Belga Cafe

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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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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I were there on Sunday evening and it was QUIET!! Not many others in the dining room. Very relaxing - nice time "grazing" on some Belgian dishes. Enjoyed it all: mussels, gazpacho, Goat Cheese Creme Brulee, waffle dessert with fruit and red currant sorbet, etc.

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C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Belga has good food. However, the Sunday brunch rush seems to have the servers very cranky. Also, ordered a croissant that was stale and had to send it back. I recommend but avoid the Sunday brunch rush and don't expect a pleasant/hospitable host or server.

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BK
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time for brunch. The selection was good for everyone in the party. The brunch was fine. I was not a big fan of the hash brown waffle would’ve preferred the fries. All in all a good solid meal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good lunch at Belga Cafe. The food was prepared well, the starter & entrees delicious. The Belgium fries were not as good as expected. They were not hot & did not taste as fresh as I have had in the past. All in all a very pleasant experience, the wait staff pleasant and accommodating. Have eaten here often and always enjoy Belga Cafe.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was average. Service was average as well. The location is nice in capital Hilton area.
The waffles or not what you would expect at a Belgian place.

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K
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We have not been in this restaurant for a while and after this visit we would not return. The mussels, their staple were over cooked and flavorless. The quality has deteriorated significantly even though their prices went up. With so many choices in DC we would not miss this restaurant

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

Took friends from out of town to Silent Drill team and took the opportunity to dine at Belga

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TR
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We tried this spot on a whim. We were looking for a good place for dessert and fell in love with the dessert menu. However, dinner was great. The food was really good and, thank God, every dish didn’t have the same flavor palate. Dessert was indeed excellent. We even loved the specialty drinks. Sitting outside on Capital Hill was just a bonus Washingtonian experience in celebration of a Washingtonian’s birthday. Definitely recommend going at least once. And, we ran into half a dozen people we knew!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

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a
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place to enjoy the outdoor seating with friends. Excellent food and service. Menu has a good variety for everyone to enjoy.

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Already planning our next visit. Loved the cocktails and bartender.

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p
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Our server (Turkish man named Barak) was lively and went above and beyond to accommodate requests on meals and get almond milk since they had run out. Food was good but overpriced. Great menu for large group since there are so many options. Should be listed on site or social media that there’s outdoor seating since it’s such a draw but I didn’t know until I got there.

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Belga is a great place. We’ve been goung there for years. Food is always delicious. It can get a little crowded and noisy, at times. But the overall experience has always been geeat.

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EJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the waitress was amazing with my 5 kids! Thank you for an excellent Father’s Day!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente atención, buena comida algo caro

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KW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Belga is one of my go-to’s. The food is always delicious, and I love that they start serving brunch so early on the weekends. Only downside, the service was slow this time. This is not normally the case. Been many times and will be back for more!

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SG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, and there was a great selection of vegetarian options. We were too full for dessert! And the server was very friendly.

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I've always enjoyed Belga. However this time, I ordered the veal meatloaf, which was tasty but the portion size was absurdly small. More like a meatball. Luckily I was not overly hungry, so I lived with it. Suggest increasing the size of the meatloaf and the accompanying mashed potatoes by 50% or more.

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C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Hadn't been to Belga in awhile. Sadly, it's not what I remember. Took awhile for food to arrive, even though there were only three tables with customers. My Trout Toast should have been called Salt Toast. There may have been some fish in there, but I couldn't taste it. My colleague got mussels which were fine, but unremarkable. Even the flagship fries were pedestrian. Service was so-so and borderline combative (my lunch partner only wanted a half order of mussels, but for some reason on Tuesday you can only have full orders). Judging from the lack of patrons, looks like folks are voting with their feet. Hope they can recover.

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SA
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a nice little restaurant in DC. I love the ambiance and decor!

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AD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We've eaten here many times before, but the restaurant seems tired, with so-so food and inattentive service. When your specialty is Belgian food and Belgian beer but you steer customers to Stella Artois because the other Belgian beers on your list are not available, it's not a good sign. It feels like management may have lost interest in the place.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

try the green eggs and bacon... fabulous!

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HH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Generally, I love Belga. I had never been for lunch but was excited by their lunch menu! Unfortunately, the service was fairly poor on this visit. The server asked me to verify my order on the menu (which is fine, I appreciate him wanting to get it right), so I pointed to it, he leaned very close over my shoulder and pointed as well to make sure he understood, and I STILL received the wrong dish. No one came to check on the food, though, so I ended up picking at the wrong dish but enjoying the salad I had ordered (which came correctly). The server was then overly attentive at the end of the meal when he apparently could not wait to get our payment. He kept coming out to see if we had signed the credit card statements and, as soon as we had, he reached between us and grabbed them. So rude as we were still chatting and it had only been a few minutes since we finished our meal. (And we were the ONLY people seated outside (and with very few inside), so they were not in need of our table.)

I will go back because I am still excited about their lunch menu and have had good experiences at Belga. This one was unfortunate, though.

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RT
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Have been here multiple times. Went today for brunch. Food and drinks were good. Food and drinks came out very fast even though it took awhile to take our order. Seemed to be short staffed on this particular day. Food and drinks were good and would go back.

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MD
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was really not great, for being a place that specializes in waffles they were soggy and lacked flavor. The food was overpriced there weren't even any sides with a $15 waffle, a friend got a mimosa that cost $9 and the glass was only half full. It also took our waiter over 30 minutes to get us checked out and he charged my card 3x. It was a huge fiasco to split an 8 person bill 3 ways when we had told him exactly what to put on each card.

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UT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place, with great food. Will definitely be back again!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Waffles!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Delicious food, small restaurant.

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W
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Restaurant was dirty with a horrific smell, service was unresponsive and subpar, many menu items were sold out, and some food items had a poor taste (too old?). Belga is not what it used to be.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was largely great. French onion soup and crab waffle were both superb. Mussels were dodgy. Green asparagus dish had no egg as advertised but was none the worse for it.

Service started well but got rapidly very poor. We were largely ignored once our food had been delivered which was a shame because we wanted more drinks, which would potentially have led to dessert. Instead after waiting forever for some level of attention we got the check and went elsewhere.

Check had a sparkling water that we didn't order. Had to speak with two separate wait staff to get it grumpily removed; even then they insisted we had ordered it but not received it. Nope nope nope.

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NS
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was cold and bland. not a good value for what you receive.

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
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 on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Overpriced food

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AB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a large (15+) party celebrating two birthdays on a Saturday brunch. Despite being the bane of a server's existence, they dealt with our large party well. Food was very good as were drinks. No bottomless option but the quality of the drinks they did offer made it so worth it. BW waffles were the best! One thing to note: with large parties they only accept 3 cards (understandable) so if plan accordingly!

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LR
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
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
5 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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