Our Washingtonian recommends lists offer you the best places to eat, drink and play, all selected by Washingtonian publishers.
One of DC’s most famous neighborhoods is a prime spot for breakfast or brunch before hitting the shops, the waterfront or the National Mall.
Cheap to moderate
1422 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Baker chef Stéphane Grattier’s fame is his baguette, which has won the American Baker’s Association’s Best Bread in the World award in recent years. The charming Saint-Tropez inspired bakery sells the breads alongside lovely sweets. Those wishing to linger can stop in for omelettes, sweet or savory pancakes, and waffles served daily for breakfast and lunch.
3207 Grace Street, NW
This airy veggie taqueria is just as good for take-out as it is for sit-down meals (hello, draft Lambrusco). Homemade corn tortillas are stuffed with local eggs and black beans, or combinations of seasonal vegetables.
call your mother
3428 O Street NW
Spot the hot pink facade — and the epic weekend lines — and you’ve found DC’s wildly popular local bagel chain. Creative bagel sandwiches are the draw, like the Sun City with local bacon, eggs, cheese and spiced honey. There’s also vegan cream cheese for plant-based fans.
Green Almond Pantry
3210 Grace Street, NW
Chef Cagla Onal’s Mediterranean gem tucked away at the back of Grace Street Market is well worth a visit. The daily blackboard menu offers finds like seasonal focaccia breads, seven-minute egg sandwiches and organic chicken on hummus with vegetables. Pack some food for a picnic on the canal (you can order ahead online) or sit on the leafy back patio with a glass of natural wine.
3315 Cady’s Alley, NW
Tucked away inside Cady’s Alley is a European cafe that opens early for Austrian and German specialties. Try the Viennese ‘Emperor Galette’ (a delicious shredded pancake with jam) or Eggs with Black Forest Ham.
1645 Wisconsin Ave. NW
A long-time source of buttery croissants and light Parisian lunches. The narrow, very French patisserie also offers puff pastry quiches and baguette sandwiches. Don’t skip desserts like delicate fruit tarts with your latte.
Moderate to expensive
2622 P Street, NW
Veteran sommelier Elli Benchimol’s off-the-beaten-track Georgetown spot serves espresso drinks and homemade pastries in the morning, and dives into cocktails and caviar service in the evening. In between, on the weekends, is a versatile brunch where you can be casual with a Benedict croissant, or have it with a champagne and caviar service served with all the paraphernalia and savory waffles.
At Billy South
1035 31st Street, NW
The elegant pale green dining room with gilded mirrors is as beautiful by day as it is for evening dining – and the restaurant has just resumed weekend brunch after a long pandemic hiatus. In warm weather, the backyard is our favorite perch for dishes like French toast (the original French toast) or a croque madame.
3236 M St. NW
There’s nothing hip or edgy about the original Clyde, but what it does, it does well. Namely, unassuming American classics at reasonable prices: Benedicts, chili, turkey clubs and this crab tower.
Farmers Fishermen Bakers
3000 K Street, Northwest
If you have a tough-to-feed group – fussy toddlers, shy palates – this harbor-facing dining room has something for everyone. The menu is an all-American handbag of comfort food like fried chicken, pizza, jambalaya, salads, sushi, tiki cocktails, and more. You’ll find many of the above items on the weekend brunch buffet ($29.99 for adults; $15 for kids 7-12; kids under 6 eat free). There’s even a full-service weekday breakfast, a rarity in the area.
1522 Wisconsin Ave. NW
It’s been a while since a bustling little bistro opened in Georgetown, and this mod-French revamp of Café Bonaparte ticks all the boxes. The cozy brick dining room and sidewalk patio feel more Brooklyn than DC. (Chef Matt Conroy hails from a Michelin-starred restaurant.) His menu is full of seemingly simple pleasures, including brunch dishes like mezcal-smoked salmon over brioche or baked eggs.
1264 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Fancy a Benedict (or fried beef with homemade cream) on a Tuesday afternoon? The historic Georgetown pub has you covered. Brunch is served every day of the week until 4:00 p.m.
1206 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Go for a can’t-miss Belgian brunch at the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s beer-focused eatery, where you can fill your stomach before heading upstairs to the brasserie. Specialties include sweet or savory waffles, pots of mussels, omelettes, and more.
1310 Kitchen & Bar
1310 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Chef Jenn Crovato’s low-key restaurant at the Georgetown Inn serves both weekday breakfast and weekend brunch, with plenty of local collaborations like Call Your Mother bagels and Ivy City Smokehouse salmon. A diverse menu can be found at all brunch spots: healthy acaia bowls and egg white omelettes, gourmet pancakes and Benedicts, and everything in between.
Go ahead and splurge
3050 K St. Northwest
In the evening, chef Fabio Trabocchi luxurious Waterfront Italian is a hangout for celebrities of the Washington and Hollywood variety. Brunch can be a bit younger and livelier thanks to a prix fixe with bottomless Prosecco and brunch cocktails (a la carte also available). It’s not your average $95 per person all-you-can-eat menu, but the set menu, which includes a basket of hot pastries, a choice of starter, main course, dessert, is generous.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
DC’s most lavish Sunday brunch buffet is at the Four Seasons Georgetown. A stately dining room is filled with stations filled with raw bar fare, salads, cut meats, and made-to-order omelets. Save room for a trip to the “dessert room”. All-you-can-eat spread is $110, and diners can add bottomless mimosas for $30.