Belga Cafe

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3961 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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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to dinner with my girlfriends for restaurant week and we had a wonderful experience. Excellent customer service from start to finish. Servers were quick and very personable.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

waiters not very friendly nor kind and rather slow. No air conditioning and Saturday was really hot. The noise level is unbearable. We could not have a conversation.

AB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for brunch. A bit noisy, but the waffles are worth it.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good, except for the fries. I’ve had better Belgian fries. Service was a little spotty. Took us awhile to get our dinner.

D
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Definitely Recommend visiting Belga. Great food & service, definitely going back when restaurant week madness is over, I'm sure it will be even better experience than this one! !

SW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live about 3 hours from the District and it's been a couple of years since we last visited Belga Cafe. Staying nearby for some medical visits, we decided to walk to dinner there. Unknown to us it happened to be Restaurant Week, so we took advantage of that great offer. Our dinners were both superb (living up to our memory of our last visit) and the service was excellent. We added a bottle of wine from their list and, again, it was excellent and a good value. Even without the Restaurant Week offer, Belga is a great choice!

BC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, very good restaurant with great food. The best is Washington.

D
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went as part of a group of seven a little late on a Sunday night. The food and service was great. Everyone enjoyed their meals (salmon, mussels, steak, stew, etc) and we had both some of the interesting beers and some beautifully prepared cocktails. They were very patient with the kids we had in tow (and discovered some new favorites in the process). As good as one could hope for from a top-tier restaurant.

b
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The green eggs and the Jamaican Jerk turkey bacon were excellent, as was the cinnamon waffle and Cheese & BBQ ribs waffle dish. Among my group, there were a couple other dishes that weren’t quite as great, and there were a few initial hiccups with people being brought the wrong meals, but our server was very friendly and quickly sought to resolve everything. It was a very popular place for brunch and the drinks were delicious. Would overall recommend.

EJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Service was very good. Ambience was nice. Food was terrible. Hanger Steak was fatty and made me ill. Mussels were dried out and over cooked. Salads were meh. Really, really disappointing meal.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife's birthday and the staff did a wonderful job making the dinner special for her.

c
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal in a relaxed and charming space.

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

The food was good. I had mussels they were tasty but I have had similar very good mussels at a much lower price. Trout was excellent. Dessert Belgium sundae outstanding. I would return for the dessert. I’m wondering if they changed the chef as I have eaten here before and thought the food was better.

B
Washington DC
137 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I gave them a second chance and they blew it. It is still an awful restaurant. Food was so so. The seafood omelette smelled fishy and tasted like old fish. My meal was brought to me first and we had to wait five minutes until they brought my partners meal. Very disappointing to have a awful meal and cost us $60.
We will not return ever ever again.

JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great variety of choices on a very busy Brunch Saturday. Would return.

OT
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal, the food was delicious and our Server Omar was attentive, informative and a great guide for the menu. The restaurant has a lovely intimate vibe and was quiet allowing for conversation. Outstanding!

GD
Black Forest
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Zalig lekkere gerechten aan een mooie prijs. Aanraders : tartaar van tonijn, garnaal-en kaaskroketten, mosselen, wafels, … Lang naar uitgekeken en alle verwachtingen werden ingevuld, enkel jammer dat we de chef zelf niet konden ontmoeten ter plaatse, maar dit is zeker een topper als je in D.C. bent, zowel qua vriendelijkheid van de bediening, de geleverde service als de prijs/kwaliteitverhouding van de gerechten. Niet enkel Belgen vinden al heel lang de weg naar deze plek, ook de Amerikanen schijnen dit wel te kunnen smaken. Knap werk, Mijnheer Vandaele!

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CL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very average mussels for a Belgian restaurant, just weird crab and chicken torpedo starter (can that really be Belgian?) and overpriced Belgian beer. Slow service too. Will not be rushing back and definitely not in my top ten Cap Hill restos.

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing! Portion sizes were pretty good, I was only able to eat half of my burger, which was cooked perfectly. The Belgian omelette was delicious, perfectly cooked, and packed with seafood. The only negative thing to say is that the hostess was not attentive when we first entered the restaurant. There were about 8 or more people by the door, most had reservations, and the hostess did not acknowledge any of us for at least 5 or more minutes. A couple actually left because they had been waiting there even longer than us without being acknowledged. I would definitely go back as the food was great, but be mindful that it’s super busy and you might not be acknowledged by the hostess right away. I recommend making a reservation.

BD
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as always!
This place is our go to for brunch whenever we are in D.C.

ES
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was great but service was mildly disjointed.

R
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
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.

C
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
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.

BK
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great experience

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.

m
Washington DC
3 reviews
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.

K
Washington DC
38 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

OT
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

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!

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

Great place!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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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