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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.

514 8th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Pennsylvania Ave. SE

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 544-0100

Website:
http://www.belgacafe.com/

Entertainment:
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!

Parking Details:
Street parking or Valet

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

Executive Chef:
Bart M. Vandaele

Additional:
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.

Private Dining

We enjoy creating a special prix fixe menu to make your large event a memorable one.

Belga Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (32)
Great for Brunch (26)
Good for a Date (24)
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Authentic (22)
Special Occasion (22)
Great Beer (21)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Casual (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Cozy (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Fun (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Business Meals (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Healthy (7)
People Watching (7)
Romantic (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

I have been visiting this restaurant for a while now and waiters and hostess are all very welcoming and friendly - great customer service!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Wilmington)·Dined 2 days ago

We had a lovely family brunch. The food was delicious and the service was good. They could have been a bit more attentive with refilling coffee and water.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

The staff is accomdating and eager to guide you through the voluminous beer menu

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined 7 days ago

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Fantastic! As always... 😎

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great mussels, meal, and beer selection! It was easy to get a table, and the service was spectacular!

Tags: Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great, tasty food. We had some waffles to share and I tried the beef stew, the cornmeal waffle with pork, and the duck confit waffle. All the dishes were exquisitely tasty and aesthetically interesting. Wait staff was great as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great New Years Eve dinner—great food, good service (they were very busy). We certainly plan on going back!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A true neighborhood gem. We've been going to Belga for years. Year after year they continue to deliver fantastic food, do not miss out on the mussels. Belga is top of mind anytime we have guests in from out of town, we start with brunch at Belga to kick off an amazing time. Cozy, authentic, great food, great service!!

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fun, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Have been to this restaurant regularly for years .. the food has always been of excellent Quality bad preparation .. quality of the food and prep was noticeably inferior and disappointing

Tags: Cozy, Great Beer, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The noise level allowed for good conversation and that alone will bring me back. The food was exquisite. It was a delightful dining experience. So civilized!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wonderful food!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Best place in DC for mussels! Try them with lobster broth!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant! Love the food and service. Can't go wrong.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always enjoy dining at Belga. It’s a neighborhood gem!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Although making a reservation, we still had to wait, then the host gave our table to another. The service was poor, but maybe he was new and tried. The breakfast english muffin was a soggy mess and while the waiter acknowledged that the food arrived NOT as I had asked with the muffin on the side, he failed to ask me if I wanted a replacement muffin. It finally arrived, with no butter and no offer of butter. My dining partner had to ask for a coffee refill twice. The waiter was barely seen, never asked if all was OK or if we needed anything else. Ever.

Tags: Great Beer, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

They Remember who you are. Excellent food every time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Delicious food and great service. Who doesn't love that?!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was our first visit to a highly recommended restaurant and we were not disappointed. We were immediately seated upon arrival (5 minutes ahead of reservation) and water was served immediately and our server arrived very shortly thereafter. He was very knowledgeable and delivered our appetizer, entre and desert in the proper order with no rush whatsoever. We are mussel lovers and they have the best we have ever had anywhere. Our entries were very good as well with one minor exception. One entre with mussels also had crab legs which were tasteless and appeared to have been previously frozen. We mentioned this to our server but no followup ensued....we were a bit disappointed. Also, on this evening there was a party of 20 seated in the front at two long tables next to us and it was a bit much....
All said, this is an excellent place and we will return many times...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Belga is good, but not better. It used to be better, but its menu has shrunk. Some really good dishes have disappeared. There are big holes in its beer menu, beers listed but not available, which used to be one of its outstanding features.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Have been here numerous times. Always fun, great food, excellent service!
the beer list is extensive with very special selections.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fun, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Lovely evening for our three generation family gathering. Mussels and frites were delicious, service was gracious, and the entire night lent itself to casual, lively conversation and laughter.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This place was exceptional. I went there after church for brunch along with my husband and 5 of my friends. The food, sevice and atmosphere was A+. I truly would recommend this spot to many.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Seasonal
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Belga Café always delivers! Great food, great atmosphere, great overall dining experience.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was our first visit to Belga Café. Our experience matched most of the reviews. The menu is creative, with many Belgian specialties. We started off with escargots and steak tartare, which were excellent, and chose duck breast and rabbit stoofpot for entrées, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to top it off. The rabbit was difficult to get off the bone, but otherwise the food was well prepared and attractively served. The choice of drinks is overwhelming; we bypassed the beer listings and opted for a bottle of red Sancerre, which went well with our entrées and was reasonably priced. The staff was courteous and very helpful. The noise level was rather high.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Always enjoyable and hard to not just go with the mussels since the rest of the menu is worth it. Service is friendly and correct.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

There were three table and a few people at the bar, but we felt completely ignored. It was as if the server's annoyance to be working increased each of the three times he came to our table over the course of 2 hours. I typically really enjoy Belga, and, had it not been for my awesome dinner companion, this meal would have been a total downer.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Excellent as always

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great service from Arsalan. Terrific tuna tartare appetizer. Open table helped arrange birthday celebratory cake and candle. Been going there for 10 years. It has kept the quality.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had a reservation for 12:30. We walked in and the place was packed. Manager welcomed us and showed us to our waiting table. Ordered 3 different types of foods.. waffle, burger, and egg dish. All three were delicious and cooked to order. Highly recommend

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love Belga Café. Love the food. Love that they open at 0900 on a Sunday morning! Great choices and always have a tough time making a decision on what to get. Husband had the ham and swiss omelet. I had the pulled pork on corn waffle. Think I would ask for a regular waffle next time (corn waffle a bit dry) and a few roasted potatoes on the side would have set it off - even though I love the avocado garnish. I have no complaints at all except for loud 80's rock music at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. Could we start out slow with something calming and work up to Journey and Kansas? Just didn't jibe with the upscale Belgian cuisine but, particularly, so early in the morning.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE. THREE IN OUR PARTY HAD CHATAEUBRIAND WHICH WAS TRULY OUTSTANDING. ALL DESSERT WERE OUTSTANIDNG ALSO, PARTICULARLY, THE CREME BOULE.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I must admit to being rather single-minded when it comes to Belga Care: Mussels and Frites!
My wife was more adventurous than I, choosing the hangar steak. Both were excellent...maintaining the consistently high standards.

The highlight of our evening was when our server was able to produce a bottle of Kasteel Rouge that we've been unable to find anywhere else and had believed it to be discontinued!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Brunch was delicious. Eggs were very fresh. Waffles yummy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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