Best Brunch in Washington

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, grown and harvested American foods. Vegan and vegetarian dishes are available. For those who come to lunch or dinner, a bevy of classic cocktails are available plus a plentiful wine selection. Make sure to try one of their made from scratch sodas including the delicious New York egg cream featuring chocolate syrup, milk and soda. If you still have room, the dessert menu offers blue ribbon apple pie, red velvet cake and house churned fresh ice cream. METRO: Farragut West

Recommended for Brunch because: Your stomach will wake you up to come to this restaurant which offers several locations throughout the Metro area.

Gina's expert tip: Be sure to try the Ranch steak and eggs.

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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. The Dupont Circle location offers a Bottomless Brunch menu featuring endless mimosas, champagne or bloody Mary's and you choice of two courses. They also a traditional brunch menu with crowd pleasures such as bacon deviled eggs, steamed mussels and ice bar selections. Check the happenings section of their website to see when fun events are coming up including movie screenings and live bands.

Recommended for Brunch because: With selections like crabcake eggs Benedict, fried oysters and smoked salmon Benedict, getting out of bed for brunch is an easy choice.

Gina's expert tip: Specials change daily so give them a call before you head out to find out what will be on the menu.

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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 of serving "simple, rustic food with an artisan approach," the brunch menu features selections of eggs and specialties, vegetables and potatoes and grains. Wash the food down with cocktails like sorbet mimosa, bloody Maria or Chesapeake Caesar. As a way to recognize the farmers who grow and raise ingredients for their menu, names and/or locations are provided on the menus for each course. METRO: Foggy Bottom

Recommended for Brunch because: With a combination of eggs and specialties and potatoes and grains, how can you not start your weekend off right?

Gina's expert tip: Try the pecan sticky buns. You won't be sorry.

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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 huevos estrellados, huevos al Plato and Benedicto Iberico. Folks may also try two different brunch tasting menus: Jaleo Classics with a tasting of classic brunch tapas or The Jaleo Experience which is a tour of Spain with favorite traditional and modern brunch tapas. Service is friendly and efficient even when the dining room is packed. Business casual dress. Reservations recommended for dinner service. METRO: Chinatown or Gallery Place

Recommended for Brunch because: Featuring traditional and modern tapas, this Spanish restaurant lead by Jose Andres is a great way to start your day.

Gina's expert tip: Each brunch tasting menu comes with a glass of cava or mimosa. Bottoms Up!

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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, aprés midi and dinner. Brunch options include breakfast favorites like steak and eggs and spinach omelet and entrée choices include lamb sandwich and trout amandine. Dinner offers succulent hors d'oeuvres, tasty entrees and a full wine and dessert menu. Try to grab a seat outside to enjoy conversations with friends and people-watch. You may even see well-known political figures. First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry have all been spotted here. and METRO: U Street

Recommended for Brunch because: A charming café with a delicious menu that will make you feel like you are in dining in France.

Gina's expert tip: Be sure to try the eggs Norwegian which features smoked salmon with sauce hollandaise.

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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 dining area and features a cozy courtyard complete with grapevines and wisteria. Brunch starters include grilled Virginia asparagus, crispy roussas feta and cumin spiked tahini dip. Main courses range from the hearty oak grilled burger to light with the Earth + eats spinach salad. It is the weekend so don't feel guilty indulging in their sweets selections like nutella mousse and duck fat cannoli. METRO: Dupont Circle

Recommended for Brunch because: With hearty to light selections, this Dupont Circle venue helps to make brunch a delicious, relaxing outing.

Gina's expert tip: The tasting menus change frequently to provide patrons with the freshest local offerings. Menus may be changed to fit dietary restrictions and preferences.

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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 starters and salads which change based on seasonal and local selections. Complete the introduction to your experience by choosing a beverage – perhaps the Nicolas Feuillatte champagne, a bloody Mary or a strawberry orange mimosa. Continue your meal by selecting from the entrée menu featuring Maryland crab cakes, pumpkin pancakes, truffle scrambled eggs and butternut squash ravioli. Bring the meal to a satisfying closure by indulging in a dessert of your choice. METRO: McPherson Square or Faragut West.

Recommended for Brunch because: With a view of The White House and a decadent menu, this venue is luxury at its finest.

Gina's expert tip: This luxury hotel's brunch may be seen as price by some ($75 per person) but it is well worth it.

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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 changes daily so be sure to check their website before you go. A recent summer offering included a choice of bottomless cocktail, mocktail or coffee service along with brunch favorites like lemon ricotta pancakes, pane bello French toast and Uova in camicia. Opening in early 2014, this is the third restaurant Chef Fabio Trabocchi has opened in the district and continues to be must-go destination for foodies.

Recommended for Brunch because: What better way to greet the day than to have fabulous food with a gorgeous view of the Potomac River.

Gina's expert tip: Can't find a place to park? The restaurant offers valet parking for an additional fee.

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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 beet mountain pie or radish and tomato tartine. The main course offers a hangover special showcasing eggs sunny side up which will appeal to those who partied a little too hard in the nation's capital. Guests may add chocolate and blueberries to buttermilk pancakes or champagne strawberry compote to their Belgian waffles. Side dishes are not to be missed including applewood smoke bacon, chicken sausage and fresh fruit salad.

Recommended for Brunch because: With a French-influenced American menu, this casual spot is a great spot in Adams Morgan to grab brunch.

Gina's expert tip: Their brunch menu also includes a wood-grilled, dry-aged bacon cheese burger coming with fries or a salad for those looking for more of a lunch selection than breakfast.

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