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few Mar 21, 2011 06:36 AM

I went here several years ago and really enjoyed the food, service and overall experience.

Anyone been here lately...going to be in DC next week and would like to make a revisit if its still as good as I remember

Looking forward to the local CH's tipping me up on this fondly remembered spot!

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Belga Cafe
514 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

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    fisherdm Mar 21, 2011 08:48 AM

    It hasn't changed a bit, but its neighbors have. The Barrack's Row strip is now home to several newer additions, several of which are quite good, depending on your mood and cuisine preferences (Ted's Bulletin, Cava come to mind).

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      jenniferpdc Mar 21, 2011 11:11 AM

      I never really cared for this restaurant, although it does seem to be pretty popular. I think the mussels at Granville Moore's are defenitely superior.

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        erinnf Mar 21, 2011 01:02 PM

        I live on the hill and have eaten at Belga periodically over the last 4 years. I enjoyed my meals the first few times, but I have vowed not to return. I think the quality is just unreliable. My last couple meals were disappointing and the service issues did not help. I think there are better places for belgian food in DC - perhaps Brasserie Beck? I have not been to Granville Moore's, but I suspect Brassserie Beck is more similar to Belga in terms of atmosphere. Happy eating!

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        Brasserie Beck
        1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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          Giggling Gourmand Mar 21, 2011 06:39 PM

          I also live on the hill and have to agree. The food can be good, but it's spotty and the service has been terrible lately. I'd rather go out of my way to head to Beck.

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            few Mar 22, 2011 05:15 AM

            wow...ok then...I will check out where this Brasserie Beck is and make a decision.....do you need reservations for B Beck?

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            Brasserie Beck
            1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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              Steve Mar 22, 2011 05:45 AM

              if all you want is a steak frites, then you are going to be fine at Belga. The food at Beck is fussier, mostly better. I love the onion and shallot soup. They also make a hot cider cocktail that is out-of-this-world, but very seasonal.

              Their website will give you an idea of what the place is like. They have simplified the menu in the last year or so, and some of my favorites have vanished.

              http://www.beckdc.com/

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                Giggling Gourmand Mar 24, 2011 09:39 AM

                Yes, I think you should probably book a table.

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                av8r Mar 24, 2011 09:17 PM

                I also live on the hill, have only eaten at Belga once and I guess I lucked out, both food and service were okay. Now I'll have to decide whether to quit winners or push my luck sometime. Probably won't matter for awhile, I've still got a lot of Barracks Row to try for the first time, and have already found some places worth return visits (Banana Cafe may keep me from ever making it down to Belga anyway).

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                  few Mar 25, 2011 03:33 PM

                  OK..so you locals have me intrigued... so give me the top 3-5 and let me know if I need rez and what their "best" is!

                  THANKS!

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              travelingirl Mar 24, 2011 07:43 AM

              I try to order something else, but return time and again to the onion tart at brunch.

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                MartinDC Apr 6, 2011 12:29 PM

                I don't like their wine program. Their "carafe" of house wine isn't anywhere near a liter (two can't share what they call a carafe), and it's not a reasonable price. Treating house wine like it's some kind of high luxury is not authentic Belgian.

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