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“Lunchtime Delight”
Review of Aquarel

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Ranked #55 of 718 Restaurants in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$29
Cuisines: Belgian, French, Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: 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.
Chorley, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Lunchtime Delight”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Picked this restaurant based upon reviews on this site. I suspected that it was only open at lunchtime but went to check for dinner and it was closed. Consequently we ate at an establishment that was very disappointing.
So lined this place up for lunch on our final day and we were passing earlier in the morning when the rain started to come down and we dodged in for coffee. We said that we would be returning for lunch so they reserved a table for us. Good job they did as by 12.20pm all tables were occupied and they were turning people away.
The meal was excellent, well cooked and nicely presented. The owner and his two waitresses were so friendly. The cost was average but the meal was top notch.
Don't miss out on this establishment if you are looking to lunch in Bruges. Either reserve a table or turn up early. The local people know all about this place and use it almost as much as visitors.

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank Keith Reader
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Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Keith,

many thanks for your review. We appreciate it very much and are very glad that our meal and services totally satisfied you and that you enjoyed our company.
As said we stand for fresh food, nice ingredients and a friendly service.
We look forward seeing you again soon !

Erwin & the Aquarel team
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great place. Warm welcoming staff....”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Had some great meals in Brugges some were not so great as service staff not so friendly to tourists.
Found this place on last day and had a wonderful lunch. Food was very good. What sticks in your mind when you visit places are the people you meet. The owner of this place is a real character and makes you feel very very welcome....
If you want great food, comfortable setting and made to feel like one of the locals then do not give this place a miss!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Matt M
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Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Matt,

many thanks for you review and your honest opinion about our place. Locals as Tourist are treated the same way in our restaurant and by our team !
Our local fresh food is enjoyed by all and we look forward seeing you again soon !

many thanks again and 'tot ziens'

Erwin & the Aquarel staff
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Elgin, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
98 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Delicious”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

We stopped in for lunch, and had a great meal. The servers were excellent and on top of things. The food was good, I had ham and cheese croquettes. I can still taste them now. The food had an amazing presentation. Stop by if you can.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Erica J
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Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Dear customer,

many thanks for your excellent review. We enjoyed having you as our guest and are very happy as a team that you also enjoyed our meals !
Looking forward seeing you again soon !

Erwin & Aquarel team
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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“A true gem!”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

This was our last meal in Bruges - such a shame we didn't find out about this place sooner! This is a truly great restaurant right in the center of Bruges. Good food, friendly owners, fast service, and very affordable.

We both had a tartare (raw beef) and asked for the fries to be replaced with salad. When our plates arrived, we were impressed both by the size of the portions and the awesome salad the chef had prepared for us! It was SO tasty and the price was very low for the quality you're getting (less than £40 for 2). We didn't try the fries nor the desserts, but we saw them at the table next to ours and they looked amazing.

Go there, you won't regret it!

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank SmartCookina
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Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Dear customer,
we thank you for your visit and we were glad to adapt our dish to your requierements. Our fresh food is really appreciated and nothing is to much to satisfy our customer requests.
We love seeing you again soon @Aquarel !

Erwin & Aquarel team.
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Bruges, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
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“Right in the heart of the city and certainly NOT a tourist trap!”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

We went to aquarel for lunch last week, having friends coming over from abroad and visiting Bruges.
Having eaten already quite a lot (as a local, living 30 km from Bruges) in Bruges my main concern is not to fall in a tourist trap kind of place.
Because it started to rain quite heavily we got in the first restaurant we passed (in the city centre on the Simon Stevin square). We (4 adults and a 5 years old) were nicely and friendly greeted and seated on a 6 persons table.
As said, and as happened before, I was afraid to have arrived in the famous tourist traps but my surprise was big that this was a good restaurant where they work with high quality ingredients and give you, in a good atmosphere, a nice meal.
Totally not trying to feed as much tourists as possible in as short possible time!

So we were extremely happy with our choice and whenever coming back to Bruges with foreign friends, this restaurant will be on our shortlist!

Food was good, nice choice of local belgian beers, kids were given colours to entertain theirselves, so a good choice with a good price/quality rapport.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Ann-Lie
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Erwin D, Owner at Aquarel, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Good morning,

many thanks for your review and we are really happy with it ! Kids are Always welcome in our restaurant and we take care of them as we take care of adults !
As we were glad to read that you enjoyed our fresh ingredients and meals as our service.
Looking forward to see you all again

Erwin & the Aquarel team
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