Food & Drink

The Best Restaurants for Brunch in DC

Updated On 02/09/2018 at 05:51PM EST
Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern

Foggy Bottom

Upscale, locally sourced Contemporary American cuisine
There’s a reason this place is a Michelin Star restaurant. Its locally sourced delicacies merge rustic and contemporary flavors of American cuisine in a casual chic tavern atmosphere, with an outdoor terrace that’s an urban oasis. The silky short-rib hash is a must-have, but you can’t go wrong with the chicken biscuit, or the raclette burger. And why not accompany any of those with a sorbet mimosa?

Brunch hours: Sat-Sun 11am-2:30pm


Chevy Chase

Modern, seasonal farm-to-table with ample brunch offerings
The menu at Bryan Voltaggio’s Chevy Chase restaurant has a truly impressive, pardon the pun, range. It has salads, shellfish over ice, bakery selections, terrines and pates, cheeses, wood oven pizzas, sandwiches, and, of course, brunch staples. Go savory with the avocado and pepper jack egg sandwich, or mix sweet and spicy with the honey buttermilk biscuits covered in pepper jelly. Then, rinse it all down with a crisp Bellini or tart gin fizz.

Brunch hours: Sat-Sun 11:30am-4pm



Navy Yard

Sustainable seafood in a lofty environment
If you like seafood, head down to Whaley’s, which is dominating the seafood brunch game in the burgeoning Navy Yard. It features a raw bar with oysters, mussels, and scallops alongside pancakes and cocktails in a lofty space reminiscent of an old riverboat in Yards Park. If indulgent seafood towers and the waterfront scenery isn’t enough to tempt you, feel good that all of the used oyster shells go to Oyster Recovery Partnership, a nonprofit that helps improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay -- every half shell put back into the water can house 10 baby oysters, to keep the ecosystem (and restaurants) flush.

Brunch hours: Sunday 11am-3pm

Iron Gate Restaurant

Iron Gate

Logan Circle

Intimate small plates and an impressive courtyard
This swanky Logan Circle spot offers mouthwatering Italian and Greek small plates alongside baked hen eggs, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and many other twists on traditional brunch dishes. The menu is seasonal, but if you can get your mitts on some orange blossom donuts, don’t leave without them, and definitely enjoy a well-crafted cocktail on the intimate patio and courtyard.

Brunch hours: Saturday-Sunday 11am-2pm

Open City

Woodley Park

Bustling, airy diner with all-day breakfast offerings
Open City is the motherland of brunch, open from early morning to midnight (or later) seven days a week. If that wasn’t enough, the patio is sunlit and charming, and the food is super-comforting with lots of vegan and vegetarian options. Go with crunchy hash browns, cheesy grits, or the popular California omelet, and enjoy the tasty espresso drinks in this little slice of heaven.

Brunch hours: Sunday-Thursday 6am-12am; Friday-Saturday 6am-1am

DC Harvest

DC Harvest

H Street NE

Modern farmhouse with a focus on local sourcing
We drool a little just thinking about DC Harvest, a locally sourced wonderland with a farmhouse feel on the H Street Corridor. This place is always bustling and yet the plaid-attired servers never make you feel rushed while serving robust platters of the healthiest, modern-American fare in town. The spelt buttermilk pancakes and tri-tip steak hash will keep you satisfied all day, and you can wash it all down with $20 bottomless mimosas or a seasonal fruit or vegetable cocktail.

Brunch hours: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-2:30pm

Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen


Neighborhood diner features classic brunch items with fresh updates
If you’re looking for something more family-friendly, Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen has a modern rustic feel and outdoor patio where everyone can enjoy traditional American fare and comfort food. The eggs Benedict with roast beef is a hearty brunch-time favorite, but Brussels sprouts chips are easily the best thing on the menu.

Brunch hours: Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm

Bar Pilar

Bar Pilar

U Street/14th Street

Quirky gastropub in the middle of everything
Hemingway nerds, rejoice! This two-story gastropub’s artsy decor pays homage the literary titan and serves a fitting mix of American and Spanish cuisine. The mostly European wine selection is terrific, and there are plenty of carbo-loading options from the dreamy pancake sandwiches to the buttery English muffins. If you’ve had a long night you can even opt for the “Hangover Cure,” a seemingly endless bowl of biscuits buried under sausage, gravy, home fries, and cheesy eggs.

