Food

Your Brunch Guide for Labor Day Weekend in DC

Start with a Friday feast, end with mimosas on Monday.
Your Brunch Guide for Labor Day Weekend in DC
Pancakes and a cocktail at Founding Farmers. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Labor Day Weekend is almost here, which means three—and even four—glorious days of brunch. All of the restaurants in this guide offer Monday specials, including penny mimosas, all-you-can-eat-and-drink deals, and more ways to wind down the long weekend.

Ambar

523 8th St., SW

Brunch is an indulgent affair at this Barracks Row Balkan spot. The unlimited menu costs $39 and includes an endless selection of brunch plates and cocktails. Make sure your friends are hungry, as everyone in your party must participate in the bottomless deal.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10 to 3:30.

Boqueria

1837 M St., NW

Head to Dupont for bottomless Spanish brunch, featuring various tapas, three kinds of sangria, and cava mimosas ($39 per person). Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant.

When: Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 to 3; Monday 11:30 to 4.

Brooklandʼs Finest Bar & Kitchen

3126 12th St., NE

Head to this family-friendly spot for brunch, whether you’re in the mood for a veggie burrito or shrimp n’ grits. Also, starting on Labor Day, the restaurant teams up with Sloppy Mamaʼs barbeque to offer a week-long mashup of their menus. Items will include a beef “briscuit” sandwich and smoked chicken-muffuletta panini.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10 to 3.

Cava Mezze

Capitol Hill, Clarendon, and Baltimore locations

Here’s proof that a penny can still buy something good: one cent mimosas during Cava brunch. Three of their locations are open for Labor Day sipping with all-you-can-eat mezze such as Nutella waffles, pork belly and eggs, and feta grilled cheese.

When: Saturday and Sunday, hours vary by location. Monday, 11 to 4.

Tico pours brunch-time margaritas as well as bottomless mimosas on Monday. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Commissary

1443 P St., NW

Have a brunch date? Try the ʻbreakfast for twoʼ deal ($50): choose two entrees, two coffee beverages, and a pitcher of bloody Marys or beer (or for a $5 upgrade, a pitcher of any sparkling cocktail).

When: Saturday and Sunday starting at 8. Monday, 9 to 4.

Copperwood Tavern

4021 Campbell Ave., Shirlington

No matter what you have planned for Labor Day, a stop at Copperwood could fit in the schedule. The restaurant serves brunch from 10 to 4. If the weather is nice ask to sit on the patio to soak up a few extra rays.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10 to 4.

El Centro D.F.

1218 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 1819 14th St., NW

Visit either El Centro location for a bottomless Mexican brunch of unlimited small plates and free flowing brunch cocktails ($35 per person). Menu items include guacamole, egg and chorizo tacos, and a breakfast enchilada, which you can pair with mimosas and house margaritas.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10 to 3.

Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St., NW

Head to the Georgetown Waterfront for an indulgent buffet-style brunch. Tables are spread with everything from breakfast jambalaya to egg scrambles and tacos, while servers pass trays of sushi, pizza, and Benedicts ($30 per person; $15 for kids ages six to 12; kids under six eat free).

When: Saturday through Monday, 9 to 2.

Come for $4 mimosas, stay for oysters at Pearl Dive. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Founding Farmers

Locations in Downtown DC, Tysons Corner, VA and Potomac, MD

Farmers rolls out its big, something-for-everyone brunch menu in downtown DC and Potomac, Maryland on Monday. The newest Tysons location serves brunch a bit differently, offering a buffet-style spread ($30 per person, including nonalcoholic beverages).

When: Saturday through Monday; Downtown DC and Potomac, MD (7 to 2); Tysons Corner, VA (8 to 2).

Lavagna

539 Eight St., NW

Stop by this Capitol Hill Italian spot for $12 bottomless mimosas, paired with dishes like chicken and waffles, eggs Florentine, and spaghetti carbonara.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10 to 2:30.

Logan Tavern

1423 P St., NW

Logan Tavern is ready to serve early or late risers, as the brunch menu will be served from 10:30 to 4. Share french toast sticks with caramel-pecan sauce, or opt for a heaping brunch platter of French toast, eggs, bacon, turkey sausage and home fries.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10:30 to 4.

Masa 14

1825 14th St., NW

Masa serves a bottomless Latin-Asian brunch ($39), and the feast is offered on the restaurant’s roof deck. Options include plentiful brunch cocktails and dishes like mushroom frittatas and smoked brisket buns.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10 to 3 (arrive by 2 for the bottomless option).

Masa 14 offers a brunch-party atmosphere with an all-you-can-eat-and-drink menu. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St., NW

Get the weekend started early with $4 mimosas on Friday afternoon, made with fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juices, as well as an array of fresh-shucked oysters and Gulf Coast-style seafood.

When: Friday through Monday, 11 to 3.

The Pig

1320 14th St., NW

Drop by for a pork-centric brunch featuring dishes like “the pig breakfast,” which includes two eggs your way, sausage, scrapple, bacon, and cheese grits.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10:30 to 3.

Provision No. 14

2100 14th St., NW

Take advantage of good weather on Provision’s patio, where you can sip a shareable grapefruit-vodka-mint cocktail from a French press. If you’re already indulging, might as well opt for the whole fried chicken and funnel cake.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10:30 to 3.

Tico

1926 14th St., NW

Spend Labor Day sipping bottomless bloodies or mimosas ($19) alongside an eclectic array of dishes at chef Michael Schlow’s 14th Street spot.

When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 3; Monday 11 to 3.

Get in a round of bocce after a Benedict at Vinoteca.

Vinoteca

1940 11th St., NW

Get in a game of bocce while brunching at this neighborhood wine bar, which offers bottomless mimosas and bellini pitchers for $18, and a seasonal menu of American and European fare.

When: Saturday through Monday, 11 to 3.

Zengo

781 7th St., NW

This Asian brunch spot offers bottomless brunch for $39, but children ten and under can eat for only $10. Enjoy shrimp and vegetable potstickers, bacon fried rice with scrambled eggs, and lobster-chipotle grits.

When: Saturday through Monday, 10 to 3 (arrive by 2 for prix-fixe)

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Anna Spiegel
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.