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Belga Cafe

514 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
+1 202-544-0100
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (66 reviews)
“mussels” (108 reviews)
“fries” (53 reviews)
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Belgian, European, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
514 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Group of seven visited to celebrate my son's Navy enlistment. His request was to go to a restaurant with great mussels before he ships off next month. We traveled an hour and half to DC and had reservations for 7:30 on Saturday. Drink orders were...More

Thank jandkbach
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello and thank you for your feedback, we are grateful that you decided to dine with us while visiting family in the Navy Yard. Let me apologize for not having mussels, we order our mussels fresh and in smaller amounts and very rarely run out...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Barrack's Row is a quaint neighborhood just a short walk from the Eastern Market Metro Stop. As my TripAdvisor handle suggests, I am not a big fan of chain restaurants, which is one of the reason's I loved Belga Cafe. It is a bit on...More

Thank NoFranchisesAloud
Reviewed 29 December 2017

We wound up at Belga Cafe for lunch/brunch on Christmas Eve because the place my adult daughter had picked had too long of a wait.. When we entered the not-very-friendly hostess asked if we had a reservation, and I said we did not. She then...More

Thank GreenUnicorn
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

I brought my team here for a holiday lunch. Service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Loved the krab cigars, and the steak frites was phenomenal. Some on my team had the mussel pots, also great. Our whole team loved Belga and the staff...More

Thank GinaNairn
Reviewed 2 December 2017

This place is the real deal!!! We visited Belgium in 2014 and this place with the beer, frites and waffles is as close as you can get to what you'll experience in Brussels or Brugge. More than 100 Belgian beers including the best of all...More

Thank DianaGHartley
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Not a friendly bunch. Definitely not the welcome I had anticipated. Prices are also ridiculously high -- might as well fly to Belgium!

Thank palmopmutsop
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Hello and thank you for your feedback. We try to keep our menu competitively priced and always use the best and freshest ingredients so you don't have to fly to Belgium! Cheers

Reviewed 20 October 2017

My family & I visited for dinner and all had an exceptional meal and a relaxing time. We arrived early, were seated immediately and liked the decor of the space and comfort of the tables. They had the Chimay beer we asked for and the...More

Thank radsrusChicago
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We went to Belga Cafe for lunch. A chef friend had mussels and raved about them. We shared an amazing onion soup. Then we had a pot roast dish that was unbelieveable. Stop in and say hi. You will be glad you did.

Thank acuisinelady
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19 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
USD 20 - USD 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
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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