10 Best Brunch Places In Washington DC, USA

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While visiting Washington, D.C, there are many great places to have a midday brunch. While much of them consist of typical brunch fare, they each provide unique settings. These settings include a beautiful waterfront view or scenery that makes you feel like you’re at a cafe in Italy. You could even have brunch at an old-style mansion that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. They all also contain unconventional brunch menu items that stand out. These items include unique twists on traditional fare such as Eggs Benedict or even various pastas. Since this is Washington, D.C, many of these places are also frequented by diplomats, politicians, Congressmen, Senators, and other politicos. Read below to learn about the best brunch places in Washington DC.

1. Tony & Joe's

Dive deep in to a plate of Steamed Top Neck Clams Virginia w/ farm raised-garlic butter, lemon, scallion, and chili. #eatmoreseafood ?

Posted by Tony & Joe's Seafood Place on Saturday, 1 September 2018

Located in Georgetown’s Washington Harbour, right on the Potomac River, Tony & Joe’s is well known for its seafood and steaks. However, they are known for their Sunday brunch that runs from 11 to 3. The menu provides a great variety that includes a chef’s carving station, omelettes made to order, eggs benedict with hollandaise, Belgian waffles, and deviled eggs. Tony & Joe’s also includes a lot of seafood options such as poached salmon, fried cod, New England clam chowder, and freshly shucked local oysters.

Tony & Joe's

Address: 3000 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Website: Tony & Joe’s

Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 10pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 10pm

Average price for two people: USD 31-60

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2. Unconventional Diner

The holy brunch trinity. . .sweet to savory! Special thanks to @givememywedge for the line up. Brunch is 'bout to be...

Posted by Unconventional Diner on Saturday, 9 February 2019

Unconventional Diner is truly unconventional for many different reasons. It has an industrial look that consists of cement floors and undressed ceilings. The walls are decorated with art that resembles graffiti. It’s also a great place for vegetarians as well. This place provides brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Brunch entrees consist of chickpea shakshuka, blueberry pancakes, red pork pozole, quinoa/chia oatmeal, corned beef hash, avocado toast, and lox. Sides include bacon, grits, lamb sausage, and breakfast potatoes. Juices consist of red boost and inka boost. Unconventional Diner also has shakes such as tropical, morning shake, detox, and malted oreo. Desserts consist of chocolate fudge cake, raspberry-lychee sorbet, carrot cake, and mango-passion sorbet.

Unconventional Diner

Address: 1207 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Website: Unconventional Diner

Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 8am - 2:30pm; Saturday: 10:30am - 2:30pm; Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm

Average price for two people: USD 11 - 30

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3. The Mansion on O Street

Musical Brunch at The Mansion on O Street! What a delight! If you haven't been go!

Posted by DC Setlist on Sunday, 7 October 2012

The Mansion on O Street has over 100 rooms and 70 secret doors. It is known as being one of the top places for meetings and events by Event MB. It has been featured in the Travel Channel, National Geographic’s Traveler Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Washingtonian. You can even reserve brunch buffet here. It lasts for 3.5 hours, costs 75 USD a person, and the minimum party is 40. They will provide you with significant privacy, quality glassware, mansion music, and even a self-guided tour of the Mansion. The breakfast buffet food consists of omelettes, waffles, a protein bar, chocolate covered bacon, granola, and smoked salmon trio and bagels. The lunch buffet includes beef tenderloin, bourbon mashed sweet potato, chicken delight, pasta primavera, and whole poached salmon. Desserts consist of cookies, brownies, and cakes. Beverages include champagne, mimosas, and bloody marys.

The Mansion on O Street

Address: 2020 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

Website: The Mansion on O Street

Opening hours: 11am - 5pm every day

Average price for two people: USD 150

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4. Iron Gate

Dreaming about these delectably fluffy lemon-ricotta ?. It’s going to be a wonderful weekend to enjoy these under the wisteria!

