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D.C.’s Essential Brunches

The relaxed weekend dining destinations locals should have on their to-do lists

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A country ham and egg-topped flatbread at District Commons.
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Brunch is a thing everywhere these days. And since so many area restaurants now offer some variation on the leisurely meal, choosing the right place to catch up with friends, family members, and significant others over sweet and savory dishes can be overwhelming.

Here's a list of D.C. brunch spots well worth the investment and time.

Interested in something new and hot? Take a look at the Eater Brunch Heatmap.

—Updated by Tierney Plumb

The featured bars and restaurants are not ranked. They are arranged geographically from north to south.

Don’t see a personal favorite on the list? Sound off in the comments or shoot us an email (dc@eater.com).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Grilled Oyster Company (Multiple locations)

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3701 Newark St NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

Check out American seafood and quirky brunch drinks from 11;30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends at the Cathedral Heights branch of this local chain. There are three kinds of $4 oyster shooters (“The Bay” combines lemon vodka, spicy tomato, and Old Bay), as well as Maine lobster roll with celery, lemon, Old Bay, and mayo. Or nurse a hangover with piping hot crab hush puppies slathered with maple honey butter.

Salmon and eggs at Grilled Oyster Company.
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2. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-3333
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D.C. diners can lounge at James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr’s modern brasserie and sidewalk cafe longer than at most brunches in town; Le Diplomate serves brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Check out the omelets, raw bar selections, French toast, and the popular "Burger Americain” for those visiting later in the day.

Chilled seafood at Le Diplomate.
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3. Convivial

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801 O St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 525-2870
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Chef Cedric Maupillier's modern twist on French cuisine at his Shaw outpost translates well for brunch. While its extremely popular fried chicken “coq au vin” isn't available for brunch, the chicken and waffles with sausage gravy has attracted a following. Dessert lovers also praise the hot sticky toffee pudding. Hit Convivial from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. all weekend for the meal.

Cinnamon buns at Convivial.
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4. Iron Gate

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1734 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 524-5202
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Chef Tony Chittum marries local ingredients and Mediterranean fare at this transportive Dupont Circle restaurant. Whether eating at the bar, inside the rustic-looking main dining room, or on the gorgeous enclosed patio, brunch patrons are privy to dishes ranging from seasonal doughnuts and ricotta pancakes bolstered by candied hazelnuts to savory baked egg dishes.

Sesame-crusted feta at Iron Gate.
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5. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 419-6755
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Flooded with natural light and furnished with rustic wooden decor, locals have long flocked to this Michelin-starred West End eatery for brunch. Blue Duck's seasonal menu changes frequently to incorporate local ingredients into classic dishes. Brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. all weekend. The restaurant's also a strong (if pricey) destination for holiday brunches.

An egg-topped brunch dish at Blue Duck Tavern.
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6. Rasika (Multiple locations)

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1190 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington
D.C., 20037
(202) 466-2500
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While the iconic Bombay Club remains a D.C. mainstay for upscale Indian cuisine, Rasika is the trendier sibling. The West End location features a busy patio and a menu combining traditional dishes and contemporary ingredients. Classic samosas have a sweet potato surprise, while traditional brunch dishes such as omelets and pancakes are jazzed up with cardamom and masala flavors. Brunch is served here a la carte from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Assorted brunch offerings at Rasika.
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7. Marcel's

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2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 296-1166
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Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s fine dining restaurant offers a prix fixe brunch focused on gourmet French-Belgian fare. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday diners may construct a three-course meal from featured selections such as pan-seared diver scallops, poached egg and duck prosciutto, Belgian waffles, and Wiedmaier’s famous family pancake recipe.

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8. District Commons

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2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 587-8277
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One of the best brunch deals in town, chef Jeff Tunks' brassy American tavern whips up dishes ranging from gourmet pancakes and classic Benedicts to shrimp and grits or crawfish-filled omelets. Bottomless drinks can be added to the purchase of any entree for $16.

An egg dish at District Commons.
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9. Fiola Mare

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3050 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 628-0065
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See and be seen brunching at Fiola Mare's swanky Georgetown waterfront location. At $48 per person, patrons can enjoy a cocktail, basket of Italian-inspired breads, antipasti, entrée, and dessert from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. The menu changes regularly, but expect classics such as lemon ricotta pancakes, and seasonal a la carte offerings.

Rigatoni carbonara topped with a duck egg at Fiola Mare.
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10. Maketto

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1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 838-9972
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The H Street NE hotspot has a unique promotion called Dim Sum Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4;30 p.m. The restaurant now accepts reservations for the weekend service, and offers a variety of dishes including its famous Taiwanese fried chicken. In addition to assorted bao buns and steamed dumplings, patrons can also order anchovy peanut brittle and Chinese doughnut sticks.

