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Belga Cafe
Belga Cafe

Belga Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "I don't know how many times I've eaten here. Over the years the neighborhood has blossomed with new and very good restaurants. But still Belga is our go to place."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food is absolutely wonderful for brunch. Their waffles are second to none and they have very unique options compared to most Barracks Row establishments. The coffee is delectable as well. I recommend making a reservation as the word is out and quite a crowd forms on the weekends for brunch. The food service is excellent as well. Our server, Eduardo, promptly handled our every need despite juggling many tables on a crowded Sunday morning. However, their entrance bottle necks when it is crowded and their host can become overwelmed. Overall, a fantastic place. I will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I was looking for a nice brunch spot in DC with my family. Never heard or have been to Belga Cafe but after doing some research, it seemed like a nice place. We were about 10 minutes late to our reservation because of D.C. traffic but I communicated with the front desk and they were extremely professional and accommodating. Will go back again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Typical DC brunch - vibrant crowd, good drinks, packed tight with people, covered, outdoor space and overpriced, yet delicious food. I went on a Sunday early afternoon and with my reservation was able to get my party of 4 seated right away. It was good food, but the portions were a little small so I was hungry not too long after. The service was very fast though!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I will never understand restaurants that take reservations, yet have no interest in abiding by them. The whole situation at this restaurant last Sunday morning was chaos. Zero organization and little to no help from the staff. We were finally seated 40 minutes after our reservation time. Our server was friendly enough, but not attentive. The food was - and I hate to say this about any restaurant - terrible. The frites were limp and underseasoned. The Croque Monsieur could hardly qualify as a grilled cheese, and the Mais Waffles were soggy, bland, and altogether unpleasant. Combine that with a hugely overpriced $7.50 bottle of Oberon and the whole experience was just one big disappointment."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Dined here to watch Belgium world cup match. Waffles were delicious. The service was top notch."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Waffles are the best we've had in DC. The mussels are really good too. Beer menu is extensive, which is a huge plus for us. The Beglium FIFA watch party was awesome, there and at B-Too!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The Waffles here are amazing. The whipped cream is real. The bacon comes in a bucket. A BUCKET OF BACON!!!! What more can you want?"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Ça se delaisse. Food quickly, too quickly prepared, client treated as ignorant. They lost track of the good quality-price balance they had a few years ago. Not coming back anytime soon. Bread was good, even great. Not enough of a reason to go back, though."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Their brunch had more variety than most places; portions moderate but really delicious. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Love the wafles!!! They have so many different options.. I had savory and a sweet one! Both were perfect!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Dined with our young grandson whose palate is limited but the menu offered a simple burger and (delicious) fries. Grandson gave burger high marks. My husband and I shared the mussels with frites, and Salade Roulade. The Salade was creative and flavorful. Even our grandson asked to return on this trip."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "As we were from Belgium, I wanted to know if the food and beer was as good as back home. I was not dissapointed. They had a lot of Belgian beers on the menu list. I can recommend the Leffe."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Slow service for a set menu dinner was a surprise. Food was fine and the different beers were interesting (even though the glasses were never more than half full). The night didn't seem very special. We're they prepared for us?"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My sister and I love mussels and this capped off her lovely DC visit. The beer list was very well received by her boyfriend."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This is our third time at Belga, and we ate outside this time around. All three of us enjoyed the different dishes. However, be prepared to spend a lot. The wine is extremely expensive--$12-15 per glass, and the main entrees are in the high $20's. The fries are usually the highlight, but this go around I would say they were ok--seemed a bit tired like they had been sitting for too long."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I love the food at this restaurant, and always look forward to dining here. On Friday my friend and I once again enjoyed fantastic meals, but I was surprised that the service missed the finesse that the quality of food there, and the ambiance, would encourage. Water was poured rather sloppily, getting plates and the tablecloth wet. I finished my meal first, and 3 times someone tried to remove my plate even though my friend was clearly still eating. Please, let your staff know, do NOT clear anyone's plate until everyone is finished! Then the bill was brought immediately after clearing both of our plates. I wanted dessert and coffee, but was not asked, and so the opportunity for additional revenue was missed."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Came here during a World Cup match, which made the restaurant more lively. Belga Cafe serves authentic beers and wines, and even more authentic food. The meal was a pleasure, from the warm bread basket to the amazing steak frites (medium rare), washed down with a good Tremens. Barracks Row is a great street for foodies too."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Went here for Father's Day. Had to wait almost an hour despite having a reservation. Most of the dishes were subpar. Had a decent experience in the past. Was hoping for a similar or better experience this time around, but was sorely disappointed. Don't know if I will be returning to Belga."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "If you are looking for a quick European fix, the food at Belga Cafe will make you think you are in Brussels. Loved the selection of mussel dishes and the frites are fabulous. The escargot fritters would have been good if they'd been hot -- a real disappointment. But if you want to hear your dining companion, wait until the World Cup is over!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Fantastic mussels, omelettes, and the waffles are amazing!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I took my in-laws here and it was perfect. Great coffee and delicious waffles...what more do you need?"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We got seated around 12:30 & the crowd was starting to form. The host said they'd wipe off our table. They did not. I tried to order the belgian hot chocolate on the menu, the waiter said we don't have it in the summer & I don't write the menu. My entree (the quiche) was FABULOUS. I would order that a million times again. My dessert, the Triple Crown of Mousses, was just ok. I would have just have preferred a bowl of the plain Belgian chocolate mousse, which is divine by itself. The other 2 mousses had gross looking & tasting shaved fruit strips covered in some sort of sauce on top. The worst part about the meal was the crowd of people waiting for tables standing all around the tables outside & watching us eat. Creepy & annoying."