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Ricotta pancakes at Vermilion.
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The Hottest New Brunches to Try Around D.C.

Fresh options for ricotta pancakes, a.m. sushi, cheesesteak hash and eggs, and more

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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 to 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. And for the best breakfast sandwiches, here’s the spot.

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Junction Bistro, Bar & Bakery Chevy Chase

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The Del Ray, Virginia-born bakery expanded to Chevy Chase this year with daily breakfast, homemade pastries, breakfast burritos, egg sandwiches, and more. Weekend brunch recently entered the fold with $25 bottomless mimosas and a $7 bloody mary bar, plus a lengthy list of entrees like wood-roasted brisket with biscuits (or biscuits and gravy), salmon toasts, egg-topped burgers, and more. Served Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Bocca al Lupo

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Glover Park’s playful, soccer-themed Italian pizza spot, from hospitality duo Massimo and Carolyn Papetti, is bringing pies to the brunch table with a bottomless option that includes unlimited bellinis, mimosas, and rossinis (made with strawberry and prosecco) alongside a choice of pizza for $29 per person. Brunch lands every Saturday and Sunday between 11:30 a.m. and 2.:30 p.m. 

Meanwhile, sister restaurant, mod Italian American favorite I’m Eddie Cano, is also adding brunch. In addition to a bottomless option that includes pasta and drinks, the menu includes a bloody Mary board, which includes all the fixings — including fresh mozzarella.

An overhead shot of a round, uncut pizza topped with melty white cheese and julienned slices of ham.
Pizza is on the brunch menu at In Bocca al Lupo.
In Bocca al Lupo

MI VIDA

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The Wharf-born brand, from Mexico City-born celebrity chef Roberto Santibañez and D.C.-based Knead Hospitality + Design, brings its new 14th Street NW neighborhood banana custard French toast topped with piloncillo syrup and candied pecans, breakfast burritos, and chilaquiles with scrambled eggs, ham, and a smoky tomatillo sauce. There’s also family-style options and tequila-infused bloody marys and coffee cocktails. Brunch runs Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays starting at 10 a.m.

Mi Vida’s weekend brunch kicks off this weekend with huevos rancheros (chorizo, black beans, roasted tomato salsa, mixed greens).
Rey Lopez for Mi Vida

Ghostburger

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At its new hot-pink home in Shaw, Ghostburger’s brief new brunch menu covers the bases: an egg sandwich; fluffy pancakes; “steak and eggs” made with cheesesteak hash, pepper relish, and sunny eggs; and a “complete breakfast,” with eggs-your-way served with sausage, bacon, or scrapple. The full burger menu is also available. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Nobu Washington D.C.

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At Nobu, chefs Micheole (“Chico”) Dator and Eudy Camilo Cruz are serving brunch bento boxes of sushi and shrimp and avocado salad; mains like salmon and Ikura eggs Benedict (with a rice cake standing in for the English muffin), avocado toast with dry miso and scrambled eggs, and others; and light desserts like housemade gelato or sorbet for $65 per person. Brunch cocktails get a twist, with a bloody Mary made with Hokusetsu sake. There’s also a full brunch a la carte menu, as well as a kid’s bento box.

Four perfectly-shaped rectangles of toast topped with thin, green slices of avocado and a dark dusting of dry miso. A bowl of scrambled eggs is also on the plate.
Avocado toast topped with dry miso and served with scrambled eggs.
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Mariscos 1133

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Logan Circle’s acclaimed Latin seafood restaurant from chefs Alfredo and Jessica Solis tacked on brunch service in late July (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Highlights include crab-and-lobster eggs Benedict with a jalapeno hollandaise drizzle; a braised beef birria omelette with fried potatoes; and huevos rancheros topped with crab and octopus. Brunch cocktails, just $6 with any entree, include mimosas, bloody marys with a Tajin-salted rum, and micheladas.

Mariscos 1133 debuted brunch in July.
Mariscos 1133

Stellina Pizzeria

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Stellina Pizzeria’s Italian-born owners Antonio Matarazzo and Matteo Venini embrace the history of their latest D.C. location, which recreates the retro look of the neighborhood’s old Waffle Shop, with a new waffle menu filled with breakfast-style, dessert, and savory sandwiches with an Italian twist. Available all day (and during weekend brunch) at the Mt. Vernon Triangle location only.

The mortadella panini at Stellina Pizzeria.
Stellina Pizzeria

Crimson DC

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Chinatown’s soaring rooftop bar pours sparkling rose alongside plates of rich eggs Benedict each Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Grab a seat at a cozy high top or sink into a sofa for this laid-back brunch with a view.