Posted by Iron Gate Restaurant on Friday, 28 September 2018

Iron Gate prides itself as providing delicious multi-course meals. However, they also have great brunches that are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 2 PM. Menu items include crispy yeast doughnuts, crispy blue catfish, autumn vegetable caesar salad, oak grilled lamb burger, baked hen eggs, and lemon-ricotta pancakes. Sides include oak roasted brassicas, chef’s deviled hen eggs, crispy potatoes, yoghurt, and rum cake. Desserts include cranberry galaktoboureko, tsipouro chocolate mousse, and a three cheese plate that includes local honey and fennel seed crackers.

Iron Gate

Address: 1734 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Website: Iron Gate

Opening hours: Monday: 5:30pm - 10pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 10pm; Friday: 11:30am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 11pm; Sunday: 11am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 9pm

Average price for two people: USD 31-60

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Washington Tour Guide

Annie Leguennec

Annie Leguennec

My name is Annie. I am a local Tour guide based in Philadelphia enjoying fully what the city has to offer with its deep history, street arts, murals, architecture, traditional food, black history, Farmer Markets, green space, a melting pot of neighborhoods and its great locals. I am looking for to welcome you and show you this incredible city where you will gain a better understanding of the city's rich heritage and its continuing legacy as the birthplace of the United States of America. Book my tour. Explore and learn about this unique city where you will walk on the footsteps of our America's founding Fathers. My tours are conducted in English, French and Italian.

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Stephanie Eley

Stephanie Eley

I'm a graduate of ITMI, International Tour Management Institute and 17 years as a licensed Tour Director and Program Director. My expertise began in NYC and Washington, DC where I'm a licensed guide and has expanded to Europe, South America, Cuba and the Western / Southwestern National Parks of the US. I'd love to introduce you for a day or a week to Denver, Colorado and the 4 corners region of the US: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona! Let's GO!! stepheley@gmail.com

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5. Founding Farmers

Order up our Signature Farmhouse Waffles at Breakfast or Brunch!

Posted by Founding Farmers on Thursday, 15 August 2013

Founding Farmers’ origin involves members of the North Dakota Farmers Union who wanted to bring their products directly to consumers. They created Founding Farmers and chose the nation’s capital as a fitting site for their new restaurant. This place is unique for directly buying from farmers, meaning that your money will go to small farmers and not traditional supply chains. Brunches are on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays that are holidays. The hours are from 7 AM to 2 PM. Breakfast entrees include Uncle Buck’s Beignets, peanut butter banana toast, breakfast chicken and waffles, customizable eggs benedicts, and poached egg hashes. Sides include applewood smoked bacon, pork sausage, chicken apple sausage, and maple cured ham. Breakfast cocktails include mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Pimm’s Cups.

Founding Farmers

Address: 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Website: Founding Farmers

Opening hours: Monday: 7am - 10pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 7am-11pm; Friday: 7am - 12am; Saturday: 2pm - 12am; Sunday: 2pm - 10pm

Average price for two people: USD 11-30

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6. Fiola Mare

And now we Brunch. // photo @omnivorous_meerkat

Posted by Fiola Mare DC on Sunday, 10 February 2019

Located in Georgetown, this Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant is known for its beautiful view and Italian seafood. Fiola Mare also provides brunch on Saturdays from 11:30 AM to 2 PM and Sundays from 11 AM to 2 PM. Appetizers include burrata, chestnut vellutata, sea robin sashimi, grilled piadina, and Chesapeake smokehouse salmon. Entrees consist of lemon ricotta pancake, omelette caprese, jumbo lump crab benedict, and duck egg raviolo carbonara. Grill seafood includes wild calamari, Faroe salmon, whole salt-crusted branzino. Cocktails include Bellagio, foreign policy, and winter star.

Fiola Mare

Address: 3050 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Website: Fiola Mare

Opening hours: Monday: 5pm - 2am; Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 2am; Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Saturday: 11:30am - 2pm, 5 - 10:30pm; Sunday: 11am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 9pm

Average price for two people: USD 31-60

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7. Cafe Milano

RAVIOLI DI MERLUZZO E BIETOLE, SALSA AL POMODORO FRESCO House-made ravioli filled with cod and Swiss chard, fresh tomato sauce

Posted by Cafe Milano on Monday, 14 January 2019

Located in Georgetown, Cafe Milano claims to recreate the setting of a “stylish Milan boutique.” The restaurant tries to make you feel like you are in Italy. The food also reflects this. However, Cafe Milano also provides brunch as well. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM. It consists of both a buffet and a full menu. The whole lunch menu is part of the brunch. Brunch starters include burrata cheese with squash puree and sesame-crusted ahi tuna crudo. Drinks bellinis. Entrees include grilled and pounded chicken breast with sauteed broccoli rabe as well as veal. Various different pastas such as the cacio e pepe-style pasta are also served as well.

