Belga Cafe | Washington, Washington DC
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Belga Cafe
Exceptional based on 13 ratings
Type: Restaurant

514 8th St SE
Washington, Washington DC United States 20003 [ print map ]
202 544 0100

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Hours: Mon-Fri 11 AM-11:00 PM; Sat 9 AM-11 PM; Sun 9 AM-9:30 PM


Taps: 6 | Bottles: 30


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13 reviews for Belga Cafe
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  75%
 Selection  75%
 Food  88%
 Value  68%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  81%
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70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83  (159) Fairfax, Virginia | December 18, 2013
Went there some time ago - place is a small cafe-style place. Spring and Fall are the best times to go, as you can sit outside. Beer selection was good, prices were okay for being smack-dab downtown.

Server attitude was a bit disconcerting. It was just after 4pm and my friends just wanted a few drinks and orders of frites. The place was mostly empty, and there were only two other tables full (at least outside), so the snooty attitude that was given to us for just wanting beers and frites in the middle of the afternoon was a little uncalled for. Other than that - it was good. Iíve never made it there for a full meal. Maybe someday.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
5150datkins  (11) Washington DC | September 27, 2013
super busy place with a few decent Belgians, Make a reservation first
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere  (651) Montreal, Quebec | July 18, 2013
We went to Belga for lunch on a Monday morning and the place was perhaps surprisingly almost empty. It had more of an upscale feel than we would have expected from the outside, especially considering the ridiculously hot and humid weather. The select few Belgian taps contained a well thought-out selection and the Belgian cuisine was pretty good, pricey, but well executed and with nice touches. The fries were excellent in the genre, the carbonade, melting and the appetizers, really well presented. Lower prices would have been appreciated, but I guess those are rare in DC. The bottle list seemed a bit longer than the 30 pop presented here, but indeed is not all that huge. Still, it covers the basics and meets your expectations when entering such a place. Itís just that as a beer traveler, it does not have anything you would associate with DC, the city you were visiting in the first place and besides the upscale feel, is not all that distinguishable from similar Belgian restaurants from any city of the world with a relatively good bottle list. It seems to be very popular though as the first time we came on Sunday for Brunch, the wait time was over an hour.
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin  (100) Baltimore, Maryland | November 6, 2012
For brunch. Crazy busy, awesome vibrant feel in more laid-back area of DC, brick-walled. Decent menu, decent drinks (Napoleon Mimosa was nice), nothing too impressive. Service a bit rushed and pushy, and the prices are definitely high, but enjoyable. Definitely intrigued enough to head back and put them through their paces.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Strebs  (163) St. Louis, Missouri | August 7, 2012
Moule, pomme frites, and glasses of Hommel Bier and Saison Dupont under an umbrella on a sunny day are hard to beat.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
BMWiens  (11) Texas | August 13, 2011
A great little neighborhood restaurant featuring Belgian cuisine and Belgian-style beers. Good selection of Belgians and US East Coast Belgian-style beer. Food is great, if you like Belgian. Service is sometimes better than others: never bad but some servers know their beer and food better than do others. I stop in every time Iím in DC on business (a few times a year). Never had to wait for a table, never seen a line, maybe because Iím generally there weekdays.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
shuribear  (20) Washington DC | March 27, 2010
This is primarily a restaurant with some Belgian beers rather than a beer bar per se, but you will certainly not want for a delicious beer while enjoying one of the tastiest restaurants in the area. Terrific staff...without a doubt worth more than a few visits.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
Nate  (272) Indiana, Pennsylvania | March 7, 2010
Nice place near the Eastern Market Metro. Make a reservation! We did, luckily, but the line to íwaití was at least an hour for those who didnít. The food selection is very good. I tried the foie du canard as an app (smoky and tons of it) and some mussels for dinner. My wife enjoyed their halibut. The beer selection was decent, but overpriced for what it was. Service was very good and the food is great. If youíre going just to drink, however, you can find cheaper alternatives with lower prices.
74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
beckstein  (17) | February 19, 2009
Great place. Beer selection is good, but the food is excellent. One of the best Belgian restaurants Iíve found in US
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr  (1451) Washington, Washington DC | November 26, 2008| Updated April 10, 2010
Chef Bart has a flair for pairing Belgian beers with traditional and modern Belgian food. Monthly beer tasting with their beer manager Jens, who is from Alveringem in West Falnders (home of the de Snoek brewery and museum). Special events on the restaurants anniversary in October, and on the Belgian kingís birthday.

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