Permanently Closed - Belga

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518 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Belgian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. The classic Belgian brasserie meets California sensibility at Belga. Inspired by mainstays of Belgian cuisine (equal parts Belgian, French, and German ingredients and dishes), Belga’s menu encompasses a variety of ingredients and staple dishes found from along the Belgian countryside to its seashore; Our interpretation of the Belgian brasserie means beer and cuisine are intertwined on the menu, yielding a collection of lighter fare and a sampling of heartier, comforting dishes (think wood-fired sausages and mussels-frites, --all designed to be shared). In keeping with Belgian tradition, Belga incorporates Northern California’s practice of local sourcing and working with the freshest of ingredients.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Belgian, Californian, European
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–6:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(415) 872-7350
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Allow us to assist in the creation of your next special group dining experience. We offer a selection of private and semi-private dining options, perfect for any celebration or meeting. Custom menus and event planning services are also available.
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Private party contact
Heather Raich: (844) 862-9313
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Cross street
Buchanan
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Public transit
Muni 45 & 22
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed the food very much. There was an incident where a gentleman choked on a piece of steak Saturday night. We were at table right across. If it wasn’t for my brother in law taking action on behalf of his and his spouse I am not sure if any employees at the restaurant would have taken care of this terrifying issue. Also I thought charging them was in very bad taste.

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good. I wish they had a few more mussel options. The one they had was way spicier than we had anticipated. Service was great!

M
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Guests from back east. Food was really slow arriving for a place 90 % empty at 12:15 lunch time.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The waitstaff were very nice but food service was really slow. The food was unremarkable, especially for the price. Yes, steak and fries, but even in Belgium its served with some salad! The onion soup was boring, the chocolate cake was really dry and tasteless and the cherries didn't taste brandies, just sugary and hard. The croquettes were good but much smaller than in Belgium. Also fun ambiance but got super loud!

V
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I wanted to like it but I didn't. At first the service was good but was strange at the end. We both had nicoise salads. The ahi tuna was overcooked and stale.We specifically asked if there were pieces of anchovy in it and she said yes. The salad had no anchovies and dressing was good but no anchovy flavor . The rest was pretty lackluster. The waitress took my plate while my friend was still eating (bad but all too common) The minute I finished she took my plate and plopped the check on the table. She never asked if we wanted dessert. The place was almost empty so they didn't need out table. I live in Cow Hollow and won't be back.

p
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome. I’m sorry I didn’t get her name. When she found out it was my birthday, she brought us a chocolate cake dessert. She was very efficient and attentive. We all enjoyed our lunch at Belga.

n
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Ambiance was nice. The service was good but not outstanding. Both my friend and I's eggs were overcooked. I sent mine back and they still were a little over cooked. I would go back and give it another shot but not rushing to do so.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Our waiter was incredibly unfriendly. The service made what should have been a nice lunch pretty unpleasant.

RM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

slow service, sitting for 15 minutes before even receiving our drinks, 30 minutes for our meal, loud echoing voices, food not that outstanding to put up with the noice and slow service.

VR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a good experience at Belga for brunch, the one downside was that I went there for the waffles and they were out of waffles!!! Not great! But we had the beignets, croque madame and veggie scramble and they were delish.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience3

Impossible to have a conversation. Painfully loud. A shame since staff are pleasant and food is good.

m
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely service great food

JC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the quinoa salad with rucola and tomatoes.
My family favorite are scrambled eggs and the roasted potatoes with rosemary.

BA
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Dinner was for a family night out; seating was quick and efficient. The tables and seats are comfortable and the table at a good level [many spots have tables set low or too high for many children]. Our server was kind, attentive and efficient without being overbearing. The wine selection is decent; the German reds are to be highlighted and provide real value. The food was a bit underwhelming... The mussels were in a tasty broth, my pork schnitzel was a bit on the bland side... The spaetzle could have a bit more to it as well. If I were to return, I would request sidewalk seating and stick with more of the appetizers.

ER
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good brunch spot! Nice open and pretty restaurant. They have a pretty healthy menu which I love! Great brunch drinks too! Good value for either intimate group or bigger group!

