The Best Places for Brunch in DC Right Now
It’s brunch season.
Spring has officially sprung in the District, so we all know what that means: It’s brunch season. DC has always been obsessed with brunch—so with a beautiful backdrop of cherry blossoms and COVID-19 vaccinations becoming more readily available, there’s no better time to indulge.
The city loosened restrictions on indoor dining in mid-March, allowing for 25 percent dining room capacity, and the rules will continue to be reevaluated throughout the coming months. But, thanks to quickly rising temps, Washingtonians will likely opt to dine out on sunny patios and rooftops, anyways.
Plus, taking advantage of limited indoor and outdoor dining is a win-win as many restaurants could seriously benefit from your patronage, and we know you could benefit equally from a delicious meal that doesn’t require any dishes to be cleaned. So, check out our list of the best brunch options in DC right now where you can get takeout or enjoy a leisurely midday meal inside or out.
Modern French brasserie Le Diplomate is well-known among DC brunch goers for its charming sidewalk seating, which is now lined with stylish enclosed booths. Try one of the delicious egg dishes off the “Les Oeufs” menu, like a lobster omelette or the eggs basquaise, or go for classic French fare like steak frites and trout amandine. Don’t forget to add some mimosas or a refreshing Le Dip Spritz.
How to book: Make indoor and outdoor dining reservations via OpenTable and order takeout and delivery via Caviar
This romantic French bistro in Brookland is now open for dining both on its outdoor patio or inside under the restaurant’s signature ostrich-plumed chandeliers. Try out some French faves like the croque monsieur or cure a hangover with the crispy chicken hash, and finish it all up with a very reasonably priced Bloody Mary or French 75.
How to book: Make indoor and outdoor dining reservations via Resy and order takeout and delivery via ChowNow
Chef Johanna Hellrigl’s “sorta South American” spot opened mid-pandemic, so we don’t blame you if you haven’t been able to pay a visit yet. Now is the time, though, to sample dishes that range from a grass-fed burger to grilled homemade chorizo with chimichurri sauce to bagels from the crew at Call Your Mother. Those with a sweet tooth will also love options like sourdough pancakes and chocolate bread pudding with passionfruit maple syrup.
How to book: Make indoor and outdoor dining reservations via Resy and order takeout and delivery via UberEats or DoorDash
A Capitol Hill favorite, this Balkan restaurant was closed for remodeling, but its doors are back open and the spot’s popular bottomless brunch is back. At this all-you-can-eat-and-drink restaurant, you can sample from the entire menu that includes mezze platters and various types of eggs Benedict. Drink options cover Bloody Marys and mimosas with orange, peach, mango, and mixed berry juices and can be enjoyed either on the newly expanded patio, on the rooftop, or indoors.
How to book: Make indoor and outdoor dining reservations via OpenTable and order takeout and delivery via ChowNow, UberEats or GrubHub
Get your brunch on at Belga Cafe in Barracks Row, a popular Belgian spot by Chef Bart Vandaele. There, guests can call in advance to reserve private outdoor greenhouses for single parties of up to four. Egg dishes galore and sweet and savory waffles ensure that there is something there for everyone’s brunch needs.
How to book: Make indoor and outdoor dining reservations via OpenTable and order takeout and delivery via Waitbusters
Chef Colin McClimans’ New American restaurant Nina May in Logan Circle has brunch items like homemade pastries, egg sandwiches on fresh biscuits, or more lunch-y items like a house burger and yukon potato latkes with smoked brisket. The outdoor patio and indoor dining room are now open, or pick up service is available if you’d prefer to dine at home.
How to book: Make indoor and outdoor dining reservations via Resy and order takeout and delivery via Tock
This cozy Swiss restaurant on H Street offers private indoor dining chalets for a safe weekend brunch, and its patio is open for seating as well. Takeout and delivery is available for brunch, too, even including favorites like fondue and raclette to-go. Either way you choose to dine, patrons can order Swiss doughnuts, fresh biscuits and gravy, potato rösti, or a spätzli casserole while getting their Bloody Mary fix, too. Don’t forget to check out cocktails like the “mountain xanax” with chamomile and gin, as well as their selection of beer and wine.
