Belga Cafe
Belga Cafe

Belga Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.belgacafe.com/
  • Phone: 2025440100
  • 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 2025440100
  • 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: 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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Belga Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
257 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (130)neighborhood gem (117)great for outdoor dining (111)great for brunch (100)special occasion (47)great for lunch (45)hot spot (34)notable wine list (33)good for groups (23)romantic (22)vibrant bar scene (15)kid-friendly (14)late-night find (9)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Awesome place!
    IsladelencantoVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Wonderful place, great food, great ambience! Good customer service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiting for brunch
    FeedMe
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere, but had to wait an hour after our reservation to be seated. This was my third time there and I was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food = fine, staff could do better
    Perfection
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The staff seemed to be either overly attentive (coming to ask and take our plates away multiple times, even though we were still eating), or hard to reach- didn't provide milk for my tea, or a saucer to put my tea bag on. Also they forgot parts of our order and then claimed that they had given them to us.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the Mussels
    NYEDiner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We sat outside, and Belga provided fleece blankets which was wonderful! I ordered the mussels, and they were okay - far from being the best in the city. The venison entree was pretty good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious again, and again
    goodcompany
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Belga is a place I am confident to share with out of town guests, and a go-to place when I just want a good meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Belga Cafe
    CapHillFoodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was very good. The attitude of the server was not pleasant. I asked what the specials were; he said he did not know. This response was at 5 pm when the restaurant had opened at 4 pm. He sneered at my adult dining companion, who ordered spaghetti from the kids menu and who also ordered a side dish. The server said, "oh, it is going to be THAT kind of evening." He openly laughed at me when I requested more iced tea. He was apparently offering a choice between filling up my glass or bringing another. I could not hear him well, so just said, "either." It took quite a while to get the check. When it came, there was no pen and he was very short with us, saying, he would provide a pen AFTER he ran the credit card.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Two thumbs up!
    Tokio
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Prices are on the higher end, but overall great ambiance, delicious food, and overall a fun brunch location in SE!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We each enjoyed a different waffle and shared an order of Belgian fries. We've been here a few times for brunch and the food has always been outstanding. I do wish they would have Belgian hot chocolate available more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great 4 Belgian waffles or mussels!
    VAFoodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Brunch offers many waffle or eggs Benedict options. Or how about a waffle stuffed with smoked salmon?! There's something sweet and/or savory to tempt you. Don't expect large IHOP portions. This small, classy restaurant on Barracks Row serves European dishes in normal portions at DC prices. My absolute favorite and #1 reason for dining here is the mussels! The menu offers a great variety of cooking styles or sauces from traditional wine and garlic to Thai style. The bucket of mussels is a most generous portion and served with Belgian frites with freshly-made mayonnaise. Yummy! And if you like Belgian beer, then you have found your new favorite place in DC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Long wait.
    Spincana
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food for brunch was great. The waiting, even with reservation, was ridiculous. I don't recommend large groups. Also there's nowhere to wait in the restaurant. Bit disappointing...it was my bday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Waffles
    DinersVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had some wonderful savory food for brunch! Enjoyed the Duck Confit and fabulous omelette fare...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Belgian Cuisine
    KnifeAndForkReady
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Been a while since we've been back, but it's great food even if prices have gone up. Great selection of authentic beers. Nice to see owner and Chef talking to customers.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    2StarsBraboVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Belga cafe is one of my favorite places to go for dinner or brunch. I took my sister who was visiting from overseas with a friend of hers for dinner. I was disappointed because there were many missing items on the menu and the server was not well trained. All the entrees and desserts we ordered were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome as always.
    RickVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    What can we say more than we had a very enjoyable time here as always. Service is prompt and accommodating. Food is excellent and beer list is wonderful. Our number one goto spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite DC brunch
    BostonLBVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The waffles here are to die for. And this time around, the service was perfect. There was no rush, they re-filled my coffee at perfect intervals, and everyone was lovely to us. Highly recommend, they are waffle geniuses!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I was there for lunch and since it was a sunny day, I took a seat outside. 8th street can be rather busy but the noise level was not too high. I ordered mussels marinière and they where well prepared, altough the portion was rather small. The restaurant has a fine list of Belgian beers and I took a delicious Ciney. Overall it was a good experience and on an other occasion, I might return. Only downside was the price of the beers. I am fully aware of the fact that they all have to be imported but since I am a Belgian myself, it was quiet a shock to pay a staggering 13 dollars plus tips for my drink.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    ddiner
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Belga always has great food and an extensive selection of beer. Seafood croquets were excellent as was the lamb loin. Service is informative and prompt
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dinner
    PieterandIsa
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our dinner was very good, we had the beignets and the biefstuk. Complimenten aan de chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • newtohill
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had a reservation. Were immediately seated - which was great. We felt RUSHED the entire time. Sunday brunch we sat at 11 and had our bill at 11:45. No lingering here!! Food was good though. Waffles lovely!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch on the Row
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great brunch at Belga. We tried three different waffles and all were hits. The scrambled eggs with mushrooms offered a big plate of delicious. Service was a bit leisurely, but the food arrived quickly. Inside always feels crowded and noisy, but we snagged a table outside on a perfect morning to enjoy the sights.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great beer list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A fantastic list of Belgian beers that match the wonderful food perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything is good
    goodcompany
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    But some dishes, like the lamb loin are spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Appreciations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We loved eating in Belga Cafe - the real Belgian stuff if you are away for a longer time in a nice environment
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • freshaire
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Friends from the 'burbs made the trip into Belga ONLY because it was Belga. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent brunch choice
    restweeknewbie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Brunch was amazing. Try the napoleon mimosa, and order anything from the menu that comes with a waffle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb dining experience
    NearNeighbor
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We felt starved for good red meat! We got it and great French fries and salad, as well as some intriguing bread. So glad we turned to Belga.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliably Good
    WillimVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was our fourth or fifth dining experience with Belga. Mussels and Belgian beer are specialties of the house, remembering that 'beer is to Belgium as wine is to France'. Stick with the excellent beer because the wines are grossly over-priced, and the Riesling we ordered was barely drinkable . The quantity of mussels in each order is prodigious and the quality outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Good atmosphere
    Ecky
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Went there for the beer selection and it did not disappoint! Food was good
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice beer list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Amazing beer and wine list that is bigger than the food menu :) Authentic Belgian cuisine. Got a great recommendation for a new beer to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not wow'd!
    Sancerre
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Eating outdoors was lovely on a beautiful day! Mussels not anything special and frites not as yummy as usual. Just an off day perhaps? Was a bit disappointed as I've consistently enjoyed meals at Belga Cafe in the past.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointed.
    Emma
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My friends and I had just finished eating our lunch and paid. We were wrapping up our conversation when the waiter came to our table and informed that we needed to move because a party of 10 wanted to sit by the window. We had reservation at 12 p.m. and that party had more people than they initially reserved for their 1 p.m. I was appalled and asked to speak with the Manager. The manager initially did not understand how rude it was to ask an already seated party to move either to another table or the bar because of this new party's failure to plan accordingly and tried to place blame on the waiter, who followed his direction. The restaurant tried to appease us with complimentary mimosas, the damage was done. Be courteous to all!!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • kaiser
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very nice beer list and the inside was fun but uncomfortably warm. The steak and frites were solid though the mussels were underwhelming. Would happily come back for drinks and an app though not sure I would do dinner again there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never ceases to amaze
    ynadal
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We've been to Belga 3 or 4 times and the food is just incredible and never ceases to amaze us. The food combinations for breakfast are unbelievable. Anyone who happens to be in he are must go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved it!
    IngridromBelgium
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We as Belgians were surprised by the quality of the food. Service was great and the food was fabulous. Prices are certainly correct. The Kriek Lambic even tasted different than here in Belgium. One of my daughters took the waterzooi and was really the best she ever eat. We certainly would recommend this restaurant. Doe zo voort!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Pleasing Dinner
    newyorktlh
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was pleasingly different and represented the best of Belgian cuisine, but also offered approachable options for any palate. The services was attentive and friendly. Overall this is a great neighborhood place and worth the trip to Baracks Row if you want great Belgian food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best steak of my life.
    BrunchForFun
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for a romantic Sunday brunch. The decor was good, but the tables were a bit close together, and it tended to be loud. What made this place awesome was the food. I had the best steak of my life! Get fries with everything. The beer list was a book, and the mimosas were fun. Plus our waitor was perfect: attentive without being overbearing, knowledgable about the food without being arrogant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time
    foodie8heart
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and drinks are superb. The drinks menu is great- variety of Belgian beers, great wines and wonderful house cocktails. You can never go wrong with the mussels!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    While visiting DC this past weekend, we were pleasantly surprised to find this great little spot in SE. The food was excellent and the staff was very pleasant. The brunch crowd was plentiful, but the staff kept a cool head and made us feel comfortable. The hostess was wonderful and she honored our reservation even though we were 15 minutes late I will recommend to all and will be back. By the way, the Mimosas are to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, small portions
    KimbyVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    When I think about eating waffles, I think about leaving the table stuffed. Sadly, everyone in my party cleaned their plates and we were still hungry! I am not a huge eater either, so that may be saying something.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place but
    Lovebit
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I love this place for the food ambiance and great service but this time it was very hot in the dining area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate