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Belga Cafe, Washington, DC

Belga Cafe

4.6
4.6
4316 Reviews
$30 and under
Belgian

Belga Café is a great place to eat typical Belgian cuisine.
Hours of operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday starting from 5 pm, Lunch: Tuesday - Friday from noon until 2:30 pm, Brunch: Saturday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm & Sunday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.
To inquire about PRIVATE EVENT email at info@belgacafe.com

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Booked 27 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Belgian, French, European

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sat 9:30 am–3:00 pm
    Sun 9:00 am–3:15 pm
    Lunch
    Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
    Dinner
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 544-0100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bart M. Vandaele

  • Catering

    For catering inquires please call 202-544-0100.

  • Private party facilities

    Private Green Houses are available for reservations. Call to inquire (202)544-0100

  • Private party contact

    Joey Zucconi: (888) 497-4028

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Cross street

    Pennsylvania Ave. SE

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    We are 1 1/2 blocks away from the Eastern Market Metro stop on the Orange and Blue line

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Wine Dinner

    $181.17 per person

    Prepaid

    May 26, 2022 only
    With summer just around the corner, we are excited to announce our Chef's Wine Dinner in May! Join us on May 26th for a five-course dinner menu and wine pairings featuring CHAMPAGNE! Call us at (202)544-0100 to reserve!

Popular dishes

Menu

If You Need Some Extras & Like To Share

  • The Brussels Sprouts$12.00

    Fried kale, sweet and sour fried pork belly, curry, chili

    • Grilled Mushrooms and Soft Poached Egg$15.00

      Vermouth butter, paprika crumble, parsley oil

      • Pasta and Truffles$23.00

        Whole roasted celery root, home made tortelini, black truffles, Parmesan cloud, Parm crisps

        • Slow Roasted Heirloom Carrots$13.00

          Poppy seeds, ginger, confit lemon, butter, labneh

          • The Belgian Frites$8.50

            The world's original fries! Belgian - not French. DC's best hand cut, double fried, perfect frites. Served with a trio of homemade mayonnaise

            • Bread and Two Butters$7.00

              freshly baked French baguette, seaweed butter, lard and bacon bits butter

              • Buttermilk Potato Foam$12.50

                brown butter, roasted hazelnuts, crsips

                Cool Ideas From the Chef

                • Mousse de Foie Gras de Canard$19.50

                  Duck foie gras mousse, vermouth jelly, speculoos brioche, blueberry-onion compote

                  • Gegrilde Merguez Met Linzen$17.50

                    Grilled merguez sausage, cream of lentils, pickled carrots, harissa, pomegranate, Persian lime, parsley oil, mint

                    • Hamachi Crudo Met Passievrucht$19.00

                      Hamachi crudo, green apple, chili's amaranth oil, passion fruit cream, American caviar, red onions

                      • Veloute de Celeri-Rave$14.00

                        Creamy celery root soup, parsnip chips, cream of black garlic, truffle mousse cloud

                        • Kreeft Ravioli Met Pompoen$22.00

                          Vadouvan butter poached Maine lobster, squid ink open ravioli, butternut, pumpkin seeds, leek ash

                          • Poulet au Vin Rouge$29.50

                            Roasted half chicken, yellowfoot mushrooms, purple potato, charred shallots, bacon crumble, Zinfandel sauce, cacao

                            • Coquilles St. Jaques au Chou Vert$34.00

                              Pan seared scallops, whole roasted savoy cabbage, salsify, truffle jus, balsamic sauce

                              • Zacht Gegaarde Varkenswangetjes$35.00

                                Braised pork cheecks, crispy sweetbread, sunchoke, black trumpet, creamy polenta, truffle shavings

                                Our Classique Apps

                                • Kip & Krab Sigaars$13.00

                                  Spicy cigars of chicken & crabmeat, dipping sauces

                                  • Vier Kazen Kroketten$13.00

                                    Croquettes of four cheeses, cheese waffle, cheese cream, tomatoes, Parmesan snow

                                    • The Best Steak Tartare in DC$18.00

                                      The Belgian steak tartare, fried onions, cornichons, capers, quail egg

                                      • As Main Course$27.00
                                    • Salade Van Citrus en Witlof$15.50

