About us

Belga Cafe is a restaurant concept 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.

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Meet our chef

Executive Chef-Owner / Belga Café / Betsy

A master of traditional Belgian cuisine with a flair for provocative dishes, Vandaele is a contestant on season 10 of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” “I’ve become known as ‘the Belgian guy’ for putting Belgian food on the map in D.C.,” he says.

The Belgian-born chef opened his first restaurant in 2004, the wildly successful Belga Cafe, and on May 2013, he opened a second restaurant.

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Private dining & events

Belga Cafe is the perfect place to host your private function. Whether big or small, allow us to help take some of that pressure off your shoulders and impress your guests. Belga Cafe’s dining room is available for parties and dinner as well as the rooftop summer garden at Betsy.

Private parties


Call us at (202)-544-0100 or book a table through Open Table:

Gift Cards

Give a gift of Belgian experience

Celebrate a special event or that special someone with a Belga Café gift card. We offer gift cards in varying amounts, and each gift card can be used at Belga Café or Betsy. We can ship to you or directly to the recipient along with a personalized note.

There Are Two Ways To Purchase Gift Cards:

Visit any of our locations


Please Note:
Belga Café gift cards cannot be redeemed for cash and will not be replaced or refunded if lost or stolen.

Partner restaurants

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Betsy is an intimate, open-air rooftop serving American fare and a cocktail program focused on all things gin.


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514 8th Street Southeast
Washington, DC


5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Contact us



All press and media inquiries should be directed to media@belgacafe.com