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Dauphine’s launches Sunday brunch March 27.
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The Hottest New Brunches to Try Around D.C.

Lavender butter-topped buttermilk pancakes, chicken chorizo-stuffed Scotch eggs, and sweet potato pain perdu

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Dauphine’s launches Sunday brunch March 27.
| Kevin Parisi

Brunch might be D.C.’s most cherished meal. During the weekend, a sacred ceremony is observed at restaurants across town as a crush of midday diners pull up chairs at tables topped with runny eggs and effervescent cocktails. There are the classic brunch spots that have been around forever, as well as newcomers — as established restaurants change their menus for the season and as newer restaurants add brunch to their repertoire after finding their footing in a competitive market.

Whether brunch needs to be a classy affair, a low key antidote to the previous night’s antics, or a daytime party with bottomless mimosas, D.C. has it covered. Here are the most exciting new brunches in the D.C. area. And if tried and true is more your speed, check out this map of D.C.’s essential brunches. For the best bottomless brunches, head over here.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. PLANTA | Bethesda

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4910 Elm St
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 407-2447
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Bethesda’s chic Planta serves warm, feel-good alongside plates of plant-based treats like gooey cinnamon buns; eggless quiche with spinach, cashew cheese, and mushroom bacon; spicy patatas bravas; and more. Bright, fresh flavors in the bottomless mimosas and sake sangria ($25) come courtesy of a rainbow of fresh-pressed juice offerings. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 a.m.

2. Suga & Spice

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Art District Hyattsville, 5557 Baltimore Ave Ste 101
Hyattsville, MD 20781
(301) 927-0001
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Hyattsville’s Southern Caribbean stunner dishes a hot honey crab cake with egg and cheese on brioche, a jerk seafood omelette, and a deep-fried lobster tail with eggs and cheese on a biscuit. This bright new spot, which serves brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, comes from Miskiri Hospitality Group, known for Po’boy Jim, Creole on 14th Street, and other Caribbean and Southern restaurants.

3. Honeymoon Chicken

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4201 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 983-5010
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Petworth’s dreamy destination for buckets of chicken and bottles of bubbly now serves a brunch menu with breakfast burritos studded with crispy fried chicken along with eggs, cheese, salsa, and comeback sauce, while cherry blossom French toast casserole is topped with tart cherry syrup. Meanwhile, mimosas come in classic OJ or with strawberry pineapple lemonade. On nice days, snag a table on the cafe’s — also newly launched — patio.

Cherry blossom French toast casserole.
Cherry blossom French toast casserole lands at Honeymoon Chicken for brunch.
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4. The Green Zone

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2226 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Adams Morgan’s Lebanese street food spot and cocktail bar has been a hit since it opened, but it’s brunch that owner Chris Francke really wanted to add to the menu—and it’s one of the most exciting around. Pomegranate mimosas make for a bright start to fried halloumi cheese with honey; sourdough flatbread with Nutella and halawa (sesame paste, flour, and sugar); and eggs scrambled with spicy sujuq sausage, kashkawan cheese, Aleppo pepper, and sumac. Brunch lands Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 3 p.m

5. El Techo

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606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 836-4270
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Vibrant rooftop respite El Techo has a bottomless brunch that includes a brunch entree and drinks that are only limited by time. On Saturdays, $50 scores 90 minutes of mimosas, bloody Marys, margaritas, or Tecates. The deal is sweeter on Sundays though with two full hours of bottomless drinks for $45. The new menu includes both vodka and mezcal bloody Marys, and the mimosas are splashed with apple cider. Count on the birria tacos with eggs to soak up all that excess booze. Brunch runs 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

6. Lyle's

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1731 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 964-6790
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Come Sundays, this revamped, art deco cool hotel restaurant turns into a daytime party with bottomless bubbles and bloodies ($22) sipped to beats from a live DJ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes tried-and-true hangover cures like a cheeseburger, alongside favorites like Lyle’s monkey bread and caramelized French toast with banana, nutella, and whipped cream.

