Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2014

We went today to Aquarel and confirmed the excellent service and friendliness of the owner, always present and caring. We ate a quite a good salad of shrimps and chicken (really a full meal but quite expensive) the traditional Flemish stew (carbonade) which was excellent and a fettuccine shrimp pesto (also good but expensive). The children ate mini steak with... More 

Thank Gustavo B
Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review

Dear Sir, we thank you very much for your visit to our restaurant. We are happy that you enjoyed it We are always glad to offer our childrens menu whenever families arrive at our restaurant. Yes, the water Chaudfontaine is not included in the price and free water serving is not into our culture or legally obliged, but Chaudfontaine is... More 

Utrecht, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 February 2014

Brilliant food and very friendly, excellent service. Absolutely loved it, pot-au-feu rabbit was among the best meals I've had. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant, if your looking for an amazing lunch

1 Thank butaxamine
Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review

Good afternoon, we thank you very much for your review and your appreciation of our special of stew of rabbit with Galbert from Brugge beer served with a Waardamse Tripel during the Beerfestival in Brugge. We will glad to welcome you again to have another amazing meal with fresh ingredients in the city center of the old town of Brugge... More 

London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2014

I got to this restaurant as it looked like it was the only place open on that day (Monday). The waiter (the owner, I think) was very pleasant and helpful. Spoke good EN, too. The menu was in EN but nothing really sounded good to me so he suggested the daily special (which was 3 pieces of different fish in... More 

Thank qetus p
Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review

Good morning, many thanks for your review. Indeed on our square in the city center, we are the only restaurant open on mondays. The menu is indeed in 5 languages, being translated by a professional translator and offerng a wide choice of dishes, as from croquettes, salads, pasta, meat and fish. We are sorry to read that you did not... More 

London, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2014

We first went just for a cup of tea as we had already booked for dinner elsewhere. We were very impressed with the cleanliness of the place and the friendliness of the owner and staff who couldn't do enough for you. We went back the next day for lunch when it was quite bustling and again had excellent service. Well... More 

1 Thank Tina D
Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review

Dear Madam, many thanks for your review. We were happy that you found the way to our restaurant in the city center of Brugge, a touristic city, but a restaurant where the local people and the tourist are happy to receive friendlyness next to good, fresh and qualitative food. Friendlyness is key, and does not cost a penny ! That... More 

Bruges, Belgium
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2014 via mobile

We stopped for cup of tea on winter afternoon. The owner and staff were friendly and attentive. We felt very welcome.

1 Thank Aidan D
Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. Friendlyness and good service as quality in our ingredients and food are key to our restaurant ! We hope to see you soon again ! Erwin & Aquarel team More 

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271 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2013 via mobile

A restaurant experience is a combination of good food and good staff. Aquarel is the best place in bruges for this combination!!! We took bruges specialties and we were amazed by the food quality presentation and taste. The staff are really cool and warm. Just the right place to eat after a long sight seeing day. The prices are very... More 

1 Thank Samer N
Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review

Good morning, we are really glad and very happy with your review and that you enjoyed the time spent with us in our restaurant. Friendliness is key, as also fresh qualitative and quantitative ingredients ! We put our customer in the centre of our operations as well in the kitchen as in the restaurant itself. Your review gives us more... More 

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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2013 via mobile

The wait staff and kitchen were gluten free fluent and prepared a lovely grilled fish for me. The frites here are gfree and made in a dedicated fryer. Pricey menu though.

Thank kjh555
Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review

Hello, we were very glad to read your review and that you were happy with our meal. We prepare customer dedicated food preparations always with fresh ingredients. We do believe that price should be right for the quality and quantity received. We do not add any extra for any customer dedicated preparation as we do believe that each customer should... More 

Brasov, Romania
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 October 2013

Excellent food, excellent people, excellent everything :) We had brunch on the terace, and next day we came back to have dinner. The day after we left Brruge, otherwise we would have returned at Aquarel with pleasure.

Thank DanielaPet
Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review which we appreciated a lot. We hope to see you again soon, so that you can enjoy our fresh ingredients in all our food preparations. Fresh, fast and friendly is our motto. Best regards Erwin and his Aquarel team More 

Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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347 reviews
278 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2013

We stopped off here for a few drinks on Saturday afternoon. Service was friendly and efficient and lovely people watching terrace. The only disappointment was that they shut at 5.30! Would return and dont be put off by being next to pizza hut"

Thank Shiraz64
Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review

Good afternoon, and many thanks for your review. we appreciate it enormously that you enjoyed our restaurant. Yes, we close at 5.30 pm, but therefor we deliver a fresh and swift service to our guest. As you have seen, all our products are homemade and fresh, and appreciated by the customers coming from the city and beyond ! We sincerely... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$27
Belgian, Dutch, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Digital Payments
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Simon Stevinplein 2 A, Bruges 8000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Flanders  >  West Flanders Province  >  Bruges
  • Phone Number: +32 50 34 07 44
A cosy restaurant, in the city center of Brugge - Bruges. On a square with no traffic serving fresh qualitative food. Every customer is welcome !
Not open in the evening ! Each day from 11 till 17 h, except for Thursday, and during the period of 1 january till 15 march we are also closed on wednesday.

Free WIFI ! All credit cards accepted : Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Maestro, Bancontact.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?