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 19. 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
1,467 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
93% recommended
Brunch in District of Columbia

Le Chat Noir

$$$$·French·
Friendship Heights
2,098 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
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
89% recommended

Belga Cafe

$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
4,028 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
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
91% recommended

Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
635 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Brunch
  • Romance
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
83% recommended
Lunch in District of Columbia
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Due South

$$$$·Regional American (Southern)·
Navy Yard
859 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Waterfront
  • Casual
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
87% recommended

Summer House - North Bethesda

$$$$·American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,750 reviews
  • Casual
  • Brunch
  • 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
86% recommended
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
8,565 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
5,705 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • 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
96% recommended
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs

El Centro D.F. on 14th Street

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,448 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Fun
  • Good for Birthdays
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
97% recommended
Mexican in District of Columbia

Sette Osteria - 14th St

$$$$·Italian·
Logan Circle
440 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
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
905 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
81% recommended

Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,142 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
  • Quiet Conversation
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
91% recommended
Best Ambience in Washington, D.C. Area

Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,344 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
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
87% recommended

Matisse

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Tenleytown
1,201 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasions
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
Neighbourhood Gem in District of Columbia

BlackSalt

$$$$·Seafood·
Palisades Northwest
5,939 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
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
97% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Macon Bistro & Larder

$$$$·Regional American (Southern)·
Chevy Chase
790 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Cosy
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

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,635 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
81% recommended

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
1,805 reviews
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
  • 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
83% recommended

Wildwood Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,180 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
98% recommended
Contemporary American in Maryland - DC Suburbs