Assorted brunch offerings at Maketto.
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11. Market Lunch

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225 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-8444
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For more than 30 years, this counter tucked inside Eastern Market has lured locals with its famous blueberry buckwheat pancakes and crab cakes. Eaters line up at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, for dishes including French toast and specialty omelets. Expect to hunt for a seat at either the small table directly in front of the busy counter or at one of the picnic tables dotting the market. Brunch until 3 p.m. all weekend.

A crab cake Benedict at Market Lunch.
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12. Green Pig Bistro

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1025 N Fillmore St
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 888-1920
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This acclaimed Clarendon eatery is known for its sustainable approach to meat set in a bright and comforting atmosphere. The brunch menu clearly categorizes its breakfast and lunch sections, with offerings such as egg-topped shrimp and andouille grits, as well as fried chicken and waffles with gravy and onion jam. House-made sodas and fresh-squeezed juices are also popular. Brunch is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. all weekend.

A fried chicken and waffle sandwich at Green Pig Bistro.
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13. Joselito Casa de Comidas

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660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 930-6955
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This modern Spanish restaurant caters to Capitol Hill diners by offering brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Featured a la carte offerings range from seafood-studded rice dishes and vegetable omelets with goat cheese to Andalusian-style French toast. Complement any selection with a boozy drink from the companion mimosa, bellini, and bloody mary bar (priced separately).

A brunch offering at Joselito.
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14. Hank's Oyster Bar (Multiple locations)

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633 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 733-1971
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Classics such as eggs Benedict, fried oyster frittata, or Chesapeake fried chicken and waffles are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends at this family of seafood restaurants which also has locations in Old Town Alexandria, Dupont Circle, and the Wharf. Buttery lobster rolls and po’boys pop up on the menu for those dining later in the day.

Green chili, eggs, and jalapeno cornbread at Hank’s.
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15. Bastille

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606 N Fayette St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 519-3776
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Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux offer a three-course prix fixe brunch at their neighborhood restaurant which provides for choice of appetizer, soup, salad, entree, or dessert. Featured offerings range from rock shrimp fritters and steak frites with fried eggs to croque monsier sandwiches and sugar-glazed snickerdoodle doughnuts.

Gourmet hash at Bastille.
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16. Trummer's on Main

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7134 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124
(703) 266-1623
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Clifton mainstay Trummer’s works on luring in out-of-towners every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by serving gourmet cuisine ranging from biscuits and gravy with tabasco honey, and cinnamon sugar-dusted beignets with caramel dipping sauce to barbecue chicken sliders bolstered by pimento cheese.

Cinnamon-sugar beignets at Trummer’s on Main.
Win S./Yelp

1. Grilled Oyster Company (Multiple locations)

3701 Newark St NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
Salmon and eggs at Grilled Oyster Company.
Grilled Oyster Company/Facebook

Check out American seafood and quirky brunch drinks from 11;30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends at the Cathedral Heights branch of this local chain. There are three kinds of $4 oyster shooters (“The Bay” combines lemon vodka, spicy tomato, and Old Bay), as well as Maine lobster roll with celery, lemon, Old Bay, and mayo. Or nurse a hangover with piping hot crab hush puppies slathered with maple honey butter.

3701 Newark St NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

2. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Chilled seafood at Le Diplomate.
Le Diplomate/Facebook

D.C. diners can lounge at James Beard Award-winning restaurateur Stephen Starr’s modern brasserie and sidewalk cafe longer than at most brunches in town; Le Diplomate serves brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Check out the omelets, raw bar selections, French toast, and the popular "Burger Americain” for those visiting later in the day.

1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Convivial

801 O St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Cinnamon buns at Convivial.
Convivial [Official photo]

Chef Cedric Maupillier's modern twist on French cuisine at his Shaw outpost translates well for brunch. While its extremely popular fried chicken “coq au vin” isn't available for brunch, the chicken and waffles with sausage gravy has attracted a following. Dessert lovers also praise the hot sticky toffee pudding. Hit Convivial from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. all weekend for the meal.

801 O St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. Iron Gate

1734 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Sesame-crusted feta at Iron Gate.
Iron Gate/Facebook

Chef Tony Chittum marries local ingredients and Mediterranean fare at this transportive Dupont Circle restaurant. Whether eating at the bar, inside the rustic-looking main dining room, or on the gorgeous enclosed patio, brunch patrons are privy to dishes ranging from seasonal doughnuts and ricotta pancakes bolstered by candied hazelnuts to savory baked egg dishes.

1734 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036

5. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
An egg-topped brunch dish at Blue Duck Tavern.
Blue Duck Tavern/Facebook

Flooded with natural light and furnished with rustic wooden decor, locals have long flocked to this Michelin-starred West End eatery for brunch. Blue Duck's seasonal menu changes frequently to incorporate local ingredients into classic dishes. Brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. all weekend. The restaurant's also a strong (if pricey) destination for holiday brunches.

