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The Belgian Cafe

$$ - $$$American, ,
601 N 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3535
+1 215-235-3500
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good46%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (5 reviews)
“pommes frites” (9 reviews)
“mussels” (26 reviews)
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American, Belgian, Bar, European, Cafe, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
601 N 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3535
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I didn't like that place. I wanted to try mussels and a good beer. Instead I got an overpriced plate of not tasty mussels made of a frozen package I can buy in any supermarket. Beer didn't taste fresh. It looks like they just gave...More

Thank arkvil
Reviewed September 9, 2018

My friends and I came for a light bite before we were to see an evening show nearby. Maybe half the menu is its beer list which is impressive and we liked the ones we chose. The food was passable but nothing notable. The soup...More

Thank rlc19711
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

At 27 years old I was denied to drink water and order food with my friends without an ID. It was 7:30 on a Thursday evening, outdoor seating, none of us ordering alcohol, they made a big fit how nobody under 21 can sit down...More

Thank jackiechristina91
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Great beer, food is quite good. The food menu isn't huge (the beer menu IS huge) but a nice selection that takes care of a spectrum of preferences. The vegan wings are excellent but so is the steak salad. Never had the mussels but I...More

Thank DinPhilly
Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

Visited here on the recco of a friend that lives in the neighborhood. I am a mussels fan, so wanted to try a new flavor - white broth, smoked salmon and caperberries. Bold flavor! The fries were amaaaaazing, forgo to the ketchup here, go with...More

Thank lhamilt77
Reviewed February 9, 2018 via mobile

The night before the great Eagle’s parade, my wife, my son and I stayed in the Fairmont area and ate dinner here. The surroundings are a bit shabby and the tables are a bit too close to each other. Food was very good and there...More

Thank joeF_10
Reviewed November 21, 2017 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 September 20, 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 September 11, 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 August 24, 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Belgian, Bar, European, Cafe, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
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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