Updated: Sep 13
There are so many reasons to visit the nation's capital. With endless things to do and see, the city is a must-visit. History, national symbols, world-class museums, beautiful parks and nature–DC has all of this and more. It is also home to an amazing and diverse food scene, so it comes as no surprise that the city is an ideal destination for brunch. Here are some places where you can find the best brunch in DC.
If you’re a lover of international cuisine, Compass Rose is for you. This Logan Circle eatery transports diners around the world, providing tastes from dozens of countries. From Spanish Patatas Bravas and Senegalese Suya Steak Kebabs to Malaysian Sambal Shrimp and Lebanese Delicata Squash and Labneh, enjoy the smells and tastes of delicious global dishes. In addition to these and plates from a variety of other nations, the bar and restaurant offers tasty foreign cocktails and Mediterranean wines. Their Sunday brunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can be eaten in their eclectic-style interior or outside on the train-car-themed covered patio.
A DC icon, Black-owned Georgia Brown’s opened in 1993 and has been serving the finest Lowcountry cuisine ever since. You’ll love the warm-toned, contemporary decor and welcoming servers. But the food is sure to steal the show. Visit on a Sunday during their Live Jazz Brunch and try your choice of jerk or cornmeal Farm-Raised Catfish served with creamy grits and julienned vegetables or the Grilled NY Strip Steak with scrambled eggs and home-fried potatoes.
Hank’s Oyster Bar
Hank’s was voted DC’s Best Raw Bar and Seafood Restaurant. It not only serves the freshest East and West coast oysters but also a variety of other beach seafood classics in a laid-back, casual environment. There are two locations in DC (the Wharf and DuPont Circle) and one in nearby Alexandria, VA. Brunch is available Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Their Crab Cake Eggs Benedict is said to be phenomenal as is Hank’s French Toast (custard-soaked challah served with berry compote and maple syrup.) They also offer a bottomless drink option for champagne, mimosas, or bloody marys.
Is it modern comfort food you seek? The award-winning Unconventional Diner, located inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is where you’ll find it. Brunch is served until 4 p.m. every day, consisting of both traditional and untraditional dishes. Try the Avocado Toast topped with confit egg yolk or the Sweet Potato Curry with coconut rice (chicken, shrimp, falafel, or naan can be added.)