Café Riggs

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Penn Quarter’s opulent hotel brasserie Cafe Riggs just rolled out a fancy new “Champagne Cart” service during Saturday and Sunday brunch. Starting with a magnum of Laurent-Perrier Champagne ($180), guests can build their own mimosas from a tray of homemade juices — orange juice, white peach infused with passion fruit and watermelon infused with hibiscus and mint — and garnishes, like oranges, watermelon and blackberries. Additional options include a 375-ml. bottle of Laurent-Perrier plus juice ($45) or a limitless mimosa option ($50).

Cafe Riggs’s fancy new Champagne service at brunch.
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Smoke & Mirrors

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The scenic rooftop bar atop the AC Hotel Washington DC Capitol Hill Navy Yard unveiled brunch service in August (Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Executive chef Angela Rose debuts a weekend menu full of D.C. favorites like a half-smoke and eggs with breakfast potatoes and garlic aioli and mumbo-glazed wings, plus pork belly and biscuits and a foie butter “FB&J” tartine. Opt for bottomless mimosas or perky brunch cocktails like a “Jiggle It” (homemade espresso cordial, orange, vanilla, and cinnamon) with a choice of Grey Goose, Casamigos Blanco, or Illegal Joven. 

Banana bread pancakes with bourbon whipped cream and walnuts.
Smoke & Mirrors

Vermilion

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In Alexandria, Virginia, Vermilion’s smart new brunch comes with the offer of a growing collection of rare bourbons. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., diners can tuck into plates of fluffy pancakes made with ricotta cheese, peaches, and brown butter; Maryland crab croquette; club sandwiches; and a list of hard-to-find bourbons.

Slice of toast topped with an egg, white sesame seeds, and fresh greens.
An egg in the hole at Vermilion.
Vermilion

butter me up

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Butter Me Up, the breakfast sandwich pop-up that operated out of HalfSmoke during the pandemic, now has its own standalone location in Shaw. All-day brunch every day of the week starts at 8 a.m. (eggy sandwiches, acai bowls, toasts, sides, cinnamon sugar French Toast sticks, bloody marys, and mimosas). Dishes are available for in-house dining, carryout, and delivery. Its first brick-and-mortar home opened in Westfield Montgomery Mall earlier this year.

Junction Bistro, Bar & Bakery Chevy Chase

The Del Ray, Virginia-born bakery expanded to Chevy Chase this year with daily breakfast, homemade pastries, breakfast burritos, egg sandwiches, and more. Weekend brunch recently entered the fold with $25 bottomless mimosas and a $7 bloody mary bar, plus a lengthy list of entrees like wood-roasted brisket with biscuits (or biscuits and gravy), salmon toasts, egg-topped burgers, and more. Served Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Bocca al Lupo

An overhead shot of a round, uncut pizza topped with melty white cheese and julienned slices of ham.
Pizza is on the brunch menu at In Bocca al Lupo.
In Bocca al Lupo

Glover Park’s playful, soccer-themed Italian pizza spot, from hospitality duo Massimo and Carolyn Papetti, is bringing pies to the brunch table with a bottomless option that includes unlimited bellinis, mimosas, and rossinis (made with strawberry and prosecco) alongside a choice of pizza for $29 per person. Brunch lands every Saturday and Sunday between 11:30 a.m. and 2.:30 p.m. 

Meanwhile, sister restaurant, mod Italian American favorite I’m Eddie Cano, is also adding brunch. In addition to a bottomless option that includes pasta and drinks, the menu includes a bloody Mary board, which includes all the fixings — including fresh mozzarella.

An overhead shot of a round, uncut pizza topped with melty white cheese and julienned slices of ham.
Pizza is on the brunch menu at In Bocca al Lupo.
In Bocca al Lupo

MI VIDA

Mi Vida’s weekend brunch kicks off this weekend with huevos rancheros (chorizo, black beans, roasted tomato salsa, mixed greens).
Rey Lopez for Mi Vida

The Wharf-born brand, from Mexico City-born celebrity chef Roberto Santibañez and D.C.-based Knead Hospitality + Design, brings its new 14th Street NW neighborhood banana custard French toast topped with piloncillo syrup and candied pecans, breakfast burritos, and chilaquiles with scrambled eggs, ham, and a smoky tomatillo sauce. There’s also family-style options and tequila-infused bloody marys and coffee cocktails. Brunch runs Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays starting at 10 a.m.

Mi Vida’s weekend brunch kicks off this weekend with huevos rancheros (chorizo, black beans, roasted tomato salsa, mixed greens).
Rey Lopez for Mi Vida

Ghostburger

At its new hot-pink home in Shaw, Ghostburger’s brief new brunch menu covers the bases: an egg sandwich; fluffy pancakes; “steak and eggs” made with cheesesteak hash, pepper relish, and sunny eggs; and a “complete breakfast,” with eggs-your-way served with sausage, bacon, or scrapple. The full burger menu is also available. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Nobu Washington D.C.

