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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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Order Thanksgiving dinner from Belga Cafe! Roasted turkey with five sides for $189 or Stuffed Turkey Breast for $96.

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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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (29)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Great Beer (23)
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Neighborhood Gem (21)
Authentic (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Casual (18)
Good for a Date (17)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Special Occasion (15)
Fun (13)
Romantic (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Cozy (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
People Watching (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Healthy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

Excellent as always

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went with my parents for breakfast. Pleasantly surprised with the quality and service. Best Belgian food on this side of town.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I had friends in from the UK. They loved the mussels and beer!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always a fantastic evening. We’ve been dining at Belga for years and never a disappointment.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My wife wants to go back for another Belga 2.0 cocktail! I'm addition, we loved the endive salad and the seared salmon special. Our server was extremely nice and helpful, and we will be back next time we're going to a show in Eastern Market. :)

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great place for a Sunday brunch . We had a wonderful waiter, Ryan, who was attentive to our needs but aloud us sit and enjoy ourselves.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The restaurant is TOO NOISY which undercuts the wonderful food and great location we feel you simply must install some acoustic features to reduce sound volume. Ceiling? Floor? Walls? I am sure there is something that could reduce the sound level a few decibels. It’s a shame because otherwise the restaurant is charming ....

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 27, 2017

When ever we make it to Washington DC we always make dinner at the Belga Cafe a priority. We have been visiting for about 10 years. This visit did not let us down, delicious as usual. Which ever items we select off the menu we have never been let down. Our favorite are the mussels, we have tried all the options. The wait staff is always top notch. Looking forward to our next visit.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 25, 2017

One of the worst dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. The best part was the sourdough bread and the frites served with dinner. I will never go back. Unfriendly service, a mayo-based overdressed salad (supposedly soy-ginger) so-so beef tartar, served with a different overdressed mushy salad. The mussels were okay. The frites were tasty. To top it off, the waiter chased after us outside to the sidewalk because he couldn’t find the signed copy of the credit card. He embarrassed me. It was sitting on the table. So much for a special birthday dinner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very disappointed. This used to be a top-notch restaurant, with amazing food and service 6-7 years ago. We told them it was my birthday - there was no celebration! The napkins had stains and holes in the them and the food was average. Service was impersonal. So sad that this restaurant, which used to be my go-to restaurant in DC, has dropped down to mediocrity.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Wednesday night 10/18, is seems that they were short staffd, with the bartender having to fill in as the Maitre D. It didn’t affect the ambiance or the food.

Tags: Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Their seasonal pumpkin soup (with mussels) is worth a visit.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I like their food but sometimes the service is a little slow - and the portions are on the small side for some dishes. They have a cute ambiance to evoke a Belgian vibe but it clashes starkly with their R&B/pop/hip hop music- doesn’t really mesh and is not what I want to listen to while eating fancy food.

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

It was just ok. The menu is fine, but the food is just ok and the portions are small. The service was average, even though we were literally the only people in the restaurant. There are plenty of great places on Barracks Row, no need to waste time here.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Overall the food was very good, with the exception of the half pot of mussels. They were extremely small and not plump and flavorful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Disappointing experience; for the number of wait staff running around the service was indifferent at best. The soups watery and the mussels, a staple, were too small and chewy to have been top quality. I’ve experienced a slow decline in Belga over the past couple of years and won’t be returning.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I had my favorite endive salad but it was not prepared the way it was done in the past. Important ingredients like caramelized pecans or walnuts were missing. In addition, very little cheese and apple were in the salad. The waiter was nice and waived the charge for the salad. I had a duck dish for entree which was good but not great.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Belga Cafe consistently delivers on the classic Belgian dishes like mussels, fries, and a terrific beer list, but also truffle Mac and cheese, tuna tartare, and many others. Great service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (London)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food...authentic Belgian food (especially very creative mussels dishes) and beer. Wine list was good too.

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

I wanted a nice brunch spot for my boyfriend and I while he was in town. After an overwhelming amount of searches I just picked Belga and made reservations. I could not be more pleased with my choice. The atmosphere inside was busy but refined, I loved the intimate tables and the decor with the option to dine outside.

The food though, incomparable. I will be returning here again and again. The waffles were delicious, wholly unexpected for a place I just "settled" on after several google searches. The food was worth the price and they even accommodated our request for adding cheese to our scrambled eggs. Everything was just top notch and our kind waiter made it all the more enjoyable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

usual great ambience, a little noisy but it was Sat night, and food was excellent. But my gosh it took for blooming ever for someone to notice that we were sitting there like 2 bumps on a log dying of thirst and ready to order. Belga is a place we eat at regularly, lunch and dinner and I have never seen it this terribly understaffed before. Otherwise everything was very good as usual.
thanks

Tags: Vegan, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Comfort Food, Spicy, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was good not great when braised short ribs one is not right. The place was very loud.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Enjoyable an excellent meal with friends at this long established restaurant. Pleased that they saw to extend prix fixe meals of restaurant week till the end of the month. Others should take note!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food, great service, delicious food, perfectly sized portions. The pris fixe menu was perfect!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

More and more cafe and less and less Belga. Decent without anything outstanding. It used to be daring and courageous. Don't call these Belgian fries, they were dry and over cooked. Nothing suggesting they are made from fresh potatos. Starters and deserts are standard and miss the little something that used to set Belga apart.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Came during customer appreciation month with my boyfriend. Food was exquisite and ambiance was romantic. Will definitely return.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Always a big hit with my friends. The best Belgian food in the area. Already looking forward to the next visit.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I went for brunch with my husband and two friends. The bloody Marys were delicious, as was the duck and rosemary waffles. I would definitely come back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Classic Belgian cuisine with a remarkable collection of Belgian beers. The rabbit was unusually salty, but otherwise the food was fine. We are outside on a beautiful evening. Dark wood settings inside. Restaurant week make the meal a great value.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Delicious as always!

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

Great food and service as always!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Started our brunch with a nice bowl of fresh berries
This was our third visit and we LOVE the baked Mussels
Who could argue with a bucket of bacon paired with fresh eggs and brussel sprout/potato hash
Husband celebrated his birthday with Nutela/banana crepe

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Had the quiche. Delicious. Always have a good experience at Belga.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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