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The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Washington DC

The OpenTable Team

The District of Columbia, best known as the capital of the U.S. and hub for government, is full of history, iconic monuments, and interesting museums. It's also a city full of exceptional restaurants using fresh, local ingredients to wow diners. When it comes to breakfast, D.C. does it best. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most seasoned diners. Enjoy eateries with significant historical references, innovative and experimental ingredients, and menus full of international flavors that showcase what the United States is—a melting pot. Here’s where to go for the best breakfast in DC.

Restaurants:Macon Bistro & Larder, Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC, Jaleo DC
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Southern, Contemporary American, Spanish
Neighborhoods:Chevy Chase, Downtown, Penn Quarter
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Macon Bistro & Larder

$$$$·Southern·
Chevy Chase
759 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
This upscale, yet comfortable and inviting restaurant, offers a fusion of Southern-style food and French cuisine. Named after the Georgia and French cities know as Macon, flavors cRead more
91% recommended

Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
613 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Sunday Lunch
Another local favorite for the best breakfast in DC is the Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC. Patrons enjoy the elegant and historic charm of the colonial decor. The Read more
87% recommended
Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area
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Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
8,422 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
For a Spanish breakfast experience while in D.C., Jaleo DC is worth a visit. The menu here features a combination of classic and contemporary Spanish dishes — the main highlight beRead more
98% recommended
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
1,642 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
In D.C.'s Penn Quarter neighborhood, The Smith is a local favorite. This restaurant dishes out New American favorites in a lively, friendly environment. As soon as diners walk in tRead more
83% recommended

Belga Cafe

$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
3,988 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
For those wanting to experience traditional Belgian eats without having to book a plane ticket, Belga Cafe is the best spot for breakfast in DC. Located on Capitol Hill, it's the pRead more
89% recommended

Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
855 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Dirty Habit is another great breakfast option in the nation's capital. Located in the historic Hotel Monaco, visitors can enjoy a memorable dining experience surrounded by stunningRead more
85% recommended

Lincoln - DC

$$$$·American·
McPherson Square
2,800 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
Lincoln features seasonal dishes with fresh, local ingredients. The menu highlights some of Abraham Lincoln's favorite foods. Top breakfast choices include farmhouse mac and cheeseRead more
87% recommended

Masa 14

$$$$·Asian·
Logan Circle
2,053 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Brunch
  • Tapas
Masa 14 dishes out Latin-Asian flavors in a relaxed and intimate environment. A bottomless brunch can be enjoyed on weekends when tapas and cocktails can be had for one set price pRead more
Asian in Washington, D.C. Area
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EDGAR Bar & Kitchen at The Mayflower Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
309 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
Located inside Dupont Circle's The Mayflower Hotel, EDGAR serves up modern American brasserie dishes. The atmosphere here is upscale and energetic — a good eatery for larger groupsRead more
82% recommended

Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
8,539 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
Another spot to find the best breakfast in DC is Farmers Fishers Bakers. As the restaurant name suggests, farmers own this eatery. Located in Georgetown's Washington Harbour, this Read more
81% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,109 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Located in The Hay-Adams hotel in downtown, Lafayette Restaurant is a must-try fine-dining spot for the best breakfast in DC. The restaurant overlooks Lafayette Square and the WhitRead more
93% recommended
American in Washington, D.C. Area
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Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
8,232 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
For individuals craving French cuisine, a visit to Le Diplomate is a must. This brasserie transports diners to Paris without ever having to leave Dupont Point. The menu is full of Read more
96% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
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El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Georgetown
1,108 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
El Centro D.F. in Georgetown is another must-try spot for a breakfast meal. Chef Richard Sandoval serves up dishes that feature authentic Mexican flavors, and the vibe here is funkRead more

Peacock Café

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
1,436 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Special Occasion
For one of the best breakfasts in DC, Peacock Café is a favorite spot in the Georgetown neighborhood. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy contemporary American favorites. While somRead more
84% recommended
Contemporary American in District of Columbia

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,560 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Located outside of Washington, in Bethesda, Maryland, Mon Ami Gabi is a French bistro that takes a fresh approach to classic French favorites. This eatery features an art deco lookRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Black's Bar & Kitchen

$$$$·Seafood·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
3,006 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
For those looking for a great breakfast outside of D.C., there's Black's Bar and Kitchen. This must-visit spot is located in the suburbs of downtown Bethesda. The menu focuses on oRead more
91% recommended

Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,291 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
Teddy & The Bully Bar pays homage to Theodore Roosevelt. Located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, this is another spot for the best breakfast in DC. This eatery has a historic feRead more
89% recommended

Seasons 52 - Tysons Corner

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
4,370 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
Situated in McLean, Virginia, Seasons 52 offers seasonally rotating dishes that are made with locally sourced ingredients. Cooking methods like brick-oven roasting and wood-fire grRead more
96% recommended

Blue Duck Tavern

$$$$·American·
West End
6,527 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Blue Duck Tavern is a contemporary eatery located inside the Park Hyatt Hotel. The menu items feature local ingredients. Due to its seasonal focus, the menu changes frequently. EveRead more
88% recommended
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RIS

$$$$·American·
West End
3,376 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
RIS is an upscale eatery with a menu full of New American dishes. The interior of the restaurant has a comfortable, neighborhood vibe. Patrons can enjoy a two-course breakfast menuRead more
92% recommended
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