The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Washington DC

The OpenTable Team

The District of Columbia, best known as the capital of the U.S. and hub for government, is full of history, iconic monuments, and interesting museums. It's also a city full of exceptional restaurants using fresh, local ingredients to wow diners. When it comes to breakfast, D.C. does it best. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most seasoned diners. Enjoy eateries with significant historical references, innovative and experimental ingredients, and menus full of international flavors that showcase what the United States is—a melting pot. Here’s where to go for the best breakfast in DC.

Restaurants:Macon Bistro & Larder, Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC, Jaleo DC
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Regional American (Southern), Contemporary American, Spanish
Neighborhoods:Chevy Chase, Downtown, Penn Quarter

Macon Bistro & Larder

$$$$·Regional American (Southern)·
Chevy Chase
810 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
This upscale, yet comfortable and inviting restaurant, offers a fusion of Southern-style food and French cuisine. Named after the Georgia and French cities know as Macon, flavors cRead more
93% recommended
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Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
646 reviews
  • Romance
  • Brunch
  • Special Occasion
Another local favorite for the best breakfast in DC is the Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC. Patrons enjoy the elegant and historic charm of the colonial decor. The Read more
83% recommended
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Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
8,944 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
For a Spanish breakfast experience while in D.C., Jaleo DC is worth a visit. The menu here features a combination of classic and contemporary Spanish dishes — the main highlight beRead more
96% recommended

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
1,936 reviews
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for a Date
In D.C.'s Penn Quarter neighborhood, The Smith is a local favorite. This restaurant dishes out New American favorites in a lively, friendly environment. As soon as diners walk in tRead more
85% recommended

Belga Cafe

$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
4,155 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
  • Outdoor Eating
For those wanting to experience traditional Belgian eats without having to book a plane ticket, Belga Cafe is the best spot for breakfast in DC. Located on Capitol Hill, it's the pRead more
90% recommended

Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
946 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Dirty Habit is another great breakfast option in the nation's capital. Located in the historic Hotel Monaco, visitors can enjoy a memorable dining experience surrounded by stunningRead more
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Lincoln - DC

$$$$·American·
McPherson Square
2,932 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Group Bookings
Lincoln features seasonal dishes with fresh, local ingredients. The menu highlights some of Abraham Lincoln's favorite foods. Top breakfast choices include farmhouse mac and cheeseRead more
86% recommended
Child-Friendly in District of Columbia
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EDGAR Bar & Kitchen at The Mayflower Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
328 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Lunch
  • Happy Hour
Located inside Dupont Circle's The Mayflower Hotel, EDGAR serves up modern American brasserie dishes. The atmosphere here is upscale and energetic — a good eatery for larger groupsRead more
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Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
9,464 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Brunch
Another spot to find the best breakfast in DC is Farmers Fishers Bakers. As the restaurant name suggests, farmers own this eatery. Located in Georgetown's Washington Harbour, this Read more
83% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,182 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
Located in The Hay-Adams hotel in downtown, Lafayette Restaurant is a must-try fine-dining spot for the best breakfast in DC. The restaurant overlooks Lafayette Square and the WhitRead more
88% recommended
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Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
9,239 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Brunch
For individuals craving French cuisine, a visit to Le Diplomate is a must. This brasserie transports diners to Paris without ever having to leave Dupont Point. The menu is full of Read more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area
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El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Georgetown
1,252 reviews
  • Fun
  • Group Bookings
  • Casual
El Centro D.F. in Georgetown is another must-try spot for a breakfast meal. Chef Richard Sandoval serves up dishes that feature authentic Mexican flavors, and the vibe here is funkRead more

Peacock Café

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
1,514 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch
For one of the best breakfasts in DC, Peacock Café is a favorite spot in the Georgetown neighborhood. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy contemporary American favorites. While somRead more
93% recommended
Brunch in District of Columbia

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
5,983 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Outdoor Eating
Located outside of Washington, in Bethesda, Maryland, Mon Ami Gabi is a French bistro that takes a fresh approach to classic French favorites. This eatery features an art deco lookRead more
95% recommended
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Black's Bar & Kitchen

$$$$·Seafood·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
3,120 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
For those looking for a great breakfast outside of D.C., there's Black's Bar and Kitchen. This must-visit spot is located in the suburbs of downtown Bethesda. The menu focuses on oRead more
91% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,423 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
  • Group Bookings
Teddy & The Bully Bar pays homage to Theodore Roosevelt. Located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, this is another spot for the best breakfast in DC. This eatery has a historic feRead more
93% recommended
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Seasons 52 - Tysons Corner

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
4,584 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
  • Creative Cuisine
Situated in McLean, Virginia, Seasons 52 offers seasonally rotating dishes that are made with locally sourced ingredients. Cooking methods like brick-oven roasting and wood-fire grRead more
98% recommended

Blue Duck Tavern

$$$$·American·
West End
6,824 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Blue Duck Tavern is a contemporary eatery located inside the Park Hyatt Hotel. The menu items feature local ingredients. Due to its seasonal focus, the menu changes frequently. EveRead more
84% recommended
American in District of Columbia
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RIS

$$$$·American·
West End
3,382 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
RIS is an upscale eatery with a menu full of New American dishes. The interior of the restaurant has a comfortable, neighborhood vibe. Patrons can enjoy a two-course breakfast menuRead more
92% recommended
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