The Best Brunch Restaurants in Washington DC

The OpenTable Team

From Georgetown to Foggy Bottom and Cleveland Park, DC diners have many of the nation's most historic buildings as their brunch backdrop. Brunch in DC can range from an elegant affair, complete with champagne, chandeliers, and caviar or it can be casual and low-key. 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 expert, seasoned diners. Whether diners want to start their day off with some cocktails and savory treats or use the time to get some political brokering done, the best brunch in DC delivers.

Restaurants:Peacock Café, Le Chat Noir, Belga Cafe
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, French, Belgian
Neighborhoods:Georgetown, Friendship Heights, Capitol Hill

Peacock Café

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
1,496 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch
A Georgetown institution, Peacock Cafe has been in operation since 1991. If diners are looking for a restaurant that not only knows their name, but also remembers their last order,Read more
89% recommended
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Le Chat Noir

$$$$·French·
Friendship Heights
2,136 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Stylish yet unpretentious, Le Chat Noir will transport you to Paris's Left Bank neighborhood with its French fare and outstanding wine selection. If guests prefer to begin “Sunday Read more
87% recommended
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Belga Cafe

$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
4,080 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
Know nothing about Belgian cuisine? Belga Cafe looks to change that by transporting diners' taste buds to Brussels. Dine on their sidewalk cafe and peruse the brunch menu created bRead more
87% recommended

Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
646 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
As one of the U.S.'s top-rated luxury hotels, The Jefferson certainly sets the standard for elegance and refinement. The Greenhouse at The Jefferson serves one of the best breakfasRead more
88% recommended
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Due South

$$$$·Southern·
Navy Yard
894 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Waterfront
Fixin' to get a taste of the South in your mouth? Due South aims to fill diners' bellies with comfort food classics for the best DC brunch. When you see a menu section devoted to “Read more
85% recommended
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Summer House - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,875 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Lunch
Missing a touch of West Coast flavor? Summer House in Bethesda, Maryland offers some California sunshine to dreary East Coast days. The California-inspired menu has a wide range ofRead more
83% recommended
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Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
8,850 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
Modeled after a Parisian brasserie, the casual Le Diplomate aims to serve classic French-inspired dishes in a laid-back environment. Located in the 14th Street Corridor, Le DiplomaRead more
95% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
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Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,872 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Modeled after a French bistro and serving simple French comfort food is the Bethesda, Maryland outpost of Mon Ami Gabi. The classic onion soup au gratin, finished with Gruyere cheeRead more
94% recommended
Outdoor Eating in Maryland - DC Suburbs
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El Centro D.F. on 14th Street

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,474 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Happy Hour
Welcome to Oaxaca, Mexico! Even at their three locations in Washington, it feels like dining a thousand miles away at El Centro D.F. Start with a michelada, a beer rimmed with limeRead more
87% recommended
Mexican in Washington, D.C. Area
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Sette Osteria - 14th St

$$$$·Italian·
Logan Circle
477 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Fun, fresh, and vibrant all describe the brunch scene at Sette Osteria on 14th Street. Order plates like a brunch tart, Nutella flatbread, smoked salmon platter to split and snack Read more
96% recommended

Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
946 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Housed in an old General Post Office, the decidedly modern Dirty Habit also boasts an expansive atrium and massive patio that encompasses an entire city block. Sweets calling on a Read more
82% recommended
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Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,169 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romance
Washington, D.C. is a city where no matter how many times people seen a famous building, seeing it from a different angle or view is awe-inspiring all over again. The Lafayette ResRead more
90% recommended
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Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,394 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
The nation's 26th president and outdoors enthusiast, Teddy Roosevelt, is the inspiration behind Teddy and the Bully Bar. Using Roosevelt's love of fresh produce and simple, well-prRead more
90% recommended

Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,225 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for a Date
Modern French/Mediterranean cuisine is Matisse's specialty, and their brunch menu allows diners to sample this flavor fusion. Duck confit hash takes a traditional French preparatioRead more
97% recommended

BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
6,013 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Not sure what cuisine should be the focus on a brunch outing? Check out BlackSalt Fish Market and Restaurant to sample a variety of cuisines, and a rarely seen kids menu to keep yoRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in District of Columbia

Macon Bistro & Larder

$$$$·Southern·
Chevy Chase
810 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Connecting Georgia, France, and Washington, D.C. on a map would require a long ruler and a good sense of geography. Macon Bistro and Larder aims to make this connection a little eaRead more
92% recommended
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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
1,898 reviews
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for a Date
Located in Penn Quarter, The Smith is the D.C. offshoot of this popular NYC-based restaurant. A unique feature of The Smith is their brunch raw bar, shucking and serving a rotatingRead more
83% recommended

Wildwood Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,222 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Chef/owner Robert Wiedmaier's Wildwood Kitchen uses Mediterranean and French influences on the Bethesda, Maryland restaurant's menu. The Middle Eastern spice za'atar makes an appeaRead more
97% recommended
Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area
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The Source by Wolfgang Puck

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,652 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
When celebrity chefs attach their name to new concepts, it's clear that they have had a great deal of personal input on the restaurant's concept, design, and menu. The Source by WoRead more
89% recommended
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