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The Belgian Cafe

$$ - $$$American, ,
601 N 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3535
+1 215-235-3500
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good47%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (6 reviews)
“pommes frites” (9 reviews)
“mussels” (23 reviews)
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American, Belgian, Bar, Cafe, European, Pub
$$ - $$$
601 N 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3535
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1 - 10 of 106 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really fun restaurant with a casual atmosphere and really interesting menu. I have never been to Belgium or a Belgian restaurant so I have no point of reference for the menu items but there are so many options. Friends just moved into the neighborhood and...More

Thank Ann B
Reviewed 20 September 2017

I was on my way to another restaurant, but it suddenly started pouring rain, so I decided to check this place out instead. Contrary to the name, this is more of a bar/pub than a cafe, but it certainly is Belgian! They also have free...More

1  Thank ashleypendrak
Reviewed 11 September 2017

I stopped here during a wolkaround in Philadelphia, right after visited the Eastern State Penitentiary. Good food (steak and eggs), good drinks (I had IPA beer on the tap) and affordable prices. This bar is less for turists than others on Spring Garden, and this...More

1  Thank Michele C
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

My clients brought me here after a day of meetings. We needed to continue our meeting (free wifi) and get some dinner. Our waitress, Laura, was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. I had a nice Belgian Ale and their delicious, homemade Veggie Burger -...More

Thank Alan B
Reviewed 23 August 2017

A nice walk from the Barnes Museum and Franklin Park. Full beer and wine menu, some organic salads and sandwiches to supplement burgers, fries, onion rings et. al. We loved the hand-painted wall murals, the waitress (a student artist and actor living in the area)...More

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Our party of 5 had brunch on a Saturday. Waitress was friendly, knowledgeable about brunch specials and fast with our drinks. This is a great low-key place for good food and even better beer. If you like Monks Café in center city, you will like...More

Thank Christie Y
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We had an excellent waiter and all 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed our food. Cream of Parsnip soup was to die for! Cauliflower flatbread YUM! Mussels were fresh and flavorful. Burgers and fries right on target bursting w/ flavor. I always love the atmosphere. Friendly...More

Thank mk1956
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Were staying nearby and passed this place and gave it a try. Sat outside on a warm evening. Many beer options. Wanted to try they were out of it so had a spicy Southwestern potato and ginger. Mussels were tasty and a large portion. Good...More

Thank Pnemiller
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Food was great, interesting menu with philly specials and European beers and international options. We had po boy of sausage and skillet steak, both great. Pomme frittes a bit too salty, but very crispy and flavorful and sauces very good.Service is quick and layback. Overall...More

Thank ldjs
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Spring had arrived early when I stumbled across this great neighborhood pub/restaurant so I sat outside to enjoy the weather. The pommel frites were magnificent and came with this great house made smoky ketchup. I also ordered a few flavored mayonaise dipping sauses and the...More

Thank jmoran2017
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Belgian, Bar, Cafe, European, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 N 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3535
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-235-3500
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