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Belga Cafe
Belga Cafe

Belga Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.belgacafe.com
  • Email: info@belgacafe.com
  • Phone: (202) 544-0100
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm,
    Saturday: -Brunch 9:00am - 4:00pm -Dinner 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday -Brunch 9:00am - 4:00pm -Dinner 4:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Belgian
  • Executive Chef: Bart M. Vandaele
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We enjoy creating a special prix fixe menu to make your large event a memorable one.
  • Private Party Contact: Daniel Mahdavian (202) 544-0100
  • Entertainment: Join us for monthly beer dinner. Last Tuesday of the month! We offering 7 beers, 3 courses

    Mussel Tuesday on every Tuesday!
    Our signature mussel pots with fries are only $15.95! Special price available all day!
  • Special Events & Promotions: We offer various special menus for various occasions. Join our e-mail list for all the details of these special upcoming events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pennsylvania Ave. SE
  • Public Transit: We are 1 1/2 blocks away from the Eastern Market Metro stop on the Orange and Blue line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking
A word from Belga Cafe
Belga cafe is a great place to eat typical Belgian cuisine. Combining an intriguing atmosphere with excellent, light and healthy interesting food. Belga Cafe is a little bit of Brussels on the Hill, with an open kitchen and a sidewalk cafe.
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Diner Reviews
  • "It was a perfect place for a brunch on a Saturday am. And with a tight schedule I was a bit worried. But the food was presented promptly and was delicious. And we got finished with time to spare!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We arrived on time for our 830 open table reservation. Though the reservation was in the book it was there in name only and it quickly became apparent that all it got us was a place on a waiting list. After 20 minutes dodging waiters standing at the bar, we were offered a sidewalk table on a cool night. We took it and were seated ten minutes later. Then the real wait began. No waiter for about 20 more minutes. Drinks were reasonably prompt but another 20 minutes to give our order and then about 35-40 minutes until the food arrived. The food was excellent and the staff was very nice but I would recommend only for Mondays and Tuesdays in August - they do not have their administrative act together."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We went back to Belga Cafe with visiting friends from Cambridge, MA and were impressed by how much the food, already very good, had improved since our last visit. We ordered a wide range of dishes, including smoked duck, sea bass, short ribs, and the ever-popular mussels, and nobody was disappointed. The nebbiolo wine was a tad pricey but worth it. And the pear vodka martini -- fabulous! Two stars as the designated price seems over-optimistic: 3 is more like it, at least if you're going to drink wine. We will certainly return to Belga for future festivities."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Belga's servoce has really declined since all the focus has shifted to the new venue on14th Street. The food is still good."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I visit her about 4-5 times a year, and wish it were more often. My friend loves the roast vegetables; I love the steak frites (thanks for cooking them the way I like). The variety of dishes with their Belgian touches is always fun to explore, too. Great wine and beer selection."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This was my second time at Belga Cafe and I loved it even more than the first time. It's a small restaurant, so I would recommend reservations, but the food is incredible and the service is on point. I took my boyfriend for his birthday and we had a blast, and he was blown away by the food (which was the whole point of taking him there...he's such a foodie!)."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Chef Bart Van Daele is now mostly in B Too and should have already closed Belga Café! But he didn't!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We had dinner at Belga for the first time and are eager to return. It was comfortable, everything smelled fantastic and our food was terrific. If only we could eat more!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "cheese plate left much to be desired. mussels were good- the reviews were legit on that. Lamb meal portion is super small, even for a gourmet plate. lots of spinach and mushrooms took up most of the plate. not well proportioned. angus beef steak was very good. frites very good. lots of mayo on salad and to dip frites in. beer selection was pretty sweet. expensive, but cool to have so many options. would come again for beers."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My fiancé and I came here. For a romantic celebration of my birthday. Although there was a little wait before we were able to place our order, our waiter was very attentive. The crab and chicken cigars were delicious and a perfect appetizer to share. We both orders mussels and frites, and were not disappointed. The mussels were plump and the sauce had many layers of flavor. We told our friends about Belga and then ended up returning there for brunch a couple days later!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Four of us went on a Thursday night. The restaurant was completely filled, and very noisy. Staff was hard to find, and not attentive. We all ordered mussels; shortly after the waiter returned and said there were only enough mussels for two orders. I am amazed. This was at 7:15 in the evening and mussels are one of the restaurant's specialities."