Speaking confidently on behalf of everyone (okay, almost everyone) at MyDomaine, I can say that brunch is our favorite meal. Why? Because no one will raise an eyebrow if you eat dessert as a main course (enter lemon ricotta pancakes and French toast). Let’s also not forget that it’s completely acceptable to drink champagne and order a side of breakfast potatoes and eggs over easy. We’re glad you agree.
If you live in D.C. or are visiting the capital city, we’ve got you covered. Ahead, six of the best places to clink your mimosa glass and enjoy avocado toast with a poached egg or waffles with Chantilly cream because we’re not judging.
Le Diplomate is, as the French say, délicieux. The classic French café with outdoor seating serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The menu includes traditional fare like steak frites; beef bourguignon; Niçoise salad with confit tuna, potatoes and green beans; and vanilla French toast with poached pineapple and Chantilly cream.
1601 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C., lediplomatedc.com
Expect cherry blossom macarons and rose-flavored croissants at the just-opened Ladurée in Georgetown. Adorned in white marble (our favorite), custom furniture, and antique pieces, the Parisian restaurant serves locally sourced dishes including toasted brioche with crushed avocado, poached egg, green asparagus, and pumpkin seeds (yes, please). In a few weeks, take away your croque monsieurs when a second location opens in Union Station offering the first ever Ladurée to-go.
3060 M St. NW, Washington, D.C., laduree.com
Choose from breakfast sandwiches like the Parker House Roll made with sunny side up farm egg, cheddar and ham, or mains including smoked North Carolina trout served with house-made sprouted rye bread, crème fraiche, and caviar because we’re all over anything with caviar. We’re also partial to pancakes, especially when they’re prepared with brown butter and caramelized pear.
524 8th St. SE, Washington, D.C., garrisondc.com/brunch
Co-owner Ryan Fleming shares that each coffee goes through an intense evaluation to make sure only the best reach their menu. Order a flight of coffee to taste them all, or allow them to pair one with your dish like Slipstream’s perennial favorite avocado with goat cheese mousse toast. You may also want to indulge in eggs benedict with A house-made cheddar biscuit, country ham, poached eggs, pimiento hollandaise, and greens. And, psst… a second location will open at the end of May in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.
1333 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C., slipstreamdc.com
Chicken and waffles and cinnamon buns are the most popular brunch items at this American-French café. Coincidentally, that’s also what our dreams are made of. (Doesn’t the photo speak for itself?). Balance it out with a kale juice including celery, apple, grape, parsley, mint, lemon, and lime. Just putting this out there… rosé with grapefruit and simple syrup is also an option.
801 O St. NW, Washington, D.C., convivialdc.com
Lobster omelet with truffle fries? Café Dupont’s got our attention! The hidden gem is a favorite French café of blogger and former D.C. denizen The Central Steppes. With Saturday and Sunday brunch offerings including brioche French toast with almond milk and caramelized seasonal fruit, and a superfood salad prepared with beetroot, quinoa, edamame beans, broccoli, sunflower seeds, and pomegranate dressing we 100% relate.
The Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. Café Dupont
Where's your favorite place to have brunch in D.C.? Share in the comments below!