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Belga Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Capitol Hill
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514 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834 (Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
+1 202-544-0100
09:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 09:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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485 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had been here a few years ago but when visiting, the family wanted to go back. It is a Belgian food restaurant and we all loved the Belgian waffles. Three people got Bloody Mary drinks and thought they were very good. I got the Belgian waffles with berries an whip cream and it was delicious. Someone else go the... More 

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Berkeley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We shared the mussels, which were quite nice, and accompanying fries, which were unremarkable. We also shared a mixed green vegetable plate, which was excellent. The wines are overpriced, even relative to other restaurants in the immediate area. Our waiter was fairly brusque and we felt rushed. We were there about 6pm on a Friday evening and were seated inside... More 

Thank Mary L
Kearney, Nebraska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted a place within walking distance of our VBRO and picked the highest rating on Trip Advisor. Nice neighborhood with people eating inside and outside on the street. A bit noisy, but it was busy! Accommodated our part of eight with 3 children with grace and speed after we had some drinks at the bar. As others have said,... More 

Thank skiNebraska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner on a Saturday night at Belga Cafe and had stoofvlees met frietjes with a Belgian beer, a traditional Belgian dish! It was really good. For dessert we had the Dame Blanche and chocomousse with real Belgian chocolate!! We loved it! We love the restaurant and will come back. It felt like coming home !

Thank iba107
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my favorite places in DC! As much as I want to own the place and not let any tourists in, I can't very well dent anyone the opportunity to do so! Eat (and drink) up!!!

Thank Erik M
New York, NY
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wonderful atmosphere, great food. Excellent beer and wine selection. Attentive service. Hip neighborhood.

Thank WorldTraveler7577
Homewood, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Good food. Good service. Variety of choices. Roasted brussels sprouts were amazing. Omelet was average. Waffle with egg, pulled pork and avocado was awesome.

Thank Kirk S
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We had excellent burgers. Menu is Danish and excellent fish. Sat at the bar and had a good experience. Bartender is a bit distracted or it would have been five stars.

Thank AsianFoodies
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Thanks to Belga, I think I now prefer their delicious savoury waffles more than anything else. They really set the bar. My friend has heard of this place when she interned in DC so when she visited me she knew we had to venture to Belga. I'm eager to go back if ever I find myself back in DC.

Thank Abhilasha F
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

First - if you like beer and/or mussels, this is the place to go. The beer list is presented in chapters, and most are from Belgium. There are a few local beers, but this is the place to treat yourself to one of the excellent brews from Belgium. Second, whether you sit at a table outside, inside, or at the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Belgian, European, International, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?