The Best Brunch Restaurants in Washington DC

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Peacock Café, Le Chat Noir, Belga Cafe
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, French, Belgian
Neighborhoods:Georgetown, Friendship Heights, Capitol Hill
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Peacock Café

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
1,607 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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, then the Peacock Ca...

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Contemporary American in District of Columbia
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Le Chat Noir

$$$$·French·
Friendship Heights
2,116 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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 Funday” with a glass...

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Belga Cafe

$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
4,358 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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 by chef/owner Bart Va...

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The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
666 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Romantic
  • 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 breakfasts in DC under their...

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Best Ambiance in District of Columbia
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Due South

$$$$·Southern·
Navy Yard
1,060 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food

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 “biscuit snacks,” it'...

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Summer House & Stella Barra North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
2,329 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 of offerings from bake...

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Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
10,799 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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 Diplomate's brunch menu has...

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French in Washington, D.C. Area
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Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
6,367 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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 cheese, is a great pair ...

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Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs
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Sette Osteria - 14th St

$$$$·Italian·
Logan Circle
546 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Authentic
  • Casual

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 amongst the table, o...

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Great for Brunch in Washington, D.C. Area

Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
1,062 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

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 day off? At one of t...

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Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,292 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View

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 Restaurant, located ins...

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Scenic View in District of Columbia
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Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,499 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

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-prepared food, the res...

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Great for Lunch in District of Columbia
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Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,330 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 preparation and gives it a mid...

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BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,199 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 your little diners hap...

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Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Macon Bistro - Chevy Chase

$$$$·Southern·
Chevy Chase
810 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date

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 easier by presenting S...

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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,123 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual

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 rotating cast of oysters and...

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Wildwood Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,220 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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 appearance in a dish call...

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El Centro D.F. on 14th Street - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,474 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for a Date

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 lime and spices, for a r...

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The Source by Wolfgang Puck

$$$$·Asian·
Penn Quarter
3,652 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 Wolfgang Puck is no ex...

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