Four perfectly-shaped rectangles of toast topped with thin, green slices of avocado and a dark dusting of dry miso. A bowl of scrambled eggs is also on the plate.
Avocado toast topped with dry miso and served with scrambled eggs.
Nobu DC

At Nobu, chefs Micheole (“Chico”) Dator and Eudy Camilo Cruz are serving brunch bento boxes of sushi and shrimp and avocado salad; mains like salmon and Ikura eggs Benedict (with a rice cake standing in for the English muffin), avocado toast with dry miso and scrambled eggs, and others; and light desserts like housemade gelato or sorbet for $65 per person. Brunch cocktails get a twist, with a bloody Mary made with Hokusetsu sake. There’s also a full brunch a la carte menu, as well as a kid’s bento box.

Four perfectly-shaped rectangles of toast topped with thin, green slices of avocado and a dark dusting of dry miso. A bowl of scrambled eggs is also on the plate.
Avocado toast topped with dry miso and served with scrambled eggs.
Nobu DC

Mariscos 1133

Mariscos 1133 debuted brunch in July.
Mariscos 1133

Logan Circle’s acclaimed Latin seafood restaurant from chefs Alfredo and Jessica Solis tacked on brunch service in late July (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Highlights include crab-and-lobster eggs Benedict with a jalapeno hollandaise drizzle; a braised beef birria omelette with fried potatoes; and huevos rancheros topped with crab and octopus. Brunch cocktails, just $6 with any entree, include mimosas, bloody marys with a Tajin-salted rum, and micheladas.

Mariscos 1133 debuted brunch in July.
Mariscos 1133

Stellina Pizzeria

The mortadella panini at Stellina Pizzeria.
Stellina Pizzeria

Stellina Pizzeria’s Italian-born owners Antonio Matarazzo and Matteo Venini embrace the history of their latest D.C. location, which recreates the retro look of the neighborhood’s old Waffle Shop, with a new waffle menu filled with breakfast-style, dessert, and savory sandwiches with an Italian twist. Available all day (and during weekend brunch) at the Mt. Vernon Triangle location only.

The mortadella panini at Stellina Pizzeria.
Stellina Pizzeria

Crimson DC

Chinatown’s soaring rooftop bar pours sparkling rose alongside plates of rich eggs Benedict each Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Grab a seat at a cozy high top or sink into a sofa for this laid-back brunch with a view.

Café Riggs

Cafe Riggs’s fancy new Champagne service at brunch.
Caitlin Isola

Penn Quarter’s opulent hotel brasserie Cafe Riggs just rolled out a fancy new “Champagne Cart” service during Saturday and Sunday brunch. Starting with a magnum of Laurent-Perrier Champagne ($180), guests can build their own mimosas from a tray of homemade juices — orange juice, white peach infused with passion fruit and watermelon infused with hibiscus and mint — and garnishes, like oranges, watermelon and blackberries. Additional options include a 375-ml. bottle of Laurent-Perrier plus juice ($45) or a limitless mimosa option ($50).

Cafe Riggs’s fancy new Champagne service at brunch.
Caitlin Isola

Smoke & Mirrors

Banana bread pancakes with bourbon whipped cream and walnuts.
Smoke & Mirrors

The scenic rooftop bar atop the AC Hotel Washington DC Capitol Hill Navy Yard unveiled brunch service in August (Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Executive chef Angela Rose debuts a weekend menu full of D.C. favorites like a half-smoke and eggs with breakfast potatoes and garlic aioli and mumbo-glazed wings, plus pork belly and biscuits and a foie butter “FB&J” tartine. Opt for bottomless mimosas or perky brunch cocktails like a “Jiggle It” (homemade espresso cordial, orange, vanilla, and cinnamon) with a choice of Grey Goose, Casamigos Blanco, or Illegal Joven. 

Banana bread pancakes with bourbon whipped cream and walnuts.
Smoke & Mirrors

Vermilion

Slice of toast topped with an egg, white sesame seeds, and fresh greens.
An egg in the hole at Vermilion.
Vermilion

In Alexandria, Virginia, Vermilion’s smart new brunch comes with the offer of a growing collection of rare bourbons. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., diners can tuck into plates of fluffy pancakes made with ricotta cheese, peaches, and brown butter; Maryland crab croquette; club sandwiches; and a list of hard-to-find bourbons.

Slice of toast topped with an egg, white sesame seeds, and fresh greens.
An egg in the hole at Vermilion.
Vermilion

butter me up

Butter Me Up, the breakfast sandwich pop-up that operated out of HalfSmoke during the pandemic, now has its own standalone location in Shaw. All-day brunch every day of the week starts at 8 a.m. (eggy sandwiches, acai bowls, toasts, sides, cinnamon sugar French Toast sticks, bloody marys, and mimosas). Dishes are available for in-house dining, carryout, and delivery. Its first brick-and-mortar home opened in Westfield Montgomery Mall earlier this year.

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