                                      Citrus salad, Belgian endive, fennel, cardamon, mousse of blue cheese, pumpkin granola

                                      • Rustieke Tomaten Soep$15.00

                                        Rustic heirloom tomato soup, cheese waffle, lots of cheese

                                        Our Guest's Favorites

                                        • Warme Pompoensalade$16.00

                                          Warm delicata squash salad, burrata, black mission figs, grains and toasted pumpkin seeds, vincotto

                                          • Octopus & Gebraiseerd Varkensbuikje$18.00

                                            Slow cooked octopus, pork belly, fried Brussels sprouts, popped wild rice, sour cream, za`atar

                                            • Escargots a la Bourguignonne 2.0$16.00

                                              Escargots, red wine, garlic, green butter, bread chips, confit lemon

                                              • Wilde Champignon Wafel$16.00

                                                Wild mushroom waffle, porcini, shiitake, beech mushroom, Pecorino cream, mushroom shooter

                                                100% Belgian

                                                • Hanger Steak Met Frietjes$42.00

                                                  Pepper crusted hanger steak, celery, carrot, turnip, salsify, beet, the best pepper sauce, Belgian fries

                                                  • Vlaamse Stoverij Met Frietjes$30.00

                                                    Flemish beef stew cooked with Westmalle beer, red cabbage, Belgian frites, mayonnaise

                                                    • Stoofpot Van Konijn Met Stampers$38.00

                                                      Braised rabbit leg stew, buttermilk potato foam, bacon lardon, pearl onion, button mushrooms, cream of prunes, pickled mustard seed

                                                      • Hertenkalf Tomahawk$37.00

                                                        Cervena venison rack, forest mushrooms, butternut, pickled berries, spiced cocoa nibs, endive, pomegranate jus

                                                        • Bart's Better Bistro Burger$21.75

                                                          Grilled burger, bacon, American cheese, tomato, pickles, crazy sauce, brioche bun, Belgian frites

                                                          From the Big Pond

                                                          • Bouillabaise Classique$37.00

                                                            Lobster tomato broth, fennel, turbot, scallops, mussels, shrimp, calamari, baguette toast, garlic aioli

                                                            • Gebakken Tarbot Met Bloemkool$53.00

                                                              Oven roasted turbot, roasted cauliflower, creamed savoy cabbage, sauce Choron: tarragon-tomato

                                                              • Zwaardvis Met Knolselder$34.00

                                                                Grilled swordfish, celeriac roasted in hay, braised leeks, French masala curry emulsion, port reduction

                                                                • Mussels "Marinière" the Classique$25.50

                                                                  White wine, shallots, butter, garlic, parsley

                                                                  • Red Devil's Mussels$26.50

                                                                    White wine, chorizo, chipotle, celery, tomato, onion

                                                                    • Mussels Ostendaise$35.00

                                                                      Half lobster, tomatoes, red onions, garlic, lobster sauce

                                                                      Desserts

                                                                      • Mousse Van Pompoen en Mascarpone$11.50

                                                                        Pumpkin mascarpone pie, cinnamon spice foam, ginger crumble, sweet potato chips, pumpkin cremeux

                                                                        • The Belgian Chocolate Mousse$11.50

                                                                          Dark chocolate mousse, white chocolate mousse, burnt white chocolate, speculoos crumble

                                                                          • Gefrituurde Appel Wafel$12.00

                                                                            Fried apple waffle, green apple jelly, apple chips, speculoos and caramel swirl ice cream, apple compote

                                                                            • Crème Brûlée au Pistachio$12.00

                                                                              Muscovado sugar crust, pistachio sponge, black berry, warm madeleine

                                                                              • La Grande Dame Blanche$11.00

                                                                                Belgian sundae: vanilla & chocolate ice cream, cocoa crumble, whipped cream, hot Belgian chocolate sauce

