5 Cozy Restaurants for Brunch by the Fire

Warm up with a mimosa by the hearth
Take your mimosa by the fire at Hazel, which has an outdoor winter lounge. Photograph by Hazel.

Hazel

808  V St., NW

Sip bubbly on the decked-out winter patio of this Shaw restaurant, which is set with blazing outdoor fire pits, blankets, and heaters. Chef Rob Rubba serves a modern dim sum menu where patrons check off dishes on a paper sheet as they go. Don’t forget to mark an “x” by the homemade English muffin with fried chicken and house hot sauce. Call ahead if you’re determined to eat (and not just drink) al fresco, as outdoor service is weather dependent.

Iron Gate

1734 N St., NW

Patrons have two options for fire-side dining at this atmospheric Mediterranean restaurant: a refurbished, wood-paneled stable by the hearth, or the outdoor patio with fire pits and heat lamps. Wherever you sit, don’t skip baklava cinnamon rolls and olive-oil fried eggs sauced with salsa verde.

City Tap House Dupont

1250 Connecticut Ave., NW

The new Dupont beer bar and American restaurant from Philly-based City Tap House features a large fireplace in the dining room. Warm up during brunch with a DIY bottomless bloody Mary bar, or free-flowing mimosas, “beermosas,” and bellinis (all $19). Hearty eats include a crab cake Benedict, French dip, and “brewer’s breakfast” with eggs, tomato, kielbasa, bacon, and a homemade biscuit.

The Tombs

1226 36th St., NW

A chilly weekend afternoon calls for bunkering in this Georgetown basement bar/restaurant, which is warmed by a wood-burning fireplace. Like many other eateries in the Clyde’s Group, brunch is a classic affair with wallet-friendly dishes like homemade biscuits, Benedicts, and French toast.

Baba

2901 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA

You don’t have to wait for weekend brunch to hang out by the electric fireplace at this basement coffee shop and cafe. That being said, the bottomless “#funbrunching” promo goes down Saturday and Sunday, where patrons can fill up on all-you-can-eat brunch plates for $34  like baked eggs, ham-and-cheese crepes, pastries. Bottomless drinks like coffee and OJ are included, though alcoholic beverages are are extra. Thankfully mimosas and their ilk are a wallet-friendly $5.

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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.