928 U St., NW
Looking for brunch and a bang-up weekend afternoon? This U Street cocktail bar is the place, a favorite among drinkers and bartenders alike. Brunch themes change seasonally, and we’re not talking about produce. For winter: Ski Lodge Sundays, a brunch-fest complete with hot cocktails, sherpa blankets, “an absurd number of pillows,” fried chicken, and a DJ in a snow suit. Sundays only.
I79 Potomac Ave., SE
Bloody Mary fans, meet your Holy Grail: the Perfect Storm, a super-sized brunch cocktail served with king crab, shrimp, a dressed oyster, pickles, olives, celery, and dill. (No surprise it ain’t cheap, sold for $27 per goblet.) Chef Kyle Bailey channels New England — with water views to boot—and serves brunch dishes like house-made corned beef hash n’ eggs, lobster mac and cheese, or French toast with duck confit and cranberry-orange sauce. Saturday and Sunday.
1515 Rhode Island Ave., NW
Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s splashy seafood spot in Scott Circle just launched a pescatarian buffet brunch—lovely for when the parents are in town, or any celebratory occasion. The unlimited spread ($65 per person) includes a raw bar, seasonal salads, hot dishes like crab-topped eggs Benedict or grilled swordfish with pine nuts and chermoula sauce, and a bevy of desserts. Drinks and extra splurges like caviar service are priced individually. Sunday only.
414 H St., NE
This new H Street bar/restaurant offers a little something for everyone—think a raw bar alongside skee-ball—and the same is true at brunch. The kitchen dishes up an eclectic, wallet-friendly brunch menu that includes lobster rolls alongside egg dishes and a hefty bacon cheeseburger. And for the kids (or the young at heart): a spaghetti sandwich. Meanwhile, the bar pours several variations on classic brunch cocktails, such as Bellinis (bubbly and peach juice) and bloody Caesars with salad-like accouterments. Saturday and Sunday.