                                                                                Belga's Cocktails

                                                                                • Home Sweet Home$15.00

                                                                                  Grandpa's apple juice, Buffalo Trace bourbon

                                                                                  • With Love From Fall$14.00

                                                                                    Warm red wine, armagnac, hibiscus, honey, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, rosemary, agrumes, creme de cassis

                                                                                    • Betsy's G&T$16.00

                                                                                      Hendrick's Lunar Gin, Fever Tree cucumber tonic, pink peppercorn, cucumber-black pepper ice cube

                                                                                      • #Makeitmonkey$14.50

                                                                                        Monkey Shoulder scotch, ginger syrup, squeeze of lemon, kaffir lime-ginger cloud

                                                                                        • Rabbit Hole Old Fashioned$18.50

                                                                                          Rabbit Hole Boxergrail straight rye whiskey, fresh orange, Angostura bitters, Luxardo Maraschino Cherry, big ice

                                                                                          • Chai Rye$15.00

                                                                                            Whistle Pig 6 Year Piggyback rye, chai tea ingrain sweet vermouth, Peychaud bitters, demerara cinnamon syrup

                                                                                            Draft Beers

                                                                                            • Stella Artois 5%$8.00

                                                                                              Pale lager | sweet malt, yeasty sweetness, mellow hop

                                                                                              • Vedette 4.7%$12.00

                                                                                                Extra white | fresh, subtle citrus-like & spicy aromas

                                                                                                • Delirium Tremens 8.5%$14.50

                                                                                                  Strong Belgian Pale Ale | aromas of spicy floral hops, malty

                                                                                                  • Delirium Noel 10%$17.00

                                                                                                    Seasonal Belgian Ale | banana, spice, and caramel

                                                                                                    • Straffe Hendrik Xmas Blend 2018, 11%$15.50

                                                                                                      Belgian Quadrupel | aroma is mild with dark fruits, brown sugar

                                                                                                      White Wine by the Glass

                                                                                                      • Sancerre, La Magie des Caillottes, FR 2018$19.50

                                                                                                        Notes of fresh fruits, green apples, white flower

                                                                                                        • Sav Blanc, Lake Chalice, 'The Nest', NZ 2020$13.50

                                                                                                          Aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant bud and gooseberry

                                                                                                          • Albarino, Viega Serrantes, Spain 2017$17.00

                                                                                                            Aromas of citrus and flowers, with tropical notes

                                                                                                            • Chardonnay, Far Niente, Napa Valley, 2019$26.00

                                                                                                              Aromas of melon, hazelnut, orange, and spice

                                                                                                              • Pouilly-Fuisse, Domaine Lemonier, 2019$15.00

                                                                                                                Notes of lemon, yellow fruits, well balanced

                                                                                                                • Pinot Gris, Montinore Estate, Willamette Valley, 19$13.00

                                                                                                                  Fresh, notes of almond and yellow apple flavor

                                                                                                                  • Cotes du Rhone, Domaine la Colliere, 2017$15.00

                                                                                                                    Notes of white flowers, citrus, and honeysuckle, dry finish

                                                                                                                    • Sweet Wine, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, 2018$14.00

                                                                                                                      Aromas of tangerines, exotic fruits and apricots

                                                                                                                      Champagne & Sparkling Wines

                                                                                                                      • Veuve Clicquot, 'Yellow Lable', Brut, Reims N.V.$26.00

                                                                                                                        • P.Gimonettet Fils, 1er Cru, Blanc de Blanc, Reims N.V.$29.00

                                                                                                                          • Sparkling Rose, Dom Eole, 'Zero Dosage', Provence$16.00

                                                                                                                            Red Wine by the Glass

                                                                                                                            • Pinot Noir, Nicolas Rossignol, Bourgogne 2017$20.00

                                                                                                                              Notes of vanilla, toast, raspberry, black cherry & cranberry

                                                                                                                              • Pinot Noir, Resonance, Oregon, 2018$18.00

                                                                                                                                Notes of vanilla, toast, raspberry, black cherry & cranberry

                                                                                                                                • Rosso di Montalcino, Italy 2017$16.00

                                                                                                                                  Aromas of berries, tobacco, cedar, and herbs fill the nose

                                                                                                                                  • Bordeaux, Chateau la Graviere, France 2019$13.50

                                                                                                                                    Notes of cherries, plums, raspberries, earthy

                                                                                                                                    • Garnacha Blend, Vina Otano, Rioja, Reserva 2015$13.00

                                                                                                                                      Aroma of ripe plum, black cherry, blueberry, dry, tannic finish

                                                                                                                                      • Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Comte de Lauze, FR 2018$23.00