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Make reservations here. It just makes sense. It was pouring outside and people still came. Anyway i overheard that there was a 1 hr wait. I had reservations and was seated pretty quickly. I had waffles and fruit. My husband had the mussels. Everything was delicious. I cant wait to return the next time im in dc"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "What an amazing menu, and a delicious brunch. However, the place was packed and the wait was long, so I'm glad I had reserved a table. I had the smoked salmon benedict with asparagus, and my friend had the ham & cheese omelet. We started by splitting the onion tart, and finished with an apple-cinnamon waffle with fruit. It was all so good. Everything was properly prepared, you could taste all the flavors and the food was well-balanced. For such a small place with such good quality, I was surprised that there was a large variety on the menu. They are open late some nights, and I bet you could still get a waffle at 10 pm! I know I'll be back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Went here for brunch, and the food was amazing. I tried a couple of their waffles, and frankly wanted to order the entire menu. We had lovely service from the hostess and bartender, but our waiter was abysmal. Barely spoke to us, didn't offer coffee refills, and dropped the check so fast you'd think it was on fire. Overall I had a great brunch, but disappointed to be so rushed at a table."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were on vacation visiting DC and my best friend invited us here for Sunday Brunch. We had a reservation thank goodness as the wait list was over an hour. Place was packed wall-wall but staff and patrons were all in a good mood. The brunch was served in a timely manner and was SUPERB! My husband is from Belgium and was impressed as was I with their traditional Belgian dishes. Food was so good that we went back on Wednesday night for dinner and again mussels, stews and croquettes were fantastic. We wished we had a place like this is California was very very good!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I went on a Wednesday at 6p. I don't know if this was a server or cooki mistake, but my biggest complaint is that my medium rare NY strip came out medium well and my fries didn't quite live up to twice fried standards. The meat was very tender and the pepper sauce was very good, peppery without being overpowering. My B Too visit was better, so I suspect food prep can easily improve. Though I was flying solo, the service was spot on. Extensive single malt list."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Love this place. The Maître d is great and wants everyone's experience to be great. We also Have our favorite waiter. Nice wine list. The steak frites is hard to beat!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I came to this restaurant with high expectations from the rave reviews that were on Yelp but to say the least it was sub-par. For the most part the staff was friendly except the waiter. I don't feel like he attended to our needs. I asked for an omelette with spinach and onions. He brought eggs and spinach sauteed with onions on the side. He brought my friends omelette without cheese. The food was just okay. I don't think I will be visiting here again."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I love Belga, which is why I put up with the ridiculous waits, even when I have reservations. I went this weekend with a group of 3 and they didn't seat us until 45 minutes after our reservation. There is very little space inside the restaurant to wait and the weather was bad, so we were squished up against a wall for that entire time. Like I said, I love the food, though, which is why I still keep on coming back. They should figure out a better way to predict wait times or not allow so many people to make reservations at the same time, though, because this is not the first time I have had this issue."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Not often you find a place that makes both Liege and Brussels Waffles!! What a treat. Reservations were perfect because the restaurant fills up fast on a Sunday!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Had a great meal here on a busy Sat at lunch time. Our group of 4 loved having both lunch and brunch menus available."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Good food. Happy we had reservations. Very busy and space is tight."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Very popular neighborhood cafe but it scarcely lives up to its "Best Of ..." hype -- at least for brunch. Portions were small and unremarkable, eggs and hash browns greasy. Tables are closely packed giving it a bustling vibe, but it makes it hard to hold a decent conversation, despite measures to soften the sound. Instead it feels as if they care more about packing people in than providing a good experience. Service was efficient and friendly. This is my second time here for brunch, and overall I would rate it as disappointing. I don't understand the long lines to eat in a sub-par place."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Great authentic Belgian food with an amazing tap list and bottle collection! Warm european feel to this place with a fantastic staff of Belgian beer lovers. This is a must do while in DC."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Having seen the lines at brunch-time, my daughters recommended this restaurant. The menu was interesting, but most entrees seemed too much -- too big, too complicated. One daughter got the Belgian waffle with apples, which, given the price, actually was a smallish portion. The other got green eggs with spinach and pesto, which she said were good -- but an enormous portion. Seeing green eggs was off-putting but amusing. I ended up ordering sides -- two eggs and hash browns. They were fine and about the right amount of food, although the hash browns were greasy. I would like to have had toast or English muffin as a side option. Two of us had Belgian hot chocolate, which was OK, but not the rich chocolate experience we expected."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We had reservations for Brunch on a Sunday. We arrived 10 min early and checked in. We had to wait over 40 min. past our reservation time to get a table. This is our second such experience with this restaurant group (we waited over an hour at B Too on a Sunday reservation). Unless you enjoy waiting, we suggest you go elsewhere. Also, they forgot one of our orders, but took it off the bill when we pointed it out."