19 Essential Brunch Restaurants in DC

From bottomless mimosas and hearty stacks of pancakes to towering breakfast sandwiches, there's something for everyone.

Photo by Kevin Parisi

DC is a brunch town, but why the citywide obsession? The meal is so much more than just sitting down to indulge in a questionable number of drinks and a heaping pile of French toast—it’s the perfect way to escape the Sunday scaries with a mimosa in hand, preferably.

With casual eateries to grab a hangover-busting breakfast sandwich, buzzy restaurants where you can feast on classic dishes like Eggs Benedict and Chicken and Waffles, and bottomless brunch deals that rival even the best happy hour in town, The District has plenty of options to choose from. So check out this list of all the best brunch spots in DC right now—and get ready for Sunday.

Dauphine’s
Dauphine's | Photo by Kevin Parisi

Dauphine’s

Downtown
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Visit the French Quarter in New Orleans for brunch without ever leaving DC. The interior of Dauphine’s is marked by charming brasserie-like touches and the giant atrium bar of your dreams. Brunch launched earlier this year with a live jazz trio, interesting takes on creole classics like a Hot Sausage Po Boy, Gumbo with roast pork, and a brunch basket that includes buttermilk biscuits and banana bread. Plus, you can spend the morning downing “Hurricane Style” mimosas or nursing a hangover with a Creole Bloody Mary.

Available for Reservations

Muchas Gracias

Chevy Chase
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It’s hard to beat Muchas Gracias’ origin story, popping up during the pandemic as a charity-driven grocery shop and modest takeout kitchen. The restaurant still has a philanthropic bent and has managed to upgrade its space and operations to accommodate both a front and back patio and a bangin’ brunch service. Oaxacan-inspired dishes include a Taco Platter loaded with protein options like Apple Cider Pork Carnitas, plus shareable dishes like Queso Fundido con Mezcal and an Heirloom Bean Ceviche Tostada. On the beverage side, expect lots of tequila and mezcal cocktails, plus agua fresca for a more low-key meal.

Available for Reservations

Imperfecto

West End
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Chef Enrique Limardo had already blessed DC with Seven Reasons and Immigrant Food before opening Imperfecto in 2021. There, Mediterranean and Latin American flavors fuse to create a perfectly “imperfect” brunch menu, featuring standouts like a Spicy Avocado Toast topped with grilled octopus, and a Spanish Sandwich stuffed with cured ham, foie gras, and truffle butter.
How to book: Via Tock

Planta

Bethesda
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The first U.S. location of Toronto-based PLANTA was an absolute hit in Miami. Since then it’s been spreading its green fingers all over the country to places like New York, Los Angeles—and now, Bethesda. The light and bright restaurant’s design is super organic-feeling to match its menu of vegan fare. While some meatless joints can leave you feeling slightly unsatisfied, the goal of PLANTA is the exact opposite. Bottomless mimosas and sake sangria set the vibes, followed by plant-based takes on brunch classics like a Truffle Scramble, Quiche with Mushroom Bacon, and French Toast

Moon Rabbit

The Wharf
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Despite Moon Rabbit’s design vibe being decidedly hotel-like, the menu is absolutely anything but corporate. The Vietnamese-inspired dishes—dreamt up by Chef Kevin Tien, formerly of the beloved Himitsu and Emilie’s—are inspired by cooking traditions he learned from his mother and grandmother as well as his Louisiana roots. Cure your hangover with a Pho-Seasoned Fried Chicken Sandwich, or dig into a satisfying breakfast bowl with garlic fried rice, siu mai, Maggi gravy, and a fried egg.

Available for Reservations

Ambar

Capitol Hill
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One of the city’s favorite all you can eat and drink options, this Balkan restaurant is a must-visit. During 120 glorious minutes, your group can order up meze platters to fill the table and individual servings of Eggs Benedict with either prosciutto or salmon. Drink options include mango mimosas and classic Bloody Marys, and can be enjoyed either on their patio, rooftop, or indoors.

Available for Reservations

Belga Cafe

Barracks Row
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Get your brunch on at Belga Cafe in Barracks Row, a popular Belgian spot by chef Bart Vandaele. The charming outdoor patio is the perfect setting for weekend brunch, and you haven’t officially had a waffle until you try one of Belga’s sweet or savory Belgian options. Those craving eggs can’t go wrong, but the spot is famous for “Beruchte” Groene Eieren, aka green eggs made with herb pesto, spinach, and Gruyere on an English muffin with bacon. We love that despite a laundry list of brunch cocktails, Belga has great non-alcoholic options as well like the signature sparkling mocktail with dragonfruit and passionfruit.

Available for Reservations

Big Bear Cafe

Bloomingdale
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Looking for something nutritious and delicious? DC’s most charming farm-to-table cafe has dozens of breakfast favorites, like a veg-friendly falafel wrap and breakfast burritos with farm fresh eggs and aged cheddar. Don’t forget to add in a dose of your daily caffeine fix from the shop’s coffee menu, and those in search of something a little stronger will appreciate their beer and natural wine menu. Ready to embrace patio season? Their gorgeous outdoor space is also open.

