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The Best Brunch Restaurants in Washington DC

The OpenTable Team

From Georgetown to Foggy Bottom and Cleveland Park, DC diners have many of the nation's most historic buildings as their brunch backdrop. Brunch in DC can range from an elegant affair, complete with champagne, chandeliers, and caviar or it can be casual and low-key. 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 expert, seasoned diners. Whether diners want to start their day off with some cocktails and savory treats or use the time to get some political brokering done, the best brunch in DC delivers.

Restaurants:Peacock Café, Masa 14, Le Chat Noir
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Asian, French
Neighborhoods:Georgetown, Logan Circle, Friendship Heights
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Peacock Café

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
1,438 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
A Georgetown institution, Peacock Cafe has been in operation since 1991. If diners are looking for a restaurant that not only knows their name, but also remembers their last order,Read more
84% recommended
Contemporary American in District of Columbia
44 people mentioned the Smoothie

Masa 14

$$$$·Asian·
Logan Circle
2,053 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Creative Cuisine
If diners are looking to jump outside of their culinary comfort zone, Masa 14's brunch menu has a mix of Latin/Asian small plates that will guide their adventure in style. Located Read more
Asian in Washington, D.C. Area
38 people mentioned the Calamari
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Le Chat Noir

$$$$·French·
Friendship Heights
2,045 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Stylish yet unpretentious, Le Chat Noir will transport you to Paris's Left Bank neighborhood with its French fare and outstanding wine selection. If guests prefer to begin “Sunday Read more
88% recommended
45 people mentioned the Bouillabaisse

Belga Cafe

$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
3,988 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Know nothing about Belgian cuisine? Belga Cafe looks to change that by transporting diners' taste buds to Brussels. Dine on their sidewalk cafe and peruse the brunch menu created bRead more
89% recommended
60 people mentioned the Belgian Waffle

Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
614 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
As one of the U.S.'s top-rated luxury hotels, The Jefferson certainly sets the standard for elegance and refinement. The Greenhouse at The Jefferson serves one of the best breakfasRead more
88% recommended
Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area
11 people mentioned the High Tea
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Due South

$$$$·Southern·
Navy Yard
818 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Waterfront
Fixin' to get a taste of the South in your mouth? Due South aims to fill diners' bellies with comfort food classics for the best DC brunch. When you see a menu section devoted to “Read more
87% recommended
49 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Summer House - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,666 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Missing a touch of West Coast flavor? Summer House in Bethesda, Maryland offers some California sunshine to dreary East Coast days. The California-inspired menu has a wide range ofRead more
91% recommended
Great for Lunch in Maryland - DC Suburbs
29 people mentioned the Calamari

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
8,243 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Modeled after a Parisian brasserie, the casual Le Diplomate aims to serve classic French-inspired dishes in a laid-back environment. Located in the 14th Street Corridor, Le DiplomaRead more
96% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
223 people mentioned the Mushroom Tart
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Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,562 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Modeled after a French bistro and serving simple French comfort food is the Bethesda, Maryland outpost of Mon Ami Gabi. The classic onion soup au gratin, finished with Gruyere cheeRead more
95% recommended
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs
100 people mentioned the French Onion Soup

El Centro D.F. on 14th Street

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,417 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
Welcome to Oaxaca, Mexico! Even at their three locations in Washington, it feels like dining a thousand miles away at El Centro D.F. Start with a michelada, a beer rimmed with limeRead more
Great for Brunch in Washington, D.C. Area
36 people mentioned the Churro

Sette Osteria - 14th St

$$$$·Italian·
Logan Circle
424 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Fun, fresh, and vibrant all describe the brunch scene at Sette Osteria on 14th Street. Order plates like a brunch tart, Nutella flatbread, smoked salmon platter to split and snack Read more
100% recommended
8 people mentioned the Bottomless Mimosas

Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
855 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Housed in an old General Post Office, the decidedly modern Dirty Habit also boasts an expansive atrium and massive patio that encompasses an entire city block. Sweets calling on a Read more
84% recommended
19 people mentioned the Truffle Fries

Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,111 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Washington, D.C. is a city where no matter how many times people seen a famous building, seeing it from a different angle or view is awe-inspiring all over again. The Lafayette ResRead more
92% recommended
American in Washington, D.C. Area
17 people mentioned the Dover Sole
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Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,291 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
The nation's 26th president and outdoors enthusiast, Teddy Roosevelt, is the inspiration behind Teddy and the Bully Bar. Using Roosevelt's love of fresh produce and simple, well-prRead more
89% recommended
20 people mentioned the Short Rib

Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,154 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Modern French/Mediterranean cuisine is Matisse's specialty, and their brunch menu allows diners to sample this flavor fusion. Duck confit hash takes a traditional French preparatioRead more
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in District of Columbia
24 people mentioned the Fritz

BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
5,842 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Not sure what cuisine should be the focus on a brunch outing? Check out BlackSalt Fish Market and Restaurant to sample a variety of cuisines, and a rarely seen kids menu to keep yoRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
142 people mentioned the Fresh Fish

Macon Bistro & Larder

$$$$·Southern·
Chevy Chase
760 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Connecting Georgia, France, and Washington, D.C. on a map would require a long ruler and a good sense of geography. Macon Bistro and Larder aims to make this connection a little eaRead more
91% recommended
25 people mentioned the Short Rib

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,596 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
When celebrity chefs attach their name to new concepts, it's clear that they have had a great deal of personal input on the restaurant's concept, design, and menu. The Source by WoRead more
86% recommended
Asian in Washington, D.C. Area
203 people mentioned the Dumplings
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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
1,648 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
Located in Penn Quarter, The Smith is the D.C. offshoot of this popular NYC-based restaurant. A unique feature of The Smith is their brunch raw bar, shucking and serving a rotatingRead more
83% recommended
25 people mentioned the Mac Cheese

Wildwood Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,134 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Chef/owner Robert Wiedmaier's Wildwood Kitchen uses Mediterranean and French influences on the Bethesda, Maryland restaurant's menu. The Middle Eastern spice za'atar makes an appeaRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Maryland - DC Suburbs
14 people mentioned the Pumpkin Soup