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Belga cafe will definitely not disappoint in the realm of its cuisine. My medium rare steak WAS medium rare. and every dish scored points on presentation (without excessiveness), taste, and timeliness. I can not recommend one specific dish as everything I have tried has been on equal footing. It is a crowded space, and unless you are near the front door it should be fine. Do not allow yourself to be seated near the door when it is cold out. The rush of air is immensely unpleasant and the place is very busy(rightfully so!)"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I love Belga - the location, food, drinks... But every time I go there I swear I will never go again because even with a reservation you are always seated at least 30 minutes late. I went for brunch on Sunday and was seated 40 minutes after our reservation time after I begged and told them I had to catch a train. For customers this is really frustrating. In that wait time, I could have gone across the street to one of the other restaurants that do not take reservations and gotten a table there."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Waffles, as many different kind of waffles and not just sweet ones but savory choices as well."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We love Belga for brunch with friends visiting from out of town. The Barracks Row area is always interesting for its varied architecture and people-watching. The waffles are reliably tasty and filling; the hash browns with sprouts are yummy but could do with more sprouts, and the hot chocolate is fab with a touch of liqueur. In good weather, we always try to sit outside, partly for the pleasant experience but also because the interior can be very noisy when the restaurant is full. What we learned this time was that if you get a table along the wall on the left as you enter, the sound is somewhat muffled by the back of the booth."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I ran the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon the morning before we had brunch at Belga. They were extremely popular with runners hungry after the race and were so accommodating to my family, as we were running behind. The food was DELICIOUS and came out amazingly quick. My mom and I are already swearing to go back ASAP."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Whenever my wife is with me on visits to the nation's capital, we find a way to go to Belga Cafe. The mussels, frites, homemade mayo, steak au poivre, and the service, never disappoint. Consistently excellent!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We've been looking for great Belgian food since we spent 6 weeks in Belgium and we found it here. This place is great and has a real Brussels feel to it. Most highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Love belga. Food is delicious and the ambience is nice. The only annoying issues is that even with a reservation, we still waited close to an hour. And that's not the first time this was a problem, especially on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great menu with lots of variety. Waited quite a bit for a seat even though we had a reservation. Took a while to get water. Food came out very fast. Was good, but not great. Duck confit with sage waffle sounded better on the menu than it tasted; was about 1/2 pure fat. Once we were finished eating, we were really rushed out by the wait staff."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The mussels & waffles are really top notch. Just a few things to note - even though they are on the OpenTable BYOB list, it has a crazy high ($26) corkage fee per bottle (woops). They also will not seat you until your whole party is there, and then it's pretty tight seating arrangements. Food is totally worth it though!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Came here for brunch, loved the amazing selection of waffles, both savory and sweet. I had banana waffles and also tried the salmon-stuffed waffles and waffles a la quiche off of my friends' plates, all were fabulous. I would suggest getting reservations if you plan to go on a weekend, I did so, otherwise it would've been a long wait. However, the food came out pretty quickly despite the restaurant being so busy. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Don't bother making reservations, as you will still wait in line for a table. The hostess, Yanni, is a mess. I understand how busy the brunch hour gets here, but we found her extremely rude, unable to count, and confused. She led my party to a table, only to come by a few seconds later to yell at us that the table wasn't for our party and she then told us we would just have to wait. I guess I was confused when she waved us to follow her and be seated. The place is probably violating a numerous amount of fire codes, as they have crammed in more tables and chairs than the staff can maneuver around, and the service is horrendous. The food was good, but not worth the battle."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Great food and service. Specials were superb and well-priced. Significant beer list in addition to the notable wine list. Conversation at the table sometimes turned to the excellent wine at an incredible price. Dinner was lively and varied, just like the room."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had a party of 4 with 1130 reservation. We got there at 1120 but were told we had a 15 min wait. Ok. After 30 min we inquired again about our seating and were told we were next. we were finally seated at 1244 only after we were told they were clearing a table off for us but another waiter sat another party there. we chose this place because it had a kids menu. We ordered mac n cheese for my grandson but the waiter said they only have that for lunch or dinner and since we were there for brunch they didn't have it. she then asked for a cheese sandwich for him. the waiter's reply was "No we refuse". Come on,.croque monsieur was on the menu..its not like they didn't have bread and cheese! Food mediocre..small portions, big price! Bad day!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014