Commissary

Shaw
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Why limit brunch to weekends? Commissary is making the midday meal an everyday thing with its daily brunch menu, complete with an entire menu of breakfast sandwiches, from a savory breakfast panini to a sweet Dulce de Leche Grilled Cheese. Grain bowls and breakfast salads are perfect for brunchers looking for a fresh option, and Commissary also boasts a tempting smoothie menu. Top it all off with one of their award-winning Bloody Marys, and you’ve got a recipe for brunch-time success.
How to book: Via website

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Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Basque restaurant by the water puts an emphasis on seafood that translates into a creative brunch menu. With lavish seafood towers, easy-to-share tapas, and paella that can be ordered for two to three people, a table in Del Mar’s stunning dining room or on the patio with views of the water is perfect for groups.
How to book: Via Tock

Duke's Grocery
Photo by April Greer

Duke's Grocery

Dupont Circle
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This beloved gastropub is known for having one of the city’s best burgers, but add a runny egg to it and you’ve got a bona fide brunch hit. The rest of the daytime menu serves up some solid options as well like a Proper English Brekkie, Shakshuka, and the Earth to Sea Tartine with red beet-cured salmon and a goat cheese and hemp seed spread. Tack on bottomless mimosas, house Bloody Marys, or Narragansetts drafts, and you’ve got a full brunch party for 90 minutes.

Available for Reservations

Farmers & Distillers

Mount Vernon Square
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A DC brunch mainstay, Farmers & Distillers is known for having an epic brunch buffet for $29.99 per person that’s guaranteed to bust any hangover. The meal is all-you-can-eat, so you’re guaranteed to leave full, whether you’re making a beeline for the French Toast table or keeping it light with a Coconut Chia Bowl and a Brûléed Grapefruit. If you’re tired of the standard mimosa, try grabbing one of the restaurant’s signature brunch cocktails like Breakfast on the Boulevard, with bourbon, Campari, and espresso-infused amaro.

Available for Reservations

I Egg You

Capitol Hill
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The culinary minds behind ChiKo, Anju and Mandu, aptly named the Fried Rice Collective, 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 something a little different in the form of pillowy milk bread and three kinds of crispy potatoes with varied amounts of toppings. A cup of coffee from local roastery RAKO is also a must-order.
LINK: website

Le Diplomate

14th Street Corridor
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Modern French brasserie Le Diplomate is well-known amongst DC brunch goers for its charming sidewalk seating, and for remaining one of the city’s most bustling brunch options since it first opened in 2005. Try one of the delicious egg dishes off the “Les Oeufs” menu, like a Lobster Omelet or the Eggs Basquaise, and don’t forget to add some mimosas or a refreshing Le Dip Spritz.

Available for Reservations

Little Red Fox

Chevy Chase
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A charming neighborhood cafe that doubles as a market, Little Red Fox in Chevy Chase is open for weekend shopping, quick coffee dates, and full-on brunches on the small outdoor patio. From blueberry muffins and croissants to quiche and lunchtime favorites like the Fox BLT, Little Red Fox can satisfy any weekend craving. Even better, you can prep for the week ahead by picking up groceries from the on-site market while you’re there.
How to book: Via website

Nina May

Logan Circle

Grab brunch at chef Colin McClimans’ New American restaurant Nina May in Logan Circle to enjoy homemade pastries, egg sandwiches on fresh biscuits or muffins, or more lunch-y items like a House Burger and Yukon Potato Latkes with Smoked Brisket. The restaurant also offers a set menu of shareable dishes like Grilled Whole Stuffed Rainbow Trout and House Made Breakfast Herb Focaccia so you can get a taste of the full menu. And from a signature espresso martini to seasonal mimosas and other cocktails, Nina May has you covered on the beverage front as well.

Available for Reservations

Stable

H Street

This cozy Swiss restaurant on H Street offers an equally comforting brunch menu. From Swiss Doughnuts, Potato Rösti, and Spätzli Casserole to Zopf French Toast with apple compote and cinnamon sugar, there’s something for everyone on the menu. Grab a table with a group, and you can indulge in the restaurant’s famous fondue or raclette service during brunch as well. Don’t forget to check out cocktails like the Mountain Xanax with chamomile and gin, as well as their selection of beer and wine.

Available for Reservations

Primrose

Brookland
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This romantic French bistro in Brookland is open for dining both on their outdoor patio or inside under the signature ostrich-plumed chandeliers. The brunch menu is loaded with French favorites like the Croque Monsieur or Madame, and you can easily cure a hangover with an order of Smoked Salmon Eggs Benny or the spot’s signature smash burger with Gruyere, onion jam, mayonnaise, and potato hash. Plenty of French wines are available by the glass or bottle, and if you want to go with a classic brunch cocktail, the restaurant offers $42 mimosa carafes for sharing.

Available for Reservations

Provost

Brookland
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Neighborhood favorite Provost is all about serving sustainable and organic dishes crafted from ingredients that are sourced directly from our region. The welcoming dining room and rooftop area are both open for brunching, where diners can dig into breakfast picks like Avocado Toast and Eggs Benedict or fully dive into lunch with a Whole Red Snapper and Grits.

Available for Reservations