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Belga Cafe, Washington, DC

Belga Cafe

4.6
4.6
4402 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 PM


Booked 31 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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: (888) 497-4028

  • Neighborhood

    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

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What 4,402 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. YU

    miyungYUMM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food (excited to come back for dinner), super friendly staff, only knock would be after Sunday brunch the restaurant closes so if you eat later into the brunch service (ends at 3:30) by 4 PM they’re in full cleaning mode.
  2. AT

    AprilT

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a great time. We finally got to experience Betsy's and Sunday Brunch. Both were amazing.
  3. C

    Carol

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Loved my food, family members were less satisfied with portion sizes. Would return!
  4. AS

    AparnaS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    The drinks "hot lips" - were terrible! desserts were great - chocolate cake and bread pudding - although could go easy on the caramel sauce. bread was terrible tomato salad - basil sorbet was excellent but not much the burrata..
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Unfortunately I was greeted by a hostess that was less than pleasant. When I mentioned that the other person in my party was parking, she dismissively told me “you can’t be seated until I see her”. I’m understood but it was her poor attitude. After being seated our waiter fast talked us and was also very short and unfriendly. Our food finally came out and the waffles were cold, only to find out we had no syrup for our waffles. By the time we tracked our waiter down all of the food was cold. So hungry we just ate it anyway. Even the waiter’s assistant begrudgingly refilled our water when we asked. At this point, I knew I had to mention this all to a manger simply so they could improve for the future because at this point we were ready to leave. When we saw the manager and asked him to come over to our table he defensively said, “Yes!!!” with his eyes bucked. My friend and I looked at one another in disbelief while also realizing why the whole staff was nasty. Clearly they are being lead by someone who is unprofessional. We shared our disappointment with our experience and his poor customer service. His response was everyone says I’m nice. That response was laughable and sad. I will not be returning after this experience. It was my second time receiving poor service here and the manager’s behavior was the final strike for me. Do better.
  6. T

    Traveller

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place for a meeting, nice ambiance, good service.
  7. JB

    JackB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Nice place for brunch. The food wasn't anything to write home about, but it was good. The service was friendly, but not speedy. Was seated right away.
  8. DL

    DavidL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Sardine appetizer for $18 had less than 2 sardines. Sweetbread starter for $17 had 2 and the meat was way overcooked. Bread for $7 extra was not worth it. Other things were fine, nothing that would make me want to return
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Birthday dinner. Food was okay. Our server was not very friendly. We were charged for items on someone else’s bill so had to get that removed. The setting was cute outside.
  10. RH

    RHDC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Don't miss the Brussels sprouts appetizer. It's soooo good!
  11. B

    Bonnesvivantes

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Disappointing - perhaps menu should include fewer items done better. Mussels in wine with frites were fine, but escargots in foam and lobster waffle were tasteless and tough. Service was good.
  12. DF

    DanielF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food
  13. B

    Buccaroo

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A return visit to celebrate 2 birthdays, and the food and service was excellent! Heirloom carrots to share - so tasty, sweet of carrots and piquant flavors. Duck cook to perfection with wilted greens. Try the waffle dessert with famous Belgian chocolate drizzle. More noisy now that booths in dining room are gone and more tables added. But the service - really caring and accommodating, good advice on wine choice, and just pleasant and efficient throughout. We'll come back for another special occasion.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely birthday meal with friends and family. Creative and very tasty food perfectly cooked. We’ll be going back for sure!
  15. c

    carlosg

    Caribbean

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch on a Saturday. Lovely place Very very good service. Prompt and attentive. Food was tasteful and very original Must try Belga Bloody Mary Awesome service, food value and drinks!
  16. JH

    JillH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to celebrate a birthday. The food was amazing.
  17. YV

    YumV

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Served well. Very kind staff.
  18. I

    Italianfoodie59

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing brunch. The food was off the charts. The service was great and we were not rushed at all!! Love this place!
  19. J

    jisforJoe

    Washington DC

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent dining option in Eastern Market. Definitely make a reservation so you don't have to wait so long.
  20. PB

