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Belga Cafe

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Wed, 4/24
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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SOUPS
Cup 6
Bowl 10.5
Belgian Endive Soup
Madras curry, apple, endive
11
Soupe à L'Oignon Gratinée
Belgian onion soup, croutons, Gruyère cheese
Cup 6
Bowl 10
Soepje Van de Dag
Soup of the day
SALADS TO START
11.5
Belgische Witloof Salade
Belgian endive, blue cheese, pecans, coriander, pears, Hoegaarden-Belga dressing
10.5
Kleurrijke Bietjes Salade
Multi-colored beets, goat cheese, radishes, baby arugula, mint, beet vinaigrette
10
Salade Verte Aux Vinaigrette
Seasonal green salad, rye crumbles, herbs, balsamic, extra virgin olive oil
12.5
Smokehouse Mossel Salade
Friseé salad, lobster, mussels, pickled vegetables, burned smoked mayonnaise
LUNCH SALADS
15.95
Avocado Slaatje
Rocket salad, avocado, grilled chicken, sprouted seeds, snow peas, garlic croutons, yoghurt, mint, za'atar spice
16
Grote Garnaal Salade
Pan-seared big shrimp, garlic, green apples, curly kale, anise herbs, curry sauce
18
Le Canard Et Frisée Salade
Duck leg confit, frisée salad, crispy potatoes, pickled red onions, bacon, red wine dressing
16.5
Zalm Slaatje in Een Bokaal
Chopped salad, chesapeake smokehouse salmon, tomato, red onion, cauliflower, boiled eggs, chives, lemon mayo
15.5
Bloemkool Wafeltjes
Savory cauliflower waffle, pistachio-kale pesto, rocket salad, pomegranate, sumac
STARTERS
13
La Tartiflette
Golden Yukon potato, bacon, pickled onions, Reblochon cheese, bacon cheese foam
12.5
Mosselen Gratinées
Oven-grilled mussels on the half-shell, garlic butter, breadcrumbs
13.5
Paddestoelen Tartelette
Savory pastry, sauteed mushrooms, frisée salad, popped quinoa, rosemary, pickles
16
Tartaar Van Tonijn
Ahi tuna tartare, mashed avocado, crispy shallots, soy vinaigrette
10.5
Kip & Krab Sigaars
Spicy cigars of chicken & crabmeat, dipping sauces
13.95
Belga's Favoriete Wafel Met Krab
Waffle stuffed with crabmeat, mussels, saffron sauce
11
Vier Kazen Kroketten
Croquettes of four cheeses, mixed salad, balsamic
12
Chèvre Crème Brûlée
Creamy goat cheese crème brûlée, Belgian endive salad, bread chips, figs, nuts
BELGIAN'S PRIDE & JOY
8
Real Belgian Frites!
The world's original fries, Belgian - not French DC's best hand cut, double fried, perfect frites Served with a trio of homemade mayonnaise
12
Frites Speciaal Deluxe!
Our original Belgian frites recipe with something special Double fried, truffles, truffle cheese, truffle mayo
BELGIAN MUSSEL POTS
Entrée mussel pots are served with Belgian frites and mayonnaise
15.5
22.5
Mussels "Garlic Butter"
Cream, white wine, celery, onion, butter, lots of garlic
16
23
Mussels "Diabolique"
Calamari, tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, scallions red onions, garlic, mushrooms, lobster broth
16
23.5
Mussels "Truffels en Prei"
Leeks, truffles, spicy sausage, mushrooms, cream, red onions, herbs, Stella Artois
15
22
Mussels "MarinièRe"
"The classique" White wine, shallots, garlic, butter, parsley
26.5
Mussels "Ostendaise"
Half lobster, tomatoes, red onion, garlic, lobster sauce
OUR ENTRÉES
18.5
Cheddar Cheese Waffle & Baby Back Ribs
Cheddar cheese waffle, BB ribs, mesquite spices, spicy honey sauce, aioli, avocado crème
22
The Belgian Omelet
Stuffed omelet, lobster, shrimp, crab, calamari, tomato-bisque sauce, petite salade
22
Gebraden Kip Met Dragon
Lemon roasted chicken, field greens, Belgian frites, tarragon chicken jus
26.5
Biefstuk Van de Beenhouwer
Grilled hanger steak, three shallots, red wine sauce, green vegetables, Belgian frites
22
Forel Van de Ardennen
Sauteed trout, Belgian stir-fried vegetables, roasted lemon - caper butter sauce
22.5
Vlaamse Stoverij Met Frietjes
Flemish beef stew with Leffe Brown sauce, carrots Belgian frites, mayonnaise
21.75
Filet Américain Préparé Met Frietjes
The Belgian steak tartare, fried onions, cornichons, capers, quail egg, petite salad, Belgian frites
21.75
Tortellini Met Ricotta en Erwtjes
Homemade spring pea-ricotta tortellini, snow peas, sage butter sauce, Parmesan cheese
SAND WISHES & TOAST
17.5
The B & B Burger
Grilled beef burger, Parmesan crisp, tomato, pickles, crazy sauce, Belgian frites
16.5
De Chef's Steak Sandwich
Grilled hanger steak, mushrooms, caremlized onions, jalapeños, American cheese whiz, sriracha mayo
16.5
Lamsburger
Spicy lamb & chorizo burger, goat cheese, spinach, yoghurt garlic sauce, radish, sumac, Belgian frites
14.75
Vegetarishe Burger
Red beet burger, sautéed mushrooms, lettuce, Américain sauce, crispy onions
14.95
Add Smoked Salmon 6.95
Our Avocado Toast
Farm house bread, crushed avocado, pickles, radishes, tomatoes, hard boiled egg, petite salade
15.5
Warm Smoked Trout Toast
Grilled toast, warm smoked trout, capers, cucumber, pickled onions, dill, chive sour cream
SIDES TO SHARE
8
Jonge Spinazie
Baby spinach, herb butter, blue cheese crumbles
9.5
Brusselse Spruitjes
Deep fried Brussels' sprouts, yoghurt sauce, sumac
11
Truffle Mac & Cheese
Tubetti pasta, truffle Pecorino cheese, béchamel
About
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.
PRICE RANGE
$20 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Belgian, European, International
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, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Outdoor Seating
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited as part of a walking food tour. We had a sample size of the beef stew, frites and salad. The beef was tender and yummy. The frites were good too.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank tmiller461
Bart V, General Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello and thanks for the feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your DC Food Tour with us, Belgians know their beef stew! Please don't hesitate to visit us again, there's much more to try, cheers!

