Waterside or rooftop, step up your brunch game with these D.C. spots' outdoor dining arrangements.

If there's anything we love more than good food and drinks, it's the views that go with them. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a patio brunch, and whether you're into upscale restaurants or neighborhood dives, D.C. is full of great options for outdoor dining

Sprinkle your summer plans with a visit to any of these seven spots – you won't be disappointed!

outdoor patio at the pub and the people, courtesy of Facebook

The Pub & The People

A quaint neighborhood spot you'll want to visit every week, The Pub & The People serves no-frills grub with an eclectic twist. Try the Sweet Potato Falafel or their Pub Breakfast for a good stick-to-your-ribs meal. For beverages, you can't beat the $4 mimosas and screwdrivers. Dogs are welcome, too! View the full menu here.

Address: 1648 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20002

bagel from call your mother deli dc

Call Your Mother Deli

This Petworth restaurant offers playful variations on Jewish deli bagel sandwiches (enough said). Try The Craig D, combining salty and sweet with strawberries, strawberry cream cheese, jalapeno, bacon, and chips on a plain bagel. While you're there, snag a spot on their charming patio – Their colorful murals make the perfect backdrop. View the menu here.

Address: 3301 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20010

brunch punch from lavagna dc


With their farm-to-table approach to Italian cuisine, Lavagna is all about simplicity. All weekend from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., indulge in the Eggs Florentine or Chicken & Waffles for a hearty, homestyle breakfast. Patio brunches aren't complete without some bubbly, and their $15 Bottomless Mimosas are sure to satisfy. View the full menu here.

Address: 539 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

patio brunch at junction bakery & bistro

Junction Bakery & Bistro

This cozy cafe located in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood serves up a delicious spread on weekends. The crab cake sandwich and chicken tenders are solid, and the pastry display alone keeps visitors coming back. For a sleepy Sunday breakfast, you can't go wrong with a Brioche Cinnamon Roll and some Commonwealth Joe Coffee. Take a look at their menu here. 

Address: 1508 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA

omelet from 801 restaurant

801 Restaurant

A visit to the Shaw neighborhood is incomplete without brunch at 801. Bring your friends or a good book to their rooftop deck and enjoy brunch basics like eggs bennie and avocado toast. Mimosas are a must, but why not make your own? Their Bottomless Build-Your-Own option allows tables to concoct custom drinks using unlimited Poema Cava Brut and juice mixers. Weekend brunch bliss. Check their menu out here.

Address: 801 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

brunch libations from joselito


Modeled off of the expat street cafes of an older era, Joselito brings a refreshing dining experience to Capitol Hill's restaurant scene. Spanish cuisine is their specialty, which you can find in their Andalusian French toast and Tomato Gazpacho. Visitors can imbibe on mimosas, bellinis, sangrias, or a bloody mary for $6 each and $20 unlimited. View their menu here.

Address: 660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003

courtesy of hummingbird

Courtesy of Hummingbird


Out of all the restaurants on this list, Hummingbird may be the most traditionally East Coast. Their fresh seafood and proximity to the water make for a scenic meal, especially brunch. Experience the view of the Old Town Waterfront while dining on steak n' eggs, french toast, or Irish breakfast. Pair with a seasonal mimosa or fresh-squeezed OJ. Their pastry basket will be a hit at any table. View their menu here.

Address: 220 S Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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What are your favorite brunch spots? Are there any we missed? Grab a mimosa and tell us your go-tos in the comments!