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 Enjoy eateries with significant historical references, innovative and experimental ingredients, and menus full of international flavors that showcase what the United States is—a melting pot.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

Macon Bistro - Chevy Chase

$$$$·Southern·
Chevy Chase
810 reviews
  • Neighborhood 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
100% recommended
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Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
646 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
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
93% recommended
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Jaleo DC

$$$$·Spanish·
Penn Quarter
9,082 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
97% recommended

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
1,986 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
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
86% recommended

Belga Cafe

$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
4,257 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
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
92% recommended

Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
961 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Cozy
  • Romantic
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
Late Night Find in District of Columbia
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Lincoln - DC

$$$$·American·
McPherson Square
2,969 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
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
92% recommended
Hot Spot in Washington, D.C. Area
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EDGAR Bar & Kitchen at The Mayflower Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
328 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • 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 groupsRead more
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Farmers Fishers Bakers

$$$$·American·
Georgetown
9,781 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
  • 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 Read more
81% recommended
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,225 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Washington, D.C. Area

Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
9,910 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood 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 Read more
94% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
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El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Georgetown
1,296 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
  • 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
85% recommended

Peacock Café

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
1,553 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood 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 somRead more
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in Washington, D.C. Area

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
6,106 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
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
93% recommended
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Black's Bar & Kitchen

$$$$·Seafood·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
3,135 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
97% recommended

Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,454 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
100% recommended
Late Night Find in District of Columbia
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Seasons 52 - Tysons Corner

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
4,661 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
Healthy in Virginia - DC Suburbs

Blue Duck Tavern

$$$$·American·
West End
6,860 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
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
90% recommended
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RIS

$$$$·American·
West End
3,382 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood 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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