Brunch hours: Saturday-Sunday 11am-4pm

Kafe Leopold & Konditorei


Charming Georgetown location serving tasty European fare
Kafe Leopold is best appreciated if you studied abroad in Austria, or if you love excellent coffee, perfectly crafted chocolate, and sitting on a sunny plaza while a beautiful fountain gurgles nearby. Nestled away in a cobblestone alley in Georgetown, this peaceful retreat is a great place to enjoy a rich, frothy cafe melange and a honeyed waffle. If you don’t get something with chocolate in it here, like the praline mousse, you’re not doing it right.

Brunch hours: Saturday-Sunday 8-4pm

Room 11

Room 11

Columbia Heights

Hip, tucked away brunch haven
This cozy wine cubby is charming, to say the least, with gourmet grilled cheeses, flaky quiche, sizzling jalapeño biscuits, and their uber-popular pork belly hash. There’s also a huge list of wines to wash them down, as well as some specialty cocktails like the bourbon and apple cider concoction, or the Half Smoke with vodka, ginger beer, grapefruit, and house-made chili bitters.

Brunch hours: Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm

Beuchert's Saloon

Eastern Market

Elevated speakeasy vibe meets "farm American" cuisine
Although it’s one of the best whiskey bars in town by night, by brunch it’s all about the fruit and sparkling wine. The old-world feel of antiqued wood and marble, glowing under saffron lamps and taxidermied buffalo heads makes this a hipster haven. Its vintage interior opens to an adorable outdoor brick patio that’s the perfect place to enjoy fresh and fluffy beignets balanced by a tangy grapefruit mimosa. The fried green tomato Benedict with pimento cheese mousse is a dream come true.

Brunch hours: Saturday-Sunday 11am-2:30pm




Ample patio seating and dim sum-style brunch
Hazel had us at “crispy tots.” Its smart, inventive, Asian-fusion dishes riff off modern American fare to make this a terrific brunch spot, loading you up on kimchi scramble, duck muffin with a baked egg, and bacon rolls. The artful interior and funky patio give this place an unconventional feel that translates into a very good vibe, and if you have a big enough group, you can order the entire brunch menu for $95.

Brunch hours: 11am-2pm

Le Diplomate

U Street/14th Street

DC’s go-to French brasserie
Among brunch enthusiasts in DC, one of the most common refrains is, “Le Dip!” This bustling brasserie serves classic French fare and delicious drinks amid a zinc bar, decorative tile floors, and airy sidewalk cafe. The vanilla French toast gets rave reviews, but you can’t go wrong with the rest of the massive menu, which includes crispy frites, juicy duck sarladaise, croque madame, and steak tartare with a quail egg.

Brunch hours: Saturday-Sunday 9:30am-3pm

Daikaya - Ramen - Izakaya



Inventive Japanese fusion brunch
Daikaya is split into two spaces: the modern downstairs space focuses on Sapporo-style ramen, while the upstairs whiskey bar serves small plates of Japanese-influenced comfort food like lox and onigiri, or chicken & waffles with wasabi butter and maple syrup. The brunch cocktails and mocktails are fun and bubbly, like the Eisai gin fizz that mixes Cold River gin, matcha powder, egg, and lemon. And who could honestly say no to the French toast, which is soaked the night before in cream and soy milk, then dusted with kinako powder?

Brunch hours: Sunday 11am-3pm

Mintwood Place

Adams Morgan

Franco-American comfort food with a wood-burning oven
Mintwood is Franco-American comfort food done just right, in a modern farmhouse-style location complete with wood-burning oven and quaint sidewalk seating. A unique ambiance and enticing selections like pear-buttered toast, pork hash, and smoked salmon eggs Benedict make this spot a must-visit. Then there’s its take on a hangover special that piles hamburger and onions in with Cheddar, bacon, and a sunny-side-up egg.