                                                                                                                                        Aromas of ripe fruit with notes of red fruit & sweet spices

                                                                                                                                        • Grenache Blend, Powell & Son, Australia, 2017$14.50

                                                                                                                                          Aroma of blackberry, black cherry, lavender, pepper, baking spice

                                                                                                                                          • Cab Sauvignon, Post & Beam, Napa Valley 2018$24.00

                                                                                                                                            Intense dark fruit aromas of black cherry, and cassis

                                                                                                                                            Last updated: January 29, 2022

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                                                                                                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                                                                            • 4.3Value

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                                                                                                                                              We came for Brunch after a 10k. One member of our party arrived early, but they wouldn’t seat him until we all got there. He let them know we were walking up the block, but they had him wait. I get that is some restaurants policy, but it wasn’t stated on the website when I made the reservation. Just that we had a 10 minute window to arrive. He arrived at 11:50 for a 12 pm reservation. The rest of our party arrived at 12:05. In the time it took us to get there, they seated two of the empty outside tables. When I got there to get our table I was asked if I wanted inside or outside. I was confused because I booked an outdoor table on their front patio. I was told they had no tables expect for one in full sunlight if we wanted it. I’m guessing they didn’t want to seat people there since there was no umbrella over it. We opted to go inside since they had another table. Again, it was a weird interaction because we had booked an outdoor table and they had given them all away even though someone in our party was there. Once inside, we had a waitress come over and take our drink orders. She didn’t write anything down and didn’t respond when we told her what we wanted. She left the table and a few minutes later another waiter came over to take our order again. We think she may have been training as we didn’t see her again except when she filled up water. Our waiter was very nice. Our food and drink were good. It was a somewhat chaotic day, which is normal for a weekend brunch. We just had some weird interactions with the staff, and with the price of the food, I don’t think we’ll go back.

                                                                                                                                            2. OT

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                                                                                                                                              5.0

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                                                                                                                                              Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              Excellent foid. Beer amazing

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                                                                                                                                              MarionH

                                                                                                                                              Baltimore

                                                                                                                                              4 reviews

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                                                                                                                                              Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                              My friend and I had a nice time at Belga Cafe. The drinks were interesting and we tried the green eggs and some of the waffles. I think we would go again but try to pick a less crowded time, we couldn’t be seated until our whole party was there so we ended up having to go through the alley and upstairs to Betsy.

                                                                                                                                            4. WB

                                                                                                                                              WendyB

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                                                                                                                                              3.0

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                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall3food4service1ambience1

                                                                                                                                              I went for a nice Mother’s Day brunch and the hostess and waiter were very rude. I had a reservation for outside, but it was cold. I was told I couldn’t sit inside, yet when I went in there were many empty tables they were no longer seating (the kitchen was closing soon). We asked for heat lamps, but there were none. We were rudely told the kitchen was closing soon and rushed along. So much for a nice and relaxing Mother’s Day with my daughters. We were all shocked by the level of rudeness. I don’t care if i was there at the end of someone’s shift, it was my time to celebrate with my children and Belga Cafe made it a terrible experience. I’m never going there nor recommending it to anyone.

                                                                                                                                            5. KR

                                                                                                                                              KenR

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                              Belga is a regular stop when we are looking for a nice brunch, and this visit didn't disappoint. Innovative menu, excellent food. A must visit.

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                                                                                                                                              KerryA

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                                                                                                                                              5.0

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                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              Went for Mother's Day brunch mid-afternoon. Even though it was packed, the noise level was not bad, service was excellent - everyone was attentive, both the woman handling seating and the owner himself came by to check on us, as they were doing for other tables, as well as the waitress. Menus came quickly, drinks came quickly, lunch was perfect. All was great. It is a fantastic place that we love. Five stars!

