You know the adage about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day? That is definitely going to be the case when you head to these brunch feasts in Washington, D.C. Here are nine restaurants in D.C., Maryland and Virginia that serve endless brunch dishes and drinks, from breakfast burritos to Southern biscuits and gravy to elegant buffets.
All the art in this colorful restaurant-meets-art-gallery in Shirlington, Virginia is for sale, and weekend brunch is one of the best times to check it all out. There's a bottomless brunch option for $25.22 (all guests at the table must get this option). Try menu items like churros, arepas Benedict with avocado and chipotle hollandaise, apple Dutch Baby, a Spanish scramble, shrimp and grits or patatas bravas. For $3.22, add onto your bottomless brunch with a Bellini, mimosa or a create-your-own Bloody Mary.
Combine sightseeing and culture with an elegant brunch at the National Gallery of Art's Garden Café. Located in a lovely spot in the museum's West Building, the fairly formal restaurant managed by Starr Catering Group serves a seasonal brunch buffet on weekends. Priced at $30 per person, the buffet includes offerings like blueberry pancakes, baked frittata, chicken-apple sausage, French cheese and charcuterie, turmeric roasted cauliflower salad and a green salad along with fresh fruit and desserts like brownies and fruit tartlets. Add on a mimosa for $6.
Gather four to 12 of your friends for an interactive Swiss meal with Stable's "Raclette Brunch Experience." The H Street restaurant will prepare a melted cheese dish right at your table for $35 per person. Dunk bread and boiled new potatoes in creamy, gooey Raclette cheese. The meal is served with pickles and a green salad.
Try a Balkan spin on bottomless brunch at this restaurant with locations in Washington, DC; Clarendon, Virginia and Belgrade. For $39 per person, get an unlimited selection of small plates and brunch drinks (everyone at the table must order this option). Drink peach mimosas and Bloody Marys, then chow down on crepes, meat pies, Balkan bread pudding or more Americanized fare like omelets, waffles, burgers and fried chicken sandwiches.
Chef Richard Sandoval boasts two locations of his taqueria and tequileria El Centro DF in D.C., both in prime neighborhoods: one is in Georgetown and one is in Logan Circle. Both offer a bottomless brunch with endless brunch menu items and brunch drinks for $39 per person (everyone at the table must order this option). The drinks include Bloody Marias, mimosas, margaritas, micheladas, and seasonal aqua fresca cocktails. Tacos are topped with familiar a.m. ingredients like bacon, egg, and cheese, and you can try huevos rancheros, breakfast enchiladas, and many more options.
The Havana-inspired Cuba Libre is located downtown (fairly close to the National Mall and other tourist attractions). If you and your tablemates opt for the Especial De Brunch, you'll get Latin pastries for the table, and then a choice of different plates off the brunch menu. Options include French toast al a Cubana with vanilla custard-soaked brioche bread and sweet plantain or brunch paella. That costs $24.95 per person, and for an additional $16.76, you can get endless brunch drinks, aguas frescas, coffee and tea (must be consumed within two hours).
A special brunch occasion calls for the buffet at Black's Bar & Kitchen in Bethesda. The full buffet costs $45 and the buffet with unlimited champagne cocktails (think ginger-peach bellinis) is $60. The buffet is stocked with Southern-accented entrees like cheddar grits, biscuits and gravy, eggs pontchartrain and Benedicts with crawfish hollandaise and Tasso ham.
Dupont Circle's Spanish tapas spot Boqueria is a favorite for boozy brunches. The weekend unlimited brunch includes a non-stop menu of brunch tapas, drinks and sweets for $39 per person. Keep the sangria coming as you order plates and plates of churros con chocolate, patatas bravas and steak with sunny side up eggs, shishito peppers and salsa verde.
This traditional Indian brunch buffet is all class, with the pianist to prove it. The meal costs $24 per person, or $35 per person if you want to spring for unlimited champagne. The menu changes every weekend, but staples include appetizers, fish or red meat, chicken, egg, vegetables and a lentil dish, rice and breads, Indian desserts and fresh seasonal fruits.