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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 - 21:30
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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New York, NY
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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

Thank WorldTraveler7577
Homewood, Illinois
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Laurie R
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

I was greeted so warmly at the door and we were treated so well throughout the evening. I arrived early for our reservation. The host made room for me at the bar. When a second member of our party arrived we were seated at our table even though we were incomplete. The service was excellent. The drinks were delicious and... More 

Thank Chloe B
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 315 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

We had bunch here one day before touring Washington. I ordered liege waffles with apple and cinnamin. It was not what I expected, but it was very tasty. I also would recommend the hot chocolate, it was very good. My wife had the mushroom scramble. It came with sime of the best bacon I have seen - crispy and very... More 

Thank RiceWP
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

My friend and I headed over to Belga cafe today for brunch! It was super delicious and the host and wait staff were friendly and helpful. We didn't have a reservation (although I do recommend making one) but the host sat us any way. The restaurant was crowded and the service was fast, but we didn't feel rushed in the... More 

Thank Jmekins08
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We were tired and sore after the Women's March on Washington. This place for us a table for 4 when we had only booked an online table for 2. Service was prompt and friendly. I had the venison which I was concerned that could be too dry, but was moist and delicious. My friends had Branzini and mussels. They had... More 

Thank Kathy B
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Was a bit disappointed here, I had heard they had a good happy hour, but the options for that were very limited. We got a muscle pot, which was OK, but there are much better places to get better muscles for a better price point in DC.

Thank SaraK987

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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?