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Belga Cafe

514 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
+1 202-544-0100
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (66 reviews)
“mussels” (106 reviews)
“fries” (53 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Belgian, European, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
514 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wound up at Belga Cafe for lunch/brunch on Christmas Eve because the place my adult daughter had picked had too long of a wait.. When we entered the not-very-friendly hostess asked if we had a reservation, and I said we did not. She then...More

Thank GreenUnicorn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I brought my team here for a holiday lunch. Service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Loved the krab cigars, and the steak frites was phenomenal. Some on my team had the mussel pots, also great. Our whole team loved Belga and the staff...More

Thank GinaNairn
Reviewed 2 December 2017

This place is the real deal!!! We visited Belgium in 2014 and this place with the beer, frites and waffles is as close as you can get to what you'll experience in Brussels or Brugge. More than 100 Belgian beers including the best of all...More

Thank DianaGHartley
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Not a friendly bunch. Definitely not the welcome I had anticipated. Prices are also ridiculously high -- might as well fly to Belgium!

Thank palmopmutsop
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Hello and thank you for your feedback. We try to keep our menu competitively priced and always use the best and freshest ingredients so you don't have to fly to Belgium! Cheers

Reviewed 20 October 2017

My family & I visited for dinner and all had an exceptional meal and a relaxing time. We arrived early, were seated immediately and liked the decor of the space and comfort of the tables. They had the Chimay beer we asked for and the...More

Thank radsrusChicago
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We went to Belga Cafe for lunch. A chef friend had mussels and raved about them. We shared an amazing onion soup. Then we had a pot roast dish that was unbelieveable. Stop in and say hi. You will be glad you did.

Thank acuisinelady
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Over a year ago I wrote about the fish dishes we had here. I was glad to return for more. Our server suggested Branzino and we followed his advice. Two large filets filled the plate and were covered with a wonderful sauce with capers, broccoli,...More

Thank Marilyn E
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Hi Marilyn, thanks for your feedback. Glad you enjoyed your Branzino, it's one of our specialties. Belgians really enjoy seafood and we're happy to have to back next time you are in town. Cheers

Reviewed 24 September 2017

I've never been a fan of the Belga Cafe, but I returned to give it a chance on a day when the food was on sale (customer appreciation month). I figure that for a restaurant to have a sale in September (not August) in DC...More

1  Thank jxx9595
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Excellent all around from food to service. Great menu and decor. Would highly recommend. Try the hanger steak au poivre.

Thank Tg3040
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Hello and thank you for your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Belga and would gladly have you back anytime! Cheers.

Reviewed 8 September 2017

I was on a hunt for mussels. I yelp'd a few places that was close to home this location came up. I actually decided to skip it because I thought it was a little too far. Well, I was wrong and it was actually closer...More

Thank Dani G
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2017

Hi Dani and thanks for your feedback! We are glad you were able to make it over for the mussels. We train our staff to be friendly and attentive and it's good to hear that you were taken care of. Now through September 10th, for...More

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Questions & Answers
19 September 2016|
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Response from Bart V | Property representative |
Yes there is 2 hour parking in front of the restaurant on 8th st and we offer valet service Wednesday 5pm-11pm through Saturday night.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
    (Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
  • Public Transportation: We are 1 1/2 blocks away from the Eastern Market Metro stop on the Orange and Blue line
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Capitol Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 202-544-0100
  • E-mail
Belga Cafe is a restaurant by Belgium native and award-winning Chef Bart Vandaele. A vibrant atmosphere modeled after Brussel's casual cafes, Belga Cafe is the original Belgian restaurant in Washington, DC. Opened in 2004, the neighborhood locale on Capitol Hill is known for its authentic cuisine, extensive craft beers and Genevers. Serving, lunch, dinner, the ever popular brunch, and "Dinsdag Mossel," Belga Cafe features an open kitchen, European casual dining room along with a sidewalk cafe. It is a small piece of Brussels on the Hill.
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