Lyle’s French toast with banana, Nutella, and whipped cream.
Lyle’s French toast comes with banana, Nutella, and whipped cream.
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7. MAIZ 64

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1324 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 450-4962
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This Mexican fine dining stunner threw open its doors to the throngs of brunch crowds this February, with spins on classic brunch hits like Oaxacan Benedicts and tequila-based brunch cocktails. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

8. Dauphine’s

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1100 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 758-3785
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Eye-catching Dauphine’s is bringing New Orleans brunch classics with a Mid-Atlantic twist to D.C. beginning Sunday, March 27. Sweet potato pain perdu (lost bread) tops sweet potato brioche with New Orleans’s beloved Poirer’s cane syrup and toasted pecans. Meanwhile, blue crab gets a salty kick from pancetta before landing on an English muffin under a blanket of smooth hollandaise. There are plenty of frozen and traditional brunch cocktails to get the daytime festivities going. Brunch service runs every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Heirloom grits are topped with shrimp in sauce Creole at Dauphine’s.
Heirloom grits are topped with shrimp in sauce Creole at Dauphine’s.
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9. Moi Moi

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1627 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 303-0125
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This recently opened white tablecloth restaurant from Gambian chef and owner Howsoon “H.O.” Cham explores the West African roots in the food of the American South. Brunch includes breakfast plates, crawfish and beignets with fried chicken, and coconut French toast. The morning cocktails are a reason to get out of bed: harissa-spiked bloody Marys, tamarind and bourbon-spiked iced tea, and ginger lemon bellinis. Brunch is served Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

10. Sticky Fingers Diner

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406 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 367-9600
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Eat Fare Well recently reopened as Sticky Fingers Diner, bringing all the Sticky Fingers efforts under one brand umbrella. After interior renovations, much of the beloved plant-based menu, full of American comfort food classics, has returned, but with more doughnuts and pastries.

11. Café Riggs

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900 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 788-2800
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At Cafe Riggs, the sleek new brasserie inside Penn Quarter’s Riggs D.C. hotel, brunch is a classy affair that satisfies hungry diners with grand gestures: buttermilk pancakes topped with lavender honey, poached eggs and smoked salmon blanketed with indulgent béarnaise, fresh elixirs, caviar grilled cheese, and briny raw oysters. Brunch drops Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

12. Officina at The Wharf

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1120 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 747-5222
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Back from a pandemic-induced break, Nicholas Stefanelli’s Italian gem relaunched brunch March 19 at the Wharf. Take in panoramic river views while dining on pastries like cacio e pepe biscuits, plus poached-egg-topped puttanesca with grilled sourdough, a roasted mushroom frittata silky with robiolo cheese, and seafood-rich frutta di mare with spring garlic. Brunch is served from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

13. ilili Restaurant DC

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100 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 918-7766
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The Wharf’s breath-taking Lebanese restaurant debuted a Sunday brunch starring Lebanese fare like spicy, egg-topped shakshuka; duck shawarma with glossy toum; and a lamb burger with salty, grilled halloumi. The bloody Mary is refreshing and light with tomato water, while the “Demode” comes with bourbon, cardamom, and old fashioned bitters poured into a bourbon decanter. Brunch runs every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Ilili at the Wharf sings with Lebanese fare and a breath-taking interior.
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14. La Famosa

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1300 4th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 921-9882
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Navy Yard’s chill Puerto Rican cafe La Famosa serves its daily breakfast menu, pastries, plus a few new dishes during its weekend brunch service, which runs Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tostadas francesas are stuffed with guava and sweet cream cheese, while eggs mix with Spam and cheddar in huevos revoltillos. In nice weather, grab a seat on the pet-friendly patio.

