What’s better than brunch by the water? With the Potomac River winding its way through the heart of Washington, DC, hungry diners have plenty of delicious options, ranging from brunch classics to global riffs on this beloved dining experience.
Whether you’re a bottomless-mimosa fan or an unconventional diner who likes trying new things, these are the best brunch experiences along the Potomac River, in and around Washington, DC.
1 City Cruises Premier Brunch Cruise
Why gaze out at the water when you could be cruising in its currents? On Saturday and Sunday mornings, guests on City Cruises’ Odyssey DC can enjoy two hours of bottomless mimosas and a breakfast buffet as they take in views of the city’s iconic landmarks, from a glass-enclosed deck or an outdoor observation lounge.
2 Peacock Cafe
Enjoy breakfast sandwiches, smoked salmon Benedict, crispy potatoes, mimosas, and more at Peacock Cafe, a trendy, upscale brunch spot near Georgetown Waterfront Park in northwest DC. The outdoor dining setup consists of cute, bistro-style picnic tables.
3 Fiola Mare
Situated in Georgetown Waterfront Park, just steps away from the river, this stylish seafood restaurant is a go-to spot for a fancy brunch, with outdoor seating and great views.
Ingredients here change with the seasons, keeping things fresh and interesting. From the brunch menu, the Fiola Mare seafood towers are standouts, with oysters and shrimp cocktail. The $95 Fiola Mare Sparkling Brunch is a great splurge, with bottomless drinks like mimosas or breakfast cocktails, plus a brunch entree and dessert.
4 Due South
Located close to the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers is Due South, a trendy but relaxed brunch destination that dishes out a spread of comfort-food classics on Saturdays and Sundays. Satisfy your thirst with Bloody Marys and bottomless mimosas, and fill up on shrimp and grits, fried chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and bacon-pimento cheeseburgers in the airy dining room.
5 Shilling Canning Company
For a high-end brunch experience, Shilling Canning Company offers an a la carte three-course menu, along with a carafe of mimosas. Choose from options like buckwheat crepes and vegetarian-friendly vegetable hash.
6 Farmers Fishers Bakers
This farm-to-table eatery in Georgetown Waterfront Park is worth a visit, both for its fantastic food and its edgy, industrial-chic design. The famous weekend brunch buffet has everything from eggs Benedict to homemade cinnamon rolls to house-cured ham. Brunch cocktails like mimosas and corpse revivers abound.
7 Kafe Leopold
With a sunny outdoor patio and an airy indoor dining room, this laidback Georgetown staple is known for its European fare. The breakfast menu has Belgian waffles, French pastries like pain au chocolat, and plates of eggs served any way you like them.
8 Ada’s on the River
This outdoor brunch destination is technically in Alexandria, Virginia, but it’s still right on the Potomac. With sunny outdoor seating right by the water, Ada’s on the River is a great place for a family brunch or a classic, traditional one. The weekend menu has something for everyone, from lemon ricotta pancakes to large omelets, as well as several kinds of Bloody Marys.
9 Tiki TNT
This multi-story tiki-bar-meets-rum-distillery is one of the most unique places to brunch in DC, with arguably the best river views in town. The rooftop dining area’s indoor-outdoor bar has a weekend brunch menu featuring Asian and Pacific Island–inspired food, like banana pancakes and luau pork and grits. Of course, as a distillery and bar, this is a destination for boozy brunch cocktails, so save room for bottomless passionfruit-and-pineapple mimosas.
10 Hank’s Oyster Bar
Build your own Bloody Mary, eat a lobster omelet, or indulge in fluffy challah French toast at this popular outpost of the DC-area mini-chain, located on the Wharf. Grab a table in the outdoor seating area and take in the sights along the Washington Channel—it’s worth the wait.
11 Mi Vida
This high-end Mexican spot on the Wharf wows with its weekend brunch, which pairs tequila Bloody Marys and dressed-up comfort food (think: huevos rancheros, eggs with mole, giant breakfast burritos, and banana-custard French toast) with Washington Channel views.
12 Del Mar
Situated right by the Washington Channel, the upscale Del Mar highlights the flavors and dishes of coastal Spain. Switch out the mimosa for a signature sangria before diving into mollete Benedict, cinnamon panqueques, traditional Spanish tortillas, and piles of towering seafood—tuna crudo, calamari ceviche, mussels in escabeche, and more.
13 The Salt Line
Located near Navy Yard, this chill seafood eatery specializing in New England and Chesapeake Bay cuisine has both traditional and New England brunch options. If you want eggs Benedict with Arctic char, they have that; if you prefer a lobster roll, they have that too. But no matter what you decide food-wise, the Perfect Storm cocktail—a double Bloody Mary garnished with cocktail shrimp and a lobster claw, among other things—is a must.
Start the day the right way with these DC-area breakfast and brunch spots
For indoor and outdoor dining with views of the Potomac, restaurants in Washington, DC, have you covered—you’ll find breakfast and brunch options to fit all tastes and budgets all across town.