With more and more restaurants serving top-notch brunch menus, we pick nine places to savor Washington's favorite meal.
Whether it’s bomboloni at Urbana, lattes at Slipstream, or tempura blue prawns at Muze, DC restaurants are finding ways to tempt Washingtonians out for brunch.
Amid the recent explosion of brunch offerings in DC, three trends have emerged. To help you make the most of your mornings—or, let’s be honest, afternoons—here’s a list of our nine favorite spots.
BRUNCH WITH A VIEW
The Lafayette At this elegant mainstay of the Hay-Adams hotel, diners gaze down at the White House as they indulge in truffed scrambled eggs and a stem of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne. Pastry chef Josh Short caps the meal with a deluge of decadent desserts. $75 ($35 per child under 12). Sundays, 11:30 am to 2 pm. 800 16th St. NW, 202-638-2570
Muze at the Mandarin Oriental It’s soothing to watch the boats cruising up and down the Potomac while you dine on dishes like smoked salmon eggs Benedict, fried oysters with lamb bacon, or a chorizo-amped frittata. À la carte. Saturdays and Sundays, 11:45 am to 4 pm. 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, 202-787-6148
New Heights Brunchgoers here enjoy gin-boosted sparkling cocktails, indulgent entrées (such as roasted suckling pig or house-made fettuccine with bacon), and a bird’s-eye view of Rock Creek Park. À la carte. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 2:30 pm. 2317 Calvert St. NW, 202-234-4110
Tempura blue prawns at Muze.
Boqueria Tapas lovers, rejoice! Boqueria offers unlimited small plates (think Catalan flatbread topped with roasted vegetables and crispy patatas bravas), churros con chocolate, and sangría (choose red, white, or rosé). $39 prix-fxe menu. Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 am to 2 pm. 1837 M St. NW, 202-558-9545
Central Michel Richard This bistro pampers diners with a three-course menu featuring standouts like fried chicken and waffles and the beloved pancrepes, which combine the fluffiness of a pancake and the lightness of a crêpe in a singular creation. $27 prix-fixe menu; $10 for all-you-can-drink Bloodys, Bellinis, and mimosas. Sundays, 11 am to 2:30 pm. 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-626-0015
DC Harvest Keep it healthy with options like spelt buttermilk pancakes and a protein-rich egg scramble starring the house-made lamb sausage. À la carte; bottomless mimosas for $15. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 2:30 pm. 517 H St. NE, 202-629-3296
Urbana Every table gets a complimentary order of just-fried sugar-dusted bomboloni before guests dive into Urbana’s Italian fare, such as bucatini carbonara and crêpe-like crespelle packed with lemon ricotta. À la carte; $15 for bottomless Bellinis, $18 for bottomless Bloody Marys. Saturdays and Sundays, 8 am to 3 pm. 2121 P St. NW, 202-956-6650
Latte at Slipstream.
FOR JAVA JUNKIES
Open City This coffeehouse/diner/bar offers an array of Tryst coffees as well as a lavish brunch menu, ranging from the Ten Thirty-Five (a four-ounce burger on an English muffin topped with ham, cheese, and a fried egg) to breakfast pizzas and chai syrup–coated waffles. À la carte brunch menu served daily. 2331 Calvert St. NW, 202-332-2331
Slipstream Whether you opt for a cappuccino, a coffee tasting fight, or a caffeinated cocktail, you can pair your cup of Joe with items savory (the pork belly Benedict is a must) or sweet (cherry chocolate scones). À la carte. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am to 3 pm. 1333 14th St. NW, 202-450-2216