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                                                                                                                                              AmyR

                                                                                                                                              Seattle

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              5.0

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                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              We visited from the west coast and took my Mom for Mother’s Day brunch, based on previous reviews. Food (1 burger, 1 strawberry waffle, 1 breakfast plate, and 1 mushroom toast) was outstanding. Service was friendly and FAST, even on an exceptionally busy day. Two thumbs up! (Take an Uber or walk there - finding parking was difficult on a Sunday).

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                                                                                                                                              MichelleW

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              It was a colder than expected day and we had reservations outside. They were wonderfully accommodating and offered us a spot out of the cold. They were so friendly and helpful even though it was a very busy Mother’s Day brunch. Really appreciated them and our food and experience was wonderful!

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                                                                                                                                              ChrisF

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

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                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              Superb food, great atmosphere and very friendly service.

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                                                                                                                                              MarkS

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

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                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall4food5service4ambience2

                                                                                                                                              The food is a hands down 5 out of 5.... Ambiance was less than satisfactory... If you eat here do not eat on the roof top unless the weather is perfect..... The wind kept blowing the door open... The overall feel of the rooftop was barish and felt thrown together at the last minute.... It was mothers day and I appreciate them trying to accommodate as many people as possible but it's the little things that make a experience 5 stars. I recommend belga cafe and will probably go back in the future but I'm never going to the rooftop again....

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                                                                                                                                              KendraJ

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                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              Great place! Looking forward to going back. The food, drinks, staff, and ambiance....10/10. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                              Mother’s Day Brunch

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                                                                                                                                              rgdc

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

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                                                                                                                                              4.0

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                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                              It was cold, and we didn’t have a heater outside. Fortunately, they gave us blankets to keep warm. Our table didn’t have a cover. Excellent service, and the food was fantastic! :)

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                                                                                                                                              KatyM

                                                                                                                                              Toronto

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                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                              Great food, great service and a special ambiance for mothers day. Only a bit noisy. Great host Bart who welcomed us with open arms, being Belgian.

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                                                                                                                                              neil

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

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                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                                              Outside seating for Mother’s Day, but was cold on the roof top. They should have had more heaters. Service was mixed. Inside seating and service was probably better so I will note. Food was just OK. Nothing food wise was memorable and we came for the waffles which felt like a letdown

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                                                                                                                                              LisaR

                                                                                                                                              Baltimore

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                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              Never disappoints, great food, service, vibe, all of it!

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                                                                                                                                              JesseC

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

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                                                                                                                                              5.0

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                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                              The food was wonderful, had not been here in years and if anything was better than I remembered. Great atmosphere and good service. While Belga has been around for some time, it has not missed a best.

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                                                                                                                                              RichardE

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                                                                                                                                              3.0

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                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall3food3service4ambience2

                                                                                                                                              Used to be my favorite restaurant for special occasions. Has gone downhill, expensive for only slightly above average food, Belgian beer selection, once exceptional, now poor. A great disappointment overall

                                                                                                                                            19. LC

                                                                                                                                              LizC

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              The Belga Cafe is my go to place in DC for great food, great service, and great cocktails! I love The Belga!

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                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

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                                                                                                                                              2.0

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                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall2food3service2ambience4

                                                                                                                                              Had seen the reviews and were excited about many items on the menu. However after we waited 15 mins.. We asked another server, where ours was. 1st turn off. Meanwhile a table came after us with a party of 4 and had their apps before we even had water. We ordered the Doffel. Not sure of it was supposed to be that hard. I give that a 5/10. We also orderd the mini waffles(I cant recall the menu name) they were also relatively hard.. maybe thats the way it is idk.. they came with powdered sugar and no syrup…. Lastly we ordered the crab and chicken egg rolls. I thought those were actually very good an was pleased.. they came a little darker than i expected but were called cigars so I thought nothin of it.. through all of this our waiter was not seen after we ordered apps.. not to check food.. or ask for entrees. Abt 40 mins has passed now.. we decided to just get the check. So we flagged Omar.. who was more helpful in 10 mins than our waiter for the whole visit..while we are waiting for the bill. I see another plate of those egg rolls go by.. and realized.. mine were burnt.. which is why they were so dark. Maybe it was an off day or maybe the reviews are hype. I dont know!

