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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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…

1

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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3

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. Beloved of local politicos, the restaurant serves a Sunday jazz brunch in their warm-wood dining room.

  1. 950 15th Street, NW, (between I & K Streets)
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4

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

The fantastic french fare explains why political royality such as Michelle Obama and the Biden family have dined here. Although your inner-Francophile may have to wait one month for a weekend reservation, brunch seats are less in demand but the food is just as good.

  1. 1601 14th Street, NW, (at Q Street)
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6

Perry's

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Right in the middle of Adams Morgan Party Central, Perry’s drag queen brunch is offered every Sunday. The fixed price includes all you can eat and dancers to entertain you. Arrive early for the show.

  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, it's not cheap—but with dancers performing short burlesque routines in a glass-enclosed stage above the dining room, it's a brunch experience like no other.

  1. 734 11th Street, NW
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8

Tabard Inn

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

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

At Ted’s you’ll find breakfast served all day and plates that will make you feel like a kid again without any judgment about overindulgence from your mom. Slip into a cozy booth and zone out to whatever old school movie the projection screen is playing.

  1. 508 8th Street, (at E Street)
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10

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, tablecloth vibe; downstairs is a cavernous bar, with dark wood and plenty of beer on tap. The menu features comfort food with regional American touches.

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