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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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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
1,332 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
A Georgetown institution, Peacock Cafe has been in operation since 1991. If diners are looking for a restaurant that not only knows their name, but also remembers their last order,Read more
90% recommended
Great for Brunch in Washington, D.C. Area
44 people mentioned the Smoothie
$$$$·Asian·
Logan Circle
1,986 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Tapas
  • Good for Groups
If diners are looking to jump outside of their culinary comfort zone, Masa 14's brunch menu has a mix of Latin/Asian small plates that will guide their adventure in style. Located Read more
92% recommended
Great for Brunch in Washington, D.C. Area
38 people mentioned the Calamari
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$$$$·French·
Friendship Heights
1,941 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Romantic
Stylish yet unpretentious, Le Chat Noir will transport you to Paris's Left Bank neighborhood with its French fare and outstanding wine selection. If guests prefer to begin “Sunday Read more
93% recommended
45 people mentioned the Bouillabaisse
$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
3,863 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Know nothing about Belgian cuisine? Belga Cafe looks to change that by transporting diners' taste buds to Brussels. Dine on their sidewalk cafe and peruse the brunch menu created bRead more
92% recommended
60 people mentioned the Belgian Waffle
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
559 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
As one of the U.S.'s top-rated luxury hotels, The Jefferson certainly sets the standard for elegance and refinement. The Greenhouse at The Jefferson serves one of the best breakfasRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area
11 people mentioned the High Tea
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$$$$·Southern·
Navy Yard
680 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
Fixin' to get a taste of the South in your mouth? Due South aims to fill diners' bellies with comfort food classics for the best DC brunch. When you see a menu section devoted to “Read more
94% recommended
49 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits
$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,421 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
Missing a touch of West Coast flavor? Summer House in Bethesda, Maryland offers some California sunshine to dreary East Coast days. The California-inspired menu has a wide range ofRead more
85% recommended
Great for Brunch in Maryland - DC Suburbs
29 people mentioned the Calamari
$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
7,428 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Modeled after a Parisian brasserie, the casual Le Diplomate aims to serve classic French-inspired dishes in a laid-back environment. Located in the 14th Street Corridor, Le DiplomaRead more
95% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
223 people mentioned the Mushroom Tart
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$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,200 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Modeled after a French bistro and serving simple French comfort food is the Bethesda, Maryland outpost of Mon Ami Gabi. The classic onion soup au gratin, finished with Gruyere cheeRead more
95% recommended
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs
100 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,316 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fun
Welcome to Oaxaca, Mexico! Even at their three locations in Washington, it feels like dining a thousand miles away at El Centro D.F. Start with a michelada, a beer rimmed with limeRead more
89% recommended
Mexican in District of Columbia
36 people mentioned the Churro
$$$$·Italian·
Logan Circle
356 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Authentic
Fun, fresh, and vibrant all describe the brunch scene at Sette Osteria on 14th Street. Order plates like a brunch tart, Nutella flatbread, smoked salmon platter to split and snack Read more
89% recommended
8 people mentioned the Bottomless Mimosas
$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
686 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Housed in an old General Post Office, the decidedly modern Dirty Habit also boasts an expansive atrium and massive patio that encompasses an entire city block. Sweets calling on a Read more
86% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Washington, D.C. Area
19 people mentioned the Truffle Fries
$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,025 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
Washington, D.C. is a city where no matter how many times people seen a famous building, seeing it from a different angle or view is awe-inspiring all over again. The Lafayette ResRead more
92% recommended
Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area
17 people mentioned the Dover Sole
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$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,191 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
The nation's 26th president and outdoors enthusiast, Teddy Roosevelt, is the inspiration behind Teddy and the Bully Bar. Using Roosevelt's love of fresh produce and simple, well-prRead more
87% recommended
20 people mentioned the Short Rib
$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,046 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Cozy
Modern French/Mediterranean cuisine is Matisse's specialty, and their brunch menu allows diners to sample this flavor fusion. Duck confit hash takes a traditional French preparatioRead more
94% recommended
24 people mentioned the Fritz
$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
5,549 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Not sure what cuisine should be the focus on a brunch outing? Check out BlackSalt Fish Market and Restaurant to sample a variety of cuisines, and a rarely seen kids menu to keep yoRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
142 people mentioned the Fresh Fish
$$$$·Southern·
Chevy Chase
670 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Cozy
Connecting Georgia, France, and Washington, D.C. on a map would require a long ruler and a good sense of geography. Macon Bistro and Larder aims to make this connection a little eaRead more
88% recommended
25 people mentioned the Short Rib
$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,481 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
When celebrity chefs attach their name to new concepts, it's clear that they have had a great deal of personal input on the restaurant's concept, design, and menu. The Source by WoRead more
96% recommended
Asian in Washington, D.C. Area
203 people mentioned the Dumplings
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$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
1,342 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Located in Penn Quarter, The Smith is the D.C. offshoot of this popular NYC-based restaurant. A unique feature of The Smith is their brunch raw bar, shucking and serving a rotatingRead more
85% recommended
Most Booked in District of Columbia
25 people mentioned the Mac Cheese
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,026 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
94% recommended
Contemporary American in Maryland - DC Suburbs
14 people mentioned the Pumpkin Soup
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