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Where to Find the Best Brunch in Washington, DC
From scoring the cheapest bottomless mimosas to dining with the sassiest drag queens.
Brunch is decidedly a thing nowadays. But here’s the catch: you have to know what you’re looking for. Do you want lick-the-plate-clean food? Or is it bottomless mimosas first, food second? Maybe you want a (drag queen) performance with a side of eggs. No worries. DC has it covered with these top spots:
If you’re obsessed with food:
So you live for the perfect ricotta pancake or housemade fritatta. If you’re there for food and only food, head to always lively 14th Street for spanish-influenced Estadio, Cork’s delicious small plates, or the housemade pop tarts at the always-packed Ted’s Bulletin. Northwest in Adams Morgan, try Cedric Maupillier's Mintwood Place for French-inspired eats and inventive food that’s sure to impress. At Osteria Morini, Chef Michael White's brunch menu starring dishes like the housemade brioche with duck confit and pistachio pesto received the honor of Upscale Brunch of the Year at the 2018 RAMMYS.
Over in Foggy Bottom, farm-to-table favorite Founding Farmers is a hard-to-get res for a reason, while Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier offers a prix-fixe menu focusing on fine French and Belgian offerings. A hot new option is the Fyve's Sunday brunch buffet at the Ritz Cartlon, Pentagon City, where delectable seafood reigns supreme (think: snow crab claws, poached shrimp and ultra fresh sushi). For the only Michelin-starred brunch, be sure to visit the Blue Duck Tavern. In nearby Georgetown, Seasons and Sequoia Restaurant each offers a full array of regional and fresh offerings at various food stations – plus the bottomless mimosas to help wash it all down. For an outside the box take on brunch favorites, at Michael Schlow's Alta Strada brunchers can nosh on an everything bagel pizza topped with smoked salmon, mascarpone and all the fixings.
And if you want to up your Sunday brunch game, head to Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place in Georgetown for a meal inspired by its scenic waterfront location. We're talking a brunch buffet that includes freshly shucked local oysters, smoked salmon from Ivy City Smokehouse, New England clam chowder and plenty of brunch classics.
If you don’t have all day:
Okay, so maybe you can’t spend three hours leisurely brunching your Sunday away. If you’re in the mood for a savory egg sandwich, swing by market-slash-eatery Glen’s Garden Market (located in Dupont Circle) for one made with local favorite Bullfrog Bagels, or head to Shaw for a biscuit-based version from Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. Those in the mood for something sweet can pop by one of the city’s gourmet doughnut shops; Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken and District Doughnut are standouts.
If you want to leave a little (or a lot) tipsy:
Bottomless mimosa deals are a dime a dozen, but some places really do it right. Richard Sandoval’s El Centro offers a deal that gets you bottomless mimosas and an endless supply of delicious tapas. Go hungry. At Provision No. 14, you’ll find communal brunching (mascarpone pancakes for everyone!) as well as sharable hand-crafted cocktails, served up in a French press.
Using market-fresh ingredients, Boqueria recreates an authentic Barcelona market experience through its distinctive tapas and takes on classic Spanish dishes. This night-on-the-town destination. also makes for a great boozy brunch spot, as $42 will land you an unlimited selection of sweet and savory tapas and drinks.
Like its sister restaurant in Dupont Circle, Mission Navy Yard is your go-to for a margarita-fueled fiesta. Tacos, tequila and bottomless guacamole – what more could you want for brunch? Elsewhere in the District, Agora has a fantastic bottomless brunch, complete with hummus and every other Mediterranean dip one could ask for, accompanied by warm, fluffy pita bread.
If steak is your thing, look no further than Medium Rare. For less than $30, you can start your day with their award-winning culotte steaks and unlimited Bloody Marys or mimosas. Craving cider? At Shaw's ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar, $20 will get you a never-ending stream of three different ciders.
If you want to brunch on a patio:
When the weather’s perfect, brunching al fresco is practically required. A rundown of some of the prettiest patios on which you can catch a breeze with your benedict: Iron Gate, Sequoia, Tabard Inn, Occidental Grill & Seafood, Open City, Maketto, Fiola Mare and Le Diplomate.
If you want fun and games with your eggs:
But sometimes it’s not even really about the meal. If you want a unique experience for your Sunday morning, you’re covered. Feeling sassy? Make your way to one of the city’s (yes, there are multiple) drag queen brunches—the most popular are at Perry’s in Adams Morgan or Nellie’s on U Street. Feeling like you didn’t get your fill on Saturday night? DC’s famous La Boum brunch is a three-hour party involving DJs, burlesque, champagne and dancing at the Dupont Circle-located Saint Yves. Sax Restaurant & Lounge offers an all-male burlesque show on Sundays from SIR, which pairs perfectly with its French-American cuisine.
Table tennis trail blazers SPIN infuse downtown DC with a whole lot of fun that begins at noon on the weekends. Sundays even feature unlimited action for only $9, so pair your ping pong prowess with strong cocktails and great shareable plates.
Now brunch is decided, but you still have the rest of the day’s meals to plan. Discover all of the hottest restaurants and best places to eat in Washington, DC.