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Belga Cafe, Washington, DC

Belga Cafe

4.6
4.6
4324 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 22 times today

Dining areas

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

    Private Green Houses are available for reservations. 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 4,324 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
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Great for Brunch

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  1. CR

    CamilleR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The food was pretty good but in my head I thought it would be excellent so I was a bit disappointed. Very cute place and lovely staff. The drinks were quite good
  2. F

    Franny

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional in every way!! Hamachi app was beautifully presented and delicious. Crab pasta delicious. French fries are divine!!!!
  3. S

    Susan

    London

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been going to Belga Cafe for over 10 years and it is my favorite place for brunch! They have an amazing array of dishes that you really can’t get anywhere else. Get the Green Eggs!! The atmosphere is warm and friendly thanks to the owner, Bart and an amazing staff. Dinner at Belga is wonderful as well, of course.
  4. AR

    AlysonR

    Washington DC

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Everything
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Breakfast was very good and staff on point. It was lovely sitting on the patio.
  6. V

    Viking

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lunch was extraordinary - excellent venison and filet of beef -just love Belgian food! The owner, Bart, was a very charming and attentive host and the staff pleasant and helpful.
  7. G

    Gstreet

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative menu. Outgoing staff. Neighborhood gem.
  8. S

    Susanj

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Food does not seem of the same quality that it was a year ago. Bouillabaisse was salty. Light beer not the same .
  9. B

    Blair

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was bad ! Our food was sitting out on the counter for like 10 minutes before we got it & it was cold once they finally decided to bring it to us. Overall not a good restaurant !
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service, and lovely little street-side patio!
  11. N

    Neighbor

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  12. SM

    SMFoodie

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fathers Day brunch. Servers took a little time to bring us menus but after we ordered, everything came out to us quite fast.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I love Brunch at Belga! Great food and excellent service!
  14. BA

    BettyA

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and Humberto was very attentive and made our breakfast special. Definitely we will comeback
  15. c

    carolc

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another amazing meal at Belga Special soft shell crabs were perfect - went big and had those for a main and the delicious scallop risotto as an appetizer (you can have it as a main). The duck was amazing - a summer twist (rhubarb) - shows that Bart embraces the seasons. Our server, Omar, was not only delightful and knowledgeable about all the dishes, but also made excellent wine recommendations, and without prompting, told us about the significant price differential between two wines we sampled. FWIW, went with the spendier glass 😎.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, staff and service were top notch. Will definitely go back
  17. A

    Aviddiner

    Philadelphia

    129 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food as usual. Servers were a bit inconsistent- didn’t follow up on the second round of drinks and the drinks didn’t arrive until we were almost done with our meal! The prices for the entrees and wine by the glass are a bit steep.
  18. K

    Kathy

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Belga is consistently good. It’s our go to place on the Hill. Their soft shell crabs are the best we’ve ever had. Service and staff are top notch! Its been around for a long time and has maintained their quality, thanks to chef Bart, all these years. He is constantly innovating and exploring new recipes which makes it fun for the consumer!
  19. JB

    JesseB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Belga was wonderful especially with the customer service, delicious food, and lovely outdoor patio. we'll be back again!
  20. a

    ajfoodie

    Chicago

    125 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Longtime Barracks row standout. You can count on it for the dependable Belgian "classics" (i.e., mussels mariniere) but always something new worth trying as well; last night it was the "chevre creme brulee" savory appetizer which was AMAZING.
  21. ST

    SamT

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very nice take on Belgian brunch, the falafel waffle is my absolute favorite. Perfect spot for brunch!
  22. LF

    LucyF

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is outstanding. My friend and I came for brunch - I ordered the Liege waffle with red-wine infused pears. Amazing!!! She ordered the crispy egg on mushroom toast. Also amazing!!! They have an interesting beverage menu - alcohol, non-alcohol and coffee drinks, and the rest of the menu looks fabulous. At least for brunch, be sure to make a reservation as they were incredibly busy. We chose to sit at Betsy, Chef's new rooftop venue (same menu) and it was a little crowded. Still 5 Stars!!!
  23. j

    jiml

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So yummy! Beautiful and delicious food. Great service. Hard to beat!
  24. WR

    WillR

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful brunch. The banana crepes were fantastic as were the corn waffles. Don’t tell my cardiologist but we ordered a bucket o’ Bacon. Yum!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent brunch at Belga cafe!!! The drinks and food were both amazing!! I had the coddled egg and it was EXCELLENT. the truffle potatoes with the slow poached eggs were chefs kiss.
  26. c

    catwomyn1999

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious dinner @ Belga. The food and service were great, and 2 different managers stopped by our table to check on whether we were having a good time.
  27. s

    symoane100

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Menu on website was different but I found something else and enjoyed my meal
  28. JD

