Brunching is a favorite pastime in Washington, DC, and you can find great spots anywhere from Georgetown to Capitol Hill to Logan Circle and beyond. The city’s restaurants offer just about anything you could want: Italian seafood brunches, French brasserie favorites, Taiwanese dim sum delicacies, Irish breakfasts, and more. From upscale hotels to diners and delis, here’s where to find the best brunches in our nation’s capital.
Compass Rose launched its brunch last year, staying true to the eclectic and internationally inspired menu that had made it a DC favorite. Served on Sundays, brunch here spans the world: full Irish breakfast, zeppole from Italy, Thai porridge with pork meatballs and quail eggs, and a Korean mung bean pancake topped with kimchi and fried eggs. You can also order the restaurant’s famous take on khachupuri, a Georgian cheese-filled bread dish.
Blue Duck Tavern
When it comes to elegant hotel brunches, you can hardly do better than that of the Blue Duck Tavern at the Park Hyatt. This menu is long on options and includes the likes of custom omelets, lemon pancakes, Belgian waffles, short rib hash, jumbo lump crabcakes, and eggs benedicts served with cornmeal-crusted oysters and Tabasco hollandaise. You’ll also find a substantial array of starters and sides.
Sundays mean dim sum at Maketto, the H Street restaurant that also serves as a lifestyle store and cafe. Don’t miss this Cambodian- and Taiwanese-inspired brunch menu that includes rice noodle crepes, fried dumplings with braised beef, soy milk and Chinese donut sticks, steamed bao, gyoza, 100-year-old egg, anchovy peanut brittle, and Maketto’s popular Taiwanese fried chicken. Come hungry.
It’s always best to start your weekend brunch off with a pastry basket—or maybe even a giant seafood tower if you’re feeling ambitious—at Le Diplomate. Stephen Starr’s perpetually packed Logan Circle brasserie boasts a menu long on French favorites like the croque-madame, jambon beurre, and salade nicoise. There are also options like a smoked salmon tartine, the popular mushroom tart, and a poached eggs basquaise.
Mintwood Place is always a strong choice for dining out in DC, whether for dinner or weekend brunch. The Adams Morgan restaurant serves staples like pancakes, Belgian waffles, oatmeal, and granola, as well as composed dishes like the croque madame, and smoked salmon benedict. Try the bacon and onion tarte flambée with sunny side up eggs or Mintwood’s hangover special that combines pretty much every delicious brunch item you could ever want.
Grab a seat overlooking the waterfront at Osteria Morini, the Italian restaurant in the Navy Yard. The Washington offering from New York chef Michael White, Osteria Morini offers bottles of prosecco paired with your choice of two juices, as well as a range of house-made pastas and breakfast options. More brunchy options here include a biscuit with duck ragu and fried eggs, ricotta pancakes, and poached eggs with shrimp and Calabrian hollandaise.
Fiola Mare sits on a waterfront across town, offering an elegant brunch befitting its tony Georgetown location. Take advantage of an extensive raw bar filled with bivalves, king crab, sea urchin, and ahi tuna tartare. It’s complemented by seafood dishes like brodetto and Maine lobster ravioli and brunchier options like the lemon ricotta pancakes, poached eggs with proscuitto and rosemary hollandaise, and rigatoni alla carbonara. Whatever you choose, be sure to finish with the bomboloni.
It’s always brunch at Ted’s Bulletin. This diner-inspired restaurant has been a breakfast favorite on Capitol Hill for years, thanks to its homemade Pop-Tarts, boozy milkshakes, and array of comfort foods. On the breakfast front, they’ve got giant cinnamon buns, French toast, and an over-the-top breakfast burrito. More lunch-friendly options include burgers, grilled cheese, country fried steak, and meatloaf. Ted’s also has a Logan Circle location.
If your brunch starts late in the day (and even if it doesn’t, really), you can’t go wrong with the pastrami or corned beef at DGS. This Dupont Circle delicatessen specializes in both sandwiches, as well as chopped liver, potato latkes, and matzo ball soup. Of course, if you’re dining on the earlier side, consider the pastrami hash, smoked salmon platter, or challah French toast. The bottomless booze menu includes two courses for $27.