Brunch itself is something to celebrate, and when you get your crew together for your birthday brunch, it’s the ultimate excuse for a party. Whether you’re gathering 20 of your closest pals or just hanging with a handful of friends for a classy get-together, the spot has to fit the festivity. These are our top recommendations for your D.C. birthday brunch.
Punch Bowl Social Arlington
If you want a playful and fun party brunch that gets you in touch with your inner child, this is your destination. Arlington’s newest millennial playground is the perfect setting to raise a glass (or several). After dining on their cauliflower nachos, venture to the arcade or karaoke room to keep the party going. Read our glowing brunch review here.
Punch Bowl Social Arlington, 4238 Wilson Blvd Ste. 1180, Arlington, VA (571) 297-7640
Buena Vida Clarendon
The brainchild of the masterminds behind Ambar, Buena Vida sets the tone for a terrific afternoon. The theme here is indulgence, which we are all about. We loved the chicken enchiladas and hibiscus margarita, but the menu is a real crowdpleaser with options for every palate, making it perfect for groups. Read our review here.
Buena Vida Clarendon, 2900 Wilson Blvd Suite 103, Arlington, VA (703) 888-1259
Dacha Navy Yard
Dacha’s newest location would be happy to host your rowdy bunch for the afternoon. There’s something for everyone, but we’re personal fans of the chicken sandwich. After indulging, head to their patio for post-brunch brews as you decide where to venture next. Read our review here.
Dacha Navy Yard, 79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, D.C. (202) 919-3800
A Rake’s Progress
Sometimes your celebration calls for something more opulent, and that’s where A Rake’s Progress can help. Spike Gjerde’s locally-focused eatery boasts stunning cathedral views and some of the best brunch plates in the city. Choose from Southern and Mid-Atlantic-inspired cocktails to start – and it’s imperative that you polish off a soft shell crab eggs Benny. A perfect location to round up your closest friends or cozy up for a romantic day date. Read our review here.
A Rake’s Progress, 1770 Euclid St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 588-0525
Come for the French-inspired plates, stay for the refreshingly colorful and fun decor. Ideal for wine connoisseurs, all of their vino has been hand-selected by co-owner Sebastian Zutant, so you won’t be led astray with a faulty selection. Once you settle in with your chosen glass of pinot grigio or merlot, order the croque monsieur and try not to impulsively book a Parisian getaway. Read our review here.
Primrose, 3000 12th Street NE , Washington, D.C. (202) 248-4558
Duke’s Grocery Foggy Bottom
Let’s say you’re still craving a European vibe, just not a French one. Well, Duke’s Grocery in Foggy Bottom is a British style bar that meets that qualification. Trust us, you’ll want to visit for the pancakes alone. They’re whipped with egg whites, so it makes the final product slightly airy and not as dense. Read our review here.
Duke’s Grocery Foggy Bottom, 1513 17th St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 733-5623
Nestled in the alleyways of Shaw’s Blagden Alley is Tiger Fork, a contemporary restaurant influenced by the bustling street vibes of Hong Kong. The space is sleek and the decor sexy, somewhere you’d want to have a romantic afternoon with your significant other. We loved everything, but we’re big fans of the shumai dumplings, which are surprisingly delicious thanks in part to the chunks of shrimp and street corn. Read our review here.
Tiger Fork, 922 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 733-1152
All Purpose Shaw
Remember the birthday pizza parties you used to attend as a child? Well, head to All Purpose for a grown up version of the same thing. If pizza doesn’t sound enticing, you can opt for the ricotta crespelles, a cross between a blintz and a crepe. Soft, thin pancakes filled with ricotta and topped with macerated blueberries make for the perfect sweet, birthday treat. Read our review here.
All Purpose Shaw, 1250 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 849-6174
The Salt Line
Seafood lovers take note: The Salt Line is a must-visit if you want some of the finest fruits de mer in the District. The New England-themed Navy Yard joint has cocktails that’ll have you begging for the recipe and classic brunch dishes like omelets reimagined with lobster. Read our brunch review here.
The Salt Line, 79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, D.C. (202) 506-2368
Mission Navy Yard
There’s a reason why we’re quick to recommend Mission, and that’s because they truly check all the boxes when it comes to throwing a proper fête: delicious food, fun ambiance, and great for groups. If you’d like a little privacy while celebrating, you also have the option to book a private room to ensure that you can live your best brunch life without disturbing other patrons. Read our review here.
Mission Navy Yard, 1221 Van St SE, Washington, D.C. (202) 810-7010