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                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              Fantastic experience! The waiter remembered me from last time I was here, food came quickly, correctly, and high quality!

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                                                                                                                                              Terrible

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

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                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              26 reviews

                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              One of the very best brunch places that we’ve experienced. We will be back again.

                                                                                                                                            23. MD

                                                                                                                                              MichaelD

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              Fine dining, affordable priced. Professional staff

                                                                                                                                            24. FF

                                                                                                                                              FreeFoodie

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              The staff was amazing, our waitress had comprehensive knowledge of Belgian beers which is always one of our favorite parts of dining here. The selection of beers was very good and the food was superb. We tried their pepper crusted steak which was a delicious variation on the standard steak and frites. I also appreciated the staff was sensitive to my allergy and well informed on food choices that could make while staying safe.

                                                                                                                                            25. MM

                                                                                                                                              MaryM

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              Great food, great service and a lovely place to eat with friends. Belga never disappoints!

                                                                                                                                            26. AP

                                                                                                                                              AndreeaP

                                                                                                                                              Hawaii

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              A wonderful experience, waffles are excellent, green eggs delicious. Many thanks!

                                                                                                                                            27. MP

                                                                                                                                              MrPharmacist

                                                                                                                                              New Orleans

                                                                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                              Really interesting and delicious menu. Lovely staff

                                                                                                                                            28. OT

                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                              Hadn’t been there in a few years. Great new menu!! Worth the splurge.

                                                                                                                                            29. OT

                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              Great!!! The food the drinks the service, everything was great. That was my second time there and I will be going again.

                                                                                                                                            30. SD

                                                                                                                                              SfromDC

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              French toast with pineapple was delicious. Waffles with berries was done perfectly. So glad we found this delightful restaurant.

                                                                                                                                            31. DC

                                                                                                                                              DCD64

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                              Great food with interesting taste mixing. Waiter was friendly fellow from Poland who helped us navigate the menu.

                                                                                                                                            32. N

                                                                                                                                              Nate

                                                                                                                                              Charleston

                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall4food5service2ambience5

                                                                                                                                              Cafe Belga provided a great spot for Easter Brunch. They were slammed for Easter as expected. Our server did a great job keeping service moving but was not being supported by the team - they corrected this towards the end of service. As always the food was excellent.

                                                                                                                                            33. J

                                                                                                                                              Joe24

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                              thanks for seating us comfortably! the hostess was great

                                                                                                                                            34. DC

                                                                                                                                              DericaC

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                              Simply wonderful! I can't wait to go back for brunch and dinner.

                                                                                                                                            35. EW

                                                                                                                                              EllaW

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              An amazing Easter brunch! All the food was spectacular, definitely coming again!

                                                                                                                                            36. OT

                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                              New England

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                              Delicious Easter Brunch!

                                                                                                                                            37. DD

                                                                                                                                              DrewD

                                                                                                                                              Baltimore

                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                              We had a delicious experience! Green eggs, chorizo, and the cowboy were all delightful!!!

                                                                                                                                            38. SL

                                                                                                                                              Saints4Life

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                              1.0

