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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
  • "Mussels and Frites + Belgian Ales. You can't go wrong at Belga Cafe. Did you know that it is possible to "hit for the cycle" with single, dubbel, tripel and quadrupel selections from the extensive beer menu."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "But didn't. It wasn't a comfortable space. I couldn't hear my dining companion...at brunch. The service was harried and maybe I just ordered wrong. My egg on the short ribs was like leather, my friend loved her green eggs. And, $8 for a little frites seems kinda bonkers. The crepes were good because, Nutella. I preferred B Too to belga."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Yes, they have a bucket of bacon, and yes, it is very good. After that, the waffles stuffed with crab is a sweety versiosn of crab cake, but the saffron sauce sets it off. The pulled pork waffles is also amazing. The staff is great, and my coffee mug never got below half way full."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Just look at the menu on OT.com. I sure could not resist. We were welcomed (actually not at all) by the coldest host you have ever seen. Our waited was a bit warmer, but one of those servers you need to ask three times for him to actually get it for you. My waffle with cinnomen apple compote was the size lf a large "wafflt fry", hearvy as lead, with four (yes -- you could count them) slices of the smallest apple I had ever seen with some raisings cooked down. I could not eat the waffle - it was so heavy and tought Hubby had some kind of eggs with basil and spinach an it lookied like a green of guacomole on an english muffin. Green eggs --no ham. Just really disappointed in this one."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were seated in a tight corner so right between other tables out server couldn't get to the table...if he tried. He didn't tho instead he took 15 minutes to greet us and his treating was "What do you want?". We ordered two cocktails which at $11 a piece I would expect decent quality booze instead it was rail quality bourbon. I know $10 cocktails are the norm in dc now but at least most places make it worth it. We both ordered food which came out quickly and was played well. Literally the second the food was dropped the server did his "mandatory" how is it? Uhh I don't know I haven't gotten to bite into it..he never came back again until he dropped the check. When he dropped the check he didn't say thank you or anything. Never coming back"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food and service were amazing. The beer list was extensive and wonderful. New favorite restaurant on Capitol Hill."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I return again and again for high quality fish and mussels prepared perfectly every time. I have yet to be disappointed by my experience here."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Met some really neat people and had a great time with my dog Delta who was with me and a friend."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We decided to try Belga Cafe during DC Restaurant Week. There was a prixe fixe menu that was very reasonably priced and sounded delicious. I chose the Sea Bass Roulade, Braised Ox Tail, and Passion Fruit Sorbet with tart. The food tasted great but, it was very slow in coming out. Typically, I don't slower service but, this was lunch and with only an hour break it's harder to forgive."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "For Belgian tradition: to much noise inside, sometimes we could not understand each other! Very good kitchen, nice place to be!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Great food and excellent service. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I visit often and Belga always delivers. The menu offers a blend of comfortable and unusual that provides a good choice for all. It also looks as good as it tastes."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Took my friend Debbie there for brunch 10 Aug 2014. The bucket-o-bacon says it all! Nice outdoor spot as well."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Excellent brunch. We split a waffle with berries, scrambled eggs and bacon. The eggs were perfect. Even though the restaurant was crowded, we were not rushed at all."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I've been to Belga Cafe times in the past few years. However, this time was not so good. I had to prompt the waiter to take our orders, our orders were mixed up, and the food was not cooked very well. My friend and I didn't even finish our meals. Hopefully, this was a one-time occurrence and next time will be a return to the great food and service I've had in the past."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Ate from the 100% Belgian portion of the menu--very good and fitting for a chef who appeared on Top Chef (though not a finalist). A bit disappointed that the "frites" were 100% American, and not at all Belgian! Shame on chef Bart. Looking around at the other tables, seemed as if the majority of Patrons were eating the mussels. Hope these were not Americanized too."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Being Belgian, we had to try out Belga cafe. We absolutely loved the food and atmosphere. Really felt at home!! Great chef!!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We loved the potato soup, the tomato & goat cheese salad, and the mussels! Eduardo was the best!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I've tried them all and this is the best! I enjoyed the calamari and jalapeno especially."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Brunch was delicious! Loved the restaurant, but had to wait 20-25 minutes even with a reservation. Service was a bit slow as they were very crowded in a Sunday afternoon, but the food was well worth it!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We dined at the Belga Café in 2012 at the suggestion of our daughter and son-in-law. We were not disappointed! We returned this past weekend for a family member's funeral and made a point to dine at the Belga Cafe again! The location on 8th SE is great and I wish we had time to stroll the street from Pennsylvania Ave. down to the Marine Barracks. Our waiter was wonderful and he was very helpful in decided what to order. The menu choices offered something for everyone. The only thing we couldn't get in the evening was Belgian waffles. My daughter had her heart set on them. There is no doubt we will return."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I love a good pot of mussels and steak frites, and Belga did not disappoint. We were a party of 5 and everyone came away very happy with the meal. It's a bit more expensive than some of the other restaurants on Barracks Row, but if you're looking for a great meal, this is definitely a great spot."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Belga Cafe, that is, you need to go. I had heard about this place for years and finally had the opportunity to check it out. Mussels are perfect, steak frites (steak and their fabulous fries)) is awesome. OK, so maybe the fries aren't that healthy but for a now and then indulgence - yummy! Will go back!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Nice restaurant with Very good food and perfect Service , you feel very welcome in this restaurant... Feels like coming home!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Mussels and Belgian beer are a great combo, and loved the cheese appetizer and dame Blanche dessert."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Had an early lunch with a friend. Waiter kept us waiting while he folded napkins by the bar. The manager came to take our order instead when my friend asked if there was anyone who could take our order. Overall, the food was quite good, albeit slightly overpriced for lunch. No wonder very few diners when we were there."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Order the mussels and fries. There are at least 10 different variations, and Belga Cafe does not disappoint. While I'm all for a good, salty/sweet brunch, one of my favorite meals is--you guessed it--mussels and fries. Also, I really enjoy the ambiance here. Our server was either French or Belgian, which gives it that nice authentic feel. The drinks were good. Overall, I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "In the past Belga has been a pleasant place for dinner. At our latest outing, the restaurant was very hot and humid (apparently Belga has no air conditioning). The noise level was very high. The waiter was curt and inattentive. And we were overcharged -- items appeared on the bill that were not ours."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Planned to have an early dinner before a concert in DC...Traffic was gridlocked on all major routes so we called and they held our reservation open for an extra half hour on a Saturday nite! It was well worth it. My wife and her friend had the mussels and I had a steak - all cooked to perfection. We travel extensively to Europe and this was comparable in quality to some of the best we have had there, and the service was great; prompt, attentive but not overbearing."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Ambiance was uncomfortable. Table was very small, crowded and very LOUD. Food was overly salted and our pork and beef were both overcooked and dry. We were there at 530 on a Saturday so it wasn't overly crowded yet, but it seemed they could handle the crowd they had."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I were really looking forward to this restaurant after watching Top Chef. However, the service left so much to be desired. We had a reservation but were sat in the back of the restaurant. When we asked to be seated outside, we were told we would have to wait for additional time, regardless of the fact we had a reservation. Then, our waiter took at least 15 to 20 minutes to approach our table. He rarely returned to check on us or explain any of the menu options. In the end the food was okay, but the services left so much to be be desired we will not come back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I have eaten there a number of times and the food is always good. Although this time i was less impressed with the Frites. They were not bad but not as memorable as in the past. Otherwise, we went with the Executive (steak) salad and it was good."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had a nice dinner and an amazing after party with the Belgian students from Antwerp ! Many thanks to Bart and Greet for the unique party on our Belgian national holiday ! Belgian greetings, hopefully we meet again some day..., we had a great time in Washington :-) Lieven, Véronique, Wouter, Dorien"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I purposely skipped lunch when I went to Belgacafe for dinner. I was ready for a hearty Belgian meal to complement my tasty Belgian beer. For the prices listed on the menu, I expected a generous portion of pasta. Too bad I couldn't afford to stay and enjoy another beer after dinner!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Went here for Sunday brunch and had poached eggs. The dish was delicious, and my friend seemed to enjoy his dish as well. The reservation got us seated immediately during a busy time, which was nice. The service was great -- until the end. Though I know the restaurant is busy, flat out telling us you need the table as I'm finishing my coffee is rude. We didn't stay for more than an hour in total, and we just wanted to sit and chat for a little bit after we finished our meal. However, all of our dishes and water were taken right away after we paid, and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed the food, I will not be going back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This Sunday when I met some friends for brunch, I was less than satisfied. We made a reservation. I arrived early to ensure the reservation would be ready when my fellow diners arrived. We were seated 10 minutes late, which I could forgive had there been a line, but there wasn't. The waiter acted bothered that he had to be there, when we actually saw him at our table, which was rare. The food was even less than delicious. I am still not sure that mine was even cooked properly. The waiter had to be all but begged for water and coffee refills. We were there no more than an hour total and the reason for most of our stay was waiting for service. What should have been a nice leisurely brunch was annoying and the food didn't meet the price tag."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My wife and I met another couple on a Friday night. We all enjoyed the prix fixe meals offered for restaurant week. Belga offers a nice selection of wines to complement the meal. The restaurant was busy on a Friday night but the service was good."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The Belga is a great spot with a creative cook and menu for most tastes."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Despite very good food and service, our evening at Belga Cafe was disappointing due to the uncomfortably hot conditions in the dining room. The air conditioning system could definitely use an upgrade. We'll go back when the weather is cooler. We especially liked the cold avocado soup and the South African Sea bass."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I was very glad I made a reservation in advance of our Sunday brunch. Once we were seated our server didn't introduce himself, and only recommended anything after we asked. We were given three menus for a table of six. They seemed to be a little overwhelmed because of how busy it was. Regardless, the food was amazing and I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/13/2014