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15 Essential Brunch Destinations in D.C.

D.C.’s must-try restaurants for next-level avocado toast, seafood towers, khachapuri, bottomless Aperol spritzes, and more

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Brunch is sacred in D.C. With so many restaurants offering some variation of it, choosing the right place to catch up with friends, family members, and significant others over a midday meal can be overwhelming. This top-notch list is full of restaurants that are worth the time and investment whether your tastes lean towards French toast and fried chicken biscuits or eggs served in homemade Malaysian sambal.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Makan

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3400 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 730-2295
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The kaleidoscope of sour, funky, spicy, and sweet flavors at this Malaysian restaurant in Columbia Heights translate well to brunch. Eggs in chef James Wozniuk’s fiery homemade chile sambal are a natural morning dish. People with a sweet tooth might gravitate towards biscuits and kaya — sweet and mellow coconut pandan custard. Char kway teow, a stir-fried flat noodle dish with sweet Chinese sausage, is another crowd-pleaser. Complement everything with acar (pickles) brimming with key lime and prunes, pineapple and ginger, or mixed vegetables and shrimp paste.

Nasi campur, or “with rice,” dishes at Makan include beef rendang, center; pajeri nenas (pineapple currry), top; ayam goreng (fried chicken with salted duck yolk and curry leaf), right, and okra in sambal.
Nasi campur, or “with rice,” dishes at Makan include beef rendang, center; pajeri nenas (pineapple currry), top; ayam goreng (fried chicken with salted duck yolk and curry leaf), right, and okra in sambal.
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2. Primrose

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3000 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 248-4558
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The whimsical bistro in Brookland sends out weekend brunch plates of brioche French toast, roasted chicken hash, quiche, and thick-cut bacon to go along with French wines and flutes of French 75 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Primrose opens for indoor or outdoor dining, carryout, and delivery.

3. Compass Rose

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1346 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-4765
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Sunday brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at Rose Previte’s global plates place off 14th Street NW offers $30 food “tours,” cocktails that range from Mexican to Middle Eastern, and wines sourced from across the Mediterranean. The affordable prix fixe, which comes with a vegetarian option, includes Georgian khachapuri, Greek doughnuts with honey (loukoumades), and North African shakshuka. Customers can also order Spanish patatas bravas or Irish spice bags full of fried chicken thighs from an a la carte section. For visitors who want to eat outside, the restaurant built covered patio on T Street NW with dining nooks dressed up like train cars.

Khachapuri from Compass Rose
Boat-shaped khachapuri from Compass Rose.
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4. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-3333
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Diners can lounge at Stephen Starr’s ever-busy brasserie and sidewalk cafe for a long time; Le Diplomate serves brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Check out the raw bar selections, beef bourguignon, and the popular "Burger Americain.” Guests also come flocking for its “Les Oeufs” section of seven egg dishes. Go with the poached eggs basquaise, served with prosciutto and creamy polenta, or a lobster omelet.

5. Duke's Grocery (Multiple locations)

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1513 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 733-5623
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The quirky, East London-style pub offers brunch at all three D.C. locations (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), with indoor/patio dining, takeout, and delivery (via DoorDash). There’s one of the best burgers in town — add a runny egg for $2.50 — along with a proper English breakfast, shakshuka, and a fetching presentation of a red beet-cured salmon tartine. Reserve a spot for the buzzy Dupont Circle locale here.

Avocado toast and other vegetarian delights as served at Duke’s Grocery, in Washington, DC.
Avocado toast from Duke’s Grocery
Photo by Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

6. Nina May

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1337 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 518-3609
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The weekend brunch (Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at this hyperlocal American restaurant in Logan Circle has plenty of outdoor seating. Opt for a “chef’s choice” ($35 per person) to sample a variety of dishes, or order takeout on Tock to sample la carte on items like an eggs Benedict with maple ham on toasted milk bread with red pepper hollandaise.

1320 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 717-1166
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Formerly known as Turkish restaurant Ankara, Ala’s recent makeover reflects a Levantine approach that widens its scope to include cuisines from across the Eastern Mediterranean. A $44 brunch includes bottomless meze, mains, sweets, and drinks, including 10 mimosa flavors at the bar. Attentive servers send out a parade of plates like falafel patties with beet sauce, fried halloumi with pine honey and dukkah, Turkish sausage omelets, and man’oushe with za’atar. Pretty much any of the dips are a safe bet here. A unique wine list that pulls from Georgia, Armenia, and Palestine is worth checking out.