How to book: Make indoor and outdoor dining reservations via Resy and order takeout and delivery via Grubhub and DoorDash
Little Red Fox
A charming neighborhood cafe that doubles as a market, Little Red Fox in Chevy Chase is offering pick-up options that range from blueberry muffins and croissants to a whole quiche and lunchtime favorites like the famous Fox BLT. It’s the perfect option for those who want to pick up a tasty brunch dish and their groceries for the week at the same time. Did we mention they also have a huge variety of beer, cider, and wine?
How to book: Order online for pickup or delivery directly through their website
This beloved gastropub is known for having one of the city’s best burgers, which you can enjoy inside or outside at the restaurant’s Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom locations. Add a runny egg for an extra brunch-y oomph and opt into the spot’s “bottomless” mimosas, which comes with two bottles of bubbly and some orange juice.
How to book: Make indoor and outdoor dining reservations via Resy, order takeout via Toast and delivery via DoorDash
I Egg You
The culinary minds behind ChiKo, Anju, and Mandu are back at it again with a breakfast pop-up operating out of ChiKo’s Capitol Hill location. The cheekily named I Egg You offers breakfast sandwiches with a slight twist in the form of pillowy milk bread and topping options like candied jalapenos and black pepper Kewpie mayonnaise. Pair your sandwich with your choice of three different kinds of crispy potatoes, a bottled bellini, or a cup of coffee from local roaster RAKO.
How to book: Order takeout with Toast or delivery via Caviar
Big Bear Cafe
DC’s most charming farm-to-table cafe is now serving breakfast favorites like their veg-friendly falafel wrap or breakfast burrito with farm fresh eggs and aged cheddar on the spot’s gorgeous patio. Don’t forget to add in a dose of your daily caffeine fix from their coffee menu, and those in search of something a little stronger will appreciate the restaurant’s beer and natural wine menu.
How to book: Walk in for outdoor dining and order pickup and delivery via website
Farmers & Distillers
A DC brunch mainstay, Farmers & Distillers is known for having a ridiculous array of menu items that all lend themselves to hangover busting. Luckily, the restaurant has reopened for indoor and outdoor dining, plus the Brunch at Home package is designed to feed two and includes everything from baked goods and eggs to housemade pasta and meat from their carver’s table.
How to book: Make indoor and outdoor dining reservations via OpenTable and order takeout and delivery via DoorDash or UberEats
Why limit brunch to weekends? Commissary is making the midday meal an everyday thing with its daily menu, complete with mimosas, four Bloody Mary options, and comforting classics like pancakes and Southern fried chicken breakfast sandwiches. Alongside indulgent options like a dulce de leche grilled cheese with mascarpone and raspberry preserves on cranberry walnut bread, the spot also has smoothies and grain bowls for good measure.
How to book: Make indoor and outdoor dining reservations via their website and order takeout and delivery via Upserve.
At this locavore spot in a tight-knit neighborhood, you can dine on all the seasonal produce the District has to offer. Choose from vegetarian faves like mango coconut Belgium waffles or a spring vegetable scramble, or opt for a vegan dish like the tofu “egg” scramble or coconut and dark chocolate cookies for dessert.
How to book: Make indoor and outdoor dining reservations via Tock and order takeout and delivery via their website.
You want it, Homestead’s got it. The family-style Southern restaurant is now featuring a robust brunch menu with everything from challah French toast to steak and eggs, all available for on the restaurant’s outdoor patio and inside the dining room. Tack on some tempting sides like funnel cake puffs and buttermilk biscuits and you’ve got a recipe for brunch-time success, especially when topped off with mimosas for the table.
How to book: Make indoor and outdoor dining reservations via Resy or OpenTable.
Provost’s heated rooftop has laid-back vibes that make it an ideal spot to post up for leisurely weekend brunches. At the soul food restaurant, you can dig into crab cakes, avocado toast, or even whole red snapper with grits made with organic ingredients by chef Nina Gilchrist.
How to book: Make indoor and outdoor dining reservations directly through their website.
If you’re enjoying springtime weather by the water, you’ve got to get brunch at chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Del Mar. The Basque restaurant focuses on seafood, so expect a menu with plenty of paella and easy to share tapas that you can enjoy either inside the airy dining room or outside on their patio.
How to book: Make indoor and outdoor dining reservations via Tock and order takeout via Toast.