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 Enjoy eateries with significant historical references, innovative and experimental ingredients, and menus full of international flavors that showcase what the United States is—a melting pot.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, The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, 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
  • 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
100% recommended
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The Greenhouse at The Jefferson, DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
646 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Brunch
  • 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
9,251 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasions
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
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area

The Smith – Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C

$$$$·American·
Penn Quarter
2,049 reviews
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
  • Outdoor Eating
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
92% recommended

Belga Cafe

$$$$·Belgian·
Capitol Hill
4,355 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 pRead more
93% recommended
Brunch in District of Columbia
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Dirty Habit

$$$$·Global, International·
Penn Quarter
1,004 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • 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 stunningRead more
84% recommended
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Lincoln - DC

$$$$·American·
McPherson Square
2,993 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Outdoor Eating
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
93% recommended
Brunch in District of Columbia

EDGAR Bar & Kitchen at The Mayflower Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
328 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions
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
10,090 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 Read more
Most Booked in Washington, D.C. Area

Lafayette Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Downtown
1,260 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • 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
100% recommended
Best Ambience in Washington, D.C. Area
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Le Diplomate

$$$$·French·
Logan Circle
10,324 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • 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 Read more
96% recommended
French in Washington, D.C. Area
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El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Georgetown
1,349 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 funkRead more

Peacock Café

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Georgetown
1,578 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
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
96% recommended
Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area

Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda

$$$$·French·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
6,271 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
  • 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
94% recommended
Most Booked in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Black's Bar & Kitchen

$$$$·Seafood·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
3,155 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
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
94% recommended
Healthy in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Teddy & The Bully Bar

$$$$·American·
Dupont Circle
1,470 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Comfort Food
  • 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 feRead more
92% recommended
Late Night Find in Washington, D.C. Area

Seasons 52 - Tysons Corner

$$$$·American·
Tysons Corner / McLean
4,715 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Healthy
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
100% recommended
Healthy in Virginia - DC Suburbs

Blue Duck Tavern

$$$$·American·
West End
6,861 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
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
92% recommended
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RIS

$$$$·American·
West End
3,381 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
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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