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Brunch at POV at the W Hotel

Looking to impress someone? When you’ve got a Bellini in hand, a gourmet brunch buffet at your fingertips, and an unobstructed view of the DC skyline, you’re money.

POV at the W Hotel
Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

You can’t beat the view from POV on the roof of the W Hotel. I mean, you’re peering down to the snipers perched on the roof of the White House. You’re watching the tourists congregate like ants around the Washington Monument. You can see Lincoln peeking out from his Memorial just over the trees. Quite simply, it’s phenomenal.

Yup, POV has got it made. So it thrilled us to bits when, just a few weeks ago, it was announced they were opening up this pristine terrace for a “hangover” brunch. I don’t think I’ve seen Cori Sue click through Open Table faster.

At night, the place is pure sex: velvet ropes, red carpets, private elevator, bubbly, views of the twinkling city. But on a Sunday at lunchtime, the nighttime-swank décor is a bit cheese. It’s like Miami the morning after. You can see the plastic, the cracks, the stains. Just keep your eyes trained on the view. And the incredibly well-dressed people. And the DJ scratching jazz alongside the trumpet player and saxophonist. Oh, and the food.

Did I mention the food? Good God, what a brunch. For $39 you get a hot dish of your choosing, a complete cold buffet, and bottomless Bellini’s or bloody Mary’s. Yes, POV, you win.

POV at the W Hotel
Photo credit: Becca Clara Love

For our hot dishes, we snagged the eggs Benedict (nom), the waffles (the lightest, tastiest waffles I’ve ever had, complete with cinnamon apples and Chantilly cream), and the buckwheat crepe, which was filled with spinach, gruyere cheese, herbs and fried egg. Each the perfect size; each equally delicious.

POV at the W Hotel
Photo credit: Becca Clara Love

But what really bowled me over was the buffet. The raw bar had oysters, clams, and shrimp cocktail packed in ice. There was tasty shaved fennel salad with arugula perched in pretty little spoons. The fixings for a salad of your choosing, whether Caesar or caprese, were all laid out. There was watermelon gazpacho, smoked salmon, hummus, and a selection of cheeses and charcuterie. There was a table of sushi. And then the standard-but-not-so-standard breakfast fare: yogurt, cereals, granola, and fresh fruit.

POV at the W Hotel
Photo credit: Becca Clara Love

Then there was the dessert table. Full of beautiful little truffles, mini pastries and petit fours. Tiny and tasty, and perfect for après brunch. Almost too pretty to eat.

POV at the W Hotel
Photo credit: Becca Clara Love

Words can’t describe. There I was, three Bellinis in, full of delicious good food, and lounging on my sofa in the sun, enjoying the view and the music. I was a happy, happy girl on Sunday afternoon.

Advice: You must make reservations. And don’t valet—it’ll cost you $30.

The Bitches say: A+ My first. For now. Enjoy it before the tourists overrun it.

POV at the W Hotel
515 15th Street NW
F St. Between 14th and 15th Street
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 661-2478


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  1. Adult supervision is needed. We ate there on 4/3/11. Food was excellent. But the waitstaff is all approximately 21 years of age and their lack of experience shows. We had to wait 15 minutes in the lobby of the hotel while they tried to find our reservation, then they needlessly sat us at an interior table when there were balcony-edge tables available. One of us took the initiative to find a better table. During the meal, things came up such as when we asked for salt and pepper, none was forthcoming. Finally, I got up and retrieved them from the wait-station. Lastly, it was 60 degrees,sunny, and calm on the day we visited, so the vinyl “windows” on the balcony could have been opened. The vinyl distorts the view. They have large heating units stationed at nearly every table, so they could have raised the vinyl and turned on the heat if anybody requested it. They need a mature maitre’d or captain of waiters to supervise the young staff.

  2. 2012 Update: They have scaled back for 2012, and it is very disappointing. The brunch is now a three course with one hour of unlimited pitchers. While the cocktails are still delicious, they watch the clock so don’t expect any flexibility. The first course is a muffin basket. The food in the main course was awful. I couldn’t even cut my english muffin with a knife. The eggs were cold. The hollandaise sauce was so cold it was solid (so not a sauce?). The desserts were very good, and of course the view is amazing. While the quality has gone down, the price has gone up to $45. After tax and tip, it just wasn’t worth it. I would give it a C, and that is for the view alone.

  3. @Brit: you’re right on the money with your critique. Not worth it.

    I’ll add that no one wants to eat on such low lounge furniture that you can’t eat near your food.

  4. Super di excited to go here on the strength of the review (neglected to scroll down to the comments) So i was super disappointed when we went today. brunch menu was very sparse. $65 pitchers! 8 entrée choices.
    We headed to the Hamilton across the street where there was a buffet and a show for $30. Might be good to put a disclaimer at the top of this review.

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