Brunch: it’s not just for Sunday anymore. Plenty of restaurants are celebrating the holidays with weekday brunches, as well as several options for Christmas Eve and Day dining. Get in a festive mood (or tackle the stress) with unlimited bubbly, eggs Benedict, and more.
1837 M St., NW; 202-558-9545
Unlimited brunching just got more expansive. This Dupont Spanish spot offers bottomless tapas and brunch drinks over the course of four days before and after Christmas. Plenty of tortilla Espanola and sangria for all. [Menu]
Details: December 23 through 27 (closed Christmas Day) from 10:30 to 2; $39 per person.
1310 New Hampshire Ave., NW; 202-861-1310
Visiting family may call for discount brunch cocktails. Drop by for traditional brunch with dishes like lemon-ricotta pancakes and eggs Benedict, plus $3 mimosas and $4 Bloodies. [Menu]
Details: A la carte brunch is served from 9 to 2.
480 King St., Alexandria; 703-842-2790
Early birds, take note: you could be sipping mimosas before 10 am (or 8, but that’s less acceptable). Dishes include the likes of biscuits and gravy or eggs Chesapeake. [Menu]
Details: A la carte brunch is served from 7 to 2:30.
1201 24th St., NW; 202-419-6755
Looking for an elegant and delicious way to spend Christmas? This airy Park Hyatt spot delivers both. A choice of seated entree and sides is bookended by a generous appetizer buffet to start (think raw bar, salads, and cheeses), and a dessert station to finish.
Details: Served 10:30 to 3:30; $95 per person and $42 for children between six and 11 (kids under 6 are free).
2401 M St., NW; 202-429-2400
The Fairmont’s special occasion brunch features live music and stations for sustainable seafood and eggs Benedict alike. The price includes unlimited bubbles and valet parking. [Menu]
Details: Served from 11 to 2; $99 for adults, and $50 for children.
1050 31st St., NW; 202-617-2424
This Georgetown boutique hotel serves a three-course meal with items like chopped lobster salad, pastrami hash, and classic eggs Florentine.
Details: Two seatings at 10:30 and 2; $75 per person.
2208 14th St., NW; 202-986-8729
Looking for a casual Christmas option? Piola offers their all-you-can-eat pizza brunch (including egg-topped pies), bottomless cocktails, and a few holiday specials.
Details: Open at 11; $15.95 for unlimited brunch pizzas, and bottomless cocktails for another $15.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-342-0444
The typical Seasons brunch stars an impressive raw bar, unlimited bubbly, and multiple stations for carved meats, omelets, salads, and more. Christmas generally brings an expanded version of the same. [Sample menu]
Details: Served 10 to 3; $110 per adult (which includes unlimited mimosas)
277 S. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-683-3247
Those who prefer to brunch in their pajamas on Christmas can pick up a “breakfast bag” from Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong’s market. Think cinnamon rolls, an egg casserole, and fresh juice. [Menu]
Details: Orders must be picked up by Wednesday, December 24 before 5; $40 per basket.
1847 14th St., NW; 202-265-7839
Get Fido in the holiday spirit with a “Wagtime Brunch” Think doggies in a blanket and hot drinks for humans, and homemade treats for pets. Dress your dog in it’s holiday best worst for the Ugly Fashion Dog Show.
Details: Sunday, December 15 from noon to 3.
2700 F St., NW; 202-416-8555
This is the last of three brunches with Santa at the Kennedy Center’s restaurant. You’ll find a buffet with everything from a raw bar to French toast, kid-friendly foods, and a gratis glass of bubbly for adults.
Details: Sunday, December 22 with seating beginning at 10; $45 adults, $20 kids ages 4 to 11.
9048 John S. Mosby Hwy., Upperville; 540-592-9020.
Head out to the Middleburg environs for Boxing Day Brunch in Virginia’s hunt country. The regular lineup of pub-y items are offered, so save room for bubble n’ squeak and chicken pot pie. [Menu]
Details: Thursday, December 26 from 11 to 2:30
7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 240-330-4500
Catch Nat “King” Cole’s brother, Freddy Cole, over brunch at Bethesda’s concert venue-restaurant.
Details: Sunday, December 29 at 11; $50 per person.
We like relaxing at a Four Seasons Champagne brunch as much as anyone, but with the government shutdown edging into its second week, purse strings are getting tighter. Browse our list of more affordable options, from truly cheap dishes to deals at fancier restaurants and mimosas galore.
1319-C Rockville Pike, Rockville; 301-251-7878
Your tab will depend on the number of dumplings, chili-oil-slicked wontons, and dan-dan noodles you order, but nothing on the Northern-style menu will burn a hole in your wallet—dishes typically run $1 to $6. Even better: Dim sum is a daily affair, meaning you can brunch on a weekday.
Details: Monday through Friday 11:30 to 9 and Saturday and Sunday 10 to 9.
Also check out: Hong Kong Pearl. The Falls Church dim sum house is among the best (and still inexpensive), with standout dumplings and roast pig.
