Like the country it governs, DC is a veritable melting pot of cultures, and frequently those cultures will line up those pots, add plates, cutlery, and a sneeze guard, and make a buffet. Making sure you stretch your dollar, waistline, and sense of plate-loading ethics, we tracked down the finest all-you-can-eats in the city…
Diya Restaurant (click here for info and address)
You've got to head outside the Beltway if you want to reach Diya in Tysons Corner, where they cater to the office crowd with never-ending (and delicious) naans, curries, and rice puddings -- but it's totally worth it, and there are great options for both carnivores and veggies alike.
Mirage Cafe (click here for info and address)
This Peruvian-slash-Middle Eastern eatery fuses the unlikeliest of culinary traditions, then gives you literally as much as you can eat of them. You'll find kabobs, a selection of baklava, and ceviche, all lined up together on the same table, and eventually, your plate.
The Lafayette (click here for info and address)
The storied Hay-Adams Hotel is literally across the street from the White House, and even these guys are on the buffet train. For Sunday brunch, you can score limitless apps including cheeses, smoked salmon, pastries, and a bunch more -- along with a healthy selection of not-totally-healthy desserts.
HeeBeen Restaurant (click here for info and address)
Heebeen may ostensibly be an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ (and it does that bit extremely well), but the real game-raiser here is the sushi & sashimi selection on offer too, and the fact that -- considering this is a buffet -- it's actually great.
Filomena Ristorante (click here for info and address)
The buffet is only for Sunday brunch, but it shouldn't be missed. And while this Georgetown Italian institution keeps the carbs coming, they're anything but filler -- we're talking homemade pastas with chicken, seafood, or sausage, fresh baked focaccias, and a ton more.
San Miguel Cafe (click here for info and address)
It's in a paint-by-numbers strip mall, and it's anything but fancy on the inside, but the never-ending Latin eats here are pretty fantastic. Pack your plate with pupusas, top them with some fresh guacamole, and swing by the made-to-order fajita station for good measure.
Farmers Fishers Bakers (click here for info and address)
Another brunch buffet option, but this one allows eaters to binge and enjoy the Georgetown waterfront. They dish out waffles, pastries, french toast, and bacon -- literally as much bacon as you can handle. Granted, you can spring for yogurt and fruit and the other healthy options, but we all know why you're really here.
Sichuan Express (click here for info and address)
This Chinese restaurant is a quasi-hidden secret with the World Bank and IMF workers Downtown, but for those who want to avoid the other grease, this place sells delicious, and actually authentic Chinese food -- by the pound. We're talking noodles, seared meats, pork buns, you name it.
Cafe Recess (click here for info and address)
Staffers on The Hill need their energy to do what they do in those hallowed halls. And to get that energy, they walk behind the Capitol to Cafe Recess. This place doesn't focus on one cuisine but tackles quite the spectrum: Spanish, American, Korean, and Chinese.
Georgia Brown's (click here for info and address)
Need some Southern goodness? At this McPherson Square all-you-can-eat-ery, you'll get it, in the form of sliced ham, shrimp, grits, bacon, home fries, and so much more during their Sunday jazz brunch buffet. Oh, and the drinks are bottomless, too.
1. Diya Restaurant2070 Chain Bridge Rd, Vienna
2. Mirage Café5916 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
3. The Lafayette800 16th St NW, Washington
4. HeeBeen Restaurant6231 Little River Tpke, Alexandria
5. Filomena Ristorante1063 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington
6. San Miguel Cafe5900-B Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
7. Farmers Fishers Bakers3000 K St NW, Washington
8. Sichuan Express1825 I St NW, Washington
9. Cafe Recess209 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Washington
10. Georgia Brown's950 15th St NW, Washington
This Tysons Corner hot-spot is not only a killer Indian resto, they're also a buffet with a myriad of options like naan, curries, and rice pudding.
This Falls Church spot features Peruvian/Middle Eastern cuisine with Latin-fusion twists, such as kabobs, baklava, and ceviche.
Located in The Hay-Adams Hotel directly across the street from the White House, The Lafayette is class all the way, serving contemporary American cuisine in an upscale and sophisticated atmosphere.
This Korean BBQ is an all-you-can-eat extravaganza, which features all your Korean faves plus sashimi and sushi as well.
An Italian resto that's tough to rival in the Georgetown area, Filomena doles out a wide array of pastas, salads, meat, poultry, and seafood.
It may be in a run of the mill strip mall, but San Miguel Cafe features one of the best Latin lunch buffets you'll ever have, with made-to-order fajitas and other tasty options.
Yes, you guessed it, there are farmers, fishers, and bakers involved in this Georgetown restaurant to bring you fresh seafood, sushi, steak, and baked goods (like beignets with raspberry coulis, hot fudge sauce, and bourbon caramel sauce). A true farm-to-table set up, Farmers Fishers Bakers has a partnership with the North Dakota Farmers Union to provide a seasonal menu of regional farm-sourced comfort food.
Only come here if you're seeking authentic Chinese food in heaping portions. We're talking seared meats, pork buns, noodles, and more by the boat-load.
This Cap Hill eatery tackles a number of different cuisines, from Spanish to American to Korean and Chinese. And the surprising part isn't that they offer so many different kinds of food, it's that they do them all pretty damn well.