Let's Do Brunch! Leisurely Spots Abound in Washington, D.C.

After late nights on Friday and/or Saturday, the idea of getting up early to catch breakfast at your favorite Washington, D.C. venue is unthinkable. Your bed is much too warm and cozy! Thankfully many local restaurants offer brunch menus later in the day featuring breakfast must-have dishes like pancakes, waffles and eggs and lunch items favorites including sandwiches, pastas and salads. So sleep in, get some rest and let head to these 10Best Brunch picks in the nation's capital. 

If you crave an elegant setting, you can't go wrong with making reservations at Fiola Mare which over looks the Potomac River and showcases a daily changing menu based on seasonal and local fare. The Hay Adams is one of the best luxury hotels in the district so it should come as no surprise that their restaurant The Lafayette gives diners a first-class food and beverage experience. 

Seafood lovers can dive into brunch offerings at Hank's Oyster Bar while those looking for a more casual setting may mosey into Blue Duck Tavern.  

Whatever time you decide to roll out of bed, the district has a place to fit your every brunch need.




Farmhouse waffles, French toast and Maple Cured ham and eggs are just a small sample of some of the brunch menu items at Founding Farmers. With a focus on quality and natural ingredients, the restaurant prepares dishes with sustainably farmed,...  Read More



Serving up coastal favorites and New England beach fare classics since 2005, Hank's Oyster Bar is a favorite among locals. There are three locations, Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle and Alexandria, Va., but each offers different menu items daily....  Read More

Blue Duck Tavern
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You'll find this American fare restaurant tucked inside the luxury Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. hotel. Soft lighting, an open kitchen and unique handcrafted wood furnishings throughout give the restaurant a warm, contemporary feel. With a concept...  Read More

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Taking his inspiration from Greek cuisine, Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella's eatery features two-wood fire grills with rotating spits that roast lamb, goat, duck, chicken and suckling pig all day. Always a hot reservation to land, the venue is...  Read More

National Mall


This Spanish restaurant's sleek, stylish decor is accented with hand-painted ceramics and colorful murals depicting flamenco performances. When coming for brunch, folks may chose from individual dishes such as a selection of egg dishes like...  Read More

Le Diplomate
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For a taste of France right here in Washington, D.C., head to this bistro which offers an incredible comfort food menu for brunch, après midi and dinner. Brunch options include breakfast favorites like steak and eggs and spinach omelet and...  Read More

Iron Gate Restaurant
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Reopened in 2013 under the direction of executive chef Anthony Chittum, this venue dates back to the days of the Civil War when it was used as stables for its cavalry officer owner. Today, the original carriageway hosts the bar and year round...  Read More



The Hay-Adams is one of the finest hotel's in the nation's capital so it's no surprise that they also feature an elegant, first-class restaurant in The Lafayette. Begin your brunch experience by visiting the appetizer buffet for your choice of...  Read More

Fiola Mare
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With gorgeous views of the Potomac River and a seafood market counter to evoke a Mediterranean feel, this restaurant will make you want to get out of bed to catch it's top-notch brunch menu. Using the finest, freshest ingredients, the menu...  Read More

Adams Morgan
Mintwood Place
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Whether Saturday night was long or sleeping in was just too inviting, your appetite will be satisfied after a venture to this Adams Morgan-based restaurant. Start your brunch off with one of their hors d'oeuvres such as Boucheron goat cheese and...  Read More


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