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14 Hot New Brunches to Try Around D.C.

Recent arrivals for Spanish eggs, shrimp enchiladas, luxurious burgers, fried chicken, and more

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Shrimp enchiladas are on the bottomless brunch menu at dLeña
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Based on the noontime weekend scene at dining tables all over the city, brunch could be considered D.C.’s favorite meal. It’s common for new restaurants to find their footing with dinner service before welcoming a crush of midday guests thirsty for bottomless deals, so brunch menus often come on later. In these days of seasonally focused eating, many well-established spots will cycle in new menus that depend on peak produce, too. This map represents a mix of exciting brunches drawing notice around D.C. For a map of of the most dependable brunch destination around town, go here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Spanish Diner

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7271 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 284-3700
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The home-style Spanish restaurant from José Andrés opens at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday with an all-day menu that leans heavily on hearty stews, sandwiches, and egg dishes. Huevos rotos (broken eggs) are served on a bed of fried potatoes and a choice of meats (jamón, morcilla, chistorra) meant to be coated in silky yolks. Callos, a Madrid-style tripe stew, feature a thick, comforting broth with pops of chickpeas and chorizo. Classic Spanish tortillas and familiar favorites such as ensalada rusa or light gazpacho are available, too. For something lighter, go for the compressed drunken pineapple that sponges up rum, lime, and mint.

Dining Review - Spanish Diner
Ensalada rusa from Spanish Diner
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2. St. Vincent Wine

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3212 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 413-9763
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The Park View wine bar with a sprawling gravel backyard has quickly established itself as one of the best outdoor setups in the city. From noon to 3 p.m. on weekends, customers can supplement their charcuterie boards, duck confit croquettes, and seasonal small plates with a handful of brunch dishes, including bacon steak and eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy, and a confit-then-fried chicken with martabak, a stuffed Indonesian pancake.

Bacon steak and eggs from St. Vincent Wine
Bacon steak and eggs from St. Vincent Wine
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3. The Imperial

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2001 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 299-0334
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Jack Rose’s posh sibling cocktail bar down the street just added its first weekend brunch, from noon to 4 p.m. Highlights from the 20-item lineup include lump crab or homemade pork pastrami Benedicts, grouper and grits, a build-your-own smoked trout bagel board, smashed avocado toast, and hot sauce-brined chicken and waffles with a habanero maple syrup. Cocktails include an espresso martini with in-demand Mr. Blacks, an intensely flavored Australian coffee liqueur. Go the bottomless mimosa route for $30.

Imperial’s crab claw-topped bloody mary features house smoked firewater, citrus, Zing-Zang mix, and an Old Bay rim.
The Imperial/official photo

4. Lupo Pizzeria

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1908 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-6137
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The 14th Street NW newcomer’s new weekend brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) comes with a $35 deal that offers one entree with bottomless mimosas, rossini, bellinis, or prosecco over a two-hour time limit. Brunch bites include tiramisu creme crepes, an Uruguayan chivito platter (steak, eggs, fontina cheese, roasted peppers, and angel hair potatoes), or build-your-own pizza.

Lupo Pizzeria’s $20 carbonara pizza comes topped with pecorino cream, pork cheek, egg yolk, and a liberal sprinkling of black pepper
A carbonara pizza from Lupo Pizzeria
Rey Lopez/For Lupo Pizzeria

5. Lutèce

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1522 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-8830
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Chef Matt Conroy’s subtle, straightforward “neo-bistro” style highlights outstanding produce in dishes like a buttery toast topped with burrata, plum slices, a drizzle of olive oil, and basil. A Vermont cheddar cheeseburger with caramelized onions, dijon mustard, and miso comes with an option of upping the umami with bacon or a fried egg. Menus are always changing, but customers can also expect French omelets, croque madames, and duck and potato hash in sabayon. Bloody marys and Grand Marnier 75s are each $12.

6. MITA

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1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 929-7792
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Chefs Miguel Guerra (Michelin-rated El Cielo) and Tatiana Mora (Serenata) turned their vegan pop-up into a permanent fixture out of the glass-enclosed cube inside La Cosecha, the Latin mercado around the corner from Union Market. A newly added brunch ($55 per person) kicks off with a yuca, cilantro, and avocado starter, followed by a choice of corn waffles dressed with macadamia ricotta and greens; a burger on brioche with a root veggie patty; or creamy rice with maitake mushrooms, artichokes, and fava beans. Dessert calls for French toast with vanilla cream, strawberries, and passion fruit.