Reviewed February 24, 2019 via mobile

My friend Beth and I went to Belga after a fashion show for DC fashion week. I had been to this restaurant twice before and it was really good so I was excited to try it again. Everything was great: the food, service, the atmosphere,...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Christina N
Bart V, General Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2019

Hi Christina, thank you for the review! Glad everything went well, we aim to please. Hope to see you back again soon, cheers!

Reviewed February 11, 2019 via mobile

Great food and excellent beer menu, plus the staff is always friendly, cocktails were good and definitely coming back to this place, for the first time I tried the rockfish that they offer was incredible and great taste it was fresh and light as my...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Jiron1988
Reviewed January 29, 2019

After reading the menu had high expectations of fine food in an old world atmosphere. It is old world like in the place needs to be updated and cleaned. Asking the waiter for tips or explanations elicited little more than a grunt and a half...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

Our first time here. Read some reviews and chose this place. Pretty quiet for a Friday night but we came at 9pm. Excellent 5 pepper steak, I ordered it twice. We also ordered the Mussells Marienere. That was good too. Would recommend that the chef...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank VivinKuriakose123
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2018

Hello and thank you for your feedback. Glad to hear your first visit was great! We pride ourselves on all things Belgian. Please visit us again the next time you're in the city! Cheers

Reviewed November 7, 2018

Have you ever found a quaint, unpretentious little restaurant that is just so good that you wish you lived across the street so you go there last-minute for a delicious meal ... a meal probably better than what you could make even if you had...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank MD-Fam-Traveler
Reviewed October 28, 2018

The Belga Cafe continues to be one of the best restaurants in DC, especially in Capital Hill. We always enjoy our meals and is our "go-to" place for out of town guests and special occasions. The service is prompt and friendly, and the food is...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Juli L
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

I had a friend visiting from out of town and we had dinner at Belga Cafe. It was amazing. I had the Muscles with fries. The muscles were prepared with Truffle and Sausage and they were delish. My friend had the sirloin and it was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Dana H
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

A beautiful day for Alfresco dining. Berga staff was very accommodating to seat 8 of as a walk-in party. The food was excellent and the service top notch. Will definitely visit again.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Nancy B
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Sat at the bar. Had great drinks. Really like the Betsy Gin and Tonic. Apps were very good. Try the Cigars, great combination of crab and chicken. Everything is great. I had Le Vrai Steak Frites Belge. Always good. Asked for it medium rare and...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Douglas1st
Bart V, Manager at Belga Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2018

Hi Douglas, Thanks for the feedback. We are very happy to hear you celebrated your anniversary with us at Belga! You can't go wrong with the steak frites, or Mussel Marinier, both great choices. We'd be happy to have you back anytime. Cheers!

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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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