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 our Tastemaker List. 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, Le Chat Noir, Belga Cafe
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, French, Belgian
Neighborhoods:Georgetown, Friendship Heights, Capitol Hill
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Peacock Café

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
1,492 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
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
92% recommended
Contemporary American in District of Columbia

Le Chat Noir

$$$$·French·
Friendship Heights
2,131 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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
87% recommended
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Belga Cafe

$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
4,048 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Brunch
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
90% recommended

Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
643 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
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
81% recommended
Best Ambiance in District of Columbia
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Due South

$$$$·Southern·
Navy Yard
872 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • 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

Summer House - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,785 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
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

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
8,711 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
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
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Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,786 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
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El Centro D.F. on 14th Street

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,461 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • 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

Sette Osteria - 14th St

$$$$·Italian·
Logan Circle
447 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
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
95% recommended

Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
933 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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

Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,163 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romantic
  • 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
91% recommended
Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area
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Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,371 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Bar Seating
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
90% recommended

Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,217 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
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
97% recommended

BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
5,990 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
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Macon Bistro & Larder

$$$$·Southern·
Chevy Chase
805 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • 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
91% recommended

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,647 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
92% recommended
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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
1,868 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
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

Wildwood Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,204 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Cozy
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
97% recommended
Contemporary American in Maryland - DC Suburbs