Fried halloumi with dukka, pine honey, and chives from Ala
Fried halloumi with dukka, honey, and chives from Ala
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8. Unconventional Diner

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1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 847-0122
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Brunch is served until 4 p.m. every day at the award-winning modern diner full of pop art inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Chef David Deshaies serves sweet potato shakshuka, avocado toast topped with confit egg yolk, and a Caribbean twist on shrimp and grits with andouille sausage, plantains, and pineapple-habanero sauce.

9. Imperfecto

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1124 23rd St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 964-1012
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This buzzy Mediterranean-Latin fusion restaurant from Seven Reasons chef Enrique Limardo leans into fine dining with modernist flourishes. The chef’s detailed, spicy avocado toast is one of the most gorgeous — and, at $28, most expensive — versions in the city. Soft focaccia acts as the base for a medley of fresh avocado, grilled octopus, smoked jalapeno dressing, and harissa mayonnaise. Other hits off the a la carte menu includes a flower-shaped carpaccio of smoked Ora King salmon with arugula chili oil. Instead of waffles, fried chicken comes with a delicate corn pancake and a drizzle of guajillo chile sauce that begs to be bottled.

The main dining room at Imperfecto
The main dining room at Imperfecto
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10. 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. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends, expect classics such as lemon ricotta pancakes, tagliatelle carbonara, and decadent seafood towers along with seasonal a la carte dishes. A baller three-course option ($95) includes an appetizer, brunch favorites, dessert, a warm pastry, and bottomless bubbly or brunch cocktails, with a 75-minute time limit.

11. Boqueria (Multiple locations)

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777 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 552-3268
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This boutique chain of Barcelona-style tapas bars sends out a stylish selection of tapas and egg-topped paella from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday across its handsome Penn Quarter dining room outfitted with sleek wooden tables, glowing banquettes, and oval lanterns. A la carte options include a Catalan “farmer’s breakfast,” built around ribeye and chorizo, and torrija, or caramelized French toast, with citrus honey, as well as the whole tapas menu. A “deluxe” bottomless drink deal features a stream of sangrías, bloody marys, and cava for $45 (90-minute limit). The same options are available at a Dupont Circle location with a front patio at the corner of M and 19th Streets NW.

Paella de mariscos loads up on seafood (monkfish, sepia, squid, shrimp, clams, mussels) alongside bomba rice, saffron, and salsa verde
Paella de mariscos loads up on seafood (monkfish, sepia, squid, shrimp, clams, mussels) alongside bomba rice, saffron, and salsa verde
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12. Barrel

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613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-3623
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At this Southern staple on Capitol Hill, chef Walfer Hernandez (Union Pub, The Eastern) designs waffles topped with bourbon whipped cream, apple compote, and basil candy. Two other popular orders are the fried chicken biscuits — available with honey butter or fontal cheese and chipotle mayo — and the shrimp and grits jazzed up with Calabrian sausage and piquillo peppers. Wash down brunch bites with clarified milk punch cocktails or bloody marys with a serrano pepper kick, plus a $26 bottomless bubbly deal to boot. Dine in or order takeout 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday and all the way until 9 p.m. on Sunday for the later brunch set.

13. Ambar Capitol Hill

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523 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 813-3039
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Capitol Hill’s resident Balkan restaurant underwent a multi-million dollar renovation during the pandemic but didn’t change a thing about its beloved bottomless brunch ($34.99 per person, plus $8.99 for unlimited drinks). Popular orders that keep coming (for two hours) include potato hash, meze platters, and beef prosciutto or salmon Benedict, all designed to be washed down with bottomless mango hibiscus mimosas and bloody marys. Opt for seating across its expanded patio, indoors, or on a retractable rooftop on the third floor.

Decoupaged pottery, trinkets and books line the shelves one the second-floor perch.
Photography by Goran Kosanovic

14. Shilling Canning Company

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360 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 554-7474
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Brunch at chef Reid Shilling’s Chesapeake restaurant in Navy Yard runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Rotating dishes on the $35 three course, prix fixe menu include deviled eggs, buttermilk fried chicken with hot honey and hoe cakes, and coffee cake with vanilla streusel. The solid cocktail list includes mimosa carafes made with preserved local fruit.

15. All-Purpose Riverfront

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79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 629-1894
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This waterfront pizzeria in Navy Yard draws large crowds for its egg-topped pies on weekends. Along with its full lineup of Jersey-style, deck-oven pizzas, popular orders include fiery wings with Calabrian chili honey; Sicilian “disco” fries with ‘nduja sausage, parm fonduta, and chives; and bottomless mimosas and Aperol spritzes for $23. Its Shaw location just brought back brunch this week.

