D.C. Brunches That’ll Make Your Weekend

French, Spanish, Mediterranean, vegan, buffet or sit-down—these brunches have it all.

Political winds change, administrations come and go, but one thing remains constant in Washington, D.C.—a universal love for brunch. The mid-morning repast is practically a weekend ritual, with denizens debating the best and the worst, and restaurants dishing up a seemingly endless variety. From American classics to vegan and even Mediterranean, here are a few tasty ways to break bread in D.C. when the workweek is over.

Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Zaytinya

José Andrés’ restaurant empire includes this architectural stunner, where Turkish, Greek and Lebanese spices flavor a delectable stick-to-your-ribs brunch. The extensive menu has plenty for all, including a la carte offerings, a choose-your-own adventure of four courses and a chef’s tasting ($55 at this writing). After, toss back an ouzo and walk off those extra calories with a spin through the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum, conveniently located nearby. Sa-Su 11 am-2:30 pm. 701 9th St. NW, 202.638.0800

Waterfront/Navy Yard

The Salt Line

Nothing beats lingering over a meal by the water, and this Navy Yard spot in the shadow of Nationals Park does it well. When the weather is nice, a table outside channels that endless summer vibe, ideal for digging into lobster rolls, towers and fried clams, but also seafood twists on classic brunch dishes like omelets with lobster, plates of smoked fish and even a non-seafood take on johnny cakes laden with duck confit. Sa-Su 11 am-3 pm. 79 Potomac Ave. SE, 202.506.2368

The Salt Line

H Street NE

Maketto

With its indoor-outdoor aesthetic and deejays, James Beard Award semi-finalist Erik Bruner-Yang’s quirky mixed-use spot exudes a laid-back SoCal style. There’s a men’s clothing store, a coffee bar, a cocktail bar, a bookstore and a restaurant interpreting Cambodian and Taiwanese culinary traditions, served all day. On Sundays, the menu adds dim sum, with selections like Chinese “doughsticks,” steamed bao filled with pork, red bean sesame balls with red bean milk chocolate and spicy laab shumai (insert drool emoji). Full menu daily, but dim sum Su 11:30 am-4:30 pm. 1351 H St. NE, 202.838.9972

Maketto

Capitol Hill

Joselito Casa de Comidas

Native Spaniards run this spot, which is probably why it feels like a hidden gem you’d luck into while strolling the streets of Barcelona. The black-and-white, light-filled interior helps put the spotlight on David Sierra’s lauded culinary creations that reference Iberian classics while adding modern and local twists. Among diner’s favorites: an Iberian pork tenderloin sandwich and fries, an Andalusian French toast and a jumbo lump crab cake Benedict worthy of the Chesapeake Bay. Sa-Su 10:30 am-3 pm. 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.930.6955

Joselito Casa de Comidas

Georgetown

Seasons at Four Seasons

This swanky hotel in D.C.’s oldest neighborhood has four dining areas, including the well-regarded Bourbon Steak, making it a mid-week hub for power brokers. On Sundays, locals flock to Seasons for its bounty of buffet offerings that make any diner feel like a D.C. lobbyist with a sky’s-the-limit expense account. As the restaurant’s name suggests, the menu changes, sometimes weekly, but generally includes classic breakfast dishes, plus a carving station with slow-roasted meats, a seafood spread and an entire room dedicated to sweets. $105 per adult; call for children. Reserve at least a week in advance. Su 10:30 am-2 pm. 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.342.0444

Downtown

Equinox

Among the celebrity chefs regularly earning stars and raves in D.C., James Beard Award nominee Todd Gray tends to keep a low profile. But his White House-adjacent dining room is one of the city’s best, and so is the buffet brunch. It’s all vegan, but Gray’s inventive approach creates with-the-seasons plant-based flavor bombs that just may convert carnivores and omnivores. $35/adult; $15/children. Su 10:30 am-2 pm. 818 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.331.8118

Equinox

14th Street NW

Le Diplomate

Yes, Stephen Starr’s aptly named restaurant attracts its fair share of D.C.’s diplomatic corps, but it’s also a favorite among locals without embassy creds. And for good reason. The menu is a playlist of greatest French comfort food hits, from the fluffy eggs vol au vent to the cheesy gougeres and caramel-hued onion soup gratinee, not to mention the Viennese pastries and decadent cheeses. Sa-Su 9:30 am-3 pm. 1601 14th St. NW, 202.332.3333

Le Diplomate