Shout out to our D.C. College Bitches—Shreya, Alaina, Coco, Christina, and Chera—who contributed to this post and attend these universities.
You did it, you graduated! What’s a better way to celebrate your achievements than with great family and food? We’ve rounded up our favorite places to dine for brunch near D.C. schools, so all you have to do is make a reservation, show up and celebrate. You deserve it. Congrats, grads!
CityPerch is a nice respite from the city, while not being too far away. The menu features a balance of both savory and sweet. They offer an affordable option with their Brunch Box, where you can pair any entree with a drink for $20. One of our favorite meals was the chicken and waffles. See what we thought here. 11830 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda, MD
Right down the street from American University is the sophisticated outdoor dining spot, Millie’s. The menu features fresh seafood plates, flavorful tacos, and an extensive dessert menu. This is the perfect spot to bring family right after graduation, so they can dine al fresco and enjoy the fresh air. We gave their brunch five stars, see for yourself here. 4866 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Silver is the upscale sister to Silver Diner (which has multiple locations in the DMV). The brunch menu is pretty extensive–we love the milkshakes, the bison huevos rancheros, and the ahi tuna tartare. Even better? Silver serves brunch all day. Check out our full review here. 7150 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD
This American and Southern style restaurant is perfect for a celebration. Their All-American Burger and Penne Arrabiatta are are absolute heaven. Brookland Pint offers affordable options to satisfy your post-ceremony cravings. Bring the family and take advantage of their environmentally sustainable efforts. See details here. 716 Monroe St. N.E., Washington, D.C.
From tapas to family size entrees, Joselito transforms brunch into an authentic Spanish masterpiece centered around good food and family. The chic space also features the best sangria in the city, perfectly paired with dishes like spicy tomato marmalade and one-year-aged Manchego cheese. Is your mouth watering yet? Read more here. 660 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
This Capitol Hill spot is the perfect location for a cozy, affordable brunch. The mascarpone pancakes and chicken and waffles are perfect options for hearty entrees. Even better? The bottomless mimosa option is only $13 with the purchase of an entree. Read more about why we love it here. 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
Time to say au revoir to school, and bonjour to Primrose. This quaint French restaurant offers delicious and sophisticated cuisine, along with a plethora of drink selections. Simple and elegant–what more can you ask for on your graduation? Relax, have a drink in its most purest form, and come ready to celebrate! They don’t serve brunch but the weekend lunch menu should suit you. See details here. 3000 12th St. N.E., Washington, D.C.
Convivial is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for hearty brunch food. But don’t let that fool you — Chef Cedric puts inventive twists on all of our favorite comfort foods, like a giant fried egg paired with sausage gravy on top of delicious chicken and waffles, or an enormous, icing-drenched cinnamon roll that covers the entire plate. This place was definitely built for celebrations. Check out our thoughts here. 801 O St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Does anything sound better than tequila cocktails and fresh guacamole for brunch? At Espita, they serve up fun and flavorful Mexican dishes and bebidas including the Guadalupe: a mezcal Bloody Maria. Plus, this brunch spot comes with an amazing vibe featuring Latin art and chill music, so it can’t get anymore perfect. Read our review here. 1250 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Provision No. 14 is located in the heart of busy 14th Street. The cozy spot features hearty brunch classics such as steak and eggs and a breakfast burrito, while also featuring twists on our favorites such as pound cake french toast and Maryland crab Benedict. They also feature fun brunch drinks such as a bacon Bloody Mary and a blackberry mimosa. See more of our thoughts here. 2100 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Fiola Mare’s brunch is the perfect treat, located on the Georgetown Waterfront. You can either order items a la carte or you can choose their signature brunch, which includes either a mimosa, Bloody Mary, Bellini, or mocktail plus a lemon croissant, an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert for $48. We still can’t get over the cinnamon bun and the croissants. Read about our rave review here! 3050 K St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
The Yard at Ritz-Carlton
We couldn’t believe how tasty the orange créme pancakes were at The Yard. The fluffy stacks had the perfect level of sweetness along with tartness from the orange ricotta filling. The house-made curd atop the pancakes was equally pleasing. Snag brunch in the courtyard for a fun outdoor brunch. Read our review here. 3100 South Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
Nestled in Georgetown on Wisconsin Avenue, Via Umbria is the perfect semi-hidden gem for an Italian brunch. $38.50 per person gets the table bottomless Bloody Marys, bellinis, mimosas, several appetizers, a selection of one main course, two family-style sides, and a dessert. Some of our favorite selections were the Zeppole (Italian donuts) and the breakfast carbonara. Check out what else we love at Via Umbria here. 1525 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
George Washington University
Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern’s brunch is the perfect indulgence, located right in Foggy Bottom. The menus are seasonal, and all ingredients are locally sourced. The pecan sticky buns and the short rib hash are wonderful menu choices. The drinks are just as indulgent, with the sorbet mimosa–a perfectly sweet twist on a classic. Read our thoughts here. 1201 24th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Located downtown on Pennsylvania Ave, Michel Richard’s Central has one of our favorite spring patios to enjoy the sun. They have the perfect three course prix fixe brunch for $28. Options include crème brûlée French toast, smoked salmon Benedict, and light chocolate mousse to name a few. If your mouth is already watering, see more details here. 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Offering the ideal setting for brunch with the ‘rents, Marcel’s serves a decadent French brunch. Brunch is served on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $65 per adult and $28 for the little ones. The cashew-crusted jumbo lump crab cake and beautifully plated desserts are ones you just can’t miss. Read more on our experience here. 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
While the Bitches Who Brunch write this post independently, compensation is received from partnerships with Lavagna, Joselito, and Via Umbria.