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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 good47%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“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 June 8, 2011

We were in Philadelphia visiting our daughter and she took us to The Belgian Cafe. The beer selection is great. As far as the beer prices go, the more expensive beers are the rare beers. Anyone expecting Miller Lite prices, won't find th. But you...More

Thank evac93rd
Reviewed July 3, 2010

The atmosphere is good here with outdoor seating weather permitting, but with the hot summer heat, we prefer indoor air-conditioned comfort. Our waitress was friendly, informed us of their specials and suggested items on the menu. There are vegetarian and vegan options. We went with...More

Thank George L
Reviewed February 14, 2010

Food is cheap and good but the beers are wayyy expensive. Although the selection is fantastic. So before you go, weigh those options. Their French fries are excellent, but service is not that outgoing and can be slow and strange even at the bar.

Thank evenheskeyscored
Reviewed October 1, 2009

Nicely located on a corner in a residential area near the Museum of Art. Had a spot for dinner outside en enjoyed several beers and a great bowl of mussels! At the end they made a little mistake with my check but that was corrected...More

1  Thank PatrickBuijs
Reviewed September 29, 2009

Neat little place on a quite corner. After visiting the art museum a few blocks away, we sat out side and had a couple of beers with our bowls of mussels, which were very good. They're available in loads of different sauces. The french fries...More

1  Thank JimC123NewYork
Reviewed September 16, 2009

The Belgian Cafe really does remind me of the many places I've been in Belgium. It is located on a corner in a nice residential neighborhood lined with trees and upscale brick townhouses. And it has a comfortable outdoor seating area by the sidewalk that...More

1  Thank chessie3315
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Reviewed May 7, 2009

Good beer selection

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Reviewed August 23, 2008

Food was just poorly executed. My husband's mussels were GRITTY! Inexcusable. Beer list was extensive if you could get the bartender's attention (he was talking to some people he knew). Waitress was overtly hostile. This place is a trainwreck.

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Reviewed June 12, 2008

Monk's sister restaurant, The Belgain Cafe is a cool place to kick back & have some nice foreign beers on a summer night. The food though wasn't amazing which was disappointing because the place has so much potential to be just as good/better than Monks.

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Ferndale, Michigan
Reviewed May 24, 2008

Just stopped by for deserts, but the atmosphere was great and I hear great things about their food.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Belgian, Bar, European, Cafe, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, 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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