Brunch hours: Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-2:30pm

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Union Market


Indulgent biscuit sandwiches surrounded by limitless food options
Union Market has everything. Navigating the bustling neighborhood hub, you’ll likely run into a few people you know, and hopefully you’ll be blessed with good weather so you can eat at one of the picnic tables outside. The hardest part is choosing where to go and what to order: options include tofu tacos at Takorean, buttery biscuits at Mason Dixie Biscuit Co., a strawberry liège waffle at Saison Wafel Bar, bread pudding at Puddin', or the lambs and clams at Rappahannock Oyster Bar. Make a day out if it, if your stomach can handle it.

Brunch hours: Saturday-Sunday 8am - 8pm



Rustic local spot with inviting Southern fare
Fairly new to the up-and-exploding Petworth neighborhood, the Homestead is as its namesake suggests -- a welcoming rustic-style rowhouse of exposed brick and reclaimed wood with multiple floors and bars, and a lively roof deck. The family-style Southern pub fare includes meatloaf with Louisiana-style shrimp & grits, but at brunch, you’ll find a variety of egg dishes with lamb bacon, a hash made with pork shoulder, sweet potato and roasted peppers, and an egg-topped burger with pickled onions and garlic aioli.

Brunch hours: Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm

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Boundary Stone


Neighborhood pub with well-priced brunch cocktails
Named for the mile markers that once shaped the city, this warm and friendly neighborhood pub at the heart of Bloomingdale prides itself on being a restful refuge for those who enjoy simple pleasures like $14 bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. Bordering on the edge of being divey, Boundary Stone is an Irish-leaning local watering hole with a tin ceiling, oak bar, and plenty of nooks and crannies for comfortable conversation. Chill in the outdoor seating and dig into the French toast, pork belly and egg sandwich, or maple syrup bacon grits.

Brunch hours: Saturday-Sunday 11am - 2pm

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A Baked Joint

Mount Vernon Square

Chill spot with open layout and affordable breakfast offerings
The perfect spot for a relaxed brunch with friends or group study session -- A Baked Joint is a light-filled, trendy space with plenty of seating that also happens to have delicious food and espresso beverages. It’s owned by the same geniuses that brought you Baked & Wired in Georgetown, so they also have a pretty wide selection of tasty baked goods. A few standouts on the menu include their classic “Biscuit Sammie” breakfast sandwich and the “NC Country Ham” featuring “thick salty NC ham.”

Breakfast/Brunch hours: Monday-Wednesday until 3pm, Thursday-Saturday until 5pm, and Sunday until 6pm

Little Red Fox

Little Red Fox

Chevy Chase

Whimsical café and market with sidewalk patio
A charming neighborhood café that doubles as a market, Little Red Fox features a lovely outdoor patio and communal inside seating. Somehow this small space has managed to establish itself as a successful one-stop shop with everything from fresh produce to wine and beer on sale, to its homemade baked goods and tasty take-to-go side dishes and mac & cheese. Besides their baked goods, the breakfast/brunch selections include items such as the “Portlander” with a fried egg and house-made apple butter, and the crowd favorite “Foxocado” with a fried egg, house-made salsa roja, and avocado spread on ciabatta.

Breakfast hours: Tuesday-Friday 7:30-11am, Saturday-Sunday 7:30am-4pm

Tiger Fork

Tiger Fork


Contemporary, stylish Chinese bistro
Tucked away in the now-booming and increasingly stylish Blagden Alley, Tiger Fork promises to “meld old-school Hong Kong culinary tradition with pops of global influence.” Their "Dim Sum and Then Some" brunch menu is fun, unique, and meant to be shared -- featuring small plates of creamed tofu, steamed mustard greens, Chinese bacon, and something they call “Happy Toast.”

Brunch hours: Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-2:30pm

Joselito Casa de Comidas

Capitol Hill

Cozy Spanish bistro with homey interior
Get that “coming home” feeling at family-owned Joselito, whose Spanish fare is both authentic and inventive. Order dishes like smoked salt-cured cod with gazpacho or the jumbo lump crab Benedict off their bottomless brunch menu, and wash it all down with brunch libations like mimosas or homemade sangria for either $5 each or $20 for unlimited.

Brunch hours: Saturday-Sunday 11:30am-4pm

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