Washington, DC’s 10 best brunches

Pancakes, mimosas and more—get your day off to a glorious start with our guide to brunch, Washington, DC-style

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The diplomatic way to start your day, with brunch at Le Diplomate

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Brunch is a common pleasure in many cities—but in Washington, DC, brunch is elevated to new levels. While bottomless mimosas abound, there are also make-your-own Bloody Mary bars and a wide array of brunch cocktails. Brunch in Washington may also lead you to spots that offer multi-course or unlimited food along with all that booze, and even a few places that amp up the morning festivities with live music, drag shows and burlesque.

Hungry? Read on for our guide to DC's best (and most brazen) brunches…

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Ardeo + Bardeo

  • Price band: 3/4

A fun option for when out-of-towners visit: Try the two-course brunch at Cleveland Park's Ardeo + Bardeo, complete with bottomless champagne or mimosas, then take a stroll to the National Zoo to ogle the animals.

  1. 3311 Connecticut Ave, NW
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El Centro D.F.

  • Price band: 2/4

For those with big appetites or traveling in a crowd, Richard Sandoval's El Centro D.F. is a great brunch option, serving up bottomless Mexican and Latin-Asian fusion small plates to pair with more creative drinks such as agua fresca cocktails and lychee bellinis.

  1. 1819 14th St, NW
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Georgia Brown’s

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

One of DC’s earliest and best attempts to upscale Low Country cooking, Georgia Brown’s makes the case for saying that Washington is, in fact, a Southern city. Soul music plays softly in the warm-wood dining room; cornbread and dense, creamy biscuits, served with

  1. 950 15th Street, NW, (between I & K Streets)
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Masa 14

  • Price band: 2/4

Sharing plates of the Latin-Asian variety are on offer at Richard Sandoval's sister restaurant to El Centro, D.F. Great for brunch—and its sunny rooftop terrace is the perfect place to sink a creative cocktail or two.

  1. 1825 14th Street, NW
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Le Diplomate

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Fourteenth Street’s transformation is never more apparent than when you walk into Le Diplomate. From the globe lights overhead and the wood floors underfoot, to the woven bistro chairs and the curieux that adorn the walls—most everything you can touch or see or

  1. 1601 14th Street, NW, (at Q Street)
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Perry's

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Stand smack in the middle of Adams Morgan Party Central, the intersection of 18th Street and Columbia Road, NW (the traffic is so gridlocked on weekend nights that you can often do so without any significant risk to either life or limb), and you’ll see the

  1. 1811 Columbia Road, NW, (at Biltmore Street)
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7

Sax

  • Price band: 3/4

For a truly decadent experience, try the burlesque brunch at Sax. At $50 for three courses and bottomless drinks, not including tax or tip, it's not cheap—but with dancers performing short burlesque routines in a glass-enclosed stage above the dining room, it's a

  1. 734 11th Street, NW
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8

Tabard Inn

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Tucked at the back of a 19th-century brownstone, home to a family-run hotel, the Tabard is an eclectic and shamelessly romantic destination. Dine in the lounge in front of the fireplace, in the garden under the shade of a silk parachute, or in the private dining room.

  1. 1739 N Street, NW, (between 17th & 18th Streets)
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Ted's Bulletin

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The only problem with Capitol Hill’s go-to comfort food spot is that you’ll have to get your hung-over arse outta bed early to beat the Barrack’s Row brunch crowd. But of course the place is crowded: At Ted’s you’ll find breakfast served all day and plates

  1. 508 8th Street, (at E Street)
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Tonic

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Depending on your mood, you’ve got a choice of dining experiences at Tonic: upstairs is for a quieter, sit-down, tablecloth vibe; downstairs is a cavernous bar, with dark wood, television and plenty of beer on tap. No matter where you choose, the menu is the same, a

  1. 3155 Mount Pleasant Street, NW, Mount Pleasant, (between 16th & 17th Streets)
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