Holiday Brunch Guide: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Beyond

From bottomless feasts to breakfasting with Santa.

Get your fill of bottomless bubbly at one of many holiday brunches. Photograph via Shutterstock.

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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.

Christmas Eve


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.

Jackson 20

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.

Christmas Day

Blue Duck Tavern

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).

The Colonnade

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.

The Grill Room

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.

Piola DC

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.

Seasons Restaurant

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)

Society Fair

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.

And more!

Café Saint-Ex

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.

Roof Terrace Restaurant

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.

Hunter’s Head Tavern

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

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

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.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.