Belga Cafe

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4075 reviews
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$30 and under
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Belgian
Belga cafe is a great place to eat typical Belgian cuisine. Combining an intriguing atmosphere with excellent, light and healthy interesting food. Belga Cafe is a little bit of Brussels on the Hill, with an open kitchen and a sidewalk cafe.

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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
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4.4
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4.2
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vipConnieT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always excellent, staff is friendly and well trained. They've done a great job of keeping diners safe - much appreciated!

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vipPMCQ
Aberdeen
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Patio was comfortable in shade. Would have felt more comfortable not so close to sidewalk, but it’s city life. Brunch was delicious and service was excellent. Will be back soon

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vipDocaux
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor experience

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WrenD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The great minds behind Belga Cafe are tackling the design challenges of social distancing inside the restaurant with a creative flourish! They have arranged the tables to be more private, oftentimes with bookshelves separating them. We enjoyed our meal in a beautiful, secluded environment and the food was delicious, as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I hadn't been there in years and it was great to visit a neighborhood spot. Customer service was great. Food was delicious!

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Paul
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed outdoor seating for brunch on Sunday. Our food and drinks were delicious.
One small misunderstanding: We ordered the mini waffles as an appetizer. We were told that the order comes with 5 waffles, but it came with 4. We didn't ask to clarify whether the kitchen made a mistake or whether the server was inaccurate in his description, but I'm still mildly curious. Our entrees were very tasty (egg and waffle dishes).

It was a beautiful day, so we were grateful for the socially distanced seating outdoors. Our silverware came packages, and I felt the restaurant took care with safety precautions. I would return to enjoy more meals here.

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vipGstreet
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Belga is a local gem. Going to keep supporting it once a week during these crazy times.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and excellent service

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JessicaW
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed mimosas with the cornbread waffle with pulled pork and the French toast waffle. Everything was excellent, especially the red basil mimosa.

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FrancisK
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasant experience. Get out there and support them.

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Angela
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meals were superb, it was great to be eating out again. We do plan to go back for dinner and or brunch.

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mmmpizza
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great. They did a good job with social distancing and the food was still amazing.

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vipBethP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, excellent service, and they did a good job with social distancing and other health precautions.

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dmindc
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were given the option to dine out front along 8th Street, or in the upstairs, covered back patio. We chose upstairs. It's rustic but nice, a very pleasant experience, despite an emergency "power outage" light right above our table that turned on several times during our meal, and stayed on a minute or so each time. The service was excellent and social distancing was easily maintained due to the ample space and small number of diners. Recommended as a great way to get out of the house for a couple of hours in a time of Covid!

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LizC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff, service and food were outstanding. The Belga Cafe provided a delicious brunch in an outdoor space that met the current requirements of dining in DC. Great food and great service! Cheers! Liz Costanzo Morrison

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was wonderful. First experience with socially distanced dining. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Bottomless mimosas would have made this a perfect brunch!

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vipRDS554
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Remains one of my favorite places to take out of town visitors for a treat.

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Woody
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

DO NOT EAT HERE! We filed a complaint with the health department. They used dropped on the flopr rags to wipe down the tables. When brought to their attention the Floor Manager was rude and they continued to set the dirty table with new dishes. Disgusting! We left without eating.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent brunch option. Waffles are crispy and yet fluffy. Plus, they probably have the best eggs I’ve ever had in life. Will definitely be back!

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TomR
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Over priced butt steak. Lived in Belgium for a year and came to Belga to indulge in Frites. Most definitely disappointed as they were basically McDonald’s fries. Not the guilty pleasure of what we became accustomed to while living there.
Would not return as the rest of our meals were just “okay”.

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AndrewP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Disappointing! This had been our favorite restaurant in DC and we have gone there often. This time we were taken by surprise by a "market priced" item that ended up being twice the price of other main courses - for no apparent reason. (It was a small piece of fish.) The waiter never pointed it out and he became really confrontational when we politely asked about it when we got the check. It was really an unpleasant experience. And he was not a good waiter in other ways as well - like taking away plates before we had finished eating. Overall, we are sorry to see Belga decreasing portion sizes, increasing their prices, and slipping in their service. We hope that Bart will reverse this trend.

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vipMisswan
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The service here is exceptional. They go above and beyond. Unfortunately the food is not as exceptional for the price you pay. The food is good but when we got the bill for soup, fries, and wine totally 42 each, I didn’t see the value at all. I don’t mind paying for good food but that didn’t seem worth it. I would come back though for brunch but not likely for dinner.

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vipRichardJ
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

A fun place with a great and wide selection of Belgian traditional fare and a few other items. And amazing wine and beer selection.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good. Arrived three minutes late. Waited 10 minutes for a table. Everyone loved their food. Great beer.

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vipGfromDC
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food and service were great. Always a solid restaurant selection. But this time the dessert was not as good as usual. Cream Bulle was extremely cold and cream felt like old.

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CarolynW
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed our meal & felt we got value for the money spent.

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vipMariaB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lunch with friends. Belga cafe is my favorite restaurant every time

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

We've been to Belga a few times, and until this visit enjoyed wonderful experiences. This visit we were challenged with poor service, including a waiter that appeared to be inexperienced. Our appetizer took a very long time to arrive, and when our entrees arrived almost immediately after, the waiter appeared annoyed when we asked for the entrees to wait until we could enjoy our appetizer. Only a few minutes later he returned to tell us rather curtly that our entrees were ready and asked to take away our appetizer, of which we hadn't finished half. In addition, in the past when booking at Belga through Open Table, and making mention of a special occasion, the staff would always do something extraordinary for our visit. It was our five year wedding anniversary, and although I made mention of this in the app, we received none of the usual Belga extraordinary hospitality.

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viprobertr
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We were very disappointed that the food came out cold and was generally unremarkable in taste other than the side order of eggs that was outstanding

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vipGetToGether
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely a good spot to grab some brunch. Duc was a pleasant waiter and endured we were taken cared of.

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vipIlikerestaurants
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Went for Valentine’s Day. Belga is a personal favorite so we of course enjoyed the food. Service is always very good and we’ve never encountered someone who isn’t pleasant and knowledgeable. Thought the fixed price menu was basically worthwhile, but honestly enjoy the regular dinner service more (more of a commentary on how much we like the regular menu than anything else).

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vipwadzenga15
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome Valentine's dinner with wine pairing!

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PhilB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Made reservations for my girlfriend's birthday dinner, our second year in a row. The hostess was great, she said "welcome back and happy birthday." She acknowledged our return visit which was a nice touch. However, once we were seated the service went downhill fast. We waited for water (we walked over 1 mile to get to Belga). We then ordered a couple common German beers, were told they were out, so we ordered something different. When the waiter returned, he had the original beers. From there, waited for a water refill, service intervals were few and far between, and in no way did we feel the staff go out of their way to provide at least good, basic service. Although the food was excellent and we were full, we were somewhat disappointed there was no birthday dessert offered (gf commented about the sparkler in her dessert last year, nice touch). Felt let down this time around. Will try Belga again to be fair--hopefully it's a great experience like we've experienced in the past (this was probably our 4th or 5th visit in the last 1.5 years).

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review