The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Washington DC

The District of Columbia, best known as the capital of the U.S. and hub for government, is full of history, iconic monuments, and interesting museums. It's also a city full of exceptional restaurants using fresh, local ingredients to wow diners. When it comes to breakfast, D.C. does it best. 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 seasoned diners. Enjoy eateries with significant historical references, innovative and experimental ingredients, and menus full of international flavors that showcase what the United States is—a melting pot. Here’s where to go for the best breakfast in DC.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC, Jaleo DC, The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Spanish, American
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Penn Quarter
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
669 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance

Another local favorite for the best breakfast in DC is the Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC. Patrons enjoy the elegant and historic charm of the colonial decor. The full ceiling skyligh...

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Best Ambience in Washington, D.C. Area

Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
9,415 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasions

For a Spanish breakfast experience while in D.C., Jaleo DC is worth a visit. The menu here features a combination of classic and contemporary Spanish dishes — the main highlight being the tapas! Chef ...

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Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area
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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,173 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual

In D.C.'s Penn Quarter neighborhood, The Smith is a local favorite. This restaurant dishes out New American favorites in a lively, friendly environment. As soon as diners walk in the door, they're gre...

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Belga Cafe

$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
4,343 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies

For those wanting to experience traditional Belgian eats without having to book a plane ticket, Belga Cafe is the best spot for breakfast in DC. Located on Capitol Hill, it's the place to stop before ...

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Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
1,081 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Hot Spot

Dirty Habit is another great breakfast option in the nation's capital. Located in the historic Hotel Monaco, visitors can enjoy a memorable dining experience surrounded by stunning architecture. The m...

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Lincoln - DC

$$$$·American·
McPherson Square
3,009 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings

Lincoln features seasonal dishes with fresh, local ingredients. The menu highlights some of Abraham Lincoln's favorite foods. Top breakfast choices include farmhouse mac and cheese, confit duck leg be...

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EDGAR Bar & Kitchen at The Mayflower Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
331 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Brunch
  • Casual

Located inside Dupont Circle's The Mayflower Hotel, EDGAR serves up modern American brasserie dishes. The atmosphere here is upscale and energetic — a good eatery for larger groups and couples alike. ...

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Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
10,605 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

Another spot to find the best breakfast in DC is Farmers Fishers Bakers. As the restaurant name suggests, farmers own this eatery. Located in Georgetown's Washington Harbour, this upscale eatery has a...

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Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,292 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Quiet Conversation

Located in The Hay-Adams hotel in downtown, Lafayette Restaurant is a must-try fine-dining spot for the best breakfast in DC. The restaurant overlooks Lafayette Square and the White House. Weekday bre...

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Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
10,933 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem

For individuals craving French cuisine, a visit to Le Diplomate is a must. This brasserie transports diners to Paris without ever having to leave Dupont Point. The menu is full of French classics such...

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French in Washington, D.C. Area
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El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Georgetown
1,463 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Happy Hour
  • Brunch

El Centro D.F. in Georgetown is another must-try spot for a breakfast meal. Chef Richard Sandoval serves up dishes that feature authentic Mexican flavors, and the vibe here is funky and fun. Guests ca...

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Peacock Café

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
1,609 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch

For one of the best breakfasts in DC, Peacock Café is a favorite spot in the Georgetown neighborhood. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy contemporary American favorites. While some D.C. spots only se...

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Contemporary American in District of Columbia
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Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
6,381 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch

Located outside of Washington, in Bethesda, Maryland, Mon Ami Gabi is a French bistro that takes a fresh approach to classic French favorites. This eatery features an art deco look and feel. Notable b...

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Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs
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Black's Bar & Kitchen

$$$$·Seafood·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
3,145 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • Bar Seating

For those looking for a great breakfast outside of D.C., there's Black's Bar and Kitchen. This must-visit spot is located in the suburbs of downtown Bethesda. The menu focuses on organic, fresh, regio...

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Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,513 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch

Teddy & The Bully Bar pays homage to Theodore Roosevelt. Located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, this is another spot for the best breakfast in DC. This eatery has a historic feel due to its refere...

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Seasons 52 - Tysons Corner

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
4,742 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
  • Group Bookings

Situated in McLean, Virginia, Seasons 52 offers seasonally rotating dishes that are made with locally sourced ingredients. Cooking methods like brick-oven roasting and wood-fire grilling are utilized ...

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