14 cute places for a waterfront brunch around DC



Hummingbird in Alexandria. Photograph by Daniel Swartz

Who doesn’t love mimosas with a view of the water? Here’s where to go out for brunch this weekend.

Ada is on the river and Barca Pier & Wine Bar
2-3 Pioneer Mill Way., Alexandria
These neighboring sister restaurants in the Old Town are all focused on water. At Ada’s, a spacious dining room and patio overlook the river. Brunch is a classic New American affair: think cookies, Benedictine and omelettes. The Pier Barca restaurant is located by the river and serves Spanish wines and tapas in an open-air setting. At brunch, look for specialties like crispy potatoes with fried eggs and chorizo.

Osteria Morini
301 Water Street, South East
Not only does this waterfront Italian at Navy Yard have a large wraparound patio shaded by umbrellas, but it also serves a lovely menu with brunch and lunch options. Traditionalists can opt for ricotta pancakes and mimosas, while lunch buffs can opt for homemade pasta, salads, and panini.

220 S. Union St., Alexandria
Former Eve Restaurant Team Alexandria’s Waterfront Restaurant serves weekend brunch in a glass-walled setting overlooking the Potomac River. Chef Cathal Armstrong’s menu ranges from a simple farmhouse breakfast platter to seafood dishes like fried oyster po ‘boys or grilled fish sandwiches. On DC’s southwestern waterfront (aka the Wharf), check out the patio at its Thai / Filipino / Korean restaurant, Kaliwa.

Vola’s Dockside Grill offers a place to eat and drink by the water in Old Town Alexandria. Photograph courtesy of Vola

Hank’s Oyster Bar
701 Wharf Street, southwest
Celebrities like Dave Chappelle like pass this New England-style seafood restaurant before shows at Anthem, but we’d say weekend brunch is a special time as well. Sit facing the water, order a lobster omelet or crab bennie and feel like you’re on the beach. The bar also mixes pitchers of sangria suitable for groups.

The salt line
79 Potomac Avenue, South East
Sandwiched between Nationals Park and the Anacostia River, the popular New England-inspired spot often draws a crowd (game days and not). Perch on the wraparound patio for creative seafood dishes like crab chilaquiles, hot Nashville soft-shell crabs and, of course, lobster rolls.

Take a seat on the waterfront patio at Salt Line. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Fiola mare
3050 K Street, NO
Georgetown’s waterfront star is definitely a brunch spot for special occasions (though it’s still not as expensive as it is for dinner). Diners can splurge on the $ 85 “sparkling brunch†which includes a basket of hot pastries, a choice of starters, main courses and desserts, as well as unlimited prosecco cocktails and brunch.

Multipurpose Capitol Riverfront
79 Potomac Avenue, South East
Make it a pizza brunch on the water at Chef Mike Friedman’s Italian-American Navy Yard restaurant, which serves Aperol spritzes as pretty as the view. In addition to pies, there are plenty of fun brunch specialties like cinnamon tiramisu rolls, smoked salmon crostini, and a fried Jersey ‘egg bomb’ with Italian sausage.

Multipurpose patio by the water. Photograph courtesy of All-Purpose

Vola’s Dockside Grill
101 N. Union St., Alexandria
This Alexandrian waterfront restaurant, also a sibling of Ada’s on the River and Barca, specializes in casual beach fare like fish tacos, lobster rolls, crab sandwiches, and Benedict. A plus for those who like to linger: Weekend libations like a spicy Bloody Mary and prosecco cocktails on tap can be refilled for just $ 4. In addition, it accepts dogs very well and has a special menu for puppies.

Lunar rabbit
801 Wharf Street, southwest
In addition to breakfast on weekdays, Chef Kevin Tien’s modern Franco-Vietnamese restaurant at The Wharf offers a new weekend brunch. Look for creative dishes that speak to Tien’s Vietnamese-American heritage, like a “sloppy†Viet banh mi, Saigon cinnamon rolls, and a crispy and spicy chicken sandwich. To drink: fancy cocktails like a pho-inspired Bloody Mary.

Mi Vida
98 district square, southwest
Multi-level patios with waterfront views welcome diners to this stylish mod-Mex destination on the Wharf. But the restaurant is more than a pretty place to drink (although the mango margaritas are definitely a draw). In addition to the regular menu of mole enchiladas and fish tacos, look for morning specials like huevos rancheros and egg-stuffed burritos.

Waterfront bar and rooftop Tiki TNT rum distillery. Photo courtesy of Tiki TNT.

Tiki TNT
1130, avenue du Maine, southwest
Head to Todd Thrasher’s three-story tiki bar at The Wharf for frozen drinks and a view of the water, especially nice from the rooftop. The brunch menu has group-friendly options like daiquiri pitchers ($ 25) and beer buckets ($ 20) as well as island fare like rum rolls and ‘tiki hash’ (tater tots, pork shredded, egg, cheese).

Colada boutique platform
10 Pearl Street, Southwest
The Cuban all-day cafe is a bright, relaxed stop at the dock. In addition to longtime favorites like Cuban sandwiches and mojitos, the Wharf location offers more hearty plates like sofrito ‘shakshuka’ poached eggs, avocado tostadas, breakfast sandwiches. and specialty coffee drinks.

Point. Photograph by LeadingDC

2100 Second St., SW
This huge 500-seat indoor / outdoor seafood restaurant – the first to open in the burgeoning Buzzard Point development – is perched at the intersection of the Anacostia and Potomac rivers and borders a large marina (so yes, the views on the water are widely available). We like to sit by one of the patio fireplaces or at the outdoor bar for weekend lunch with a board of Ivy City Smokehouse smoked fish with spreads and bagel chips.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the restaurant and bar scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and the Master of Fine Arts program at Columbia University in New York City, and held various cooking and writing positions in New York and St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.


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