Brussels Bistro


But seriously if there was a Brussels Bistro restaurant on the moon . . count us in ! My wife and I were in beautiful San Clemente on Saturday to check out the South OC Cars and Coffee ( car show ) inside the carpark of the Outlets at San Clemente. There are a stack of very good restaurants, cafes & eateries on the very busy tourist strip of Avenida Del Mar but our FIRST CHOICE for lunch was Brussels Bistro. We rocked up to the host desk about 1pm and Dylon the host welcomed us in a very friendly manner.

A sweet server named Kennedy showed us to a bar height counter top table at the rear of the restaurant . . with a perfect view of the spectacular full bar. Of course one of the main reasons we chose to have lunch here is we have been here twice before and they delivered . . BIG TIME ! A happy busser / food runner named Noah brought menus and glasses of cool water to our table promptly. Our server . . a charming young lady named Devyn came by soon after to take our lunch order.

My wife ordered the CHICKEN SANDWICH ( Bread chicken, Gruyere cheese, mustard espuma, mayonnaise, avocado, tomato, lettuce, on a brioche bun, mixed greens ) while I went for the BURGER ( 8 oz beef patty, gruyere cheese, caramelized onions and endive, lettuce on a crispy ciabatta, mixed greens, incl BELGIAN FRIES ). The restaurant was very busy . . almost full and yet they were gettin’ it done with just a few staff. While we were waiting for our food a young lady wearing a facial mask popped by our table and introduced herself as Adelaide the restaurant manager. It turns out that Adelaide remembered us from our first lunch visit ( 2 weeks after they opened ) 2 years ago and was very happy to see us again.

We were very impressed with the special attention paid to us by Adelaide the manager ! Our lunch order arrived in lightning time courtesy of super talented busser / food runner Noah ( this guy had a very positive attitude ). OMG . . our lunch order looked nothing short of MOUTHSATIONAL ! My wife was in raptures enjoying her fabulous Chicken Sandwich full of tender juicy chicken while my huge Burger was about AS GOOD AS IT GETS. And our hand cut Belgian Fries were so hard to resist.

My wife in particular loves a decadent dessert so we asked for the DESSERT MENU. We chose the WARM THIN ALMOND TART ( served with coffee ice cream ). It used to be called Warm Sugar Tart which we shared at their Laguna Beach location not long back. We also asked for LATTES and Devyn our amazing server took care of that herself . . a trained barista who has worked in Melbourne, Australia. Our beautiful looking dessert came out and tasted sensational to the very last spoonful . . the rich coffee ice cream was heavenly ! Our very well made lattes in elegant glasses tasted perfectly delicious ! We value exceptional service over everything else and this classy restaurant exceeded our expectations. THANK YOU !

Restaurant Details


218 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672


(949) 218-8489

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Michael Burke

I'm an expat Aussie ( now a naturalized American citizen ) who moved to Southern California in 2006 with my American born wife Sherri. I like to write reviews about the most memorable restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, brew pubs and anything new that we find in our travels. I particularly look for excellent food & beverage consistency, good value for money plus friendly service.

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