5 Brunch Spots in D.C. You Won’t Be Able to Wait Until Sunday to Visit

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Washington, D.C., has been our nation’s capital since 1790 and, as such, has hosted a lot of important people and developed an eclectic array of eateries to please every palate. The wealth of landmarks and attractions is another area perk that makes living here an incredible experience. 

The abundance of activity and excitement make brunch a great time to grab a bite in D.C.  You might be in-between attractions, waiting for a movie to start, or just strolling through a lovely day. There’s never a shortage of hot D.C. brunch spots to help fill your tummy and pass the time.  

A leisurely meal is a great way to get to know the city, whether you spent the day sightseeing or running household errands. These five restaurants will have you wishing you could brunch all week long.

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Old School Brunch Faves in D.C.

The locals have their favorite brunch spots, eateries that bring everything they love about the area together in one convenient locale, including fresh seafood, seasonal local ingredients, and friendly folks. D.C. brunchers’ most beloved culinary landmarks are listed here so those new in town can get a jump-start on local life.

Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th Street NW 
Washington, DC, 20005

This place is known as the town’s oldest saloon, but it started as a boardinghouse in 1856. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Johnson, and Grover Cleveland all took a little downtime here before becoming an eatery known best for its fresh oyster dishes.

Visitors are never disappointed by Old Ebbitt Grill’s vintage Victorian décor, which evokes images of long-gone Washington inns at the turn of the 19th century. Brunch favorites here always include the oyster bar, where they’re served in various ways, including on the half shell. Sandwiches are another brunch favorite, like the Reuben with first-cut corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing, all piled on a slice of toasted, seeded rye. 

There’s a full bar with every spirit you can imagine and some signature cocktails perfect for any brunch. Champagnes and sparkling wines are a part of the oyster bar and another reason you can’t miss it. 

Lyon Hall

3100 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA, 22201

It doesn’t get much more charming than this French-inspired brasserie, just steps from the Clarendon metro station. You’ll find plenty of variety in their main dishes, from coq au vin and beef bourguignon to a French onion meatloaf. There’s no trouble finding something you’re in the mood for. 

Dine in or take out and enjoy a fresh baguette with salted butter either way. Try the fish and chips when you’re in a hurry – they’re hot, fast, and delicious. Stay for happy hour when you have some time to spare and try one of the authentic French wines or German beers. 

You won’t find another place to brunch that offers Lyon Hall’s divine Maine lobster with hollandaise and scrambled eggs. 

Surfside

1800 N ST NW 
Washington, DC, 20036 

Family-friendly brunch destinations aren’t easy to come by, but this place is a dream come true. They offer “fresh fare, inspired by the beach,” with a slew of dishes that awaken your palate, including tacos, fajitas, and salads featuring fresh-caught fish, shrimp, and local greens. 

Brunch is best ordered from their “For the Table” menu, where you’ll find specialty dishes such as street corn coated in a creamy chipotle mayo and covered with cotija cheese. (It’s a game-changer.) Order in, take out, or get this flavorful fare delivered directly to your door. 

The tried-and-true local favorites are great places to start, but most people want to try something new on occasion. Several newer eateries are making waves with the brunch crowd; give one a shot next time you’re feeling adventurous. 

Brunch in D.C. – New on the Scene

Close up of a breakfast sandwich at one of the newer D.C. Brunch spots

There is something special about discovering a new restaurant. It somehow feels like you have a secret, although dozens of other people surround you. D.C. is ripe for new business, and restaurants fill a burgeoning need for new experiences in your own backyard. Here are a few that have brunch nailed.

Unconventional Diner

1207 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001

The Unconventional Diner is the pièce de resistance as far as brunch venues go. They even have an Everyday Brunch Menu with loaded biscuits, French toast, and chicken and waffles. The selection of fine coffees, teas, and juices is just the beginning of the brunch options. There is also an entire menu of cocktails featuring champagne and sparkling wines. 

The diner-like ambiance is a cute start to an over-the-top presentation and delectable meal. It’s an extraordinary experience you’ll want to try again.

Agora

1527 17th ST NW, 
Washington, DC, 20036

All the buzz at Agora is about their $40 Bottomless Brunch and the Mediterranean tapas that brunchers can’t seem to get enough of. Enjoy fire-roasted peppers, tahini, and smoked baby eggplant on a savory flatbread as an appetizer before you dig into the packed bar of brunchy goodness. 

 Agora is not just a flavorful experience but also unique. This fare from afar is authentic, and it’s evident in the diversity of dishes and intensity of the flavors. Calling ahead for a reservation is recommended. They also have private areas for special events.

You can satisfy your brunch cravings, no matter what they are, in D.C. You’ll find a late-morning meal that’s everything you’ve been looking for in any of these brunch hotspots. 

Your Go-To Team for Real Estate Help in Greater D.C.

Brunch in D.C. is always a treat and one of many attractions to living here. Nomadic Real Estate can help with property management, DC area renting and leasing, and sales service for homeowners and investors who have decided this is where they want to be. 

We provide an all-in-one, no-hassle approach to property management that gives landlords the peace of mind they deserve. Contact our offices today to see how we can help you make a home in the D.C. area. 

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