Next time a colleague wants to meet for lunch, consider a breakfast in one of the city’s swanky hotels. They offer great people watching and often a more subdued atmosphere than harried lunch spots. Besides, it's a great excuse to indulge in crepes, lemon ricotta pancakes, or even a morning buffet.Read More
Indulge in These 12 Swanky Hotel Breakfasts
It's the lunch meeting alternative.
1. Blue Duck Tavern
Some of the Park Hyatt’s weekend brunch dishes can be had any day of the week for breakfast. These include the chicken biscuit with collard greens, apple butter, and an egg served sunny side up. Other great choices include the BDT Benedict with homemade pastrami, Brussels sprouts kraut, and Thousand Island hollandaise. Try the pecan sticky buns for something sweet.
2. Cafe Dupont
Café Dupont ticks off all the right boxes for breakfast. Want something healthy? Order a smoothie. Want a breakfast sandwich? Get a salmon croissant or croque monsieur. Crave something sinfully sweet? Order the Belgian chocolate waffle with Valhrona chocolate sauce.
3. Café du Parc
Breakfast takes on a French flair at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel’s Café du Parc. Say “oui” to a croque-monsieur or brioche French toast crepes filled with ham, cheese, and mushrooms.
4. Ici Urban Bistro @ Sofitel DC
The Sofitel’s restaurant offers a slice of Paris in Lafayette Square. Order a croissant or a basket of pastries that includes a Danish pastry and mini baguette to go with your French press coffee. Or dig into crepes filled with berries or Nutella.
During the warmer months, diners can take in the cozy courtyard while biting into the Georgetown breakfast, which comes with two eggs, grilled tomato, roasted mushrooms, sausage, bacon, and toast. Other delights include doughnuts from District Doughnut, and a breakfast buffet with pastries, bacon, and made-to-order eggs.
Fill up a plate or two at the buffet, where items include bagels, yogurt, and smoked salmon. Guests can also order healthful a la carte items like green smoothies or more decadent items like the sausage biscuit.
7. Poste Moderne Brasserie
Choose from oatmeal, waffles, and eggs Benedict during the week. Weekend brunch brings additional options, including an Asian Benedict with steamed rick cake and tofu, scallions, and a croque-madame with ham, brioche, béchamel, and a sunny side up egg.
8. Robert's Restaurant
Don’t head to the nearby zoo on an empty stomach. The Omni Shoreham wins high praise for its breakfast buffet, featuring an omelet station, waffles, fresh fruit, and eggs Benedict with crab.
9. Seasons @ Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC
While Bourbon Steak might be the better known Four Seasons restaurant, it’s worth getting up early to watch politicos and dignitaries at Seasons. Try the lemon ricotta pancakes or shrimp and grits with Creole sauce.
10. The Lafayette
The power breakfast spot near the White House does both breakfast and Sunday brunch. It offers smoked salmon crepes and French toast among its morning delicacies.
11. The Riggsby
This supper club-inspired restaurant inside the Carlyle serves a small but tempting breakfast menu. Standouts include Maryland lump crabmeat hash with poached eggs and Old Bay hollandaise and a breakfast burrito with chorizo, eggs, potatoes, jalapeno, cheese, and green onions.
By night, Urbana serves up Italian favorites like bucatini and bruschetta. But in the a.m. hours, there's artichoke frittata, buttermilk pancakes, and a fried egg and sage sausage sandwich. For a true morning indulgence with an Italian twist, try the short rib and eggs with polenta and Parmesan cheese.