Corn waffles dressed with macadamia ricotta at Mita.
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7. Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-0444
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Tenured Four Seasons chef Oliver Beckert rolls out a splurge-worth Sunday brunch at Seasons, complete with plentiful food stations and a dessert room crafted by executive pastry chef Amanda Kahn. A made-to-order chef’s station with omelets and pancakes is followed by a seafood station with ceviche, king crab claws, oysters, sushi, and grilled sea bass. There’s also a carving station for roast beef or roast rack of lamb, plus salads, cheese, and charcuterie platters. Served 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday ($110 per person with bottomless mimosas for $30 extra; $55 for kids 6 to 18; and free under 5).

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8. dLeña

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476 K St NW Suite D
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 560-5999
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The wood-burning Mexican kitchen from El Centro D.F. restaurateur Richard Sandoval boasts a buzzing scene at the semicircular bar upstairs — and it’s dark leather lounge in the basement. At brunch time, two hours of bottomless food and drinks cost $49 per person, with a la carte pricing available. The menu includes beef birria tacos in a peanut guajillo sauce, smoked egg and potato hash cazuelas, and chipotle chicken and waffles. The bar slings margaritas, mango mimosas, and tequila or vodka bloody marys.

Bloody marys and marias from dLeña
Bloody marys and marias from dLeña
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9. Succotash Prime

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915 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 849-6933
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Celebrity chef Edward Lee’s luxe Southern-meets-Korean restaurant in Penn Quarter recently reopened after a year with some steakhouse-style additions. New brunch options include pecan sticky buns, chicken and waffles, an avocado toast BLT, and a smoked 12-ounce hanger steak and eggs.

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10. Crazy Aunt Helen's

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713 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 750-8140
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Capitol Hill’s funky, new color-soaked diner sends out straightforward classics for weekend brunch like plates of eggs with bacon or maple sausage, hash and toast, a weekly frittata, and bagels with smoked salmon from former Pom Pom chef Mykie Moll. Meat-free fans can partake in a “steak” and tofu scramble or Benedicts built with vegan cashew hollandaise.

A plate of vegan “crab cakes” from Crazy Aunt Helen’s is made out of okara, or soy pulp.
Vegan “fab cakes” from Crazy Aunt Helen’s
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11. Moon Rabbit DC

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801 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 878-8566
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Moon Rabbit’s new morning menu includes staples like eggs benedicts, omelets, hotcakes and waffles to go along with Vietnamese-leaning orders like French toast with whipped cream, coffee condensed milk syrup, and toasted coconut flakes, or a curry coconut rice bowl with a lemongrass sausage patty, fried egg, and Maggi gravy. There’s also a sloppy Viet bahn mi, pho seasoned fried chicken sandwich and Saigon cinnamon rolls. Go for a Pho Bloody Mary or the Coffee Call (Patron XO Café Tequila, Grey Goose vodka, condensed milk and “Cafe du Monde’’ chicory drip coffee).

12. Emmy Squared (Multiple locations)

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1300 4th St SE Suite 100
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 290-2810
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The hit Detroit-style pizza chain from Brooklyn has a brand new brunch at every location, including a pair of D.C. outposts in Shaw and Navy Yard. A warm cinnamon pie topped with blackberry jam and cream cheese icing arrives in a cast-iron skillet. Its beloved burger is served on a pretzel bun comes with a fried egg. A “Hangover Pizza” also gets the fried egg treatment alongside caramelized onions, sausage, bacon, smoked gouda, green onions, and ranch. Order mimosas and bloody marys by the pitcher or go with a new peach sangria that’s spiked with a red wine floater.

The “Le Big Matt” from Emmy Squared includes a double-stack of grass-fed beef patties, American cheese, spicy Sammy Sauce, greens, and pickles on a pretzel bun
The “Le Big Matt” burger from Emmy Squared
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

13. Jackie

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79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 919-3800
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Chef Jerome Grant’s eclectic New American brunch menu in Navy Yard offers a fried rice made with crab fat and homemade Spam, half-smokes with a banana ketchup chili, and tater tot poutine loaded up with pork sausage, bacon, pickled chiles, hollandaise, and a poached egg. Rising star sous chef Stephanie Milne makes pastry plates with rotating items like Old Bay biscuits and chocolate babka muffins. Flights of bubbles (three flutes per person) cost $44.