    PeterB

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    The food that we were served at Belga Café was remarkably poor. While the vier kazen kroketten were being brought to our table one of them rolled onto the floor. The waiter apologized and told us that they would bring a replacement for the single croquette that had fallen to the floor. Unfortunately, the other croquettes as well as the waffle on which they were served were cold. The replacement croquette was warmer, but still cool in the centre. We informed the waiter that this dish was not to our liking and he offered to provide us with some frites or another appetizer. We declined his kind offer. We appreciated that we were not charged for that appetizer. Sadly the wilde champignon wafel was also disappointing. The waffles served with that appetizer were also cold and the mushrooms were not very flavourful. Next the rIsotto met pompoen en St Jacobs vruchten arrived. This dish also lacked any discernible flavour and seemed poorly prepared. The risotto was either not properly made or was not made with the appropriate rice such that the texture was not reminiscent of risotto. Although the scallops appeared to have been seared, their texture suggested that they had not been properly cooked either. The rundswangetjes met aardappelmousseline seemed more promising, as both the beef and the potato foam were at least flavourful and the meat was tender as one would expect. Nevertheless, the truffle shavings lacked any flavour and overall the dish failed to impress. Given the quality of the food we were served we did not consider it worthwhile to bring the many shortcomings to the attention of the waiter. We preferred to merely pay the check and leave. As we were visiting from out of town there would not be another occasion for the restaurant to provide us with a meal that might have demonstrated that our experience was not representative of the kitchen’s skills. We will not return to the Belga Cafe if we are fortunate enough to visit Washington again in the future.
  21. h

    hoyamom

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow!! We had the most amazing meal! Loved it!!!
  22. AR

    AlysonR

    Washington DC

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best
  23. DC

    DCMD

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always creative and delicious food with a warm and inviting atmosphere and staff.
  24. B

    Belgo

    Los Angeles

    132 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    132 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A rare Belgian restaurant with a wide variety of Belgian dishes--not just mussels and fries! It's nice to see other Belgian dishes represented.
  25. TQ

    TheQCs

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We went for lunch on a Friday and throughly enjoyed our meal. Our favorite did end up being the steak tartare. Great restaurant with a warm vibe in a cute neighborhood I've never noticed before. I hope to go for dinner some time.
  26. Z

    Ziggy

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and beer
  27. RO

    RindyO

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 42 wedding anniversary
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food ! We had the chance to sit on the rooftop , great experience & ambiance !
  29. AR

    AlysonR

    Washington DC

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely Wonderful
  30. NO

    NOYB

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The steak fritte was excellent but overpriced. Service was very good.
  31. RB

    RitaB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    it has a good atmosphere and loved the smalls waffle bites
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Service was awful waited nearly 40 mins for server to take a drink order. Food was fine, nothing stellar. A homeless woman kept coming over to the table and made several rounds asking for $ with no intervention from management. I have been coming to Belga Cafe for the last 13 Years hopefully this was just an off day.
  33. JG

    JudiG

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food! Can’t wait to try it for dinner. Loved brunch!
  34. GS

    GabrinaS

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service!
  35. MC

    MaryC

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Belga never disappoints. Chef Bart is endlessly creative, revising the menu regularly, while keeping fan favorites. The selection of Belgian beers is exhaustive; the cocktails, inspired. I took a Manhattan couple for a Belga brunch…they were very impressed.
  36. D

    Docaux

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great anniversary dinner.
  37. m

    mojoken

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I was disappointed that Belga doesn’t have a lunch menu. We were stuck with ordering either appetizers or a full dinner. We stuck with the appetizers, which were delicious but made for an odd meal. Service was excellent.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been going to Belga for years. And each time it is a delight. We celebrate birthdays and other events there and are never disappointed. The food is excellent, the beer selection is great, and the service is always great whether it’s a slow Wednesday like this visit, or a bustling Sunday brunch like our visit 6 months ago. We love Belga!
  39. a

    ajfoodie

    Chicago

    129 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We LOVE this restaurant. This is our go-to restaurant to bring out of town guests (in this case, from Australia) and I am always impressed with the quality of the food and the entire experience.
  40. ER

    EileenR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We came for mussels. They were very very small and overcooked

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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 4.6 stars by 4402 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 PM


Booked 31 times today
Google Map for Belga Cafe

514 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pennsylvania Ave. SE

  • Neighborhood

    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

  • 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: (888) 497-4028

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