Shaw is D.C.’s daytime hot spot. It’s where shopping, eating, and drinking are a community effort. There are incredible restaurants – old and new – that you absolutely can’t miss. Here’s our go-to guide for brunch in Shaw.
This French wine bar that’s difficult to pronounce is easily one of the cutest brunch spots in town. Pastries, cheese, and crêpes galore make La Jambe a special spot for brunching.
La Jambe, 1550 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
You can dine on refined French fare here or dive right into enormous cinnamon rolls. Conveniently located among other shops, bars, and beer gardens, it’s an ideal way to start your weekend. Convivial is in the heart of Shaw and rightfully should be a top priority for your brunch endeavors.
Convivial, 801 O St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Party brunches often lack special attention and hospitality. The rowdy D.C. day-drinkers are intimidating but are no match for El Techo. Where amazing food, drinks, and service meet at a crossroad, El Techo is where you should find yourself for any occasion.
El Techo, 606 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
El Rey is easily dismissed as a rowdy bar. It definitely is that – but it’s also so much more. Claim your spot early in the day for brunch and stay for the party that’s to come after. Solid Mexican fare and heightened energy are guaranteed.
El Rey, 919 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
All Purpose has so much said “purpose” in Shaw we can’t even remember what life was like without it. Casual, but always special, pizza and Italian small plates make this restaurant a gem for bottomless brunch or a family gathering.
All Purpose, 1250 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Espita is one of the best refined Mexican spots in the city. Their brunch special is a steal and gives you an opportunity to try unique cocktails outside of the usual mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Espita, 1250 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
There’s a need for more restaurants like Right Proper in Washington, D.C. It’s no-frills but consistently on-point. It’s an easy spot to walk in without a reservation and has incredible prices on beer and wine due to its private-label brews. Casual sandwiches, salads, and breakfast staples are delicious and easily devoured.
Right Proper, 624 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Inspired by Hong Kong street vibes and traditional dim sum, Tiger Fork has a superior Chinese brunch that emphasizes our favorite flavors of Asian cooking combined with our favorite daytime activity. Unique wellness cocktails are easy to drink too many of, and the atmosphere is trendsetting greatness. You also just need fried rice, always.
Tiger Fork, 922 Blagden Alley, Washington, D.C. 20001
Our only qualm about Unconventional Diner is that its popularity makes the restaurant hard to get into. Make a reservation, though, and you will enjoy a truly unconventional brunch experience with interesting takes of diner classics.
Unconventional Diner, 1207 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
People went crazy over Royal when it first opened in 2015 and we don’t know why the hubbub ever calmed down. Amazing light bites, arepas, classic breakfast dishes, and incredible cocktails make Royal a regular destination for the Bitches Who Brunch, so naturally, you should follow suit.
Royal, 501 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
We don’t think there’s a better outdoor dining situation in the District than Hazel. Of equal caliber to Hazel’s patio is its brunch menu. Eclectic shareable dishes with a plethora of fresh ingredients, Hazel is one of our favorite establishments not only in Shaw, but the whole city.
Hazel, 808 V St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001