Belga Cafe

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$30 and under
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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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4.5
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4.3
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4.4
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r
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were very disappointed that the food came out cold and was generally unremarkable in taste other than the side order of eggs that was outstanding

GT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a good spot to grab some brunch. Duc was a pleasant waiter and endured we were taken cared of.

I
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for Valentine’s Day. Belga is a personal favorite so we of course enjoyed the food. Service is always very good and we’ve never encountered someone who isn’t pleasant and knowledgeable. Thought the fixed price menu was basically worthwhile, but honestly enjoy the regular dinner service more (more of a commentary on how much we like the regular menu than anything else).

w
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Valentine's dinner with wine pairing!

PB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Made reservations for my girlfriend's birthday dinner, our second year in a row. The hostess was great, she said "welcome back and happy birthday." She acknowledged our return visit which was a nice touch. However, once we were seated the service went downhill fast. We waited for water (we walked over 1 mile to get to Belga). We then ordered a couple common German beers, were told they were out, so we ordered something different. When the waiter returned, he had the original beers. From there, waited for a water refill, service intervals were few and far between, and in no way did we feel the staff go out of their way to provide at least good, basic service. Although the food was excellent and we were full, we were somewhat disappointed there was no birthday dessert offered (gf commented about the sparkler in her dessert last year, nice touch). Felt let down this time around. Will try Belga again to be fair--hopefully it's a great experience like we've experienced in the past (this was probably our 4th or 5th visit in the last 1.5 years).

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Service was mediocre. Our waiter seemed annoyed when we asked what some (two) of the things were on the menu. Have zero desire to go back here.

J
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is run with passion for service. Great selection of Belgian dishes and beers! Being a Belgian, i can say this with confidence.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

French onion soup was the best I ever had. My daughter loved the poached eggs and salmon. Really cozy and upbeat place.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They offered me a seat at the bar while I waited for my friend who was about 10-15 late. I was on time. I don’t drink so I didn’t really want to sit there so my other option was to wait in their small front area. Which I did. But they wouldn’t seat me as one without my friend. But they sat others with larger groups if they had 2. So it’s different from others. It was just frustrating.

J
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great spot, especially for Sunday brunch. The food is outstanding, and the ambiance is fun and warm. Highly recommend!

c
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Not sure what happened on Saturday evening, but it seems like the kitchen forgot about entrees for 2 of our party of 4. We waited forever, then finally asked and they came out quickly. But it put a damper on the evening. We also were waiting on drinks, and it seems like our server changed mid-meal. Not acceptable at that price point. Food was good, ambience was nice.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food and super quick service. A little crammed but will be going back!

HB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The customer service was very good. The music wasn't too loud, so I could have a conversation. The food however, was very bland. The menu sounds amazing, but the strawberry topped waffle I had, and the cinnamon roll waffle my husband had, was lacking a lot of flavor. Even the side of bacon I got wasn't flavorful. How do you mess up bacon? The food was not worth the price, sadly.

EB
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Belga Cafe. It was perfect for our date night on Sunday! From the warm welcome when we arrived, the attentive service and delicious food through the thank you on our way out it was a 5 star experience. Belga is truly a neighborhood gem!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

i ordered a soup to start and it was luke warm. also go the special frites which said came with cheese and bacon. there were maybe 5 bacon crumbles and super tiny piece of cheese. they were also out of the bottle of wine we ordered so gave us a different one saying its the same price point -- which it ending up being much higher..... wouldn't go back a second time.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came for Restaurant Week and really enjoyed it! It was really busy, but the service was excellent. I had the falafel waffle, squash, and dame blanche. All were delicious and had a lot of flavor!

LN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Belga Cafe. The food was delicious and served well. We had the sunny window table. We happened to be there during Restaurant Week so there was an additional bonus of that nice prix fixe menu. I will definitely continue to take friends there.

OT
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Server had too many tables, but food was SO good. Bloody Mary was so great!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, especially the mussels. Ambiance is quaint and feels local like only you know of the place.

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent, classic Belgian fare, especially the mussels (the Diabolique is my favorite) and steak frites. The Belgian beer selection is phenomenal.

BM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Belga for Christmas Eve dinner. Everyone in the restaurant seemed to be enjoying and having a wonderful time. We were seated timely. The service and food were great. The chef/owner greeted and welcomed us. It was a wonderful experience.

B
Berlin
51 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary dinner - very nice; special menu was great; the sole was superb.

KP
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our evening at Belga Cafe. The waiter was attentive and polite and the food was very good. My husband had the duck special and I had classic Belgian muscles which tasted just like the ones I had in Brugge. We sat near the window on a very chilly evening and the restaurant provided a fleece blanket to put over my legs - very nice tough! The restaurant was cozy, decorated for the season and despite being completely full, the noise level was quite reasonable. A man whom I presume was the owner, warmly greeted many of the patrons by name. Belga Cafe clearly has a very loyal customer base. We will definitely be back.

2
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dining experience. Will be back. The bread is fresh, beer menu extensive, and food cooked to order.

TO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We decided to visit Belga Cafe at an off-time to ensure we could get local parking (always a nightmare) and seated during a very busy time of year. When we arrived at mid afternoon, there were mostly empty seats and we were seated next to the only occupied table where a very loud conversation was underway. Of course we went there for the mussels, but were surprised to find that they no longer had our favorite "Rodenberg beer mussels", as they no longer carry that specialty beer. We ordered the "classic" mussels and repeated twice that we wanted the smaller "lunch" size pots. Our order arrived and the mussels were tasty, but smaller that usual. When we received our bill we noticed that we had been charged for the larger dinner-size mussels. The server quickly corrected it, but mentioned that we had indeed been given the larger dinner portion, which didn't seem all that large. Overall this was our worst experience there and now we will consider other venues when we're looking for mussels to enjoy.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

old, burnt frites ruined the experience

N
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific Belgian food and service, as always!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!

HA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Capitol Hill bistro, great Belgian food, warm, attentive service--a winner!

BJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way, wonderful holiday atmosphere. Will go back soon.

LS
Washington DC
144 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant evening for pre theater. Lovely meal of moules scallops duck and rabbit. Excellent beer selection. All elements worked

R
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for brunch; our waiter was incredibly attentive. The atmosphere was lively and welcoming. The hostesses were very friendly and it was a chilly windy day so they had cozy red flannel wraps draped on the chair backs for diners. We ordered eggs benedict and the eggs were well done but the waiter jumped right on it and had them make new meals--perfect the second time around. Coffee and drinks were delicious as well. Loved it!

f
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an exceptional experience at Belga, with perfect beer and wine pairings with the delicious food. It's our GO TO restaurant on Capitol Hill.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal and great service. Highly recommend Belga Cafe.

LU
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Cold bad food fake Belgian food too expensive for that quality of the food. Very cold inside you need a coat

c
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner - staff was excellent - even dealt with a homeless person with calm and dignity. Your folks made the evening a special time and we thank you.