Pizza topped with greens and cheese.
A brunch pizza from All-Purpose Capitol Riverfront
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

1. Makan

3400 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Nasi campur, or “with rice,” dishes at Makan include beef rendang, center; pajeri nenas (pineapple currry), top; ayam goreng (fried chicken with salted duck yolk and curry leaf), right, and okra in sambal.
Nasi campur, or “with rice,” dishes at Makan include beef rendang, center; pajeri nenas (pineapple currry), top; ayam goreng (fried chicken with salted duck yolk and curry leaf), right, and okra in sambal.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

The kaleidoscope of sour, funky, spicy, and sweet flavors at this Malaysian restaurant in Columbia Heights translate well to brunch. Eggs in chef James Wozniuk’s fiery homemade chile sambal are a natural morning dish. People with a sweet tooth might gravitate towards biscuits and kaya — sweet and mellow coconut pandan custard. Char kway teow, a stir-fried flat noodle dish with sweet Chinese sausage, is another crowd-pleaser. Complement everything with acar (pickles) brimming with key lime and prunes, pineapple and ginger, or mixed vegetables and shrimp paste.

3400 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

2. Primrose

3000 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017

The whimsical bistro in Brookland sends out weekend brunch plates of brioche French toast, roasted chicken hash, quiche, and thick-cut bacon to go along with French wines and flutes of French 75 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Primrose opens for indoor or outdoor dining, carryout, and delivery.

3000 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017

3. Compass Rose

1346 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Khachapuri from Compass Rose
Boat-shaped khachapuri from Compass Rose.
Compass Rose

Sunday brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at Rose Previte’s global plates place off 14th Street NW offers $30 food “tours,” cocktails that range from Mexican to Middle Eastern, and wines sourced from across the Mediterranean. The affordable prix fixe, which comes with a vegetarian option, includes Georgian khachapuri, Greek doughnuts with honey (loukoumades), and North African shakshuka. Customers can also order Spanish patatas bravas or Irish spice bags full of fried chicken thighs from an a la carte section. For visitors who want to eat outside, the restaurant built covered patio on T Street NW with dining nooks dressed up like train cars.

1346 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Le Diplomate

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

Diners can lounge at Stephen Starr’s ever-busy brasserie and sidewalk cafe for a long time; Le Diplomate serves brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Check out the raw bar selections, beef bourguignon, and the popular "Burger Americain.” Guests also come flocking for its “Les Oeufs” section of seven egg dishes. Go with the poached eggs basquaise, served with prosciutto and creamy polenta, or a lobster omelet.

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

5. Duke's Grocery (Multiple locations)

1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Avocado toast and other vegetarian delights as served at Duke’s Grocery, in Washington, DC.
Avocado toast from Duke’s Grocery
Photo by Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The quirky, East London-style pub offers brunch at all three D.C. locations (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), with indoor/patio dining, takeout, and delivery (via DoorDash). There’s one of the best burgers in town — add a runny egg for $2.50 — along with a proper English breakfast, shakshuka, and a fetching presentation of a red beet-cured salmon tartine. Reserve a spot for the buzzy Dupont Circle locale here.

1513 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

6. Nina May

1337 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The weekend brunch (Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at this hyperlocal American restaurant in Logan Circle has plenty of outdoor seating. Opt for a “chef’s choice” ($35 per person) to sample a variety of dishes, or order takeout on Tock to sample la carte on items like an eggs Benedict with maple ham on toasted milk bread with red pepper hollandaise.

1337 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Ala

1320 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Fried halloumi with dukka, pine honey, and chives from Ala
Fried halloumi with dukka, honey, and chives from Ala
Ala/Facebook

Formerly known as Turkish restaurant Ankara, Ala’s recent makeover reflects a Levantine approach that widens its scope to include cuisines from across the Eastern Mediterranean. A $44 brunch includes bottomless meze, mains, sweets, and drinks, including 10 mimosa flavors at the bar. Attentive servers send out a parade of plates like falafel patties with beet sauce, fried halloumi with pine honey and dukkah, Turkish sausage omelets, and man’oushe with za’atar. Pretty much any of the dips are a safe bet here. A unique wine list that pulls from Georgia, Armenia, and Palestine is worth checking out.

1320 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

8. Unconventional Diner

1207 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Brunch is served until 4 p.m. every day at the award-winning modern diner full of pop art inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Chef David Deshaies serves sweet potato shakshuka, avocado toast topped with confit egg yolk, and a Caribbean twist on shrimp and grits with andouille sausage, plantains, and pineapple-habanero sauce.

