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 Enjoy eateries with significant historical references, innovative and experimental ingredients, and menus full of international flavors that showcase what the United States is—a melting pot.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:The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC, Jaleo DC, The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Spanish, American
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Penn Quarter

The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
657 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Cozy
  • Romance

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 ...

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100% recommended

Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
9,349 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasion

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 be...

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98% recommended
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,075 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings

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 t...

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93% recommended

Belga Cafe

$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
4,387 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • 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 p...

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93% recommended
Brunch in District of Columbia
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Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
1,035 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Special Occasion

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 stunning...

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Lincoln - DC

$$$$·American·
McPherson Square
3,008 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasion

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 cheese...

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91% recommended
Brunch in District of Columbia
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EDGAR Bar & Kitchen at The Mayflower Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
329 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasion

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 groups...

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Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
10,299 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Brunch
  • Scenic View

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 ...

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Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,269 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 Whit...

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94% recommended
Best Ambience in Washington, D.C. Area

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
10,568 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies

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 ...

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95% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
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El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Georgetown
1,398 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Brunch
  • Fun

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 funk...

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Peacock Café

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
1,592 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem

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 som...

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100% recommended
Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
6,362 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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 look...

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92% recommended
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Black's Bar & Kitchen

$$$$·Seafood·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
3,164 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Bar Seating

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 o...

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92% recommended
Healthy in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,479 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies

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 fe...

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94% recommended
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Seasons 52 - Tysons Corner

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
4,737 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for Birthdays

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 gr...

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98% recommended
American in Virginia - DC Suburbs