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Belga Cafe, Washington, DC

Belga Cafe

4.7
4.7
4343 Reviews
$30 and under
Belgian
Belga Café is a great place to eat typical Belgian cuisine.
Hours of operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday starting from 5 pm, Lunch: Tuesday - Friday from noon until 2:30 pm, Brunch: Saturday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm & Sunday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.
To inquire about PRIVATE EVENT email at info@belgacafe.com

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 76 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Belgian, French, European

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 9:30 am–3:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–3:15 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 544-0100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bart M. Vandaele

  • Catering

    For catering inquires please call 202-544-0100.

  • Private party facilities

    Private Green Houses are available for reservations. Call to inquire (202)544-0100

  • Private party contact

    Joey Zucconi: (888) 497-4028

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Cross street

    Pennsylvania Ave. SE

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

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

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,343 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Great for Brunch

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  1. EJ

    ElJEFE

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance. Service was superb and the attention to detail is great. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  2. AS

    AlexisS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very helpful, attentive, and pleasant staff. Food was good but price was kinda high for the portion size.
  3. e

    econguy

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Belga Cafe no longer is a go-to spot for me. The Betsy’s G+T was expensive, small, and lacking any taste of gin. And there were too many pink peppercorns in my drink so I was always spitting them out. The food was OK but nothing terribly special. The $22 hamburger I ordered wasn’t very large and was cooked unevenly with too much of it well done. Moreover, I asked for grilled onions instead of the standard raw onions and what I got was a three dollar charge for onions that were barely cooked. The serving of frites was small and didn’t come with any mayonnaise on the side. The service was ok although the waiter should have seen that the onions weren’t grilled as I requested. I won’t be going there again.
  4. F

    Franny

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service is outstanding. Been 3 times including an igloo December birthday and very impressed each time. My only observation is the interior decor needs a refresh.
  5. DG

    DominiqueG

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We hadden gereserveerd voor onze huwelijksverjaardag en we kregen de aperitief aangeboden van het huis! Bijzonder attent vol en gewaardeerd. Het voorgerecht alsook de hoofdmaaltijd was subliem! De chocolademousse uiteraard met Belgische chocolade ! 10/10 voor Chef Bart en zijn team
  6. AW

    AleshaW

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Brunch was very busy. Make sure to have reservation prior to showing up. Everything was good. I only wish more spaces were available indoors.
  7. LB

    LisaB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely excellent service, delicious food, and a killer jalapeño Bloody Mary.
  8. CT

    CamT

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great occasion for a brunch with a visiting friend. Always pleasant, fun food and consistent.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Staff incredibly friendly and helpful. Excellent service and great food. My tweenage children love eating here as much as I do!
  10. TH

    TracyH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was fantastic. The portion sizes were small for the price, which is not the fault of the server. There was a very loud party sitting near us, and with a small restaurant, there was no where else to sit. Overall very nice and charming food presentation, but the price was very high.
  11. 4

    4friends

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful service and food. Our server was Knowledgeable about the food and cocktail ingredients and very gracious. Great drinks, excellent entrees. A fantastic and relaxed time. Can’t wait for restaurant week!
  12. SP

    ShawnaP

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great attentive staff! Belga Cafe was a last minute decision but we were extremely pleased with our choice. The brunch was tasty and the drinks were yummy. Especially grateful my small dog was welcome on the patio & greeted with a cold bowl of water. ❤️☺️🐶
  13. AR

    AlysonR

    Washington DC

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a great time at this restaurant. The manager and staff are awesome 😎
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Pasta dishes fair - seafood entrees very good. Beautiful view sitting in patio- our waiter Simg was very attentive. Overall I would recommend this restaurant.
  15. N

    Nikolai

    New York Area

    185 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    185 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Large menu for drinks, especially imported beers! Very impressive! Food was tasty and delicious. Menu has changed a bit over the years. Some faves are gone but some new dishes are now offered. Parking is tough in this busy neighborhood so allow extra time.
  16. A

    Amys

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I’ve had delicious mussels several time at Belga but last night they were bland. Disappointing, the fries were ok not up to their usual standard of crispiness. Our server was top notch!
  17. L

