Belga Cafe

Belga Cafe

Belgian Restaurant · Capitol Hill
514 8th St SE (at E St SE), Washington, D.C. 20003, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–9:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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 Bussels on the Hill


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    Jonathan M.
    "Outstanding Belgian beer selection."(5 Tips)
    Kathryn C.
    "Savory ratatouille quinoa waffles were amazing!"(15 Tips)
    Diem B.
    "The mussels and the venison are my favorites"(9 Tips)
    Chelsea S.
    "... is phenomenal, and the bucket of bacon was so delicious and crunchy."(2 Tips)
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  • waffles
  • mussels
  • brunch food
  • bucket of bacon
  • french fries
  • Bloody Marys
  • pulled pork
  • beignets
  • beer
  • breakfast food
  • hot chocolate
  • eggs
  • ratatouille
  • escargot
  • short ribs
  • polenta
  • quinoa
  • happy hour
  • meats
  • croquettes
  • Kathryn C.

    Savory ratatouille quinoa waffles were amazing! I'd also recommend the sea bass—very light. Restaurant Week service left a lot to be desired though.

    Kathryn Clark · August 20
  • Laura B.

    It might feel wrong to order French toast at a waffle place... But it's truly amazing.

    Laura Black · August 1
  • Holly S.

    Great food and drinks but pricey!

    Holly Shupe · July 23
  • Ben S.


    Ben Stockwell · December 14, 2014
  • Kriz A.

    Mussels, waffles....

    Kriz Alin · October 13, 2014
  • DC Dining A.

    I doubt you could go wrong with any brunch option here, but I'd recommend the MAIS WAFELS: Cornbread waffle, pulled pork, avocado, fried egg, crème fraîche

    DC Dining Adventures · August 20, 2014
  • Nicole K.

    Mussels, the classic ones.

    Nicole Kyle · August 8, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Fabio Trabocchi, chef of Fiola, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Eendenborst. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 5, 2014
  • Alexandra M.

    Steak frites + beer = amazing meal

    Alexandra Ma · June 17, 2014
  • Steph F.

    One of the best HH's on the Hill! $5 cocktails, $4.50 bar bites. 5-7:00

    Steph Font · March 15, 2014
  • Riley L.

    Try the Hoegarden Beef Stew

    Riley Lynch · February 18, 2014
  • Riley L.

    Try the Escargot Beignets

    Riley Lynch · February 17, 2014
  • Chelsea S.

    the waffles aren't even the best part (although they're pretty good) - the hot chocolate with bailey's is phenomenal, and the bucket of bacon was so delicious and crunchy.

    Chelsea Stephens · January 7, 2014
  • Ashley S.

    Get the goat cheese waffles! Also, the bucket of bacon is big enough to share. #mco435

    Ashley Shumway · November 17, 2013
  • Cassandra

    Don't bother getting a brunch reservation. They mean nothing.

    Cassandra · November 10, 2013

    The menu dallies in “Eurofusion,” but the highlights of the offerings are the straight-up Belgian classics like frites, waffles, and mussels. Read more · July 1, 2013
  • Matt G.

    Mussels special on Tuesdays in June!

    Matt Gaston · June 5, 2013
  • Angel F.

    The happy hour portions are really small. The "wings" translates to one wing for $4.

    Angel Flores · May 3, 2013
  • Karri W.

    Beautiful food - and it's so tasty, too! Bloody Mary is great - love the celery foam on top.

    Karri Wright · April 29, 2013
  • Jonathan G.

    Serves Green Eggs And Ham, totally legit! Not for kids either; it's great if you like pesto, spinach, & bacon.

    Jonathan Gormley · April 21, 2013
  • Monique

    Very overrated brunch spot. Service was terrible. Glasses were dirty. Food was cold. Just an awful experience.

    Monique · April 7, 2013
  • Braye C.

    This place is great. Get the beermosa and the short ribs with polenta and poached eggs. Also, the fries are insane!

    Braye Cloud · March 23, 2013
  • Timothy R.

    Kid-friendly early in the evening (5-6pm). Waffles are mostly on lunch/brunch menu but not dinner. For dinner, try any of the many muscle preparations. And Belgian Beers!

