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Belga Cafe, Washington, DC

Belga Cafe

4.7
4.7
4504 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 70 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
    A completely private, bright dining room with both seated table configuration, a large custom full bar, a large window and an open kitchen. Max capacity of 75 seated, 120 standing.Call to inquire (202)544-0100
  • Private party contact
    Joey Zucconi: (202) 544-0100
  • 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

What 4,504 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

4,504 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attended for a birthday with 8 other friends. We had exceptional service, and everyone loved their meal and brunch cocktails!!

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  2. Bill

    Berlin

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Old reliable - Bart is a great guy and my wife & I always enjoy ourselves at Belga.

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  3. JoshB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great! Food not so much. 7 in our party, 5 out of 7 not pleased with their dishes. The lobster in the mussels from brussels was very tough and chewy (2 of us ordered that). There were NO vegetarian options- isn't that just weird? He paid $40 for a small baguette and a piece of brie (rip off). The fries were not the thin crispy shoe string frites that we have had there in the past and come to expect. The chicken entre was not great. And the steak was not a filet (as stated on the menu) but the price did not reflect that. We wont be back. Apologies to our server who was wonderful. $600.00 meal...

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a pleasant experience when I go to Belga. The Waffles with fruit, eggs and bacon. Delicious

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  5. SusannaM

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Bart, the chef, has great food and the staff is excellent.

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  6. NatV

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an amazing dinner, absolutely delishous, served beautifully and it exceeded our expectations. Our waiter Sergey was cordial, polite, recommended the dishes in accordance with our requests, and hr was just simply a pleasure to be around. The host, Fabian, showed us great hospitality, warmth and made us feel as the only guests of the restaurant. We are so sorry that we could not attend the brunch the next day due to the time constraints as it would be another fabulous and unforgettable meal. Our desserts were served a mini works of art, and each bite was simply delectable!!@

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  7. Redrose524

    Phoenix

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love Belga Cafe. Table in the far back was very cold, otherwise wonderful!!

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  8. LauraM

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant is designed well and food was delicious, but the service wasn’t amazing in part because the space is so tight and loud

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  9. MicheleF

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Each bite was delicious. The service was outstanding. We will return.

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  10. BillD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    dishes are absolutely fantastic. cocktails are awesome. can get pretty expensive pretty quickly since everything is so great, but it's kind of hard to regret, really :)

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  11. AlexA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I went to Belga Cafe for Valentine's Day dinner and it was very enjoyable. I have not been in that part of DC before and was surprised to see how built up it is, perhaps due to its proximity to the Nationals Park baseball stadium. It was not that long ago that that you would not want to be there after dark. My wife had the Steak Tartare appetizer and the mussels for dinner and she loved both of them. I had the Escargots and Steak Frites. The Escargot presentation was a little bit unusual, but tasted good and the Steak Frites was excellent. I ordered a bottle of wine and they were out of it. The wine steward recommended another bottle which was little bit more expensive and when they brought the bottle to the table it was a later year than what was on the menu, however it was still good. This place is a bit pricy which is why I could not give 5 stars for value but everything else was 5 stars.

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  12. LikesToEat

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice service and good food in a relaxed atmosphere - not noisy

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  13. HillFoodie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for brunch. The service was great. So is/was the menu and the general feel of the place. But both my and my sister's different orders were too salty. For mine, I would say, way too salty--disappointing. I would come back and give it another go since I have come here for years, but if I got "too salty" again, eh--I would seriously reconsider. Come on, Belga, oversalting is a basic food prep error!

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  14. BVXF

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Been going there for over 15 years, still great and interesting.

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  15. Mike

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This place is a neighborhood gem. Food and service are excellent and the wine list is great. Highly recommend.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food!! Love how unique their menu is. Definitely will be going back!

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  17. steer

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Brunch was excellent, as always! Presentation was also stellar; each dish was colorful and arranged with care. Staff friendly and upbeat.