Cafe Milano

Address: 3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Website: Cafe Milano

Opening hours: Sunday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 11pm; Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am-12pm

Average price for two people: USD 31-60

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8. Blue Duck Tavern

We have a new lineup of delicious breakfast and brunch options, including Charred Rapini Toast with Farmer’s Cheese, Toasted Walnuts and Chili Flakes #BrunchDC #Brunch

Posted by Blue Duck Tavern on Sunday, 3 February 2019

Blue Duck Tavern attempts to create a rustic feel that showcases the Mid-Atlantic region’s culinary traditions. Brunch hours are available Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 2:30 PM. Breakfast sides include white corn cheese grits, crispy rosemary home fries, and well as typical breakfast meats. Starters include a seasonal fruit plate, crab cake served with sauce gribiche and a farm salad, and their unique take on avocado toast that is charred, made with multigrain bread, and includes cherry tomatoes and Aleppo vinaigrette in addition to a sunny-side-up egg. Egg-based specialities include a BDT Omelet, a Chesapeake Benedict, and hot-fried chicken biscuits. Pastry and batter-based items include pecan sticky buns, a pastry basket, buttermilk pancakes, and lemon french toast. Bagels and toast are also served as well.

Blue Duck Tavern

Address: 1204 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Website: Blue Duck Tavern

Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday: 6:30am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 10pm; Friday - Saturday: 6:30am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 11pm

Average price for two people: USD 31-60

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9. Thomas Restaurant

Make 10 Thomas your place for a relaxing weekend breakfast! Create your own omelet and waffle stations highlight our magnificent buffet. Or, pull up to the table for Steak and Eggs from our a la carte menu.

Posted by 10 Thomas Restaurant on Friday, 27 September 2013

Located in the Washington Plaza Hotel, the 10 Thomas Restaurant is known for being one of the most prominent restaurants in the DC culinary scene. Brunch is only served on Sundays from 11 AM to 3 PM. Appetizers include shrimp and grits, deviled eggs, and baked brie. Main courses include eggs benedict, salmon salad, steak and eggs, fish and chips. Desserts include apple tart, flourless chocolate brownie, and ice cream sundae. Brunch drinks consist of orange crushes, patron brunch margaritas, and St. Basil’s. Bottomless mimosas or bloody marys are also included as well.

10 Thomas Restaurant

Address: 10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005

Website: 10 Thomas Restaurant

Opening hours: Sunday - Thursday: 6:30am - 10:30pm

Average price for two people: USD 11-30

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10. Clyde's

The world is your oyster #clydesgram by @aimeeanchored

Posted by Clyde's on Saturday, 9 February 2019

Located in Georgetown, Clyde’s serves typical sustainable and locally-raised fresh food. Brunch is served on Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sundays from 9 AM to 4 PM. Starters include house-made granola and greek yoghurt, beef carpaccio, crab and artichoke dip, and Oysters Rockefeller. Clyde’s also has a cheese sampler that includes gouda, harvest moon, Bayley Hazen blue, and Manchester. You can even get a classic Eggs Benedict or one that includes crab cakes or salmon instead of the classic, which consists of Canadian ham. The main course consists of croque-madame, buttermilk pancakes, smoked salmon frittata, and a smoked salmon bagel.


Address: 707 7th NW, Washington, DC 20001

Website: Clyde’s

Opening hours: Monday - Thursday: 11am - 2am; Friday - Saturday: 11am - 3pm; Sunday: 10am - 2pm

Average price for two people: USD 11 - 30

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Brunch in Washington D.C

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As you now know, there are many different places to have a delicious brunch in Washington, D.C. Besides typical brunch fare, you can get items that are unique to each of them. You may even end up rubbing shoulders with politicos, as this is America’s capital. When in D.C, take advantage of these places when you’re hungry in the morning or late afternoon.

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