National Mall (Sixth Street and Constitution Ave., NW)
Get your culture and brunch fix all in one place at the National Gallery of Art. The palatial cafe now serves a buffet brunch with a variety of salads, frittatas, and heartier options like barbecued short ribs ($30 for adults, $18 for children 12 and under). An added bonus: $10 bottomless mimosas.
When: Sunday, noon to 4 PM
3813 Georgia Ave., NW
Maketto chef Erik Bruner-Yang is now designing the menus at this Petworth bar. Expect a bounty of brunch dumplings, including wontons in chili oil, pan-fried potstickers, siu mai, and tender rice noodle crepes stuffed with pork and shrimp (also: don’t skip the steamed buns). The $18 bottomless option includes mimosas and chili-spiked bloody Marys.
When: Saturday and Sunday until 4 PM
4901A Fairmont Ave., Bethesda
Feast on unlimited tapas at this Spanish spot in Bethesda, where the new all-you-can-eat brunch goes for $30. Chef Alonso Roche’s small plates include both Spanish and American classics like tortilla Espanola, garlicky shrimp al ajillo, and both veggie and smoked salmon Benedicts. Add bottomless mimosas or gazpacho bloody Marys for $15.
When: Sunday, 11:30 AM to 3 PM
3410 11th St., NW
This neighborhood bar in Columbia Heights dishes up a low-key brunch with crowd-pleasers like thick-cut bacon BLTs, hearty egg skillets, and waffles. Of course, there’s plenty of booze. If pitcher mimosas don’t do the trick, try tiki cocktails.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM to 4 PM
1605 Village Market Blvd. SE, Leesburg
Chef Santosh Tiptur caters to chocolate lovers at his new Leesburg restaurant, where both sweet and savory dishes are laced with cocoa. Hearty brunch dishes include Cajun-spiced shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles with chicken sausage gravy, and a variety of waffles. For dessert, drop into the chocolate boutique.
When: Sunday 11 AM to 2:30 PM
1050 31st St., NW
Georgetown’s swanky Rosewood hotel just launched brunch in its restaurant overlooking the C&O canal. Dressed-up classics (with prices to match) include a lobster and shrimp cocktail with horseradish panna cotta, spiced sugar doughnuts with vanilla creme anglaise, and duck confit hash. And yes, there’s fancy avocado toast.
When: Saturday and Sunday starting at 11:30 AM