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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

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Special Occasion (27)
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Great for Brunch (23)
Cozy (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Great Beer (21)
Authentic (20)
Casual (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Great for Lunch (19)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Worth the Drive (15)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Fun (12)
Business Meals (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Romantic (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
People Watching (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Have enjoyed Belga Cafe so many times. Always a wonderful experience.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Great neighborhood gem! Cozy, fantastic Belgian food, great for brunch and dinner. Love the waffles for brunch! The mussels are fantastic too! Great value!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

Belga Cafe is a great brunch spot right near the Eastern Market metro stop. We had a fantastic afternoon walking around the flea market and brunch was great. You will want to have reservations, as it was very popular.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Great brunch menu and awesome ambiance. We live close by and it is one of our favorite restaurants for brunch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined 3 days ago

We had so much fun with the wait staff and the food was fantastic!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I ordered the french onion soup it was just ok and warm. I also ordered the croque monsieur and it looked like a dried grilled cheese I sent it back. How can you mess up this sandwich? don't call it a croque monsieur if its just a grilled cheese with ham.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food and wonderful service. I will definitely be back

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Love having Belga in my neighborhood. It's a dependable go to place any time of the year for a great meal. Mussels are amazing and I was glad to see they finally server smaller portions of some of the most popular ones.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Good food, great RW deals. I went twice and would go back again

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We went during restaurant week. Great value!!! Onion Soup, lamb, chocolate mousse were fabulous.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The service was wonderful & the food was so delicious

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Belga Cafe is a crowded, noisy place, with small tables and mediocre food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Restaurant week brunch was great! The waffles were surprisingly mediocre but the rest of our food was amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went in a small group for DC restaurant week. Great cocktails and extensive beer list. Our table tried a variety of dishes and desserts and all were excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Run out of ketchup. The food is not very Impressive

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was served luke warm, taste was subpar and did not live up to the reviews read online. Our waiter was rude and I would never go back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent food, attentive service

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Went for restaurant week. Food was okay. Kind of noisy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Absolutely delicious lunch during restaurant week, the only thing negative was the slow service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Childs birthday

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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 on January 21, 2018

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Loved the Belgium waffles!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Fantastic! As always... 😎

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 (New England)·Dined on January 5, 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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