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D.C. Brunch Date Guide

Sure, party brunches and bottomless mimosas with your crew are some of the best ways to wind down after a hard week’s work. However, an afternoon with just your significant other can create brunch moments that are every bit as memorable. Whether this is a third date or a third year anniversary occasion between you and your beau, read on to see our curated list of some of the District’s best brunch spots for a day date.

Le Diplomate

Le Diplomate

Pretend you’re in the world’s most romantic city with an afternoon at one of the hottest spots on 14th. Whether you choose to savor your Croque-Madame on the patio or inside their opulent dining room, this is one restaurant that will have you feeling more in love when you leave than when you walked in. Read what the Bitches had to say about brunch here.

Le Diplomate, 1601 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


St. Anselm

Knock the socks off your date with a stately brunch at St. Anselm. This American tavern boasts an array of dishes perfect for you and that special someone. We recommend the crispy chicken sandwich. Not exactly the prettiest to eat, but you won’t be disappointed. Check out our brunch review here.

St. Anselm, 1250 5th St NE, Washington, D.C.

12 Stories

Take in gorgeous rooftop views of the city while sipping cold brew martinis at 12 Stories, which has quickly become a mainstay at the Wharf. Work off your hearty meal by dancing to a few tunes spun by their weekend DJ. Check out our glowing brunch review here.

12 Stories, 75 District Square NW, Washington, D.C.



When you’re craving a whimsical backdrop to go along with your romantic afternoon, venture to Whaley’s for a sweet escape. Start with rosé and some oysters, then take a walk along the Navy Yard boardwalk to finish a delightful afternoon. Read our brunch review here.

Whaley’s, 301 Water St. SE, Washington, D.C.

Calabash Tea Bar

Your options shouldn’t be limited to Bellinis and bloody Mary’s. At Calabash Tea & Tonic, they cater to a crowd that abstains from alcohol and replaces the selection with unique tea and kombucha. Choose from over 100 beverages and nibble on their selection of vegan and vegetarian pastries.

Calabash Tea Bar, 1847 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Mission Navy Yard Brunch

Mission Navy Yard

Bond over your love of margaritas and nachos with a jaunt at Mission’s newest location. At just $35 per person for endless margs and chips and guacamole, we don’t blame you if this becomes a staple in your brunch or happy hour rotation. Read our review here.

Mission Navy Yard, 1221 Van St SE, Washington, D.C.

Pinstripes Georgetown

Add a little friendly competition to brunch by partaking in some bowling or bocce after a plentiful buffet spread. First date jitters will be disappear once you sink several strikes in a row. Check out what the Bitches had to say about brunch here.

Pinstripes Georgetown, 1064 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Lobster roll at Millie's Brunch


Have a beach experience in the heart of D.C. at this coastal-inspired eatery. Blueberry lemonade and frosé are just some of the delicious cocktails they have on hand and you can’t go wrong with the lobster quesadilla. Who knows, maybe this will inspire you both to plan a little getaway to New England in the future. Read our glowing review here.

Millies, 4866 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Vinciane Ngomsi

Associate Lifestyle Editor

Vinciane is our Associate Lifestyle Editor, which is a fun way of saying she knows where to find the best plate of nachos in D.C. Food is her love language, and she can prove it by baking you the most delicious coconut crepe cake you've ever eaten. A Kansas City-bred sports writer by day, Vinciane is still on the hunt to find the best BBQ in the DMV area. Her favorite brunch plate is eggs Benedict with a side of candied bacon.

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