                                                                                                                                              10 reviews

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall1food5service2ambience4

                                                                                                                                              We asked for seating at a nearby table for 4, and was told it wasn't available because a "party of 6 might come in", even though the table was seated for 4 only...but anyway. My son wanted to sit there because it looked like a tiny house. 2 minutes after the host (tall black gentlemen) told us his manager said no, a family of 3 were promptly seated at the very table we'd requested. 😒 The manager, "Renatha" came over and tried to explain away why this occurred; 1st explanation, "The party of 6 canceled", 2nd explanation, "I'm the only one who can seat people", 3rd explanation, "We're very busy with 600 reservations", 4th explanation, I told my staff to not seat anyone with out my permission"...however the 1st explanation didn't make sense because within 2 minutes (I'm not exaggerating), the family of 3 were immediately seated that the "tiny cute little house" where my son wanted to sit. The manager never apologized, but kept offering to move us to another table by the window that we'd initially asked for (also seating for 4), but was told "they might have to use that table for a large party" too. 😂 The food was amazing, and our server was fantastic...but clearly the manager fell short on this day with the way we were treated...though race was likely not an issue, the fact that we're black and the family who was seated where we wanted to sit was white certainly doesn't help.

                                                                                                                                            39. L

                                                                                                                                              Lauratogo

                                                                                                                                              San Francisco

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                                                                                              We ate an early Easter brunch upstairs at Betsy. When we arrived we were the only diners but the service was unfriendly and music loud. The meal was fantastic and the atmosphere really pleasant (once other diners arrived & I forgot about the loud pop music). Every member of our family tried something different and we found everything to be delicious, but the truffle egg sandwich was the showstopper. I’m sorry we’re not in town longer to try their dinner menu.

                                                                                                                                            40. s

                                                                                                                                              speakeasyseeker

                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                              13 reviews

                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                              13 reviews

                                                                                                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                              overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                              We dined at Betsy and the experience and cocktails were great. We were a little disappointed that Belga has changed their signature waffle and syrup recipe. Used to taste fresh and from scratch. Ours was cold and stale and just didn't taste right. Upon using the restroom at Besty we realized why the waffles were not great - they now use premixed waffle batter from a bag as there were stacks in the pantry... so sad they started doing this. We will still return, but skip the waffles.

                                                                                                                                            Safety precautions

                                                                                                                                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                                                              • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                                                              • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                                                                                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                                                              • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                                                                                                              • Contactless payment available
                                                                                                                                            • Physical distancing

                                                                                                                                              • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                                                                                              • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                                                                                              • Extra space between tables
                                                                                                                                            • Protective equipment

                                                                                                                                              • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                                                                                                              • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                                                                                                                            • Screening

                                                                                                                                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                                                                                                              • Staff temperature check required
                                                                                                                                              • Contact tracing information collected

                                                                                                                                            FAQs

                                                                                                                                            Belga Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Belga Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 544-0100.

                                                                                                                                            Belga Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 4316 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                                                                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                                                                                            Google Map for Belga Cafe

                                                                                                                                            514 8th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003

                                                                                                                                            Dining areas

                                                                                                                                            Additional information

                                                                                                                                            • Cross street

                                                                                                                                              Pennsylvania Ave. SE

                                                                                                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                                              Capitol Hill

                                                                                                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                                              Brunch
                                                                                                                                              Sat 9:30 am–3:00 pm
                                                                                                                                              Sun 9:00 am–3:15 pm
                                                                                                                                              Lunch
                                                                                                                                              Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
                                                                                                                                              Dinner
                                                                                                                                              Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
                                                                                                                                              Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                                                                                                            • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                              Belgian, French, European

                                                                                                                                            • Dining style

                                                                                                                                              Casual Elegant

                                                                                                                                            • Dress code

                                                                                                                                              Casual Dress

                                                                                                                                            • Parking details

                                                                                                                                              Street Parking

                                                                                                                                            • Public transit

                                                                                                                                              We are 1 1/2 blocks away from the Eastern Market Metro stop on the Orange and Blue line

                                                                                                                                            • Payment options

                                                                                                                                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

                                                                                                                                            • Executive chef

                                                                                                                                              Bart M. Vandaele

                                                                                                                                            • Additional

                                                                                                                                              Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                                                            • Phone number

                                                                                                                                              (202) 544-0100

                                                                                                                                            • Catering

                                                                                                                                              For catering inquires please call 202-544-0100.

                                                                                                                                            • Private party facilities

                                                                                                                                              Private Green Houses are available for reservations. Call to inquire (202)544-0100

                                                                                                                                            • Private party contact

                                                                                                                                              Joey Zucconi: (888) 497-4028

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