15. Matt & Tony’s All Day Kitchen + Bar

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1501 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 429-4950
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Alexandria’s new family-friendly, all-day bloody Mary and brunch spot dishes corn flake-crusted French toast dipped in cinnamon egg custard; chicken chorizo-stuffed Scotch eggs; and jumbo shrimp next to cheddar grit cakes six days a week starting at 8 a.m. (closed Mondays). The house bloody Mary infuses vodka with celery, while another bloody Mary comes with bacon-infused vodka, chipotle, lime, a meat stick, and bacon salt.

1. PLANTA | Bethesda

4910 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814

Bethesda’s chic Planta serves warm, feel-good alongside plates of plant-based treats like gooey cinnamon buns; eggless quiche with spinach, cashew cheese, and mushroom bacon; spicy patatas bravas; and more. Bright, fresh flavors in the bottomless mimosas and sake sangria ($25) come courtesy of a rainbow of fresh-pressed juice offerings. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 a.m.

4910 Elm St
Bethesda, MD 20814

2. Suga & Spice

Art District Hyattsville, 5557 Baltimore Ave Ste 101, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Hyattsville’s Southern Caribbean stunner dishes a hot honey crab cake with egg and cheese on brioche, a jerk seafood omelette, and a deep-fried lobster tail with eggs and cheese on a biscuit. This bright new spot, which serves brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, comes from Miskiri Hospitality Group, known for Po’boy Jim, Creole on 14th Street, and other Caribbean and Southern restaurants.

Art District Hyattsville, 5557 Baltimore Ave Ste 101
Hyattsville, MD 20781

3. Honeymoon Chicken

4201 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011
Cherry blossom French toast casserole.
Cherry blossom French toast casserole lands at Honeymoon Chicken for brunch.
Honeymoon Chicken

Petworth’s dreamy destination for buckets of chicken and bottles of bubbly now serves a brunch menu with breakfast burritos studded with crispy fried chicken along with eggs, cheese, salsa, and comeback sauce, while cherry blossom French toast casserole is topped with tart cherry syrup. Meanwhile, mimosas come in classic OJ or with strawberry pineapple lemonade. On nice days, snag a table on the cafe’s — also newly launched — patio.

4201 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011

4. The Green Zone

2226 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Adams Morgan’s Lebanese street food spot and cocktail bar has been a hit since it opened, but it’s brunch that owner Chris Francke really wanted to add to the menu—and it’s one of the most exciting around. Pomegranate mimosas make for a bright start to fried halloumi cheese with honey; sourdough flatbread with Nutella and halawa (sesame paste, flour, and sugar); and eggs scrambled with spicy sujuq sausage, kashkawan cheese, Aleppo pepper, and sumac. Brunch lands Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 3 p.m

2226 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. El Techo

606 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Vibrant rooftop respite El Techo has a bottomless brunch that includes a brunch entree and drinks that are only limited by time. On Saturdays, $50 scores 90 minutes of mimosas, bloody Marys, margaritas, or Tecates. The deal is sweeter on Sundays though with two full hours of bottomless drinks for $45. The new menu includes both vodka and mezcal bloody Marys, and the mimosas are splashed with apple cider. Count on the birria tacos with eggs to soak up all that excess booze. Brunch runs 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Lyle's

1731 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Lyle’s French toast with banana, Nutella, and whipped cream.
Lyle’s French toast comes with banana, Nutella, and whipped cream.
Scott Suchman

Come Sundays, this revamped, art deco cool hotel restaurant turns into a daytime party with bottomless bubbles and bloodies ($22) sipped to beats from a live DJ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes tried-and-true hangover cures like a cheeseburger, alongside favorites like Lyle’s monkey bread and caramelized French toast with banana, nutella, and whipped cream.