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  18. CBDC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A reliable and trusted favorite place to have dinner! Lucky to have you in our neighborhood.

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  19. CarmelaV

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great. Thank you. Everything was wonderful.

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  20. StephanieS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday brunch was great - food was very good. Staff was very helpful - I had just had a knee surgery and needed assistance and they were very nice!

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  21. SDarden

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The four of us thoroughly enjoyed our brunch. The food and the cocktails were delicious. We had a few of the classic entrees in addition to seasonal items. The bartender and wait staff were very attentive. The food arrived quickly and the courses are not rushed.

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  22. JackieN

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of my favorite DC restaurants. The food is delicious and the staff and owner are lovely and personable.

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  23. SallyR

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful dinner. We loved the escargot and our wine selection. We can't wait to go back!

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  24. Mhilt126

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, a great place to dine on Capitol Hill. One of my favorites.

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  25. CindyM

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow to the wow! The escargot and steak tartare had multiple layers of flavor l. Each bite was a small taste of heaven. Our entrees has the same depth of flavors. Highly recommend going to the Belga Cafe.

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  26. danindc

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a neighborhood favorite. From the great beer selection to the menu selections, you won't be disappointed.

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  27. DavidB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Inventive cooking and professional service—totally worth a trip across town.

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  28. MeganS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Belga is an OG Capitol Hill staple - the seasonal menu is always excellent and the service impeccable. Great wine rec last night! We love to support our local restaurants, and Belga is a standard in our rotation as is affiliated rooftop bar Betsy behind Belga! Keep up the good work, Chef Bart, Aslan and the rest of your wonderful team!

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  29. Getawaygalsd

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Belga Cafe never disappoints as food goes. Sunday brunch really gets the crowds to come out. If I could warn customers, it is really better to have reservations. You will not be sorry. It was restaurant week but they did not skimp on the food preparation. My quiche was the best. It had puff pastry instead of quiche dough. What a delicious surprise. The cocktails were on the weak side, I never tasted my vodka in my drink. That was my disappointment. Next it will get sent back. Enjoy.☺️

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  30. AikoV

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was spectacular. Easily one of the best places to eat in DC an perhaps on the entire east coast. The ambience was amazing and Bart & Greet are outstanding hosts.

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  31. Wendy

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious. Fabulous deal for Restaurant week!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an absolutely wonderful time celebrating DC Restaurant Week. Will be going far more frequently!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the restaurant menu choices , can’t wait to return !

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We requested a standard table and were seated in the enclosed outdoor shed structure. This was a shed like structure with heaters. Had I know this ahead of time, I would not have booked. I don’t want to pay to eat in a shed. It was chilly and smelled like propane from the heaters. Also a very packed space.

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  35. StephanieB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good - fresh and innovative. Beer list always a thrill, if a tad overwhelming. Service was a little slow - we were there towards the end of the evening and it felt very obvious that the team was in wind down mode.

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  36. foodlover

    Washington DC

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was very good - extensive beer selections - I must have ordered the wrong beer - very expensive but not great tasting.

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  37. AndrewH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious burger... I would go as far as to say the best burger I've ever had in DC!

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  38. JulieA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a bit crowded but the food and wait staff are wonderful

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  39. mjjfmw

    Greater Boston

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great brunch in Capitol Hill neighborhood, always busy so make a reservation. Service is friendly and quick. Chicken and waffles and egg special were delicious. Definitely will go back on our next trip to DC!

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  40. Patrice

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food at Belga was pretty good. The waffle was cold, but everything else was good. We sat in the sidewalk seating area, which was fine until the heater stopped working. Luckily, we were done with our meals by then.

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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 4504 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 70 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
    A completely private, bright dining room with both seated table configuration, a large custom full bar, a large window and an open kitchen. Max capacity of 75 seated, 120 standing.Call to inquire (202)544-0100
  • Private party contact
    Joey Zucconi: (202) 544-0100
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