3195 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-465-9360
Hearty eaters get plenty of bang for their buck at Liberty’s $21 all-you-can-eat spread. The breakfast table is heaped with fluffy scrambled eggs, breakfast meats and pastries, fried chicken, smoked salmon, and more. Drinks will cost you extra, but not much—a Bloody with a beer back is only $6.
Details: Saturday and Sunday 9:30 to 3; $21 for adults, $8.50 for kids.
Whether you’re looking to check out a new restaurant, dine al fresco, or get silly over bottomless mimosas, here are seven recently debuted brunches to try this weekend.
2400 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-827-8745
Glover Park’s Italian newcomer just rolled out brunch service with dishes such as lemon pancakes, soft-scrambled eggs with prosciutto and ricotta, and a mozzarella-egg sandwich. Not in the morning mood? You can still get pizza and limoncello slushies. Check out the front patio on nicer days.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 to 3
1218 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-4100
Hungry and thirsty? The Georgetown spinoff of Richard Sandoval’s 14th Street Mexican spot offers an all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch for $35. Get your fill of egg and chorizo tacos, chilaquiles, shrimp ceviche, and more, washed down with micheladas and agua fresca cocktails. The courtyard patio is open during these final summery days.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 to 4
Breakfast lovers, rejoice: You can now eat waffles for lunch and eggs Benedict(berg) for dinner. Two DC restaurants are embracing the most important meal of the day, with DGS Delicatessen expanding its menu to include continuous breakfast and B Too offering its brunch menu during weekday lunch.
When DGS opened in November, it kept its lunch, dinner, and brunch menus separate. Now you’ll find one menu with components of all three. Eventually the nouveau deli may stay open continuously throughout the day; it still closes between lunch/brunch and dinner. For now you can mix and match dinner-style entrées such as stuffed cabbage during lunch service or breakfast dishes like pastrami hash with sunny-side up eggs or shakshouka in the evening. Another addition to the lineup: a Black Angus burger with smoked-jalapeño mayo and bread-and-butter pickles—this is a deli, after all.
Over on 14th Street, chef Bart Vandaele is serving his weekend brunch menu for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11 to 4. (Note: they’re closed July Fourth, but you can find other Thursday brunch spots in our roundup). Sister restaurant Belga Cafe occasionally offers a similar deal, though it’s more of a monthly event. Now you can head to B Too almost every day for Belgian treats such as sweet and savory waffles, poached eggs with smoked salmon, asparagus, and hollandaise, or a croque monsieur with Chimay cheese.
The best part of this all: While it’s not entirely acceptable to drink mimosas with weekday breakfast, no one will bat an eye if you chase your eggs with a cocktail during lunch and dinner.
Sure, Independence Day is on a Thursday. But you can still assert your right to mimosas and eggs at several restaurants, which are throwing down like it’s Sunday Funday. Check back with us as more brunches become available.
One doesn’t automatically think Balkan cuisine for the Fourth, but why not? Feast on unlimited small plates such as prosciutto eggs Benedict and a B.E.L.T. and free-flowing cocktails before heading down to the Mall to stake out a spot for the fireworks ($35 per person).
Feel like pork for breakfast? The neighborhood bar hosts a barbecue starting at 11, with ribs, brisket, slaw, hot dogs, corn, and other summery treats.
Neighboring 14th Street eatery Cafe Saint-Ex is still finalizing its brunch plans, but look for eggy eats and mimosas.
Early birds can head to either the Foggy Bottom or Rockville location, which serve brunch from 7 to 2. Look for American classics such as steak and eggs and pastrami hash.
Four brunches are better than one! Head over Thursday through Sunday between 9 and 4 for a very extended brunch at the Heights. You can even bring dogs to the outdoor patio for their own $2 breakfast treats.
Both DC locations of this family-operated Korean restaurant are serving brunch, and the K Street branch will remain open for dinner. Come for the soju Bloody Mary, stay for Korean-style omelets and marinated steak.
Festivities last all day at Masa, and a deejay will spin until 2 AM. Get a head start with unlimited small plates and bottomless brunch cocktails from 10 to 3 ($35 per person).
In addition to fried chicken picnic buckets and pies to go, Jeff and Barbara Black’s seafood spot offers brunch from 11 to 3. Stick around for extended happy hour through 7.
This post has been updated from a previous version.
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Editor’s note: Summer has brought a flurry of new brunch options—there’s these seven, plus a midday meal debuting at Daikaya this Sunday. (Sorry, the ramen spot has not finalized the menu yet. We will update here when it is available). 14th Street Belgian restaurant B TOO unveiled its brunch menu on Thursday; service starts this weekend from 10 to 3. Beginning June 22, it will be available from 9 to 3.
Though a restaurant may be located in or around the Beltway, it is not a true Washington establishment until it serves up brunch. So it is about time Cause DC, U Street’s “philanthropub,” joined the club.
