Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2013 details - Timeoutdubai.com

Belgian Beer Café (Festival City)

Nominated for Best Bar Food Comments

© ITP Images
View slideshow
  • Picture 1 of 2

There isn’t much difference between the three (and counting) Belgian Beer Cafés in Dubai, but if we had to choose, we’re most affectionate about this, the city’s original ‘BBC’ in Festival City. The brand’s rapid expansion in the emirate is a microcosm of its worldwide progress; for a venue that prides itself on a homely feel it’s scary to think that since being founded in 1998, the chain has gone on to conquer 50 cities in 19 countries. More scarily, its international management actually makes it one of Dubai’s more authentic venues. The bar’s greatest seller is found in its name, but BBC also serves up surprisingly strong food. Traditional snacks like bitterballen go down a treat, and while we’ve had mixed experiences of the other speciality – the steaming mussels pot – mains are generally generous and well-prepared. Chuck in this branch’s pristine creekside terrace – and of course a tipple of Belgium hops – and you’ve got a winner.
Open daily 5pm-midnight. Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, Festival City, www.belgianbeercafe.com (04 701 1127).

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

Add your review/feedback

Your Rating (Min. 1 star, zero stars will be treated as unrated)
Yes No

Subscribe to Restaurants newsletter


Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 04 Jun ' 13 at 04:19
  • Best for: Romantic

Even on a weekday this place had most tables outside occupied. The weather was nice and the view of the creek, great. Drinks served. Ordered fried shrimps for starters followed by medium rare tenderloin steak while my wife had the Atlantic salmon. The shrimps could easily be shared by 2. Though we were sated by then we managed to savour berry waffles with cream and a ice cream which was a very nice finish to a great evening.
Service is good though I feel are overstretched.
Total amount Dhs 370.

Posted by: John D'Souza on 22 Mar ' 13 at 14:55
  • Best for: Brunch served

Good restaurant, wonderfull typical Belgian kitchen with delicious pairing beers!

Posted by: Dale Barker on 27 Feb ' 13 at 06:32

We had been there several times in the past and ordered the fried mussels, it was our 1st wedding anniversay so we wanted some more of those fried mussels, upon arriving we were told the non smoking section upstairs was closed so we had to sit in the smoking section which reeked of smoke odor. apparently the fried mussels are no longer served there so that was a big dissappointment as that was the only reason we went there. the tea was terrible we finally ended up having starter courses as are main menu choice since the fried mussels were not available. the waitress and service was superb however the cost of what we ordered was on the high side, needless to say we will not be visiting that establishment any longer.

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 29 Nov ' 12 at 09:37
  • Best for: Family friendly

This place was almost full when I came here last night with a waiting time for getting a table outdoors. Great buzz and feel to the place. Great views of the business bay bridge and the serene waters from the verandah.
Hoegarden beer came served in a huge glass. The sweet taste at the corner of my mouth left me wondering if it was the beer or the mouthwash. Fried shrimps for starters which had about 10-12 pieces of good medium sized shrimps served with tartar sauce. Apart from the fact that it was batter fried it was rather good and filling. A pot of mussel in white wine and garlic was served thick cut fries and mayonnaise. It is a lot of mussels to eat at one go so I suggest it be shared and an extra dish ordered if needed. Also I felt that at Dhs 160 it was steep.
Overall a fine experience and with a great atmosphere with lots of waiters moving around busily but ask for something and it they'll promptly get it.

Posted by: Eben Thomas on 16 Feb ' 12 at 10:47
  • Best for: Brunch served

This is the best Brunch served in Dubai. The best mussels. How can i miss this, the BEST BEER IN THE COUNTRY!! So many varieties. Trust me, the choices in beer and food will astonish you. Do not go for the regular beers. Try the belgian ones.

Posted by: Yumi on 22 Jul ' 10 at 06:24


Posted by: Sara on 24 Jun ' 10 at 09:02
  • Best for: Brunch served

By far the best brunch in town in terms of Food vs Price.
They have a fabulous Cheese bar, quite delicious selections, included in their brunch which already includes most items form their menu as well!!
The best Waffles also that's for sure!
They even let you order additional drinks during a brunch before you even finish the drink you have in front of you! Awesome!
I recommend this brunch quite strongly, i've done several times myself, & i will always go back!
Even on a regular day, Mussel Pots & Cherry Beer?? Yummy!!


Highly Commended