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Duke's Grocery
Photograph: Courtesy Duke's Grocery Proper Burger with egg at Duke's Grocery

The best brunch in DC

Looking for the best DC brunch? Start the weekend right with our experts’ picks for pancakes, eggs, and mimosas.

By Time Out editors and Holley Simmons

Whether your weekend plans involve visiting the best museums in DC, exploring the town while on one of many cool Washington, DC tours or working through your best Washington DC attractions bucket list, you’ll need to make some time for a proper DC brunch. From eggs to pancakes and Mimosas, these spots serve some of the best eggs, pancakes and mimosas in the city.

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Best brunch in DC

Le Diplomate
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1. Le Diplomate

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants French Logan Circle

The fantastic French fare explains why political royalty 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 and the food is just as good. Expect lots of eggs and enough butter to kill a horse. Try to nab a seat on the outdoor patio for that extra Parsian flair.

2. Duke's Grocery

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Diners Dupont Circle

Don’t let the name fool you: Nothing about this humming Dupont Circle pub resembles a grocery store. Rather it has whitewashed brick walls, London street signs and a front patio strung with café lights. The short and sweet menu changes daily and is inspired by East London’s eclectic restaurant scene. That means you’ll find catfish banh mi mingling with a Za’atar-spiced eggplant sandwich and a curried vegetable bowl. The most popular dish by far is the proper burger, made with Angus beef, melted Gouda, sweet chili sauce and arugula.

Photograph: Scott Suchman

3. Perry's

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Fusion Adams Morgan

Right in the middle of Adams Morgan Party Central, Perry’s drag queen brunch is offered every Sunday—now with reservations available. The fixed $25.95 price includes an all-you-can-eat buffet with dishes like salads, muffins and assorted bread, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruits and pastries. But we all know why you came: to feast your eyes on the fabulously dressed dancers who will entertain you to no end. Make sure you let them know if there’s a birthday in the house so they can pay you extra special attention.

Tabard Inn
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Mack Male

4. Tabard Inn

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary American Dupont Circle

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.

Ted's Bulletin
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5. Ted's Bulletin

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary American Capitol Hill

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. Speaking of kids, feel free to bring yours—the restaurant is known for being family-friendly. Slip into a cozy booth and zone out to whatever old school movie the projection screen is playing. If you’re there for brunch, don’t even think about ordering anything but the walk-of-shame breakfast burrito, made with sausage, scrambled eggs, cheddar, hash browns, green chili sauce with a side of hash browns.

The Fainting Goat
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Liz S.

6. The Fainting Goat

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary American

The Fainting Goat is a genuine neighborhood tavern in a sophisticated atmosphere with funky chandeliers, cozy banquettes, and a laid back atmosphere. Our dishes are inspired by modern American cuisine with subtle notes of whimsy, made with only the freshest ingredients available locally whenever possible. The Fainting Goat serves as a meeting place for locals, whether it be for the happy hour specials, a laid back date, or late night drinks with friends.

Osteria Morini
Photograph: Anthony Jackson

7. Osteria Morini DC

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Italian

Osteria Morini pays homage to the casual and rustic cuisine and ambiance of the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. Osteria Morini is a casual Italian restaurant from Chef Michael White. In Italian, “osteria” means a place where the owner “hosts” guests, and at Osteria Morini, Chef White continues this tradition of hospitality, transforming his first Washington, D.C. restaurant into an authentic, old-world osteria with soulful food from the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy.

L'Enfant Cafe
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Vincent Gallegos

8. L'Enfant Cafe & Bar

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants French

At L'Enfant café-bar, you'll feel more like you are on holiday in Paris, than in Washington DC. This casual and pleasant cafe-bar, with a lovely interior and a beautiful sidewalk garden patio is one of the city’s happiest places to visit. Our menu features a large selection of delicious starters, a menu of Main Plates (like Beef Bourguignon, Roast Chicken and a sinful 3-Cheese, White Truffle Macaroni and Cheese), delicious savory crepes, the best and biggest French Dip sandwich in town, a cheesy French Onion Soup and our signature Croque Monsieur that will whisk you to the Left Bank with every mouth-watering bite. And no visit would be complete without a sampling of our menu of sweet crepes, where Nutella is king. Our candle-lit bar is cozy and friendly with a large selection of Belgium beers, fine French wines and champagnes, top shelf liquors and DC's most delicious cappuccinos, lattes and mochas.


9. Kapnos

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Greek U Street Corridor

Celebrity chef Mike Isabella’s Mediterranean grill transports you to Greece with every bite. Whole lambs, goat, chickens and pig are spit-roasted over a wood fire, and the drippings are used in the preparation of other dishes, like the lemon-roasted potatoes. House-made flatbreads serve as a vehicle for fresh, hard-to-pronounce spreads, like the ones made with carp roe, caviar and cauliflower (taramosalata); chickpea, tahini and chutney (revithosalata); and smoked eggplant, roasted peppers, walnuts and feta (melitzanosalata).

El Centro D.F.
Photograph: Rey Lopez

10. El Centro D.F.

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants District of Columbia

For those with big appetites or who are 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. If you can get the whole table to agree on it, spring for the bottomless brunch option, which gets you endless food as well as all the mimosas, micheladas, bloody maries and margaritas you can drink for only $35.

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