The best brunch in DC

Looking for the best brunch in DC? Start the weekend right with our experts' picks for pancakes, omelettes, and mimosas

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Masa 14

Maybe your weekend plans involve shopping, taking your pick from the huge array of Washington, DC museums, or even making a long, lingering brunch the main event of the day. Whatever, you’ll want to check out our picks for the best brunch in DC. While bottomless mimosas abound, there are also make-your-own Bloody Mary bars and creative brunch cocktails. Some spots offer unlimited food along with the booze, and a few even amp up the morning festivities with live music, drag shows and burlesque.

The best brunch in DC

1

Ardeo + Bardeo

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.

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Cleveland Park
2

El Centro D.F.

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.

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District of Columbia
3

Georgia Brown’s

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.

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Downtown
4

Masa 14

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.

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U Street Corridor
5

Le Diplomate

Critics' pick

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.

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Logan Circle
6

Perry's

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.

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7

Sax

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.

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Downtown
8

Tabard Inn

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. The menu favors local, seasonal ingredients. House-smoked salmon, served with hard-boiled egg, red onion and horseradish crème fraîche is always good. Sunday’s crowds (seriously, make reservations far in advance) brunch on just-made donuts and eggs benedict.

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Dupont Circle
9

Ted's Bulletin

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.

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Capitol Hill
10

Tonic

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.

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Columbia Heights

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