14. BARCA Pier & Wine Bar

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2 Pioneer Mill Way
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 638-1100
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Old Town’s new shipping container tapas bar recently tacked on a weekend brunch menu (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) advertising breakfast papas bravas topped with a fried egg and chorizo. Bloody marys are big here, with three types of infused vodka available: habanero, cucumber, or Meyer lemon.

 

1. Spanish Diner

7271 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Dining Review - Spanish Diner
Ensalada rusa from Spanish Diner
Deb Lindsey/For the Washington Post via Getty Images

The home-style Spanish restaurant from José Andrés opens at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday with an all-day menu that leans heavily on hearty stews, sandwiches, and egg dishes. Huevos rotos (broken eggs) are served on a bed of fried potatoes and a choice of meats (jamón, morcilla, chistorra) meant to be coated in silky yolks. Callos, a Madrid-style tripe stew, feature a thick, comforting broth with pops of chickpeas and chorizo. Classic Spanish tortillas and familiar favorites such as ensalada rusa or light gazpacho are available, too. For something lighter, go for the compressed drunken pineapple that sponges up rum, lime, and mint.

7271 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

2. St. Vincent Wine

3212 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Bacon steak and eggs from St. Vincent Wine
Bacon steak and eggs from St. Vincent Wine
St. Vincent Wine/Facebook

The Park View wine bar with a sprawling gravel backyard has quickly established itself as one of the best outdoor setups in the city. From noon to 3 p.m. on weekends, customers can supplement their charcuterie boards, duck confit croquettes, and seasonal small plates with a handful of brunch dishes, including bacon steak and eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy, and a confit-then-fried chicken with martabak, a stuffed Indonesian pancake.

3212 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

3. The Imperial

2001 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Imperial’s crab claw-topped bloody mary features house smoked firewater, citrus, Zing-Zang mix, and an Old Bay rim.
The Imperial/official photo

Jack Rose’s posh sibling cocktail bar down the street just added its first weekend brunch, from noon to 4 p.m. Highlights from the 20-item lineup include lump crab or homemade pork pastrami Benedicts, grouper and grits, a build-your-own smoked trout bagel board, smashed avocado toast, and hot sauce-brined chicken and waffles with a habanero maple syrup. Cocktails include an espresso martini with in-demand Mr. Blacks, an intensely flavored Australian coffee liqueur. Go the bottomless mimosa route for $30.

2001 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Lupo Pizzeria

1908 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Lupo Pizzeria’s $20 carbonara pizza comes topped with pecorino cream, pork cheek, egg yolk, and a liberal sprinkling of black pepper
A carbonara pizza from Lupo Pizzeria
Rey Lopez/For Lupo Pizzeria

The 14th Street NW newcomer’s new weekend brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) comes with a $35 deal that offers one entree with bottomless mimosas, rossini, bellinis, or prosecco over a two-hour time limit. Brunch bites include tiramisu creme crepes, an Uruguayan chivito platter (steak, eggs, fontina cheese, roasted peppers, and angel hair potatoes), or build-your-own pizza.

1908 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Lutèce

1522 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Chef Matt Conroy’s subtle, straightforward “neo-bistro” style highlights outstanding produce in dishes like a buttery toast topped with burrata, plum slices, a drizzle of olive oil, and basil. A Vermont cheddar cheeseburger with caramelized onions, dijon mustard, and miso comes with an option of upping the umami with bacon or a fried egg. Menus are always changing, but customers can also expect French omelets, croque madames, and duck and potato hash in sabayon. Bloody marys and Grand Marnier 75s are each $12.

1522 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

6. MITA

1280 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Corn waffles dressed with macadamia ricotta at Mita.
Mita/official photo

Chefs Miguel Guerra (Michelin-rated El Cielo) and Tatiana Mora (Serenata) turned their vegan pop-up into a permanent fixture out of the glass-enclosed cube inside La Cosecha, the Latin mercado around the corner from Union Market. A newly added brunch ($55 per person) kicks off with a yuca, cilantro, and avocado starter, followed by a choice of corn waffles dressed with macadamia ricotta and greens; a burger on brioche with a root veggie patty; or creamy rice with maitake mushrooms, artichokes, and fava beans. Dessert calls for French toast with vanilla cream, strawberries, and passion fruit.

1280 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
Four Seasons/official photo

Tenured Four Seasons chef Oliver Beckert rolls out a splurge-worth Sunday brunch at Seasons, complete with plentiful food stations and a dessert room crafted by executive pastry chef Amanda Kahn. A made-to-order chef’s station with omelets and pancakes is followed by a seafood station with ceviche, king crab claws, oysters, sushi, and grilled sea bass. There’s also a carving station for roast beef or roast rack of lamb, plus salads, cheese, and charcuterie platters. Served 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday ($110 per person with bottomless mimosas for $30 extra; $55 for kids 6 to 18; and free under 5).

