Belga Cafe

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3906 reviews
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Belgian
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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NS
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The farm cornbread waffle is AMAZING! Kind of pricey but otherwise awesome experience.

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The hostess was lacking in demeanor *( this past Sunday morning) . Slow down when you ask customers a question... do not hover over the guests, body language should be straight up and back at least two feet.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Overpriced food

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LR
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch! Belga never disappoints! The mussels are cooked to perfection! The beer list is extensive and exquisite! Get there early when brunching as they do tend to run out of favorites, service is excellent!

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat Belgian food and drink Belgian beer!
The size of their beer selection has gone down though compared to 1-2 years ago, however, they still carry excellent Belgian beers. Very nice, though quite pricey.

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SK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, but you do not get much for the price. My husband and I both ordered waffles and shared some bacon, but we both left hungry after spending $70. That was disappointing.

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SB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Disclaimer: I know it was Mother's Day & I know restaurants are busy...but.
First of all: I love Belga Cafe--it can be an amazing place w/great wines the noise was off the chain, they rushed us to our table and cleared in mid bite--I get turnover, but DANG. The list: 1) our orders were not correct; 2) when I ordered extra fries for the table the waiter said that fries came w/the meals--I know, I would like extra for my ginormous teenage boys! 3) We didn't get the little waffle we ordered; 4) the burgers didn't have what the boys asked for on them; 5) there was no coffee (or so I was told) and then a cup magically showed up, but it was filthy--the cup/not the coffee and 6) my prosecco was flat--I couldn't even find a waiter to tell--and the bus people said they would send the waiter over...I gave up. Overall, I couldn't get out of there fast enough. Luckily, they were also rushing us out, taking plates before people were finished. Its such a shame b/c I really loved that place. Maybe I'll try again during less busy times.

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Worst experience I could have envisioned, particularly when celebrating a special occasion (Mother's Day). We were forced to sit in the upstairs, outside area, which was covered by a makeshift tent. It was cold, windy, and we made our way through two dishwashing areas in order to get there. When we talked to the Executive Chef, his excuse was that, "he couldn't control the weather." I understand that, but even if it was a sunny, warm day, the area we sat in would still be sub-par. Here's an idea, preserve your restaurant's reputation and simply don't have guests sit in the upstairs bar area, unless they request to. The ultimate slap in the face was that we had our infant child with us, and they said we must sit in the upstairs area because we had a child with us. So, my wife was discriminated against on Mother's Day for being a mother. It's unfortunate because Belga Cafe was one of favorite spots for brunch. We won't be returning.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Has great options for savory and sweet dishes for brunch.

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D
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate wonderful mussels outside on a beautiful evening. Doesn’t get any better than that!

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LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at Belga. We sat outside and enjoyed the spring weather. The only downside was that our top choice of Belgian beer and appetizer were completely sold out, due to a large party earlier that night. Everything we did have was delicious, and we’ll just have to come back to try our original choices!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good. But would’ve been spectacular had the chorizo skillet still been on the menu!!!

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k
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! And the service was very helpful. Had great recommendations for gin, beer, and wine options for pairing with our meals. He even offered to take one drink back (which was a bottle of very nice beer) if we decided we did not like it. Will definitely be back!

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Easter. Great food.

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great. Priced reasonably but the restaurant is just a little small .

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NR
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Belfast Cafe has declined since the last time I was there. I’m not sure I would return.

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B
Frankfurt Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place to enjoy a good steak frites in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The trout was also very nice. A bit disappointing the Vanilla Crème Brulée (not burned to perfection), unfortunately. Next time we'll have to try another dessert.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very delicious food and a comfy atmosphere. Nice to have a good Belgian meal!

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SH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I spent my birthday there. Lovely atmosphere and wonderful staff. The food was amazing and the drinks were so well done. This is going to be a place I frequent for all occasions.