    Leah

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Went to Belga cafe for brunch and it was very tasty! The upstairs "rooftop" had a really nice atmosphere too. I tried both the Leige waffle and the cornbread waffle. Both were good, but the portions were a little on the small side. Overall, I'd recommend it.
  18. AB

    AprilB

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Brunch is always great. My favorite is the Bloody Mary with celery foam.
  19. JD

    JamieD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food is always of good quality, though service can be spotty.
  20. DZ

    DZZD

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of Belgian beer, always outstanding mussels, and a wonderful seasonal soft shell crab preparation.
  21. G

    Gstreet

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best burger in town! And the fries are delicious.
  22. CR

    CamilleR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The food was pretty good but in my head I thought it would be excellent so I was a bit disappointed. Very cute place and lovely staff. The drinks were quite good
  23. F

    Franny

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional in every way!! Hamachi app was beautifully presented and delicious. Crab pasta delicious. French fries are divine!!!!
  24. S

    Susan

    London

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been going to Belga Cafe for over 10 years and it is my favorite place for brunch! They have an amazing array of dishes that you really can’t get anywhere else. Get the Green Eggs!! The atmosphere is warm and friendly thanks to the owner, Bart and an amazing staff. Dinner at Belga is wonderful as well, of course.
  25. AR

    AlysonR

    Washington DC

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Everything
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Breakfast was very good and staff on point. It was lovely sitting on the patio.
  27. V

    Viking

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lunch was extraordinary - excellent venison and filet of beef -just love Belgian food! The owner, Bart, was a very charming and attentive host and the staff pleasant and helpful.
  28. G

    Gstreet

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative menu. Outgoing staff. Neighborhood gem.
  29. S

    Susanj

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Food does not seem of the same quality that it was a year ago. Bouillabaisse was salty. Light beer not the same .
  30. B

    Blair

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was bad ! Our food was sitting out on the counter for like 10 minutes before we got it & it was cold once they finally decided to bring it to us. Overall not a good restaurant !
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service, and lovely little street-side patio!
  32. N

    Neighbor

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  33. SM

    SMFoodie

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fathers Day brunch. Servers took a little time to bring us menus but after we ordered, everything came out to us quite fast.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I love Brunch at Belga! Great food and excellent service!
  35. BA

    BettyA

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and Humberto was very attentive and made our breakfast special. Definitely we will comeback
  36. c

    carolc

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another amazing meal at Belga Special soft shell crabs were perfect - went big and had those for a main and the delicious scallop risotto as an appetizer (you can have it as a main). The duck was amazing - a summer twist (rhubarb) - shows that Bart embraces the seasons. Our server, Omar, was not only delightful and knowledgeable about all the dishes, but also made excellent wine recommendations, and without prompting, told us about the significant price differential between two wines we sampled. FWIW, went with the spendier glass 😎.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, staff and service were top notch. Will definitely go back
  38. A

    Aviddiner

    Philadelphia

    129 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food as usual. Servers were a bit inconsistent- didn’t follow up on the second round of drinks and the drinks didn’t arrive until we were almost done with our meal! The prices for the entrees and wine by the glass are a bit steep.
  39. K

    Kathy

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Belga is consistently good. It’s our go to place on the Hill. Their soft shell crabs are the best we’ve ever had. Service and staff are top notch! Its been around for a long time and has maintained their quality, thanks to chef Bart, all these years. He is constantly innovating and exploring new recipes which makes it fun for the consumer!
  40. JB

    JesseB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Belga was wonderful especially with the customer service, delicious food, and lovely outdoor patio. we'll be back again!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Belga Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Belga Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 544-0100.

Belga Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 4343 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 76 times today
Google Map for Belga Cafe

514 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pennsylvania Ave. SE

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 9:30 am–3:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–3:15 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Belgian, French, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bart M. Vandaele

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 544-0100

  • Catering

    For catering inquires please call 202-544-0100.

  • Private party facilities

    Private Green Houses are available for reservations. Call to inquire (202)544-0100

  • Private party contact

    Joey Zucconi: (888) 497-4028

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