Boy do I love this bar. The selection is incredible. The people are even better. and the food isnít bad either. I would highly recommend the fries if you are going. they are the best fries I have ever had.
I was there last night after the beer fest. Very nice bottle selection. Service is excellent. Nice warm ambiance. Good food selection. Knowledgeable staff. We both drank Monks Flemish sour on draft which was fresh. It was our first visit, and definitely will visit again.
Stopped in here for a bit before going out on New Years Eve. Prices are about in line mostly with what youíd expect at a downtown beer bar: some way overpriced, some reasonably priced, and actually some that were cheaper than expected. Nice selection of Russian River stuff, Cantillon Gueuze, Fantome, huge selection. Smaller choice of taps, but nice beers all around. We got some small plates and they were fine. Definitely recommended in youíre in Philly. Iíve never been to Monkís Cafe, so I canít compare with that, but this was a really neat, low-key place. Check it out!
Since April, Iíve been to The Belgian Cafe many times with James (JRedmond) and big Tony (TonyDiUlio). This place is awesome. The bar is incredibly nice, and almost never crowded. Great selection of domestic and imported crafts. Usually about 10-15 different brews on tap, and a huge bottle selection as well. Prices are reasonable for both food and beer, and the staff is filled with genuinely nice, outgoing, friendly bartenders and servers. The laid-back, yet classy atmosphere is hard to match. Outside seating for nice days and nights. Great pommes frites. Fantastic bar. Stop in for a basket of frites and a tall, cold draft.
corby112 (17) philadelphia, Pennsylvania | November 30, 2007| Updated December 6, 2007
New belgian restaurant opened up in the Fairmount section of the city by the owners of Monkís Cafe. Although it shares some similarities to Monkís, it has its own character. The menu is different, offering items that are unavailable at Monkís such as an amazing mussel bisque and a variety of mussels and sandwiches. The ambience is warm and looks more like a restaurant than a pub and the service is alway very good. They have now expanded their beer menu to 200+ beers. Also, they have Nogne O Dark Horizon but itíll cost you $25 per bottle.
Place had the benefit of being only a few blocks away from the RBSGí11 hotel. Only got to stop in once, but it was well worth it. Great bottle selection and decent number of taps, prices were excellent for a bar ($5 pints of chocolate yeti?!). got my fill of Russian river beers which paired nicely with the best veggie burger Iíve ever had. Really tasty fries, great ambience (though I imagine it gets crowded, we came at a good time)... This place is excellent in terms of price and quality, though donít expect to come here for dozens of new ticks, I suppose.
Went here with some friends after the 2009 Philadelphia marathon. Great neighborhood place with a pretty good selection of Belgian and Belgian style beers. Value for money is pretty good here!
kkearn (22) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | November 3, 2007
Stopped by for lunch with my girlfriend last week, and food/drinks at the bar. The restaurant is very nice, with a comfortable and spacious bar. Service was prompt and attentive, as expected with a small lunch crowd. The initial draft and bottle selection was not as extensive as Monkís yet, but the menu promises that the selection will expand in the coming months. Food was good, with some favorites from Monks, as well as some new options. The biggest surprise was the Frites, with were much thicker than Monkís and came with a different mayo and a spicy ketchup dip. Overall, we were impressed with our first visit, and will be back again soon.
Nice Belgian bar located conveniently in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia. The bar has nice indoor and outdoor seating and a great feel for the bar section. They usually have over 10 taps of pretty interesting brews that are on a decent rotation. The bottle selection is extensive but nothing insane.