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About Belga Cafe
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.
Washington, DC 20003
Belgian, Dessert, European
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm,
Saturday: -Brunch 9:00am - 4:00pm -Dinner 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday -Brunch 9:00am - 4:00pm -Dinner 4:00pm - 9:30pm
Pennsylvania Ave. SE
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
Join us for monthly beer dinner. Last Tuesday of the month! We offering 7 beers paired with 3 course menu
Mussel Tuesday on every Tuesday!
Our signature mussel pots with fries are only $15.95! Special price available all day!
Street parking or Valet
We are 1 1/2 blocks away from the Eastern Market Metro stop on the Orange and Blue line
Bart M. Vandaele
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We offer various special menus for various occasions. Join our e-mail list for all the details of these special upcoming events.
We enjoy creating a special prix fixe menu to make your large event a memorable one.
Belga Cafe Ratings and Reviews
My boyfriend and I came here for Valentine’s Day and it was an overall excellent experience. Our waiter was friendly and never kept us waiting. The food was excellent! We got the truffle mac and cheese, crab cigars, and a giant pot of mussels. Everything was outstanding: flavorful, vibrant, and comforting. The mussels come with a heaping amount, the only downside was that it didn’t have a ton of broth and it was all at the bottom/hard to get too (I love broth, especially with mussels so this wasn’t ideal). Other than that, I highly recommend Belva Cafe! Great for date nights or special occasions.
Sunday Brunch is always crowded, make a reservation unless you want to wait 30-45 mins.
Quality food at reasonable prices, our party had 3 egg dishes, all excellent, and one mussels marinara with frites; everything was delicious and service was excellent despite being crowded.
We've always enjoyed Belga, but it had neen awhile since we'd been in. The Roquefort mussel pot was amazing, as was the cassoulet. Excellent wine and beer selections and the assortment of mousse were the perfect end to yet another wonderful dinner at this place. I love that it's in my neighborhood.
I went for Restaurant Week and was very disappointed. I had a wonderful meal the night before for Restaurant Week and had a choice of five starters, five entrees and three desserts. At Belga Café, there was only one choice for starter, one for entrée and one for dessert. I am allergic to mussels, and the only starter option was pumpkin soup with mussels. So that ruled out Restaurant Week menu. So I ended up spending $22 on lemon chicken, which was delicious, but the Restaurant Week menu was $22 and included three parts-starter, dinner, and dessert. So I spent as much as I had planned on spending, but got two less things. So it was a bust for me. I am going to Brussels in July for three days and wanted to try a bunch of different dishes at Belga Café but now I am not keen to go back after my experience. Hope they learn the importance of having more than one menu choice for Restaurant Week like all their competitors did.
The staff were all extremely accommodating, and the Restaurant Week menu was beyond worth the price we paid. Their Belgian beer selection is pretty big, and their bartender was able to pour us beers we both liked on the first try based on our (very different) preferences of beers that we’d already tasted. It was great!
Washington restaurant week because previous reviews were positive, and menu interesting. Because it was WRW it was crowded but I like crowded. We could still have a conversation. Our waiter was EXCELLENT considering the amount of diners. He still made everyone at our table feel like we were the only ones he ever wanted to serve. Food was fantastic. Our group was very happy and intend to go back.
Belga Cafe has high quality food and high quality service, but I think management needs to make some adjustments. I know restaurant week is crazy, but I don't think that is an excuse to make us wait 45 minutes for our table! We had a reservation for 6 people at 7pm. We didn't sit down until 7:45. It was my birthday and the host was nice enough to give me a free drink, but truthfully the entire table should have received a discount for being made to wait that long for a reservation we made a week in advance. In addition, we were made to stand in the restaurant the entire time (no seating area for waiting), and we felt as if we were constantly in the way. Whose idea was it to put a point of service station right next to the front door? That needs to be moved immediately, it irritated servers as well as customers. Overall this is a great spot and the food was FANTASTIC, but they seemed unprepared for restaurant week. Management needs to plan better for a crowded night, and when a mistake is made, compensate your customers properly, don't just have your host throw the birthday girl a free drink.
My friend and I got there for restaurant week. We did brunch and no options to choose from. Normally you have three or more each course to choose from. We end up ordering off the menu. Lastly wished that the waiter and bussers didn't stock you to take your plate away. I just lay the fork down and the plate was taken away and we still had a basket full of pastry that I had to hold and crumbs dropping on the place settings. It would be nice to have plate there to finish my whole meal.
