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Belga Cafe

) #197 of 2,596 Restaurants in Washington DC ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ , European, International
514 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
+1 202-544-0100
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (65 reviews)
“mussels” (105 reviews)
“belgian fries” (13 reviews)
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Belgian, European, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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514 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We've eaten here twice. Markedly different experiences. First time was dinner before an Arena Stage performance. Food was excellent and service was smart, efficient. The second time we took relatives from out of town and it was miserable. Food was mediocre, arrived slowly, the order...More

Thank Jake S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

tried these --- Escargots Petit Gris de Namur Le Vrai Steak Frites Belge Grille Baby Mussel "Marinière - steak was so good , kinda small portion though, escargot was also good with waffles, and the mussels - awesome ! went home very very happy.. 😚😚😚

Thank Joanne M
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Belga is designed to evoke a European cafe, and is a very pleasant setting with brick walls, comfortable seating and attentive servers. Belga is the best area restaurant I have been to for waffles, as it has about a half dozen different kinds on the...More

Thank Brendan S
Reviewed 9 June 2017

This place is in my neighborhood and I've been here several times and never been disappointed. I'm writing this review now though, because they really outdid themselves last Sunday when I went with a group of ten for brunch. I had an eggs benedict like...More

Thank DLM212
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Hi and thanks for the review, we are glad you enjoyed your brunch with us! We offer brunch options every weekend from 9am to 4pm, stop in again soon and see us! We appreciate all feedback.

Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Read great reviews online. Food was good. We tried the quiche, skillet, and smoked salmon Benedict. Drinks weren't worth the price, bacon habanero whiskey Bloody Mary wasn't great. Our server Dominic seemed very irritated for the entire visit. We asked him if there were any...More

1  Thank Morgan P
Reviewed 16 May 2017

This is a highly rated restaurant in DC and rightly so. We had pepper steaks here and it was all good. Steaks were perfectly medium, which is no mean feat I can tell you. We drank 2 beers and a bottle of Van Duzer pinot...More

Thank RaezoR57
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Went to Belga on a rainy Friday night It was crowded but fun, lively bar scene Got our beers quickly but waited 20 minutes for a mixed drink. Nice warm bread & butter was served. Mushroom soup & tuna tartare were very good. Beef bourguignon...More

Thank stephanierI7666VO
Reviewed 8 May 2017

If I lived in DC, I would frequent this place a lot. It was so good and the food was even more appreciated by the three tweens in our party who had trekked the city far and wide filling their mind with American history and...More

1  Thank Janet F
Reviewed 5 May 2017

As a french couple, we were expected to find the same taste that the famous and so delicious Belgium mussel, but that was a catastrophe. I had the garlic butter mussel, I am still looking for the garlic, and mt wife a Mariniere Mussels. And...More

Thank 12juillet
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Belga was highly rated both on Open Table and Tripadvisor, so we decided to give it a try during our visit to DC. We started with the onion soup (very good) and the watermelon goat cheese salad (refreshing) and had the crusted lamb PH (very...More

Thank chb59
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19 September 2016|
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Response from Bart V | Property representative |
Yes there is 2 hour parking in front of the restaurant on 8th st and we offer valet service Wednesday 5pm-11pm through Saturday night.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
    (Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
  • Public Transportation: We are 1 1/2 blocks away from the Eastern Market Metro stop on the Orange and Blue line
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Capitol Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 202-544-0100
  • E-mail
Belga Cafe is a restaurant by Belgium native and award-winning Chef Bart Vandaele. A vibrant atmosphere modeled after Brussel's casual cafes, Belga Cafe is the original Belgian restaurant in Washington, DC. Opened in 2004, the neighborhood locale on Capitol Hill is known for its authentic cuisine, extensive craft beers and Genevers. Serving, lunch, dinner, the ever popular brunch, and "Dinsdag Mossel," Belga Cafe features an open kitchen, European casual dining room along with a sidewalk cafe. It is a small piece of Brussels on the Hill.
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