1201 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

6. Rasika (Multiple locations)

1190 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 20037
Assorted brunch offerings at Rasika.
Yuhan P./Yelp

While the iconic Bombay Club remains a D.C. mainstay for upscale Indian cuisine, Rasika is the trendier sibling. The West End location features a busy patio and a menu combining traditional dishes and contemporary ingredients. Classic samosas have a sweet potato surprise, while traditional brunch dishes such as omelets and pancakes are jazzed up with cardamom and masala flavors. Brunch is served here a la carte from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

1190 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington
D.C., 20037

7. Marcel's

2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Pancakes with fresh fruit at Marcel’s/
Marcel’s/Facebook

Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s fine dining restaurant offers a prix fixe brunch focused on gourmet French-Belgian fare. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday diners may construct a three-course meal from featured selections such as pan-seared diver scallops, poached egg and duck prosciutto, Belgian waffles, and Wiedmaier’s famous family pancake recipe.

2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

8. District Commons

2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
An egg dish at District Commons.
District Commons/Facebook

One of the best brunch deals in town, chef Jeff Tunks' brassy American tavern whips up dishes ranging from gourmet pancakes and classic Benedicts to shrimp and grits or crawfish-filled omelets. Bottomless drinks can be added to the purchase of any entree for $16.

2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Fiola Mare

3050 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Rigatoni carbonara topped with a duck egg at Fiola Mare.
Fiola Mare/Facebook

See and be seen brunching at Fiola Mare's swanky Georgetown waterfront location. At $48 per person, patrons can enjoy a cocktail, basket of Italian-inspired breads, antipasti, entrée, and dessert from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. The menu changes regularly, but expect classics such as lemon ricotta pancakes, and seasonal a la carte offerings.

3050 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

10. Maketto

1351 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Assorted brunch offerings at Maketto.
Rey Lopez/Under a Bushel Photography

The H Street NE hotspot has a unique promotion called Dim Sum Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4;30 p.m. The restaurant now accepts reservations for the weekend service, and offers a variety of dishes including its famous Taiwanese fried chicken. In addition to assorted bao buns and steamed dumplings, patrons can also order anchovy peanut brittle and Chinese doughnut sticks.

1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

11. Market Lunch

225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
A crab cake Benedict at Market Lunch.
Matt Y./Yelp

For more than 30 years, this counter tucked inside Eastern Market has lured locals with its famous blueberry buckwheat pancakes and crab cakes. Eaters line up at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, for dishes including French toast and specialty omelets. Expect to hunt for a seat at either the small table directly in front of the busy counter or at one of the picnic tables dotting the market. Brunch until 3 p.m. all weekend.

225 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

12. Green Pig Bistro

1025 N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA 22201
A fried chicken and waffle sandwich at Green Pig Bistro.
Green Pig Bistro/Facebook

This acclaimed Clarendon eatery is known for its sustainable approach to meat set in a bright and comforting atmosphere. The brunch menu clearly categorizes its breakfast and lunch sections, with offerings such as egg-topped shrimp and andouille grits, as well as fried chicken and waffles with gravy and onion jam. House-made sodas and fresh-squeezed juices are also popular. Brunch is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. all weekend.

1025 N Fillmore St
Arlington, VA 22201

13. Joselito Casa de Comidas

660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
A brunch offering at Joselito.
Joselito Casa de Comidas/Facebook

This modern Spanish restaurant caters to Capitol Hill diners by offering brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Featured a la carte offerings range from seafood-studded rice dishes and vegetable omelets with goat cheese to Andalusian-style French toast. Complement any selection with a boozy drink from the companion mimosa, bellini, and bloody mary bar (priced separately).

660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

14. Hank's Oyster Bar (Multiple locations)

633 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Green chili, eggs, and jalapeno cornbread at Hank’s.
Hank’s Oyster Bar/Facebook

Classics such as eggs Benedict, fried oyster frittata, or Chesapeake fried chicken and waffles are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends at this family of seafood restaurants which also has locations in Old Town Alexandria, Dupont Circle, and the Wharf. Buttery lobster rolls and po’boys pop up on the menu for those dining later in the day.

633 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

15. Bastille

606 N Fayette St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Gourmet hash at Bastille.
Bastille/Facebook

Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux offer a three-course prix fixe brunch at their neighborhood restaurant which provides for choice of appetizer, soup, salad, entree, or dessert. Featured offerings range from rock shrimp fritters and steak frites with fried eggs to croque monsier sandwiches and sugar-glazed snickerdoodle doughnuts.

606 N Fayette St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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16. Trummer's on Main

7134 Main St, Clifton, VA 20124
Cinnamon-sugar beignets at Trummer’s on Main.
Win S./Yelp

Clifton mainstay Trummer’s works on luring in out-of-towners every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by serving gourmet cuisine ranging from biscuits and gravy with tabasco honey, and cinnamon sugar-dusted beignets with caramel dipping sauce to barbecue chicken sliders bolstered by pimento cheese.

7134 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124

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