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r
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had the mussels mariniere, and they were just OK. The other diners I was with felt the food was just fair. The restaurant had the doors open (probably because it was Spring), but it was quite humid in the restaurant. Air conditioning would have helped. The atmosphere in the restaurant is quite lively, and we had to talk in a loud voice to hear each other. Overall, I would try this place again- but just know what you are in for in terms of ambience, and food quality.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Inventive menu. The crab stuffed waffle and goat cheese flan appetizers were fantastic, and the mussels marinieres were as good as if sitting in a Belgian brasserie. Superb, well curated beer menu. All in all, a great dining experience.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Waiter had bad attitude and was slow

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L
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was deeelicious! The bread was great. My favorite was the Truffle oysters! Outstanding. Can’t wait to go back.

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d
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Duck a la Orange was really good off the cherry blossom menu. Service wasnt great but we were a party of 6.

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D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

great brunch with family

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We were seated promptly, but then asked to move due to a scheduling conflict with a large party. Service was subpar, as coffee was hard to come by, and food delivery was painfully slow.

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DQ
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a popular (and therefore busy) place for a weekend brunch, but our waitor was attentive and helpful. We wanted a savory, protein-rich breakfast, so we got the green eggs. The servings were delicious and generous. As an appetizer, we chose the mini liege waffles and we were not disappointed! They were amazing little crispy treats with a sweet and chewy center. Again, the serving was a generous portion, so that made these perfect to share. Our breakfast cocktails were a delight and the perfect choice for a festive meal. We sat indoors, but we noticed that that at their outdoor seating the customers were provided blankets for chilly weather (just like we've seen at European cafes!) It was not inexpensive, but was well worth the cost for a special meal.

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PT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I’ve been going to Belga Cafe for Sunday brunch for years, but was so disappointed with service and food during my last visit. Not even close to being worth the high price. Lots of places to have brunch on Capitol Hill, skip this place.

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We ordered a bottle of wine. They’ve told us they didn’t have it but had another wine instead, showing us that bottle. They poured our glasses. When coming back to pour what we thought would be the rest of the bottle, they had a different bottle of wine and basically, when pouring, estimated what was left in our bottle. This isn’t how to do business, particularly when it comes to selling bottles of wine.

Also, our bread was not fresh.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Even thought the restaurant was NOT packed, the service was poor and we barely saw our server. When we asked for recommendations from our waiter, he said not to try some of the dishes on the menu. The restaurant is over-priced and I wouldn't go back.

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A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food quality seems to have gone down for dinner. Might still go for brunch. Frites were cold and tasteless. Nothing really tasted amazing or even great, just average.

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A
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Poor server marred our overall good experience

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s
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Belga, the food is always delicious, the service is always superior, I don’t live in the area but every time we are in DC we have at least one meal there. We have been enjoying the Belga Cafe since 2007.

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S
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Have been enjoying Belga for a few years. Tonight the steak frites were not up to their usual quality. The steak was not good. Inferior flavour and not a good cut.

The service was sub par. No check in after food was served. Slow.

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A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. I had the green eggs and found them bland but the cornmeal waffle was divine! Took about 45 minutes to get our food so that wasn’t good. I would come back and try something different on the menu. Definitely make a reservation as this is a popular spot.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was very good. Everyone happy with starters and mains. Great Belgian food. However, service was abysmal. He took 35 minutes to say hello. Wine bottle ordered before food, was presented after appetizers had been on the table for 10 minutes. The server shamed one of my guests (who is being treated for an eating disorder) for only ordering a starter as a main. Shamed her! He was curt, rude, and was clearly disinterested in us because we weren’t spending $1,000. Go here for great food but beware of service

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the location and the fact that there was an outside dining experience option.

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RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was very good, mussels and fries were great, the only not great thing was the veggie burger. It was not very tasty.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nate’s service was definitely over 5 stars. He help guided me and my guest to an amazing experience. He has a wealth of knowledge which comes out in his great service

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