Sunday Brunch: Best Bottomless Brunches in D.C.
Drag queens. Jazz. Day-long dance party. DC brunches come with a lot of gimmicks. But at the end of the day, many Washingtonians just want great food, strong booze, and a good price. Here are the best places to load up on unlimited drinks and forget that Monday is coming.
There are a few reasons to get your brunch game on early at Barrel on Capitol Hill. First, the cozy cabin-like space fills up quickly on weekends. More importantly, the $20 unlimited mimosa deal runs from 10:30am until 4pm and you can stay the whole time. They give you the bottle of champagne and let you add to it, so you’re in complete control of your orange juice-to-champagne ratio. Balance the booze with the menu of hearty comfort food: think fried chicken and biscuits, croque-madame, and omelets.
Why stop at drinks? Take an Uber to Dupont Circle where at Boqueria’s $39 weekend brunch deal, you get bottomless beverages, tapas, and desserts. You’ll pick your plates and drinks and the servers will keep it coming for 2½ hours, though they aren’t very strict about the time limit. The menu of Spanish dishes rotates and you’ll see favorites like patatas bravas and solid brunch fare (mmm…truffle mac). The catch: this brunch is served family-style so everyone at your table needs to be on board for the unlimited plan.
Pizza and booze are old friends, so a brunch that gives you as much as you want of both is a happy affair. At Piola, pay $20 for the drinks and you can help yourself to the self-serve mimosas and sangria, plus a full bar of fresh fruits and add-ins to let you customize your own. Another $20 gets you all the pizza you can eat, and you can pick from classic pies to hangover cures like the funky huevos pizza to the sweet tooth favorite Nutella dessert pizza. This U Street place is lively and perfect for groups.
Who said brunch is only for weekends? Boundary Stone in Bloomingdale wins the hearts of brunch-lovers around the District by serving the meal seven days a week. Gourmet pub fare runs the menu: try the fried pickles, chorizo sausage sandwich, or the maple syrup bacon grits. The unlimited drinks deal, however, is still only on weekends, but at $12 it’s one of the best prices in the city. This neighborhood spot is casual and keeps things low key, making it a perfect place to hole up and drink away a rainy or cold Saturday or Sunday.
This Greek word translates to “gathering place,” which is fitting—you’ll want to come here with a group since the plates are prime for sharing. The Turkish restaurant in Dupont Circle specializes in flavors from around the Mediterranean: spreads, cold meze, flatbreads, salads, plus omelets. The $34.99 unlimited brunch deal gets you as many of these menu items as you want over the course of two hours, plus free-flowing breakfast cocktails or straight-up booze (vodka, tequila, whiskey, and more). Tip: sit at the bar to eat. The brunch is popular so refill service at tables can be slow.
A newcomer on the DC H Street brunch scene, this Peruvian hotspot is a fast favorite for its standout food and delicious cocktails. The menu has a mix of classic Peruvian dishes like lomo saltado and tacu tacu, plus brunchier fare like pancakes with lemongrass maple syrup. For $20 you can get bottomless mimosas or incajitoes (cocktails with the Peruvian Inca Cola), but spring for the $25 option and you’ll get unlimited flavored mimosas, like watermelon or lavender.
Mimosas aren’t the only thing that’s bottomless at this H Street restaurant’s brunch. Perk up: there’s a $5 bottomless coffee deal, too. The food is seasonal and locally sourced and menu favorites include oysters, cherry wood smoked bacon, and the scrambles. Add endless mimosas to any order for $15. Bloody Marys are a bit more, but you can get an unlimited supply for $20. The cozy rowhouse setting contributes to the homey brunch vibe.
Photo credit: Erin
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