DC is more than just the nation’s capital; the region is quickly becoming one of the nation’s food capitals as well. Whether you’re visiting the area or live in DC and want to find a new place to dine, check out some of the best brunch spots in Washington DC to experience all the flavors the area has to offer.
1. Fainting Goat
1330 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The bottomless brunch special at Fainting Goat is $20 per person. You must purchase an entree to take advantage of the bottomless brunch special, and you’ll have lots of tasty options to choose from, like the bodega salmon with bacon cheese, scrambled eggs, and crispy onions. The mimosas that make the bottomless brunch worth it are flavored with mango, white cranberry, and orange juice. You can also enjoy the eatery’s version of blood Marys, known as “bloody goats.”
1527 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Agora, in Dupont Circle, is one of DC’s hottest brunch spots, serving traditional Mediterranean cuisine inspired by Executive Chef Ismet Sahin’s upbringing in Turkey. For the incredible value of $45 per plate, you’ll get far more than your money’s worth with drinks and food. You’ll start off with champagne and/or mimosas, which the servers make sure never run dry. Then there will be new plates of food on your table every few minutes: pita so fresh and hot it’ll burn you to tear, htpiti, a salty roasted red pepper and feta mixture, the mixed cheese flatbread, which is the perfect marriage of cheesy garlic bread and a white pizza, not to mention plenty of delicious egg options, like a Manchego Omelette and Salmon Eggs Benedict. Your entire group will be stuffed, buzzed, and ecstatic with your experience.
3. Boundary Stone
116 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Boundary Stone is a popular hangout and bar for DC locals, so you’ll definitely want to check it out when you’re in town. You can enjoy unlimited mimosas and blood Mary’s for $17 to complement the delicious breakfast dishes the restaurant has to offer, like the traditional English breakfast plate or honey hot wings. The chorizo sausage sandwich is also a recommended brunch item. The sandwich is topped with roasted tomatillo salsa, an over-easy egg, and pepper jack cheese, and served with deliciously savory home fires.
4. Compass Rose
1346 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
You can enjoy all the brunch food and mimosas you want for two hours for $20 at Compass Rose. The brunch khachapuri is one of the eatery’s most popular items; this beautifully crafted egg dish comes with mushrooms and bacon as well. Or, you can opt for the shakshuka in tomato and piquillo pepper sauce.
651 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
U Street is a popular area for restaurants in DC, and many eateries have come and gone in the region. However, HalfSmoke remains a popular staple due to its delicious dishes and laidback atmosphere. The brunch entree package is $30 and features delectable treats like French toast made with Cinnamon Toast Crunch, red velvet funnel cake, and skillet mac and cheese. You can also order the “Cash App Me,” which is a plate of cinnamon French toast served with salty home fries. The brunch special comes with bottomless mimosas, and brunch is all day long on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
6. Tyber Creek Wine Bar and Kitchen
84 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Tyber Creek Wine Bar and Kitchen is one of the best brunch spots in Washington DC when you’re looking for bottomless mimosas or rose to enjoy with your meal. The Bagel Board is a popular brunch item and features the Call Your Mother everything bagel with chive cream cheese that is made in-house. This tasty bagel entree also features a whitefish salad and Ivy City Smokehouse lox for a filling, Jewish-inspired meal.
7. Duke’s Grocery
1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
A hearty lunch or brunch is waiting for you at Duke’s Grocery, a trendy gastropub where you can enjoy all the blood Marys and mimosas you want for $20 per person. There’s a two-hour time limit for brunch, which means you’ll have all the time you need to devour one of the delicious burgers on the menu. You can add ingredients like fried onion, egg, or avocado to your burger, or you can try the restaurant’s earth-to-sea tartine. This open-faced sandwich features salmon cured with beets, served with a spread made from hemp seeds and goat cheese.
1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Espita offers Latin and Spanish-inspired dishes that will make brunch especially satisfying. In addition to the $19 drink special that includes unlimited cafe de olla spike with mezcal or micheladas, you can enjoy the masa waffle that comes with fried chicken topped with chipotle and mustard seed syrup. The Precio Fijo is also popular; this brunch special includes three times: this special includes an appetizer like the restaurant’s delicious ceviche, an entree such as huevos las gemalas, and a postre or dessert, such as apple cider churros, ice cream, or sorbet.
9. El Centro D.F.
1218 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
If you prefer Mexican food for brunch, El Centro D. F. has you covered. For $39, you can an unlimited supply of drinks and brunch items like arepas with black beans, huevos rancheros, breakfast tacos, and chilaquiles while you sip on micheladas and margaritas.
10. Medium Rare
3500 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
This unassuming but unbelievably good Cleveland Park restaurant is a staple of the Federal City. For the unreasonably low price of $27.99, you can score bottomless: Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers, Mimosas, Coffee, Soda, and fresh OJ along with fresh rustic bread and your choice of sides and entrees like Steak Frites and Medium Rare’s Famous Benedict with steak and portobello mushroom hash. Some places charge more money for one cocktail.
523 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
For a mere $34.99 (and an additional $8.99 for unlimited drinks), you get a one-way ticket to the Balkan Peninsula, unlocking an incredible lineup of dishes, both rare and familiar. For example, if you’re craving a protein, you can get applewood smoked bacon or a “Cevapi Balkan Kebab” with a roasted pepper and feta cheese emulsion. Whatever you do eat, it’ll pair perfectly with a mimosa, whether you get it traditional or with mango hibiscus.
1606 20th Street NW, Washington DC, 20009
Tex-Mex is delicious no matter what time of day it is, but it especially shines during brunch hours. Mission is a Dupont Circle saloon crushing the brunch game. Once you purchase two tacos or any lunch or brunch item, you get ninety-minute access to nonstop margaritas, mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Bud Lights. Not bad for only $26.99.
1825 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Located in a slick cellar setting, Bar Charley is the perfect brunch spot. Their bottomless brunch includes your choice of entree and bottomless drinks for an hour and a half. The options are either the standard mimosa and Narangassett tallboys (for $34.95) or the “treat-yo-self edition” with flavored mimosas, Bloody Marys, and draft beer ($40.95). And the entrees? Two of the favorites are a braised short rib omelet with fontina cheese, beef jus, and a crispy potato cake and the brunch fried rice with bacon, corn, sesame, and a fried egg.
801 9th St NW Suite A, Washington, DC 20001
This restaurant and rum bar is dedicated to celebrating the beauty of Cuban cooking. What better way to celebrate than with bottomless booze? For $22, you get 2 hours of pitchers of Bloody Mary, mimosas, flavored mimosas (available in pineapple, pear, passion fruit, pomegranate, and peach), and sangria. You need to also spend $20 on food, which is easy with such delicious options like tortilla de cangrejo (crab omelette with shallots, asparagus, Manchego cheese, and tomato hollandaise) and French toast a la cubana (vanilla custard-soaked brioche topped with pure maple syrup and panela-soaked sweet plantains and whipped cream).
1837 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
This restaurant, known for their Spanish paella and tapas, also serves up a killer brunch. Look no further than the traditional Spanish omelet of eggs, confit potatoes, and Spanish onions and the Catalan Farmer’s Breakfast consisting of chorizo, ribeye, potatoes, escalivada (smoky grilled veggies), fried egg, pan con tomate, and salsa verde allioli. Then wash your meal down with the mimosa or the shishito pepper margarita.
Editors Note: This article was originally published on February 14, 2021 and last updated on April 13, 2022. Please refer to restaurant websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.