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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 the Tastemaker 20. 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
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Peacock Café

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
1,455 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Good for a Date
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
90% recommended
Great for Brunch in Washington, D.C. Area

Le Chat Noir

$$$$·French·
Friendship Heights
2,076 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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
85% recommended

Belga Cafe

$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
4,010 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
88% recommended

Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
620 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
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
89% recommended
Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area
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Due South

$$$$·Southern·
Navy Yard
839 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
82% recommended

Summer House - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,707 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Birthdays
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
91% recommended
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
8,413 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
96% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
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Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,622 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
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
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs
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El Centro D.F. on 14th Street

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,435 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fun
  • Casual
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
85% recommended
Great for Brunch in Washington, D.C. Area

Sette Osteria - 14th St

$$$$·Italian·
Logan Circle
435 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood 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
100% recommended

Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
873 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
  • Bar Seating
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
87% recommended
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Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,124 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
88% recommended
Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area

Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,313 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Business Meals
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
86% recommended
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Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,176 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
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
100% recommended

BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
5,884 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • 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 Washington, D.C. Area

Macon Bistro & Larder

$$$$·Southern·
Chevy Chase
776 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
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
97% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in District of Columbia

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,618 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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
82% recommended

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
1,720 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
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
85% recommended

Wildwood Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,156 reviews
  • Neighborhood 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 Maryland - DC Suburbs

Masa 14 - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Asian·
Logan Circle
2,053 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
If diners are looking to jump outside of their culinary comfort zone, Masa 14's brunch menu has a mix of Latin/Asian small plates that will guide their adventure in style. Located Read more
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