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Belga Cafe

€€ - €€€, European, International
514 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
+1 202-544-0100
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (77 reviews)
“mussels” (109 reviews)
“belgian fries” (15 reviews)
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Belgian, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
514 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful day for Alfresco dining. Berga staff was very accommodating to seat 8 of as a walk-in party. The food was excellent and the service top notch. Will definitely visit again.

Thank Nancy B
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Sat at the bar. Had great drinks. Really like the Betsy Gin and Tonic. Apps were very good. Try the Cigars, great combination of crab and chicken. Everything is great. I had Le Vrai Steak Frites Belge. Always good. Asked for it medium rare and...More

Thank Douglas1st
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

Hi Douglas, Thanks for the feedback. We are very happy to hear you celebrated your anniversary with us at Belga! You can't go wrong with the steak frites, or Mussel Marinier, both great choices. We'd be happy to have you back anytime. Cheers!

Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

Being Begians we wanted to visit the Belga Café. The food was great (all be it overpriced). The service was yakes! The waiters were arrogant, pretentious and even quarreling amongst themselves. The menu is in Flemish and the service staff don’t even know what to...More

1  Thank Jurgen H
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

Hello Jurgen and thanks for the feedback. Being that this is Belga Cafe... we love Belgians! While we do educate our waiters on our dishes, words can sometimes get lost in translation. We appreciate you stopping by. As a neighborhood staple for 15 years now,...More

Reviewed 20 July 2018

I lived in Washington D.C. for many years and I always took guests to this restaurant when they visited me. Now that I live elsewhere, I always dine here when I come to town. Come for the food because the quality is excellent. But the...More

Thank rlleen
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

Belga is a frequent favorite of ours in the neighborhood. The authentic Belgian cuisine is terrific paired perfectly with the friendly and professional staff. The chicken and crab sigaars are the ideal way to start followed with the steak frites. No matter what you order...More

Thank Terra D
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2018

Hi Terra, glad to hear everything was great! The kip and crab cigaars are a customer favorite. We pride ourselves on being the original Belgian restaurant in DC. Hope to see you again soon, cheers.

Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

Absolutely amazing dinner. Service was wonderful and attentive, food was excellent. I would recommend to anyone visiting dc.

Thank arthurbryant90
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

My husband and I love Belga. I have been coming to this restaurant for years and it always stays top quality- the food, service, value, quaintness, etc. There are a dozen restaurants on Barracks Row and this is by far our favorite “go-to”. We also...More

Thank kloppenburg041815
Reviewed 14 July 2018

Ever wonder what it would feel like to go to a DC establishment where you are known by first name, given great service accompanied by wonderful Belgian cuisine? More than a restaurant Belga is an institution where many regulars gather weekly for lively chatter from...More

Thank wfujinaga
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

A modest steak and fries with a Diet Coke shouldn’t cost $50 with tax and tip. The ambiance is nothing special and the only remarkable part of the experience was the good service.

Thank Julie S
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2018

Hi Julie, thanks for the feedback. Glad to hear service was good, we do try and stay competitive with local prices and we only use quality ingredients. Please consider joining us again, cheers.

Reviewed 9 July 2018

Belga is okay. It's been around for a while and their Belgium Waffles are good. But otherwise, their service isn't that great, often takes a long time to either get seated or get your food or both. Fries are good, but otherwise brunch and food...More

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18 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
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
  • 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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