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Went for Brunch and really was surprised that the food and service was just mediocre. The several orders of eggs were not well cook (too soft) and service attention from our primary server was just ok. Wouldn't visit this spot again..."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I loved the waffles with fruit and enjoyed dining outside. However, it's hard to recommend the place when we had to wait almost half an hour with a reservation."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I asked the server for two courses, chef's choice. The first was a delicious steak tartre, served with gherkins and lightly dressed bitter greens. The main course, a braised rabbit was served with root vegetables in a beautiful red wine reduction. Wine pairings were spot on. Dessert was a simple, yet tasty hot fudge sundae with Belgian chocolate and whipped cream. Service was friendly and attentive. Belga is one of those restaurants I always visit when I'm in DC."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This place has such delicious food, great plating and good sized portions to not leave you feeling hungry. The host didn't seat us upon arrival at the table, even with a reservation, because only 2 out of the 3 folks in our party were there which was a little frustrating. After 10 minutes, we returned and asked for our table letting him know our friend would be late, and he sat us then. Our waiter was very attentive and the new menu had some great options on it. Overall an excellent place."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I was really excited to have dinner here after looking at their menu online. I was surpised when they gave me different menu then what I had just seen online because I was really excited for a couple of items and they were no longer on the menu. I understand changing the menu but then update the website. The Appetizers we had were very good and Octopus and Foie gras but the entrees Lamb and Fish I shared were nothing special fish and Lamb both over cooked. I would recommend this place if you enjoy good beer the have a beer/wine list 37 pages long."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great food, but we were rush. We had the table for 90 minutes before someone came over and said someone else was waiting for our table. I know we were there a while, but it kind of left a bad taste in my mouth."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I was very disappointed after all the good things I had heard. From the mediocre ambiance to the arrogant waiter, my initial impression was not good. The prices are ridiculous, the beer is in bottles with a poor selection on tap and food prices were too expensive for normal patrons. Oh well, I won't be back"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "It was great to sit outside on a hot Sunday for brunch beneath the shade of the umbrellas and enjoy delicious the food and a cocktail! I wasn't overly impressed with the fig in my dish, but otherwise everything else was delicious. My friend and I enjoyed the Wafel Al La Quiche and Belga's Mango Wafel along with a refreshing cocktail, which I can't seem to find the name of on the drink menu. We had to wait about 25 minutes to be seated outside since they don't guarantee outside seating with the reservation. They offered an option of sitting inside, but it was so cramped and loud that we wouldn't have even been able to have a conversation without shouting. I would definitely recommend this place to others!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We found out about Belga café on line and made a reservation through Open Table. We were warmly greeted and immediately led to a great table near the open kitchen. Our waiter was helpful but not 'hovery'. We shared crab and chicken sigars with two dipping sauces, which were delicious. My husband had a tasty red snapper risotto which they modified at his request, My mussels and Belgian frites were a treat. While we aren't in DC often, I'd recommend the entire dining experience at Belga Café to those who are."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "What a great brunch spot, so many options on the menu! Everything was delicious."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had a wonderful onion tart and the waffled french toast. Wasn't crowded, but we got there early on a Sunday. Recommend."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I had 5pm reservation on Friday 6/6/14. Belga claimed to have valet parking. I called about 15 minutes before to ask where the valet was, and was told it was in the nearby alley. Upon arrival, there was no evidence of a valet. Parking is very tight in this neighborhood. My husband waited in the car while I went inside to inquire. Two male waiters standing by the front door saw me and ignored me until I interrupted them. One took an attitude and told me the valet didn't start until 5 or 6 pm. Being just after 5pm and no valet, with no place to park for about 1 mile in a "transitioning" area, combined with the dismissive attitude of the staff, who probably would be waiting on us, I told them to cancel the reservation. I won't go again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The waffles with brunch were AMAZING. Great little spot on Barracks Row with a view of the street. The issue we had was with our wait for the reservation. We didn't get seated until 30 minutes after our scheduled time, and it seemed as though we were forgotten while other parties took our table. Not a good start to brunch, but at least the food delivered."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This is a lovely little gem in Eastern Market & is quite popular for brunch on the weekends. Despite this, I could still get a reservation Saturday night for Sunday morning, which was great. It's a bit loud inside, but the food is delicious & inventive. I would definitely recommend it!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food is very good en very Belgian. The service, the timing etc. is very American. After 1,5 hours dinner is finished and you have to leave. You don't even have to ask for the bill. This is not the belgian way of dining!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "restaurant charges for substitutions requested when ordering. this is listed in small print on the bottom of the page, but my server did not point it out to me when I asked for a change. This is also not dietary restriction friendly, especially as their prices are already high. This said, the situation was handled well and the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Yes, Belga has an outstanding selection of Belgian beers (complete with brewery-appropriate glassware). Yes, their moules-et-frites are right out of the town square in Brugge. They have a great hanger steak and convivial evening scene. But they need to be on your short list for breakfast or brunch, with reservations for those comfortably late weekend morning start times highly advisable. The breakfast and lunch menu is varied and delicious - whether sweet or savory. And, morning or evening, you can count on attentive and unobtrusive servers. There's a reason that Belga is often crowded. Don't let the lines scare you. Just reserve ahead, and you'll have one delightful morning."
    Dined on 5/31/2014