Belgian Beer Cafe

Price guide: Mid-range

Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, Festival City, Dubai

Price guide: Mid-range

Belgian Beer Cafe

By Alex Ritman, your Dubai expert

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#17 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Dubai
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
3.5
3.5
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Singles, Chilling out, Nightlife, People watching

Expert review of Belgian Beer Cafe

Good beers, bowls of steaming mussels and the Dubai Creek for a view.

Before the Belgian Beer Cafe opened its doors a couple of years back, I don't think there was a place in Dubai offering a half-decent selection of draft beers. Now a firm favourite on the bar scene, this lively spot overlooking the Dubai Creek still serves an excellent selection of brews, plus some great European meals. 

Food and drink: 

The 'Belgian' in the title gives the game away. Food-wise, bowls of steaming mussels in various sauces are the much-loved speciality, along with more heartier (read: stodgier) affairs such as meatballs and sausages. The chips are quite excellent. On the drinks side of things, you've got a wide array of fruity Belgian Tappist and Abbey brews on offer, plus a decent wine list.  

Recommended dishes: 

Not one to stray too far from the local favourites, I do love a nice bowl of mussels and a pint.  

Ambience: 

On Thursday and Friday evenings the bar can get quite rowdy and finding a table somewhat tricky if you arrive too far past 8pm. The popular outdoor terrace area can get packed quickly. It's all very relaxed and has become a popular post-work spot for expat types. Being attached to a hotel, tourists do flock too, but it's not somewhere to venture if you're after peace and quiet (well, in the evening anyway).

Service: 

Despite being friendly (pretty much mirroring the service across all of Dubai) it can be a little slow to get served and for the bill to arrive, especially during the more rowdy weekend evenings.  

Location: 

Part of the Crowne Plaza in the Festival City complex, the Belgian Beer Cafe sits by the Dubai Creek, with the outdoor terrace looking out over the water.  

Price advice: 

The drinks aren't the cheapest in town. Expect to pay around 40 dirhams for a pint. For food, it's not particularly expensive, but not budget. Most dishes range from 50 dirhams to around 100 dirhams.  

Tables to book: 

Sadly, unless you're coming with a large group, tables can't be booked in advance. If there's space and it's not too hot, I'd recommend sitting outside.  

Other useful branches: 

There's another branch in the Grand Millennium Hotel, near the Sheikh Zayed Road.  

More information on Belgian Beer Cafe:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Brasserie, Pub, Restaurant
Food:
Dutch, German, Seafood, Snacks
Address:
Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, Festival City, Dubai
Telephone:
04 701 2222
Website:
http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/DUBFC/dining
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Open daily 6pm-2am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Belgian Beer Cafe? Would you recommended it?