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Belga Cafe, Washington, DC

Belga Cafe

4.8
4.8
4674 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 p.m.


Booked 30 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
  • Neighbourhood
    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 4,674 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

4,676 Reviews
  1. RindyO

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside on a beautiful spring evening. Service was great, and the food wonderful. Even sitting outside, the noise level was good, and I have a hearing deficit. The only hiccup was the beer selected by one our guest was not a available, but the service waiter came up with an alternative which he said was good. would highly recommend it.

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  2. KatieT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was fantastic with many diverse and eclectic options and everything was served hot and fresh. Unfortunately our service experience was so poor we will unlikely be returning. Part of our party (2 of 5) was late to our brunch reservation and the staff/management refused to seat those who were there. This policy was not stated anywhere on OpenTable or the reservation reminders or even the website. The restaurant was not overly busy with several open tables so the insistence on having everyone present for a table seemed very silly. Part of our party was finally seated but inside the sister restaurant, "The Betty", which is very cute and sports the same menu. Unfortunately, the space is very small and the door to the kitchen continually opened and slammed every minute while we were there completely ruining the atmosphere. The waitstaff was polite but not all that attentive. Finally, after being seated for less than 1.5 hours, we were told we had to vacate our table for another reservation (the website says parties of of our size had tables for 2 hours). Overall, not a great experience and despite the awesome food I can't see us returning or recommending Belga.

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  3. Wemme

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful Easter Sunday dinner with friends. The service was excellent, the food delicious and the Belgian beer selection was outstanding. We had the mussels, perfectly cooked, plump and tasty, and the steak tartare, well prepared. Had a great time. Highly recommend.

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  4. AyannJ

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been going to Belga Cafe for many years. Service and food are always great! The drinks are good, too!

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  5. MitraF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were disappointed in the food. My waffle dish with lobster has a tiny piece of waffle with a little salad. Hardly any lobster All of us were still hungry After having paid $50 per person, I literally went home and made myself a sandwich. Belga used to have nice brunches but alas. We will not return.

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  6. ERL123

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another spectacular meal at Belga- we had a fun Easter brunch outdoors in their delightful Chalet- protected from the elements, but able to enjoy a nice spring day while we feasted on delicious extraordinary corn waffles with delectable pork and marvelous poached eggs and salmon. All were accompanied by robust coffee and a perfect spring Grapefruit Gin & Tonic!

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  7. Foodie22

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely love Belga Cafe, and we will be returning. We had a server that was not on top of his game- maybe it was just because of how busy it was,but overall we totally enjoyed our meal and our experience.

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  8. BarbaraL

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I love Belga but for this one night the service was sort of patchwork. Two out of four things were tops but the other two, not quite so successful. Plus we had to wait for our main course quite a bit and it was very noisy — hard to talk. Yes, I will definitely return. I think this may have just been an off night

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed the food!! We had the truffle Brie which was more of an appetizer, the duck and the chicken! Everything tasted really good. Just be aware that they charge you for the water ! That was our mistake but it ended up costing $60 just for water, which made our bill way more than we were expecting. I wish they would have told us that before serving it to us. The deserts were good, nothing super special with the waffles. The restaurant is very nice. It was quite tight seating, to the point that you could hear absolutely everything the table beside you was saying lol.

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  10. charlie

    Seattle

    34 reviews

    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    My partner's duck confit was excellent. My snapper was flavorless, and did not arrive with the advertised "potato carrot gnocchi". Instead, the gnocchi was ordinary potato based, with steamed carrots alongside. ???? "Salt cod" appetizer had no sign of being salted, and again, was flavorless. We had to ask for menus three times. They kept insisting we order drinks before we could see the food menus. Only after we patiently explained that it is traditional to choose one's wine TO GO WITH THE FOOD was this odd policy superseded. The ambiance would have been pleasant "lively neighborhood place" but for the blasting of music I can't imagine very many people wanted to hear, e.g., disco. .

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  11. LesT

    Washington DC

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They were very accommodating to a somewhat late arrival. (Traffic problems) The food and service, as always, was great.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, lovely staff, a little loud because I’m already deaf but upon request Fabian turned the music down for me.

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  13. PEPorter

    Atlanta Metro

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience! Everything was good and the service was world class. The Belgium Waffles are a must!

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  14. AnnaG

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect outside seating to try Belgian food with friends. The waitress perfectly recommended dishes as we all had no clue on what to order. Everything was delicious and we made room for dessert

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  15. fortysomething

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always our favorite place to bring family and friends - a neighborhood GEM.

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  16. Maestro

    Houston

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great brunch spot. The food was incredible, and the service was spot on. If I had to find something to complain about, almost everything had a little too much sweet to it (too much powdered sugar, too sweet of a dipping butter, fruit overly sweet, etc.) Still a great brunch, but that would be my nitpick.

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  17. dcmartyd

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Bart continues to put out quality dishes that please both the traditional palate and the innovative foodie. I’ve been coming to Belga since they opened and I’m never disappointed.

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  18. sjtews

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Belga Café consistently has excellent food and service. It’s always a delight to eat there.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, friendly and good service, fun atmosphere.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    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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  21. Bill

    Berlin

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    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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  22. JoshB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. Mike

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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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 4.8 stars by 4674 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 p.m.


Booked 30 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
  • Neighbourhood
    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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