Went for Restaurant Week. Belga presents its entire menu for Restaurant Week, not just a few dishes to choose from. We have been there before and it never ceases to please. The mussels are just like the ones in Brussels! Wonderful. The fact that they have "valet parking" should be advertised on their website and in the restaurant week info.
Not sure if I would come back here. We came for restaurant week lunch. My friend and I both ordered the steak frites as our entrée. I was expecting what one would normally expect when ordering steak frites - a single piece of steak and fries. No ounces were mentioned on the menu, so it is unclear what the portion size is supposed to be, but it normally costs $29.50, so I would have thought it would be at least 8 oz. Also, during restaurant week, you have to add $4 to the normal $22 restaurant week lunch cost when you order steak frites, which also made me think that it would be a good/normal sized portion. When we got our entrees, the steak was cut up into pieces (which is completely fine), but for both of our dishes it was only 3 bite-size pieces of steak (definitely not 8 oz, probably around 6 oz). I looked online afterwards (probably should have looked at pictures before going) and saw other steak frites all have 4 pieces. If they are decreasing the portions for restaurant week, they should state that and they shouldn't charge the extra $4. The flavors overall were good though for each dish. However, looking at the normal menu, if all the portion sizes are like what we got for the restaurant week menu, I think the portion sizes are too small for what they cost.
I've been to Belga a few times. Their brunch is pretty good. I came with my mom on a cold January night. There were only a few other diners at about 7p so we had the place mostly to ourselves. Our waiter was horrible: kind of rude and not attentive despite not being busy. He also spilled my fries on the counter in the back ( I could see from my seat), and then attempted to serve them to me. I made a comment to him about hoping the back counter was very clean, and then he apologized and brought me new fries. He should have comped something because it was very bad behavior. The food was fine, but I think their brunch is probably better than dinner.
Had a great lunch, food was tasty and service was excellent.
Had mussels and they were great.
Would definitely go back except for an incident in the kitchen , bar area where the manager or owner was really insulting and vulgar to his staff , after that , it made me uncomfortable and I’m not sure i should offer my patronage again
We made reservations using OpenTable. At the table, we were seated across from each other, but were too far apart to be able to hear the other with the ambient noise. (There was a large group seated next to us) Plus, we wanted to sit next to each other, so the manager and server seated us at another table to accommodate. They were busy, so we appreciated them making this happen!
My date had the spiced/mulled wine and I had a craft beer from their great selection. We decided to go right for the entrees: my date got the venison chop special and I got the Beef Bourguignon. To say that the food was amazing is an absolute understatement....I was wowed by the flavor and tenderness of the beef. I also tried the venison, which had a black cherry sauce/reduction of some kind that blew me away.
We had the Soesjes met Smoesjes (profiteroles with maple-syrup vanilla ice cream). I can’t recommend these enough!! YUM!
All-in-all, this was a great place to go...take the opportunity if you are looking for some great food in Capitol Hill.
There were 11 of us all seated at a cozy back table. (We reserved ahead.) We could hear each other! And were able to talk with ease. This was very important to us. So many restaurants are just too loud, but not Belga. They have a good menu to order from. Two of our party wanted fresh fruit plates, which were preordered, and they were ready for them. We came in with a cake, and they helped us get plates, forks and serving implements. We were unrushed and had a great time. Highly recommend this place.
We always enjoy Belga. The food is always fabulous and the service is always pleasant. The crab & chicken cigars and the steak frites are “go to” dishes for me. We tried the tart a la tatin for the first time. While a slight departure from the traditional preparation, it was delicious: appealing to both a visual & taste sensation.
The food in Belga is great and different. We came here for Sunday brunch and I ordered the waffles with fried quail which was delicious. Relatively affordable, based on DC prices, and highly recommend if you are foodie and want to try something new. Service was great too.
I went to Belga Cafe with my sister-in-law, who recommended it. She is also a vegetarian. I must say, I couldn't have been more pleased with my meal. I started with the onion soup, and I'm SO glad I did. It was the best I've ever had, hands down. I debated between having mussels (they have 8 preparations to choose from!) and steak as my main course, and decided on the latter. It was a filet, cooked perfectly, accompanied by Bernaise sauce, vegetable, and frites. The steak was phenomenal, as were the frites. The veggies were very good, too, but paled in comparison to the rest of the meal. My SIL had one of the vegetarian options and frites, and couldn't have been happier. For dessert we split the Belgishe Chocolade Moussejes, which was a delightful combination of types of mousse.
I can't wait to go back and have the mussels!
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