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Belga Cafe

4.5
3667 reviews
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$30 and under
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Belgian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Belga cafe is a great place to eat typical Belgian cuisine. Combining an intriguing atmosphere with excellent, light and healthy interesting food. Belga Cafe is a little bit of Brussels on the Hill, with an open kitchen and a sidewalk cafe.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Belgian, Dessert, European
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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
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Phone number
(202) 544-0100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bart M. Vandaele
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pennsylvania Ave. SE
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Parking details
Street parking or Valet
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Public transit
We are 1 1/2 blocks away from the Eastern Market Metro stop on the Orange and Blue line
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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!
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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.
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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

Private Dining

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

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What 3667 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 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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SatNightLiveBand (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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Dogsbreath (Atlanta)
2.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food and wonderful service. I will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 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.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

The service was wonderful & the food was so delicious

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vipDisappointed (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  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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andyc (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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McCall (Washington DC)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Run out of ketchup. The food is not very Impressive

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  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.

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flygirl (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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Jane (Washington DC)
3.0  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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