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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%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (75 reviews)
“mussels” (105 reviews)
“fries” (54 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Belgian, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
514 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2834
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over a year ago I wrote about the fish dishes we had here. I was glad to return for more. Our server suggested Branzino and we followed his advice. Two large filets filled the plate and were covered with a wonderful sauce with capers, broccoli,...More

Thank Marilyn E
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Marilyn, thanks for your feedback. Glad you enjoyed your Branzino, it's one of our specialties. Belgians really enjoy seafood and we're happy to have to back next time you are in town. Cheers

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've never been a fan of the Belga Cafe, but I returned to give it a chance on a day when the food was on sale (customer appreciation month). I figure that for a restaurant to have a sale in September (not August) in DC...More

Thank jxx9595
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent all around from food to service. Great menu and decor. Would highly recommend. Try the hanger steak au poivre.

Thank Tg3040
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello and thank you for your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Belga and would gladly have you back anytime! Cheers.

Reviewed 8 September 2017

I was on a hunt for mussels. I yelp'd a few places that was close to home this location came up. I actually decided to skip it because I thought it was a little too far. Well, I was wrong and it was actually closer...More

Thank Dani G
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2017

Hi Dani and thanks for your feedback! We are glad you were able to make it over for the mussels. We train our staff to be friendly and attentive and it's good to hear that you were taken care of. Now through September 10th, for...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

I am a frequent traveler to Brussels and love to indulge in a meal of Mussels. To my pleasant surprise, I was able to find a restaurant here in Washington DC that offers Mussels just like I get in Brussels at Le Roy D'Espagne at...More

Thank VetTraveler56
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Came here for a weeknight dinner in October and the place was packed. Even worse - too many choices on the menu to decide. we shared a mussel dish and a waffle dish. And then came back the next night to try two more options....More

Thank Pamela B
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

If there has ever been a Belgian beer you have wanted to try, this is the place! Amazing selection of amazing beers, great food! Watch out for parking on summer Fridays when the military has their parades.

Thank teamsnardy
Reviewed 1 September 2017

This restaurant is a go to spot for my sis who lives in DC. We loved the bustling bistro atmosphere with amazing mussels, steak frites, and waffles. The wine list had tons of great selections. The service was pretty good - especially considering we went...More

Thank kpenning
Reviewed 16 August 2017

If you've had Moules Marinière in Belgium, you'll feel as though you've been transported back. Exactly as I remember them with the delicous, buttery broth and shallots, these are the real deal. A side of frites and life is good! The only slight flaw was...More

Thank welcomehomeworld
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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
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
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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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