Belga Cafe

514 8th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003


Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Southeast

Cuisines: Belgian

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Thursday 11 to 10 PM, Friday 11 to 11 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 11 PM, and Sunday 9 to 9:30.

Nearby Metro Stops: Eastern Market

Price Range: Moderate

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended


Best Dishes:
Pastry "cigars" stuffed with chicken and crab; duck liver with tutti-frutti; chicken Waterzooi; beef stew; cod with Brussels sprouts and brandade; fried veal sweetbreads; pommes frites; asparagus fritters with asparagus ice cream; endive tarte Tatin.

Price Details:
Dinner entrees, $16 to $22.

Neighborhood Eats: Belga Cafe

The menu at this brick-walled cafe is divided between Euro-fusion—chef Bart Vandaele’s spins on his native Belgian cuisine—and classic Flemish dishes. The latter are better: mustardy potato croquettes, sweet-sour beef stew with braised cabbage, and mussels steamed in ale. The list of draft and bottled beers is long and well considered—one interesting choice is Kasteel Rouge, a cherry-flavored beer that’s not so sweet that you’d mistake it for dessert.

-March, 2008