In keeping with its tradition of doing things differently, Cause DC’s brunch packs a few surprises. The menu includes standard fare augmented with gastropub flair—think omelets topped with Cognac-flamed mushrooms in a black pepper sauce and “hangover hash” lathered in a white-wine-and-chedder fondue. But it is the list of $10 “Adult Cereals,” boozy breakfasts created by executive chef Adam Stein, that really caught our attention.
Stein had help from Matthew Wilcox, Cause’s “Master of Elixirs,” (read: bartender) in crafting the menu’s five alcohol-filled offerings. There’s Honey Nut Cheerios in a mixture of half and half, West Virginia honey, and dark honey whiskey, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch with half and half, maple whiskey, and RumChata. Vilelle says his favorite is Campfire Crispies—Golden Grahams in Patron Cafe XO, tres leches liqueur, and, once again, half-and-half.
As of now, brunch is Sundays from noon to 4, but, if the demand calls for it, Cause may start serving on Saturdays as well, says Vilelle. At Cause, patrons choose from a rotating list of charities when they get their checks, and the restaurant donates 100 percent of the profits from their meals to that charity. The restaurant opened last October, and, in its first quarter of operating, donated $8,400 to charities. Common Good City Farm has received the most donations so far.
Cause DC. 1926 9th Street, NW. Open Monday through Sunday for dinner, Sundays for brunch.
Even though June starts Saturday, it already feels like the dog days of summer, temperature-wise. Skip running around in the heat and try one of these newly launched brunches where you can nurse a mimosa in the AC or shade.
If you’re starving and thirsty, the Balkan restaurant’s new $35 all-you-can-eat bottomless brunch is a great option. You’ll find an endless parade of dishes such as wild mushroom salad, fried chicken sandwiches, scrambled eggs with aged cheese and peppers, and crepes. Also tasty: an Ambar mimosa with peach purée and blood orange.
Go: Saturday and Sunday 10 to 4
The fried-chicken-and-doughnut shop just launched brunch over Memorial Day weekend, with crispy birds and eggs galore. Go à la carte, order a $12 set meal, or add bottomless mimosas and brunch punch for $15.
Go: Saturday and Sunday 10 to 2
While the whiskey bar started brunch in March, it was an indoors-only affair. Now you can get egg-topped duck confit hash and bourbon French toast al fresco on the rooftop terrace, as well as new items from a wood-fired grill later in the day.
Go: Sunday 11 to 3
Stuck in town and bummed about missing the beach this Memorial Day weekend? Consider drowning your sorrows in fried chicken and bottomless bubbly at newly opened chicken-and-doughnut spot GBD, which launches brunch this Sunday from 10 to 2 and will offer the menu on Saturdays and Sundays at the same time starting next week.
Naturally, crispy birds make more than one appearance on the menu, which consists of $10 entrées as well as sides like crème fraîche biscuits with redeye gravy. You can get fried chicken atop waffles or a salad, inside a Mexican-style wrap, or in a dark-meat or “tendie” (white meat) box with pimiento mac and cheese and dunking sauce. The poultry-averse can go with items such as a potato-leek quiche or a croissant sandwich stuffed with eggs, ham, and spring veggies. Opt for à la carte or a $12 special that includes a main dish, a doughnut, and coffee or tea. Even better: Add bottomless mimosas made with fresh-squeezed OJ or grapefruit juice or “brunch punch” for $27.
Mother’s Day is just a couple of weeks away—on Sunday, May 12. That means it’s time to book the all-important brunch for the occasion. Below you’ll find the details on 29 restaurants serving a special midday meal in Washington. Book early, and volunteer to be the designated driver—the lady who changed your diapers and put up with you through your terrible teens deserves as many mimosas as she pleases.
Looking for a new happy hour spot? Hungry for eggs Benedict on a beautiful patio? Ready for a new restaurant? We have you covered on all fronts. The Washington restaurant scene is buzzing with fresh dining experiences, from newly opened eateries to lunches and brunches launching at established places. Here’s what’s new this week for a variety of cravings.
Boozy $3 punch and fried chicken
New fried chicken and doughnut hot spot GBD just rolled out its sit-down dinner menu and bar last week. Up this Thursday: happy hour from 5 to 7 Tuesday through Friday. Tonight’s specials include $3 glasses of punch, $4 Tempranillo and Riesling wines on tap, and $4 brews like De Struise Pannepot and Ballast Point Sculpin (the brews will rotate daily on the whim of brewmaster Greg Engert). Order up snacks such as smoked chicken skin chips or crispy Buffalo wings and make an early evening of it.
Lunchtime tacos and tortas
Richard Sandoval’s 14th Street Mexican spot El Centro D.F. just launched lunch service on Monday. Weather permitting, you’ll head up to the 45-seat roof deck—likely less crowded than it is on beautiful evenings—for the menu of guacamole, ceviche, tacos, entrée salads, and more. The ground-floor taqueria is the place to hole up with a steak torta and Dos Equis during springtime rain and scorching summer afternoons. The meal is served Monday to Friday 11 to 3.