Where to Have Brunch in Washington D.C.

By: Sascha Zuger

October 8, 2013

While it might seem that D.C. politicos are incapable of anything resembling compromise, this celebrated meal, where breakfast meets lunch halfway, is inspiring enough to bring everyone back to the table (*okay, so probably different tables).

Deciding where to eat in the capital can be a little daunting, so we’ve selected a few of our favourite Washington D.C. brunch spots for you to discover.

Masa 14

Masa 14 | DC Brunch

A brightly hued dish from Latin-Asian fusion restaurant Masa 14 © Chris Banks

Prepare to sample Latin-Asian small plates at will at this trendy Logan Circle’s $39 Bottomless Brunch. Masa 14 not only offers limitless choices from the extensive brunch menu (try the pork belly benedict with spiced potato cake), but also endless creative cocktails such as the Bloody Mary prepared with bacon-infused vodka and the Lychee-Bellini with homemade Lychee puree.

Masa 14, 1825 14th Street NW, Washington D.C.


Firefly | DC Brunch

A hearty dish of poached egg and polenta from popular brunch spot Firefly © Jacque Riley

A popular neighbourhood brunch spot, Firefly throws modern flair into traditional recipes, offering an entire gluten-free brunch menu as well as local, organic offerings. Kale’n’Eggs is served over a grilled polenta cake with charred tomato vinaigrette dressing. Lemon ricotta pancakes- with blackberry maple jam and fresh figs – are another draw, along with the $3 mimosas!

Firefly, 1310 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington D.C.

Four Seasons

Four Seasons Dessert Room | DC Brunch

The expansive dessert room selection at the Four Seasons © Liliana Baldassari

If an extravagant brunch feast is your goal, then Four Seasons (the city’s only five-star, five-diamond luxury hotel) will not disappoint. Dishes like charcoal-grilled lamb chops with fig compote or Buffalo chicken meatballs satisfy those of a carnivorous inclination. Fresh seafood makes a splash with everything from poached shrimp and grilled octopus poke to lobster salad with fresh grapefruit on offer. Even vegetarians will have their pick – with an ever changing seasonal salad menu and the impressive omelette station. As if you needed more motivation to splurge, an entire room is devoted to desserts.

Four Seasons, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C.

Founding Farmers

Founding Farmers | DC Brunch

Scrumptious red velvet pancakes from Founding Farmers © Sbreijo

Sometimes you want to go all out, dress to the nines and embark on a lengthy multiple-course gastronomic event. Sometimes you just want good, wholesome, farm fresh ingredients – with a philosophy as thoughtful as the creations coming from the kitchen. Judging from the ever-present line happily waiting for a silo-shaped booth or spot at a communal table at Founding Farmers, many prefer the latter. From Banana Foster milkshakes and Red Velvet pancakes to homemade English muffins and applewood smoked bacon, there’s a wealth of options to choose from on the all-organic, sustainable menu. No need to teetotal with the Intelligentsia Coffees or Farmers Cranberry Cucumber Cooler – give in to handcrafted “Eye Openers” like Pimm’s Cup, Bellini, or a Bloody Mary with organic infused pepper vodka.

Founding Farmers, 1924 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C.


Poste | DC Brunch

An indulgent seafood selection at Poste © Scott Suchman

Penn Quarter is the land of power players. And Poste is the land of the power brunch. Jetsetters and business professionals abound in a spot known for one of the best courtyards in the city (request outdoor seating). A la Carte ordering lets you pick and choose, but the award-winning duck fat doughnuts with bourbon maple glaze are a must. Those interested in a liquid brunch will find an impressive bar stocked with all manner of ingredients, as well as a DIY selection of juices, sauces, spices and garnishes.

Poste, 555 8th Street NW, Washington D.C.

Written by Sascha Zuger

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Have you indulged at one of these D.C. brunch spots? Where are your favourite places to eat in the city?


Sascha Zuger

Sascha Zuger is the author of several Moon Handbook and Spotlight guidebooks. Her work has been seen in National Geographic Traveler, The Washington Post, The LA Times, Food Network Magazine, Parenting, SELF, Gourmet, WIRED, and a number of other national magazines. She also writes novels for teens under pseudonym, Aimee Ferris.

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