1731 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

7. MAIZ 64

1324 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

This Mexican fine dining stunner threw open its doors to the throngs of brunch crowds this February, with spins on classic brunch hits like Oaxacan Benedicts and tequila-based brunch cocktails. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

1324 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

8. Dauphine’s

1100 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Heirloom grits are topped with shrimp in sauce Creole at Dauphine’s.
Heirloom grits are topped with shrimp in sauce Creole at Dauphine’s.
Kevin Parisi

Eye-catching Dauphine’s is bringing New Orleans brunch classics with a Mid-Atlantic twist to D.C. beginning Sunday, March 27. Sweet potato pain perdu (lost bread) tops sweet potato brioche with New Orleans’s beloved Poirer’s cane syrup and toasted pecans. Meanwhile, blue crab gets a salty kick from pancetta before landing on an English muffin under a blanket of smooth hollandaise. There are plenty of frozen and traditional brunch cocktails to get the daytime festivities going. Brunch service runs every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

1100 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

9. Moi Moi

1627 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

This recently opened white tablecloth restaurant from Gambian chef and owner Howsoon “H.O.” Cham explores the West African roots in the food of the American South. Brunch includes breakfast plates, crawfish and beignets with fried chicken, and coconut French toast. The morning cocktails are a reason to get out of bed: harissa-spiked bloody Marys, tamarind and bourbon-spiked iced tea, and ginger lemon bellinis. Brunch is served Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

1627 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006

10. Sticky Fingers Diner

406 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Eat Fare Well recently reopened as Sticky Fingers Diner, bringing all the Sticky Fingers efforts under one brand umbrella. After interior renovations, much of the beloved plant-based menu, full of American comfort food classics, has returned, but with more doughnuts and pastries.

406 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

11. Café Riggs

900 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

At Cafe Riggs, the sleek new brasserie inside Penn Quarter’s Riggs D.C. hotel, brunch is a classy affair that satisfies hungry diners with grand gestures: buttermilk pancakes topped with lavender honey, poached eggs and smoked salmon blanketed with indulgent béarnaise, fresh elixirs, caviar grilled cheese, and briny raw oysters. Brunch drops Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

900 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

12. Officina at The Wharf

1120 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Back from a pandemic-induced break, Nicholas Stefanelli’s Italian gem relaunched brunch March 19 at the Wharf. Take in panoramic river views while dining on pastries like cacio e pepe biscuits, plus poached-egg-topped puttanesca with grilled sourdough, a roasted mushroom frittata silky with robiolo cheese, and seafood-rich frutta di mare with spring garlic. Brunch is served from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

1120 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

13. ilili Restaurant DC

100 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024
Interior at Ilili D.C.
Ilili at the Wharf sings with Lebanese fare and a breath-taking interior.
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The Wharf’s breath-taking Lebanese restaurant debuted a Sunday brunch starring Lebanese fare like spicy, egg-topped shakshuka; duck shawarma with glossy toum; and a lamb burger with salty, grilled halloumi. The bloody Mary is refreshing and light with tomato water, while the “Demode” comes with bourbon, cardamom, and old fashioned bitters poured into a bourbon decanter. Brunch runs every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

100 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

14. La Famosa

1300 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Navy Yard’s chill Puerto Rican cafe La Famosa serves its daily breakfast menu, pastries, plus a few new dishes during its weekend brunch service, which runs Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tostadas francesas are stuffed with guava and sweet cream cheese, while eggs mix with Spam and cheddar in huevos revoltillos. In nice weather, grab a seat on the pet-friendly patio.

1300 4th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

15. Matt & Tony’s All Day Kitchen + Bar

1501 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

Alexandria’s new family-friendly, all-day bloody Mary and brunch spot dishes corn flake-crusted French toast dipped in cinnamon egg custard; chicken chorizo-stuffed Scotch eggs; and jumbo shrimp next to cheddar grit cakes six days a week starting at 8 a.m. (closed Mondays). The house bloody Mary infuses vodka with celery, while another bloody Mary comes with bacon-infused vodka, chipotle, lime, a meat stick, and bacon salt.

1501 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

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