Winter is coming, and for some that means happily switching from baseball caps to beanies. The weather can often deter people from making the trek to their nearest brunch spot, but it absolutely shouldn’t. In fact, more restaurants in The District are reimagining their spaces to reflect your cozy abodes. Here are of our favorite spots around D.C. to enjoy a glass of mulled wine surrounded by members of your crew.
The Swiss-inspired eatery is known for making the seasonal transition with ease. You could be drinking “schnapsicles” in August, but “schogi twist” in the winter; hot Caotina chocolate, chocolate liquor, mint liquor, and a generous topping of whipped cream. With cozy decor to match, it’s almost as if you stepped right into a ski lodge. Read our brunch review here.
Stable, 1324 H Street Northeast, Washington, D.C. (202)-733-4604
The beloved D.C. restaurant used to be a stable house, but now boasts two wood-burning fires; one in the kitchen and the other among the dining room tables. It’s the perfect backdrop to polish off a warm stack of ricotta pancakes. Read our brunch review here.
Iron Gate, 1734 N St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 524-5202
Known for its bustling party scene, the Adams Morgan neighborhood will now become your favorite place to wind down. Take a seat at one of Mintwood Place’s pillow-filled nooks and feast your way through a delicious brunch spread that includes the Norwegian eggs Benedict or the popular hangover special. Read our brunch review here.
Mintwood Place, 1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 234-6732
This little hideaway in Shaw transforms into a winter wonderland when temperatures drop. Expect crackling outdoor fire pits, blankets, and space heaters to provide the most comfortable experience. Hazel is a spot known for comfort, and you should expect nothing but the best from Chef Curtis and his team of culinary masterminds. Read our brunch review here.
Hazel, 808 V St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 847-4980
Mount Pleasant is one of D.C.’s often overlooked suburbs, but you’ll be happy to make repeat visits if that means you can dine at Ellē. The all-day cafe sells pastries aplenty and boasts some of the most creative plates in the city. Smoked brisket breakfast sandwich, anyone? Read our brunch review here.
Ellē, 3221 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 652-0040
Treat yourself to both a cozy and upscale afternoon at Fiola Mare, taking in views of the Georgetown waterfront as you savor a plate of brioche French toast or jumbo lump crab cake. There’s an option for everyone’s palate and price point. Read our brunch review here.
Fiola Mare, 3050 K St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 525-1402
Beuchert’s Saloon is one of the best whiskey bars in the city by a long shot, but during brunch – expect to relish in their version of classic brunch cocktails. Before you dig into the French toast or chicken and waffles, order your party a plate (or two) of lemon vanilla donuts and thank us later. Read our brunch review here.
Beuchert’s Saloon, 623 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. (202) 733-1384