    JaniceD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is great. We’ve eaten here many times but this time we went for brunch. We sat outside and enjoyed everything about our experience….the waitstaff, ambiance, drinks and food. Seafood omelet was incredible!
  29. LG

    LauraG

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed Betsy's G&T that were quite freshing and tasty on a humid DC evening. The halibut (Heilgot met romanesco) was superb, as was, as always, the steak frites. Always love coming here. The staff is so welcoming and attentive.
  30. E

    Eboni

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in DC. Good food, great beer and outstanding service.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    We came for Brunch after a 10k. One member of our party arrived early, but they wouldn’t seat him until we all got there. He let them know we were walking up the block, but they had him wait. I get that is some restaurants policy, but it wasn’t stated on the website when I made the reservation. Just that we had a 10 minute window to arrive. He arrived at 11:50 for a 12 pm reservation. The rest of our party arrived at 12:05. In the time it took us to get there, they seated two of the empty outside tables. When I got there to get our table I was asked if I wanted inside or outside. I was confused because I booked an outdoor table on their front patio. I was told they had no tables expect for one in full sunlight if we wanted it. I’m guessing they didn’t want to seat people there since there was no umbrella over it. We opted to go inside since they had another table. Again, it was a weird interaction because we had booked an outdoor table and they had given them all away even though someone in our party was there. Once inside, we had a waitress come over and take our drink orders. She didn’t write anything down and didn’t respond when we told her what we wanted. She left the table and a few minutes later another waiter came over to take our order again. We think she may have been training as we didn’t see her again except when she filled up water. Our waiter was very nice. Our food and drink were good. It was a somewhat chaotic day, which is normal for a weekend brunch. We just had some weird interactions with the staff, and with the price of the food, I don’t think we’ll go back.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent foid. Beer amazing
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Service left a lot of be desired. Didn’t get served our food until about an hour after we ordered and two other tables came and went that had either arrived with us or after us.
  34. MH

    MarionH

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My friend and I had a nice time at Belga Cafe. The drinks were interesting and we tried the green eggs and some of the waffles. I think we would go again but try to pick a less crowded time, we couldn’t be seated until our whole party was there so we ended up having to go through the alley and upstairs to Betsy.
  35. WB

    WendyB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience1
    I went for a nice Mother’s Day brunch and the hostess and waiter were very rude. I had a reservation for outside, but it was cold. I was told I couldn’t sit inside, yet when I went in there were many empty tables they were no longer seating (the kitchen was closing soon). We asked for heat lamps, but there were none. We were rudely told the kitchen was closing soon and rushed along. So much for a nice and relaxing Mother’s Day with my daughters. We were all shocked by the level of rudeness. I don’t care if i was there at the end of someone’s shift, it was my time to celebrate with my children and Belga Cafe made it a terrible experience. I’m never going there nor recommending it to anyone.
  36. KR

    KenR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Belga is a regular stop when we are looking for a nice brunch, and this visit didn't disappoint. Innovative menu, excellent food. A must visit.
  37. KA

    KerryA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Mother's Day brunch mid-afternoon. Even though it was packed, the noise level was not bad, service was excellent - everyone was attentive, both the woman handling seating and the owner himself came by to check on us, as they were doing for other tables, as well as the waitress. Menus came quickly, drinks came quickly, lunch was perfect. All was great. It is a fantastic place that we love. Five stars!
  38. AR

    AmyR

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited from the west coast and took my Mom for Mother’s Day brunch, based on previous reviews. Food (1 burger, 1 strawberry waffle, 1 breakfast plate, and 1 mushroom toast) was outstanding. Service was friendly and FAST, even on an exceptionally busy day. Two thumbs up! (Take an Uber or walk there - finding parking was difficult on a Sunday).
  39. MW

    MichelleW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a colder than expected day and we had reservations outside. They were wonderfully accommodating and offered us a spot out of the cold. They were so friendly and helpful even though it was a very busy Mother’s Day brunch. Really appreciated them and our food and experience was wonderful!
  40. CF

    ChrisF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food, great atmosphere and very friendly service.

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 4324 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 22 times today
Google Map for Belga Cafe

514 8th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003

Dining areas

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

    Private Green Houses are available for reservations. Call to inquire (202)544-0100

  • Private party contact

    Joey Zucconi: (888) 497-4028

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