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A breakfast dish at Michelin-starred Blue Duck Tavern.
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10 Essential Power Breakfast Spots in D.C.

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A breakfast dish at Michelin-starred Blue Duck Tavern.
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When real business needs to get done in this town, many area power brokers skip the evening cocktails, instead choosing to hash things out over eggs, bacon, and endless cups of fresh brewed coffee. Refining political and financial strategies are par for the course at these early morning gatherings.

Proximity to the city's and country's most prominent institutions is key to these well positioned dining establishments: Breaking bread with those who are in-the-know is worth whatever it costs for a seat at these tables.

— Updated by Tierney Plumb

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Greenhouse at the Jefferson hotel

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1200 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Have bagel and lox or lemon ricotta pancakes with a side of ambiance at this early morning spot inside the Jefferson hotel.

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2. Upper West Side Cafe

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2233 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Overachievers head to West End sports club Squash on Fire to get pumped up for the day by playing a friendly round, and then refuel while deal-making at its new modern in-house cafe. Breakfast options include seasonally inspired omelettes, avocado toast, and produce-packed smoothies.

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3. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 419-6755
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The Park Hyatt's Michelin-starred restaurant is not only well-known for its epic holiday feasts, it also hosts breakfasts with jumbo lump crab cakes, egg dishes, and gluten-free pastries for everyone — including power brokers — to enjoy.

Short rib hash at Blue Duck Tavern. Photo: Blue Duck Tavern

4. Seasons Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 342-0444
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The restaurant below the Four Seasons hotel serves breakfast every day (along with a gourmet brunch on Sundays). It's definitely a spot for those who make things happen in Georgetown, and it recently revamped the menu with healthier options including smoothies, oatmeal, and yogurt parfaits.

Seasons DC breakfast Duck confit hash at Seasons. Photo: Four Seasons

5. Founding Farmers (Multiple locations)

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1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington
D.C., 20006
(202) 822-8783
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A stone's throw from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, this burgeoning chain draws tourists and deal makers to its well-regarded breakfasts and brunches.

Founding Farmers DC breakfast Waffles at Founding Farmers. Photo: Founding Farmers

6. Lafayette Restaurant

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800 16th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 638-2570
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Hungry deal makers can feast on the $35 fully loaded breakfast inside the picturesque Hay-Adams hotel. Those not on a time crunch can try the $18 oatmeal souffle that takes 20 minutes to prepare.

Lafayette DC breakfast A breakfast at Lafayette. Photo: Hay-Adams

7. Crimson Diner

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627 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

This new addition to Chinatown gives surrounding power people a new place place to catch up over fresh coffee and Southern fare.

Crimson Diner The main dining room at Crimson Diner. Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

8. Old Ebbitt Grill

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675 15th St NW, Washington
D.C., 20005
(202) 347-4800
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Everyone comes here — literally. One of the country's highest-grossing restaurants is practically as close as a place can get to the White House. Old Ebbitt opens at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays, and at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for weekend brunch.

9. Café du Parc

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1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington
D.C., 20002
(202) 942-7000
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Café du Parc, located inside the five-star Willard Intercontinental hotel, is neighbors with the White House. It opens its doors every day at 7 a.m. so lobbyists, members of Congress, and even the general public can enjoy breakfast.

10. Bistro Bis

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15 E St NW, Washington
D.C., 20001
(202) 661-2700
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Steps from Union Station, this classic French restaurant is a favorite of the political set. Traditional breakfast fare, from a Continental plate to assorted egg-based offerings, is served beginning at 7 a.m. each weekday. For those looking to "power brunch," service is from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on weekends.

Bistro Bis DC food Country fried steak and eggs at Bistro Bis. Photo: Bistro Bis

1. Greenhouse at the Jefferson hotel

1200 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
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Have bagel and lox or lemon ricotta pancakes with a side of ambiance at this early morning spot inside the Jefferson hotel.

1200 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

2. Upper West Side Cafe

2233 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
Photo: Squash on Fire

Overachievers head to West End sports club Squash on Fire to get pumped up for the day by playing a friendly round, and then refuel while deal-making at its new modern in-house cafe. Breakfast options include seasonally inspired omelettes, avocado toast, and produce-packed smoothies.

2233 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

3. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
Short rib hash at Blue Duck Tavern. Photo: Blue Duck Tavern

The Park Hyatt's Michelin-starred restaurant is not only well-known for its epic holiday feasts, it also hosts breakfasts with jumbo lump crab cakes, egg dishes, and gluten-free pastries for everyone — including power brokers — to enjoy.

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

4. Seasons Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Seasons DC breakfast Duck confit hash at Seasons. Photo: Four Seasons

The restaurant below the Four Seasons hotel serves breakfast every day (along with a gourmet brunch on Sundays). It's definitely a spot for those who make things happen in Georgetown, and it recently revamped the menu with healthier options including smoothies, oatmeal, and yogurt parfaits.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

5. Founding Farmers (Multiple locations)

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 20006
Founding Farmers DC breakfast Waffles at Founding Farmers. Photo: Founding Farmers

A stone's throw from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, this burgeoning chain draws tourists and deal makers to its well-regarded breakfasts and brunches.

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington
D.C., 20006

6. Lafayette Restaurant

800 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006
Lafayette DC breakfast A breakfast at Lafayette. Photo: Hay-Adams

Hungry deal makers can feast on the $35 fully loaded breakfast inside the picturesque Hay-Adams hotel. Those not on a time crunch can try the $18 oatmeal souffle that takes 20 minutes to prepare.

800 16th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006

7. Crimson Diner

627 H St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Crimson Diner The main dining room at Crimson Diner. Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

This new addition to Chinatown gives surrounding power people a new place place to catch up over fresh coffee and Southern fare.

627 H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St NW, Washington, D.C., 20005

Everyone comes here — literally. One of the country's highest-grossing restaurants is practically as close as a place can get to the White House. Old Ebbitt opens at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays, and at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for weekend brunch.

675 15th St NW, Washington
D.C., 20005

9. Café du Parc

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 20002

Café du Parc, located inside the five-star Willard Intercontinental hotel, is neighbors with the White House. It opens its doors every day at 7 a.m. so lobbyists, members of Congress, and even the general public can enjoy breakfast.

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington
D.C., 20002

10. Bistro Bis

15 E St NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
Bistro Bis DC food Country fried steak and eggs at Bistro Bis. Photo: Bistro Bis

Steps from Union Station, this classic French restaurant is a favorite of the political set. Traditional breakfast fare, from a Continental plate to assorted egg-based offerings, is served beginning at 7 a.m. each weekday. For those looking to "power brunch," service is from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on weekends.

15 E St NW, Washington
D.C., 20001

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