    Timothy Raymond · March 16, 2013
  • Shannon P.

    It's actually a Belgian restaurant with delicious lambics!

    Shannon Patrick · February 21, 2013
  • Kendal A.

    Even with a reservation you won't be seated on time. (Or twenty mins after your reservation.) You've been warned.

    Kendal Ann · February 17, 2013
  • May A.

    Awesome food... Order the braised beef for brunch!

    May Ahmed · December 29, 2012
  • Alex S.

    So delicious. Everything I wanted it to be and more.

    Alex Stevens · December 1, 2012
  • John S.

    Try the Mais Wafel

    John Segota · November 25, 2012
  • Rebecca M.

    You'll do fine ordering any waffle, but for something different, try the ham and cheese quiche with mixed greens. Yum. Service is attentive, but slow. Have a second mimosa or cappuccino and relax.

    Rebecca M. · November 18, 2012
  • Willie L.

    The Spicy B&B Bloody Mary is surprisingly good! So was the lobster omlet and seasoned potato fingers. I'm now a big fan of Belgian breakfast!

    Willie Lo Lo · October 27, 2012
  • Ivy S.

    Great food but excruciating slow service.

    Ivy Savage · September 10, 2012
  • Lorri E.

    Try the The "B"Anini - Best Panini E-V-E-R!!! Creamed spinach, chorizo, gruyère cheese, roasted garlic.

    Lorri Eckman · September 1, 2012
  • Andrew K.

    Try the Wafel Met Krab

    Andrew Kinney · September 1, 2012
  • Jonathan M.

    Outstanding Belgian beer selection. Perfect with frites and mussels.

    Jonathan McNabb · August 28, 2012
  • Quentin M.

    Try the cigars. The best appetizer on the menu

    Quentin Morgan · May 9, 2012
  • Jason H.

    The good: the B&BS burger is outstanding. The bad: the ballads channel in the background can drive you to insanity.

    Jason Hull · February 18, 2012
  • Womply

    Belga Cafe has partnered with Womply to offer $15 cash back after 3 visits Read more

    Womply · January 23, 2012
  • Brunch and the City

    This is one of the more popular brunches on Capitol Hill for a reason. Read more

    Brunch and the City · January 22, 2012
  • The Hill is Home

    One of the best Belgian restaurants in the city. You may hear celestial trumpets as you take a bite out of their steak frites paired with the perfect beer.

    The Hill is Home · January 21, 2012
  • Womply

    Belga Café has partnered with Womply to offer $15 cash back after 3 visits!

    Womply · January 18, 2012
  • Ed R.

    There's some kind of magic in the cheese croquettes.. and in everything else. Amazing restaurant.

    Ed Redding · December 5, 2011
  • Justin T.

    They have great mussel pots. For dessert, get the creme brûlée

    Justin Thorp · November 17, 2011
  • Daniel F.

    You have to see this beer menu. A little pricey but unbelievable selection

    Daniel Frankhuizen · October 16, 2011
  • Kevino Z.

    Eduardo is a great waiter

    Kevino Zari · October 2, 2011
  • Justin T.

    Get one of their many Belgian beers. They have a great collection.

    Justin Thorp · October 2, 2011
  • Belga C.

    Beer Tasting Dinner, sept 27th at 6-30pm. 3 courses paired with 7 beers from New Belgium Brewery!

    Belga Café · September 25, 2011
  • John Anthony M.

    The mussels rock! Can't go wrong with any pot.

    John Anthony M · September 21, 2011
  • Ashley R.

    Definitely make reservations on OpenTable if you plan on stopping by for brunch- it is packed but extremely efficient service.

    Ashley Rose · September 4, 2011
  • M Squared Real Estate

    Belga serves perfectly fine Belgian cuisine, and has at all times at least five fine Belgian beers on tap (and a host more besides). Reliable food, best for dinner.

    M Squared Real Estate · August 20, 2011
  • Eater

    Always a solid option on Barracks Row, Belga Cafe serves global "Eurofusion" cuisine (mostly Belgian) with a neighborly touch. [Eater 38 Member] Read more

    Eater · July 28, 2011

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