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Business Details

14

years

in Business

Hours:

Regular Hours

Extra Phones:

Phone: (206) 267-1200

Phone: (206) 632-7811

Payment method:
all major credit cards, master card, visa
Neighborhoods:
Fremont, Lake Union
Categories:
Coffee Shops, Continental Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information:

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Cafeterias, European, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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11/04/2010

Overall
It's spelled "Brouwer's", not "Browers"

If Dr Frankenstein’s lab was redone as a restaurant/nightclub, it might look like this. Heavy faux-rock walls, timbered ceiling, dark corners and amber-lit chandeliers. The volume of music on the sound system isn’t too blaring, so it doesn’t interfere with conversation. I love it, especially just before Halloween. The food is supposed to be Belgian, which most Americans don’t even realize exists. (BTW, French Fries aren’t French, they’re Belgian). The service was excellent, as I was immediately greeted and my food came out fast and piping hot. In addition to the dipping sauce for my fries, my waitress grabbed me a jar of ketchup, so I had a choice of what to dip into. In Belgium, fries are served with mayonnaise, not ketchup, so my choice for sauce was aioli. It was made in-house with real eggs, not oil. Very tasty. While the food is good, the standout is the selection of taps. I tried something called “Hobgoblin”, followed by a Double Chocolate Stout, both from England. I didn’t realize I was there during their “Power Hour”, when everything is cheaper, and I got away for about $15, including a medium plate of freshly made Belgian Fries and the tip. I’m planning on going back for the Spinach Salad with red onion, gorgonzola cheese crumbles and mustard vinaigrette.

10/31/2010

Overall
Wow

Brouwers cafe has this great impression it bestowes on its employees yet
Employees work years for minimum wage no breakes no lunch true slav labor i myself worked there for years and when i finally asked for what was deserved i got told i was a danm good cook but i wouldnt be cooking there anymore

07/23/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Beer, Frites, oh yeah did I mention the racism?

Not only is Brouwers rude toward non-americans (see Bazzer1978's review below), they are down right racist.

My wife tried to take me here for my 30th birthday. I was very excited to drink some great Belgian beer and try the frites. That was, until the tatted up, black-clad (seriously, he had black sunglasses and a black sweatband, wtf?), hard-core wannabe asked for ID. My ID passed fine, but when he saw my wife's green card he said, ""We don't accept that ID here."" Wait, what? It's a Federal ID. How can you not accept it? ""The State Liquor Board can fine us."" 100% Bull@#$%! You mean you don't want to let in my wife because she's a latina even though that green piece of plastic was bought and paid for with hard earned American dollars and is 100% legal? ""We don't take that ID here."" Well, they take it everywhere else. How do I know? Because I read the State Liquor Board Charter, not to mention that we went to another restaurant pub that same evening and my wife got in just fine.

I'm just glad we found out how ignorant the people at this place were before we ate their food. If you want great beer and fries, go to Fred Meyer, pick up a bottle of Chimay and grab some fries from Dick's on the way home. It's Seattle without the ignorant @#$% at the door!

03/11/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Had a great beer there

They have a great selection of beers there, but I still always have to ask for a recommendation whenever I'm there. It's kinda funny because I go all the time with my friends and I still haven't tried all the beer there yet. They have chocolate beer, fruity beers, and really flavorful beers. And their food is wonderful. They discontinued their thai peanut dipping sauce for their fries, which is kinda sad, but the curry ketchup is still great.

02/08/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Best Beer Bar in Seattle/#3 in America

Recently rated America's #3 beer hall by RateBeer--whatever that's worth--Brouwer's is something like Seattle Beer Museum (SBM?)--albeit a museum hopped up on hops and the Melvins. 60-some international beers on tap, many Belgians unavailable anywhere else, plus another 300 varieties in bottles. Tatted and probably hungover, the staff is actually super friendly and knowledgeable enough to help you navigate the mind-boggling selection. Be prepared to spend some time and money getting to know the menu. It's worth it.

The food here is also good. Either style of mussel is fantastic (steamed in either cream sauce or white wine) and the cheese plate, though pricey, can be paired perfectly with beer.

And it's not all about beer--Brouwer's has one of the best single-malt Scotch selections in Seattle. Pick one or the other, though. The combo of strong beer and Scotch has put down many a highlander before his day.

02/01/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
snooty service

When this place first opened it was great. The bartenders actually had pride in the lovely beers they served. Went there last week and got treated like s*&t by the door man and the bartenders. Didn't try the food this visit, in the past that was decent but it wouldn't surprise me if that took a dive as well...we felt bad spending our money there and wanted to get the heck out. Will not return.

01/22/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Awful service

I had some of the most abusive so called service at this place. I walked out and will NEVER go back again. We came in when the resturant was not busy and after a while of just waititng we asked to order and were told that person was not our server. When our server did come to our table she slammed down the coaster and asked in the most hostile abusive tone what did we want. I don't need to pay hard earned money for this kind of treatment. This place is not that special and there are lots of other places in Seattle to drink good beer.

10/28/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Maybe the best beer selection in Seattle

If you like IPA's then this is your place. 63 beers on tap and hundred at least in bottles. Not sure about the food since I only drank. Beer snobes, this is your place!

02/05/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Come early!

A friend recomended that we try Brouwer's. And so began our adventure! I say this because we attempted to eat here three times! Unfortunately, they have abosolutely not concept of how to manage tables......In fact the third time (which was apparently the charm) was marred by this poblem even though we arrived far too early to really enjoy the evening. When my wife and I left our table, two groups nearly traded punches over our abondoned table. The space is open and interesting, but the free-for-all table method is simply ridiculous! With that aside, the food was truly excellent, but perhaps on the heavy side. I had the bison stew which was tender and rich which an earthy flavor I really enjoyed. My wife had the chicken which was well executed, moist with crisp skin. The cheese plate was nice but could have used more selection of breads. However the honey was a pleasant surprise compliment to the cheese. But this is a gastro pub and that should be expected. Further, the beer menu, even for a beer lover is daunting to say the least. The staff was slow, preoccupied AND rude when asked simple questions regarding some beers.....The beer menu is to die for, but at what cost? I would come back if reservations were accepted and the staff was more attentive, because the food was excellent (at least for a cold winter evening) and the beer menu speaks for its self. In sum, I would not recommend this place unless you have nothing to do and you don't care waiting at the entrance and then fighting over a dirty table when sombody leaves OR arrive at 5:15 so you can get in bed at 8:30.........Up side, parking is not an issue.

10/10/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Lights on at 11:00 PM

This was ok, service was ok too. Nice to have Wittekirk (spelling?)...I love that beer.
But this was odd: we were there from about 9:30 - 11 PM and the lights were on fairly bright! It seemed strange to us. Not that we have to be in a dark depressive space, but bars are usually dark at night. Our eyes actually started to get tired from it and we left because of it.

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Brouwers Cafe

400 N 35th StSeattleWA 98103

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