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“‘What are reviewers complaining about?’”
Review of Cafe des Arts

Cafe des Arts
Ranked #576 of 716 Restaurants in Bruges
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Dorset
Level 6 Contributor
224 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“‘What are reviewers complaining about?’”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

We were looking for an evening meal at a reasonable price. Bruges can be expensive and in January there isn’t much choice.
Knowing to avoid the Markt in the middle of the Old Town of Bruges we were left with little choice but this restaurant on the Markt. It was almost full so that was a good sign and the menu posted outside looked tempting.
We were welcomed on entry and fussed into our seats
The a la carte menu looked extensive. We each took the fixed menus. One menu at €17 and the other at €25 and was obviously Belgian food when Ostend herrings are listed as a starter. When the herring came it was on a bed of runner beans with a garnish of onions and tomatoes in mayonnaise, half a boiled egg and with a roll and butter. I won’t torment you reader with descriptions of the other meals but this is the standard to expect here,
These fixed menus were each of 3 courses and at least 2 or 3 choices for each course; the sweet course was 5 or 6. On waiting for our meal, we wondered for our choices on seeing the wonderful meals being served at adjacent tables. We had no need to worry that a bad choice had been made.
Each course was excellent and superbly and imaginatively presented. The service was first class and could not be beaten anywhere.
The only criticism I can offer was the price of drinks. The drinks card was presented from the start so the customer was fully aware of the cost; bear in mind that there was nothing unusual in the prices for a restaurant in the Markt area. So the meals were reasonably priced even if the drinks were a little pricey.
I note that the previous reviewer has the same high opinion as us. There is confusion with the La Civiere D'Or restaurant next door. There is an internal door between and the same meals seem to be served both sides and staff stand in on breaks.
This restaurant was so good we came back a second time, and it was just as good as the first occasion. We were also recognised immediately and the evening became a more personal exchange. This is a fun place to be,
I don’t know where the critical reviewers have been to eat recently but I can guarantee that not even a British pub could match this quality and price, never mind a restaurant. The rubbish I have had in British pubs and restuarants that has cost more, given poor service and with rotten atmosphere.
This restaurant is thoroughly recommended and we returned yet again before we left Bruges,

  • Visited January 2014
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Letchworth, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“One of many on the square, look at menus and compare.”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

Excellent location on the Market Square.
Paid 38 Euros for 2 mains and 2 beers, which we both enjoyed.
The service was friendly and efficient, the cafe interior atmospheric.
Location will always dictate prices, but here, like everywhere else, if you wander ever so slightly off the main drag you will find many reasonably priced eateries.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank B0ring0ldfart
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Heidelberg, Germany
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Decent, but not a very pleasant experience”
Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

The waiter was friendly and the food was tasty and for the prices in the square this was balanced. The unpleasant thing was to bare the cold wind blow in December whenever the door was opening and having an elderly couple next to you shouting every sec "close that door".

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1 Thank Alin M
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Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
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“Lovely place to eat and reasonably priced for a restaurant on the square”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

The waiter was very friendly and helpful and was very good with our daughter. They had a great kids set menu, I've never seen my daughter eat her food so fast, although it was quite a large portion so she didn't finish it all. Portions for adults were just right and left room for one of the yummy desserts, Rainbow Waffles I highly recommend.
The view over the square was stunning, especially with the Christmas lights and the fire in the restaurant made it cosy.
I would definitely return to this restaurant, perfect meal for our last night in Bruges

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Lizjasnat
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Miami
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“If you like mussels, this is the place for you”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Located in the main square across from the Post Office. Try the mussels, don't order anything else because they serve a large pot. Reasonably priced compared to Paris menus, good service. We returned later for hot chocolate as it was very cold and raining.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Hugomorales33
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