The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Washington DC

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 Enjoy eateries with significant historical references, innovative and experimental ingredients, and menus full of international flavors that showcase what the United States is—a melting pot.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.

The OpenTable Team
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
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
688 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Brunch
  • 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 full ceiling skyligh...

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Best Ambience in District of Columbia
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Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
9,472 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Tapas

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 being the tapas! Chef ...

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The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,244 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • 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 the door, they're gre...

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Belga Cafe

$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
4,341 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies

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 place to stop before ...

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Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
1,112 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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 architecture. The m...

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Lincoln - DC

$$$$·American·
McPherson Square
3,015 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

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, confit duck leg be...

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EDGAR Bar & Kitchen at The Mayflower Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
335 reviews
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Brunch

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 and couples alike. ...

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Hot Spot in Washington, D.C. Area
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Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
10,737 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

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 upscale eatery has a...

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Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,305 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date

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 White House. Weekday bre...

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Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
11,115 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem

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 French classics such...

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

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Georgetown
1,484 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Happy Hour
  • Hot Spot

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 funky and fun. Guests ca...

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Peacock Café

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
1,614 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
  • 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 some D.C. spots only se...

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Contemporary American in District of Columbia
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Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
6,423 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch
  • 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 and feel. Notable b...

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Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Black's Bar & Kitchen

$$$$·Seafood·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
3,150 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • 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 organic, fresh, regio...

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Late-Night Find in Maryland - DC Suburbs
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Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,528 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Lunch

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 feel due to its refere...

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Seasons 52 - Tysons Corner

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
4,783 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch

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 grilling are utilized ...

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Lunch in Virginia - DC Suburbs