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007

8. dLeña

476 K St NW Suite D, Washington, DC 20001
Bloody marys and marias from dLeña
Bloody marys and marias from dLeña
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The wood-burning Mexican kitchen from El Centro D.F. restaurateur Richard Sandoval boasts a buzzing scene at the semicircular bar upstairs — and it’s dark leather lounge in the basement. At brunch time, two hours of bottomless food and drinks cost $49 per person, with a la carte pricing available. The menu includes beef birria tacos in a peanut guajillo sauce, smoked egg and potato hash cazuelas, and chipotle chicken and waffles. The bar slings margaritas, mango mimosas, and tequila or vodka bloody marys.

476 K St NW Suite D
Washington, DC 20001

9. Succotash Prime

915 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Celebrity chef Edward Lee’s luxe Southern-meets-Korean restaurant in Penn Quarter recently reopened after a year with some steakhouse-style additions. New brunch options include pecan sticky buns, chicken and waffles, an avocado toast BLT, and a smoked 12-ounce hanger steak and eggs.

915 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

10. Crazy Aunt Helen's

713 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
A plate of vegan “crab cakes” from Crazy Aunt Helen’s is made out of okara, or soy pulp.
Vegan “fab cakes” from Crazy Aunt Helen’s
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Capitol Hill’s funky, new color-soaked diner sends out straightforward classics for weekend brunch like plates of eggs with bacon or maple sausage, hash and toast, a weekly frittata, and bagels with smoked salmon from former Pom Pom chef Mykie Moll. Meat-free fans can partake in a “steak” and tofu scramble or Benedicts built with vegan cashew hollandaise.

713 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

11. Moon Rabbit DC

801 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Moon Rabbit’s new morning menu includes staples like eggs benedicts, omelets, hotcakes and waffles to go along with Vietnamese-leaning orders like French toast with whipped cream, coffee condensed milk syrup, and toasted coconut flakes, or a curry coconut rice bowl with a lemongrass sausage patty, fried egg, and Maggi gravy. There’s also a sloppy Viet bahn mi, pho seasoned fried chicken sandwich and Saigon cinnamon rolls. Go for a Pho Bloody Mary or the Coffee Call (Patron XO Café Tequila, Grey Goose vodka, condensed milk and “Cafe du Monde’’ chicory drip coffee).

801 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC 20024

12. Emmy Squared (Multiple locations)

1300 4th St SE Suite 100, Washington, DC 20003
The “Le Big Matt” from Emmy Squared includes a double-stack of grass-fed beef patties, American cheese, spicy Sammy Sauce, greens, and pickles on a pretzel bun
The “Le Big Matt” burger from Emmy Squared
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

The hit Detroit-style pizza chain from Brooklyn has a brand new brunch at every location, including a pair of D.C. outposts in Shaw and Navy Yard. A warm cinnamon pie topped with blackberry jam and cream cheese icing arrives in a cast-iron skillet. Its beloved burger is served on a pretzel bun comes with a fried egg. A “Hangover Pizza” also gets the fried egg treatment alongside caramelized onions, sausage, bacon, smoked gouda, green onions, and ranch. Order mimosas and bloody marys by the pitcher or go with a new peach sangria that’s spiked with a red wine floater.

1300 4th St SE Suite 100
Washington, DC 20003

13. Jackie

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

Chef Jerome Grant’s eclectic New American brunch menu in Navy Yard offers a fried rice made with crab fat and homemade Spam, half-smokes with a banana ketchup chili, and tater tot poutine loaded up with pork sausage, bacon, pickled chiles, hollandaise, and a poached egg. Rising star sous chef Stephanie Milne makes pastry plates with rotating items like Old Bay biscuits and chocolate babka muffins. Flights of bubbles (three flutes per person) cost $44.

79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

14. BARCA Pier & Wine Bar

2 Pioneer Mill Way, Alexandria, VA 22314

Old Town’s new shipping container tapas bar recently tacked on a weekend brunch menu (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) advertising breakfast papas bravas topped with a fried egg and chorizo. Bloody marys are big here, with three types of infused vodka available: habanero, cucumber, or Meyer lemon.

 

2 Pioneer Mill Way
Alexandria, VA 22314

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