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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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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (78 reviews)
“mussels” (111 reviews)
“belgian fries” (16 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 21:30 Hours
Belgian, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
514 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
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1 - 10 of 421 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our first time here. Read some reviews and chose this place. Pretty quiet for a Friday night but we came at 9pm. Excellent 5 pepper steak, I ordered it twice. We also ordered the Mussells Marienere. That was good too. Would recommend that the chef...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank VivinKuriakose123
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello and thank you for your feedback. Glad to hear your first visit was great! We pride ourselves on all things Belgian. Please visit us again the next time you're in the city! Cheers

Reviewed 7 November 2018

Have you ever found a quaint, unpretentious little restaurant that is just so good that you wish you lived across the street so you go there last-minute for a delicious meal ... a meal probably better than what you could make even if you had...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank MD-Fam-Traveler
Reviewed 28 October 2018

The Belga Cafe continues to be one of the best restaurants in DC, especially in Capital Hill. We always enjoy our meals and is our "go-to" place for out of town guests and special occasions. The service is prompt and friendly, and the food is...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Juli L
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

I had a friend visiting from out of town and we had dinner at Belga Cafe. It was amazing. I had the Muscles with fries. The muscles were prepared with Truffle and Sausage and they were delish. My friend had the sirloin and it was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Dana H
Reviewed 27 August 2018 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.

Date of visit: August 2018
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

Date of visit: July 2018
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

Date of visit: July 2018
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

Date of visit: July 2018
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

Date of visit: July 2018
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.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank arthurbryant90
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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, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 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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