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional...Jess is a world class server...she took great care of us and steered us through an enjoyable brunch. A+

BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been dreaming about those waffles all week- they did not disappoint! Our server was lovely.

OT
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

BELGA HAS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD, PERFECT PLACE TO GO WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Small portions of okay food for brunch- not what one would usually expect when orsering one meal for both breakfast and lunch. Fresh ingredients for veggie scramble. Waffle was so light and airy that the person who ordered it asked to go get food immediately after leaving Belga! Benedict was the best but had three little potatoes as the side which was weird. Coffee came with milk, not half and half. Asked for cream and we finally got whipped cream to put in the coffee at the end of the meal... Which had gone sour. Waitress first argued with us but then apologized after she smelled it.

BS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food here is fine, nothing to write home about. But the service and atmosphere is always nice. They also have a great happy hour.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Small portions but overall good quality & ambiance.

JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service was nice and efficient. She brought things in a timely manner and was very knowledgeable. The food was a bit lacking. The pretzel was stale, the sausage did not contribute to the mussels, was almost too salty. The ham in the Spaetzle overwhelmed the flavor. The Beignet were flavorless and dry. I liked my salads. The olives in the martini were kind of boring, not much of a blue cheese taste. It was not a horrible meal, but it was not worth the price.

E
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed our evening at Belga. Definitely will add to our favorite places to return to. The food was delicious and service was attentive.

MM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Belga is one of my go-to places - the food and service are always good. The restaurant can be a little loud, and Easter brunch was no exception. Overall I highly recommend it!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was fine, but it gets less and less Belgian every time we go there. It’s more accurate to say that the menu is now standard American/California cuisine with continental influence than anything else.

Plus they got rid of the sausage platter, which was one of their trademark dishes and a unique reason to go there.

P
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our dog and sat outside, the outdoor tables were well-serviced and we got everything we needed. Staff is lovely and accommodating, the food is fresh and well thought out. We had a wonderful brunch experience and will definitely return.

IE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Consistently good service and very good food. Great for mid sized groups.

DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Noise level moderate-not. Easy sunday brunch, not crowded, still could hardly hear,music blaring-not from customers. Burnt bacon with scramble and bacon. Enough watery spinach to fill a field on the eggs bennie and english muffin not toated at all. Croque madame bread not toasted at all, but ham excellent. Waffle pretty good. Fries very good. Banana toast great. Service-meh. So many better options.

MV
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Belga is a good go-to place in the neighborhood you can count on good food, great service, and nice atmosphere.

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Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you very much Marla!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our service was AWFUL, and the food was mediocre. Not worth the money.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good good and drinks. Noisy but nice atmosphere

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Everyone was about 19 years old.

JM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great decor; very good casual menu.

Noise level is very high at the entrance, but there are some quieter zones.

KD
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience5

This was my first time at Belga. I went with a group of friends to enjoy some good food and have a good time with them. While the reservation, menu and all those pieces worked out fine, our server was not at all friendly.

1. She seated three of us and gave silverware only for two
2. Never came by to our table to check if everything was ok or we needed something. We literally had to look for her to get additional stuff.
3. My friend ordered a hot tea (green), the server came back after half hour with black tea saying they were out of green tea. Well, that's fine, at least she was considerate enough to get something. Secondly, when my friend asked for a cup of hot water, she got her another cup of tea which was just not required.
4. I specifically asked her to not put bacon on my flatbread, which clearly was not noted down & I got bacon.

30mins after she noticed that we were done, she came by to ask if we needed anything else. At the time of bringing the check she was in a totally opposite (happy and cheerful) mood (maybe because it was now time for tipping).

I hope it was just this server and not the rest of the staff.

CJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The only downside was the saturday before St. Patrick's, the street and restaurant were definitely chaotic. There was significant noise because of all the revelers.

s
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy food and have great conversation while dining.

Belga - Permanently Closed
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you!

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Erin is the hostess, she is so friendly and professional. The experience was lovely and is consistent. Thank you for being such a staple in our lunch and dinner out.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Belga was fantastic. Delicious food and great atmosphere.

B
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food and drinks. Nice spot for bigger groups.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great brunch. Welcoming staff. They were really accommodating about our stroller.

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