10 Best Places to Brunch on the Weekends in Washington DC
There is something quite indulgent about a leisurely Sunday brunch -- especially if bottomless mimosas are one the menu. In Washington, DC, there are many restaurants where you can dine on your breakfast favorites late into Sunday afternoon, and sometimes on Saturday, too.
Popular and pricey, brunch at The Lafayette is the best of the brunch, er, bunch. So, is the award-winning brunch menu at Seasons, one of the restaurants inside the Four Seasons hotel in Georgetown.And the Tabard Inn's brunch is so popular reservations are booked two to three weeks in advance.
The best bargain brunch can be found at Masa 14 and Ambar Restaurant. These bottomless brunches cost $35 per person.
Another great brunch venue is the Roof Terrace Restaurant on the top of the Kennedy Center. They serve up a Sunday brunch buffet from the kitchen.
If, however, you're looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, make your brunch reservation at SAX or Perrys. The former is a burlesque; the later includes drag queens on Sundays.
If you'd like a southern flare to your brunch menu, dine at Georgia Brown's or Cashions Eat Place. You can be sure to find grits on the menu.
Which of these 10 establishments will you try for your next brunch in the district?
10 Masa 14
Located on restaurant dense 14th Street in DC, Masa 14 is the Latin-Asian small plates restaurant from Chef Richard Sandoval. The rooftop is a popular spot for happy hour with $4 small plates, cocktails, beer and wine. Its also a popular spot for brunch. The prix fixe weekend brunch is bottomless. $35 per person will buy mimosas, bellinis, bloody Marys, omelets, Benedicts, flatbreads and more for the entire table. Coffee, tea and juice, however, cost extra. You can also order items a la carte from the brunch menu. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the last seating at 2 p.m. On Sundays, there's an after brunch party on the roof from 3-7 p.m. METRO: U Street. (202-328-1414)
9 Tabard Inn Restaurant
The Tabard Inn is a small hotel tucked away on a quiet street just a few blocks from the White House. Built in the late 1800s, the buildings were turned into a hotel in 1922. While the settings may be old school, Chef Paul Pelt focuses on New American cuisine with his menu. The dishes available change regularly, but some common features include a Brioche French Toast with fruit compote and a two basted egg breakfast with corned beef hash. Perhaps the most famous items in the Tabard Inn's repertoire are the fresh fried donuts prepared on site during weekend brunches. The tasty treats are served with cinnamon sugar and vanilla whipped cream. METRO: Dupont Circle. (202-331-8528)
8 Georgia Brown's
This upscale restaurant attracts a wide mix of politicos and world citizens longing for South Carolina's Lowcountry cooking. Barbecued salmon fillet, shrimp and grits, Frogmore stew (seafood, no frogs) and Southern fried chicken are menu classics that come with cornbread, biscuits and lots of animated conversation. Vegetarians find warm embrace in meatless dishes like sautéed black-eyed pea cakes. Fried catfish, biscuit-battered French toast, country ham with gravy and other brunch delights also gain wide approval. Some say that this type of food is a bit heavy -- others simply nod and butter another biscuit. Reservations are recommended. METRO: McPherson Square (202-393-4499)
With its gracious ambiance and flower-filled decor, Seasons is an inviting setting for Sunday brunch, as well as host to the Washington power breakfast. It's a pricey experience but the food options are abundant. Select from an omelet station, pasta bar, dessert table, raw bar, carving station, and a selection of antipasti, breads, and breakfast foods. Wend your way through the internationally-themed stations, adding a cannoli here, a piece of salmon there. Fill up on your favorites and enjoy the view of Rock Creek and the lush gardens visible through the large windows that fill the room with light. Reservations recommended. (202-342-0444, 202-342-0810)
6 Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar
The Roof Terrace Restaurant and Bar at the Kennedy Center is rooftop dining at its best. Awe-inspiring views of the Washington skyline and the Potomac compete with the impressive spread laid out for the Sunday Kitchen Brunch Buffet. Prepare to sample crab cakes, grilled salmon, custom-made omelets, French toast, pasta dishes, fresh squeezed juices, champagne, fresh breads and muffins, and desserts like chocolate-pecan tart and dense flourless chocolate cake. Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. most Sundays. The Roof Terrace Restaurant and Bar is also open for cocktails and dinner before evening performances. Reservations are strongly recommended. METRO: Foggy Bottom (202-416-8555)
5 Cashion's Eat Place
An intimate restaurant in Adams Morgan, Cashion's Eat Place features Southern food with a twist. The menu changes daily and features seasonal items, such as pea soup in the spring and stewed rabbit in the winter. There's also a daily vegetarian entree that's comprised of five items from the day's produce delivery. Saturday and Sunday brunch offers traditional bacon and eggs, along with more inventive culinary endeavors like pork hash and shrimp and grits. Inside, you'll find a mirrored bar and windows opening onto the sidewalk during warm weather. Outdoor dining available. Smart casual dress. Reservations accepted. METRO: Woodley Park/Zoo (202-797-1819)
Perry's location in the hip Adams-Morgan neighborhood means that it can be a little wilder than most places, and Sunday brunch proves it. The menu offers a good selection of breakfast and lunch dishes, including pastries, eggs, waffles, quiche, and savory appetizers. However, most people come for the Sunday drag shows, where cross-dressing performers in evening gowns mingle with those looking for apple jelly. The atmosphere is lively and the shows are a lot of fun, but if you're sensitive to teasing, go early (or opt for Saturday brunch instead). Not many diners escape without a jab or two. METRO: Woodley Park/Zoo (202-234-6218)
SAX Washington, DC is a restaurant and bar that's also a burlesque. The cabaret show runs intermittently throughout rather than at set times. The overall experience is completely over the top but very classy and a whole lot of fun. On Sundays, SAX hosts Burlesque Brunch from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. It costs $46 per person and includes a hand-crafted smoothie, a starter such as oatmeal, entree, dessert and bottomless mimosas or bloody Marys, plus an amazing burlesque show. Dress is fashionable and the dress code is enforced so wear your Sunday best to brunch. Must be at least 21 years old. Reservations recommended. METRO: Metro Center. (202-737-0101)
Ambar brings Balkan cuisine to the district at its warm and homey abode that echoes the traditions of Serbia in southeast DC. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Ambar serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The menu features salads, sandwiches, egg dishes, pastries, crepes and sweets like cinnamon sourdough,and is all-you-can-eat plus bottomless mimosas or bloody Marys for $35 per person. There are three levels inside: a cozy first floor with a view of the dessert bar, a laid-back upstairs lounge and a rooftop garden that plays host to happy hour. METRO: Eastern Market. ((202) 813-3039)
1 The Lafayette
One of D.C.'s top-notch breakfast spots is found inside one of D.C.'s most prestigious addresses -- The Lafayette, located inside the famous Hay-Adams Hotel. Overlooking Lafayette Square and the White House, The Lafayette serves a delightful breakfast and Sunday brunch. The latter includes Cornflake Crusted Cranberry Focaccia French Toast and House made Slow Braised Corned Beef Hash. Brunch also features unlimited champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys, as well as buffet items and menu items. Service is refined (no chatty Cathy waitstaff here) and a pianist is often on hand to provide tranquil background music. METRO: McPherson Square or Faragut West. (202-638-2570)
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