There was a time when Washingtonians only frequented the Navy Yard area on Nats game days. Fast forward a few years and the neighborhood is home to some beloved restaurants and a brand new soccer field. Just half a mile away sits the Southwest Waterfront, which has become a perennial destination to take in breathtaking views of the city while dining on some of the best seafood D.C. has to offer. At Bitches Who Brunch, we have dined at fabulous brunch spots in both neighborhoods, and here are our favorites.
You can find the original Dacha in Shaw, but the newly-opened Navy Yard location is quickly garnering attention for its decor and cuisine. The vibe is ’70s and the food is thoughtful and diverse. We especially loved the fried chicken sandwich. Read our review here.
Dacha Navy Yard, 79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, D.C. (202) 919-3800
All Purpose is another Shaw favorite that has found its way to Navy Yard, and we simply couldn’t be more excited! The energy is young, fresh, and lively. The food? Also fresh – and absolutely delicious. Our favorites include the arancini, which is a doughnut, rice pudding, and a churro ball served with a Nutella whipped cream underneath each ball. Read our review here.
All Purpose Navy Yard, 79 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, D.C. (202) 629-1894
Seafood aficionados – listen up! The Salt Line should be your next reservation. Because seafood + brunch = lobster omelet… and do we really need to say more? The New England-themed eatery boasts an array of fruits de mer and the smoothest of spiked cold brews. For more, read our review.
The Salt Line, 79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, D.C. (202) 506-2368
Between the buttermilk pancakes and oysters, there’s something for everyone at Whaley’s. The flapjacks are rich in flavor and the gentle breeze from being on the Capitol Waterfront might have you ordering more than one stack to extend your stay. Read our glowing review here.
Whaley’s, 301 Water St SE Ste 115, Washington, D.C. (202) 484-8800
Italian is the perfect cuisine for any occasion, so it’s always the right time to spend an afternoon at Osteria Morini. Burrata fans will love the watermelon, hazelnuts, and Calabrian chili vinaigrette drizzled across a creamy pile of cheese. Wash it all down with a Bloody Maria; the Italian variation of Bloody Mary. Read our review here.
Osteria Morini, 301 Water Street SE, Suite 109, Washington D.C. (202) 484-0660
Increase your carb intake at Del Mar with some of the best paella in D.C. You can order a platter for up to six people, so you have no excuse not to grab your crew and head down to the waterfront. Satisfy your Spanish food cravings in the most charming villa-like scenery. Read what we had to say about brunch here.
Del Mar, 791 Wharf St SW, Washington, D.C., (202) 525-1402
Summer is over, but Tiki TNT keeps the warm weather vibes all year long. Indulge in libations overlooking their rooftop deck, and resist the urge to plan a beach getaway. We recommend the pork buns as an appetizer. Read up about their brunch here.
Tiki TNT, 1130 Maine Ave SW, Washington, D.C. (202) 900-4786