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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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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (76 reviews)
“mussels” (108 reviews)
“belgian fries” (15 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00 Hours
Belgian, European, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
514 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Had a friend chicken sandwich with the ingredients between two waffle pieces. The sandwich was big, it had boiled egg, pickled onions and a decently fried piece of chicken/ The waffle ends were crispy and tasted fresh. The decor is decently with a nice bar....More

Thank Sundncr
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Sad they have a lot of juices on the menu but none available. We ordered the cheese waffles and subbed skirt steak for the fried quail. It was decent. Didn’t quite understand the lettuce mixed in To the dish. Mimosas were steep in price $10-$12...More

Thank Chris_and_Krissy
Reviewed 1 week ago

First sign of a warm evening and we chose to dine on the sidewalk area. Large selection of craft beers and decent selection of wines. While the food was good, it wasn't outstanding and a bit pricey for what it was. The fries are wonderfully...More

Thank WinnieTavernier
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This cafe is a little off the beaten path on the “other” side of Capitol Hill, but well worth the side trip. The ambience might fool you - it doesn’t look European but the menu is all Belgian and the food and presentation will delight....More

Thank newfound721
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello and thank you for your review. We are about 2 blocks from Eastern Market Metro, glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. We make almost everything in house and take pride in being the original Belgian restaurant in DC. Come back and...More

Reviewed 12 May 2018

Four came for breakfast. The waiter was efficient and friendly. Two chose waffle, one a regular American type, and the last, a large salad.The salad was fun and very fresh, the omelet and sausage, etc. were tasty and a large portion. The sweet waffle and...More

Thank Gregchik
Reviewed 3 April 2018

I have been a customer here every year since Belga opened, several times a year, for dinner, lunch and a couple times for brunch. Over the years, the quality of the food has been above average, and I am happy to say that overall that...More

Thank DCEuropa
Reviewed 29 March 2018

I loved this place. Unique menu. I ordered a cornbread waffle with pulled pork. It was delicious. Fun choice for brunch!

Thank slhannold
Reviewed 3 March 2018

If you're craving Belgian cuisine, Belga Cafe is your destination. You can get your fix of perfectly prepared mussels and frites, steak frites, or Coquilles St. Jacques at this Capitol Hill mainstay. If that's not enough, they have one of the best beer programs southeast...More

Thank pkrzych
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Hello and thank you for your feedback. Glad to hear you enjoyed everything and we appreciate the kind words. There's lots more to try, come back soon. Cheers!

Reviewed 14 February 2018

This Belgian restaurant was established more than 10 years ago by the executive chef at the Belgian embassy. The food is consistently delicious. Its menu has undergone some slow evolution. Its extensive beer list is out of this world. Service is good. The place could...More

Thank artchan93
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2018

Hello and thank you for your feedback. We have been on barracks row for 14 years now and always strive to keep the highest standards. We try and keep our prices competitive and use only quality ingredients. We do tend to get full on Brunches...More

Reviewed 4 February 2018

Wanted to try more unusual fare during restaurant week in DC. Near Eastern market, somewhat trendy. Food theme was Belgian, prepared well. Good selection of both meat and vegetarian fare. Belgian waffles were popular desert. Service was OK, but inconsistent. Huge selection of beverages -...More

Thank roadwarrior96
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Questions & Answers
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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
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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