1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Imperfecto

1124 23rd St NW, Washington, DC 20037
The main dining room at Imperfecto
The main dining room at Imperfecto
Jennifer Chase/Imperfecto

This buzzy Mediterranean-Latin fusion restaurant from Seven Reasons chef Enrique Limardo leans into fine dining with modernist flourishes. The chef’s detailed, spicy avocado toast is one of the most gorgeous — and, at $28, most expensive — versions in the city. Soft focaccia acts as the base for a medley of fresh avocado, grilled octopus, smoked jalapeno dressing, and harissa mayonnaise. Other hits off the a la carte menu includes a flower-shaped carpaccio of smoked Ora King salmon with arugula chili oil. Instead of waffles, fried chicken comes with a delicate corn pancake and a drizzle of guajillo chile sauce that begs to be bottled.

1124 23rd St NW
Washington, DC 20037

10. Fiola Mare

3050 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

See and be seen brunching at Fiola Mare's swanky Georgetown waterfront location. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends, expect classics such as lemon ricotta pancakes, tagliatelle carbonara, and decadent seafood towers along with seasonal a la carte dishes. A baller three-course option ($95) includes an appetizer, brunch favorites, dessert, a warm pastry, and bottomless bubbly or brunch cocktails, with a 75-minute time limit.

3050 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

11. Boqueria (Multiple locations)

777 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Paella de mariscos loads up on seafood (monkfish, sepia, squid, shrimp, clams, mussels) alongside bomba rice, saffron, and salsa verde
Paella de mariscos loads up on seafood (monkfish, sepia, squid, shrimp, clams, mussels) alongside bomba rice, saffron, and salsa verde
Rey Lopez/Boqueria

This boutique chain of Barcelona-style tapas bars sends out a stylish selection of tapas and egg-topped paella from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday across its handsome Penn Quarter dining room outfitted with sleek wooden tables, glowing banquettes, and oval lanterns. A la carte options include a Catalan “farmer’s breakfast,” built around ribeye and chorizo, and torrija, or caramelized French toast, with citrus honey, as well as the whole tapas menu. A “deluxe” bottomless drink deal features a stream of sangrías, bloody marys, and cava for $45 (90-minute limit). The same options are available at a Dupont Circle location with a front patio at the corner of M and 19th Streets NW.

777 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. Barrel

613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003

At this Southern staple on Capitol Hill, chef Walfer Hernandez (Union Pub, The Eastern) designs waffles topped with bourbon whipped cream, apple compote, and basil candy. Two other popular orders are the fried chicken biscuits — available with honey butter or fontal cheese and chipotle mayo — and the shrimp and grits jazzed up with Calabrian sausage and piquillo peppers. Wash down brunch bites with clarified milk punch cocktails or bloody marys with a serrano pepper kick, plus a $26 bottomless bubbly deal to boot. Dine in or order takeout 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday and all the way until 9 p.m. on Sunday for the later brunch set.

613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

13. Ambar Capitol Hill

523 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Decoupaged pottery, trinkets and books line the shelves one the second-floor perch.
Photography by Goran Kosanovic

Capitol Hill’s resident Balkan restaurant underwent a multi-million dollar renovation during the pandemic but didn’t change a thing about its beloved bottomless brunch ($34.99 per person, plus $8.99 for unlimited drinks). Popular orders that keep coming (for two hours) include potato hash, meze platters, and beef prosciutto or salmon Benedict, all designed to be washed down with bottomless mango hibiscus mimosas and bloody marys. Opt for seating across its expanded patio, indoors, or on a retractable rooftop on the third floor.

523 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

14. Shilling Canning Company

360 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Brunch at chef Reid Shilling’s Chesapeake restaurant in Navy Yard runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Rotating dishes on the $35 three course, prix fixe menu include deviled eggs, buttermilk fried chicken with hot honey and hoe cakes, and coffee cake with vanilla streusel. The solid cocktail list includes mimosa carafes made with preserved local fruit.

360 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003

15. All-Purpose Riverfront

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Pizza topped with greens and cheese.
A brunch pizza from All-Purpose Capitol Riverfront
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This waterfront pizzeria in Navy Yard draws large crowds for its egg-topped pies on weekends. Along with its full lineup of Jersey-style, deck-oven pizzas, popular orders include fiery wings with Calabrian chili honey; Sicilian “disco” fries with ‘nduja sausage, parm fonduta, and chives; and bottomless mimosas and Aperol spritzes for $23. Its Shaw location just brought back brunch this week.

79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

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