Brunch Spots in Alexandria

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Whether you’re looking for a cozy spot to catch up with friends while sipping mimosas or the best waterfront views to relax and ease into the weekend with family, Alexandria, VA, just minutes from Washington, D.C., has a brunch spot for you. Alexandria’s independent restaurants are brimming with historic charm and ambiance, spacious patios, riverside views and mouthwatering menus. Keep reading to discover some of our favorite brunch spots in Old Town Alexandria, Del Ray and beyond, and prepare to toast the weekend.

Alexandria is currently at a low COVID-19 community level. Wearing a mask is not required in most settings, but individuals are welcome to do so at any time; certain businesses may still require masks.

Looking for more dining options, or perhaps the ideal outdoor eatery? There’s more to explore in Alexandria—just make sure to come hungry.

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PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE

Alexandria is currently at a medium COVID-19 community level. Wearing a mask is not required in most settings, but individuals are welcome to do so at any time; certain businesses may still require masks.

Sip-and-Savor Brunch

Evening Star Café
Settle in for brunch at Del Ray’s Evening Star Café to sample Chef Derek Colglazier’s creations, like the smoked corn beef hash with chili aioli or the roasted vegetable frittata, topped off with Evening’s Star’s take on a bloody Mary.

Cheesetique
Order a build-your-own mimosa bucket for the table and indulge in Cheesetique’s dairy-rich Del Ray dining, from the “brie and pearsciutto” grilled cheese to a mix-and-match charcuterie board for your table.

Mason Social
In addition to brunchtime classics, Mason Social in Old Town’s Parker-Gray neighborhood serves up quirky offerings like bacon funnel sticks and a “beermosa” made with Port City’s Optimal Wit.

Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap
Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap in Del Ray offers brunch options to match your mood, from house-made apple-ricotta donuts to the slow-simmered “Sunday gravy” spaghetti. Enhance any order with an Italian sparkler with seasonal sorbet flavors.

Sonoma Cellar
Located on lower King Street, Sonoma Cellar’s expansive brunch menu ranges from sweet baked goods like the rhubarb cake to a crispy tator tot waffle, best enjoyed with a refreshing “mangosa.”

Whiskey & Oyster
Ease into your weekend with a feast from Carlyle’s Whiskey & Oyster, pairing your fare with breakfast cocktails such as the boozy chai latte or blueberry-lavender mimosa.

French Flavors

Pictured: Fontaine; Image Credit: Kristian Summerer for Visit Alexandria

 

Bastille
For a French foray, Spend Sunday brunch at Bastille in Parker-Gray. Brunch specialties include the croque madame, savory shrimp beignets and more, while tempting treats like pot de crème au chocolat end the meal on a sweet note.

Brabo Brasserie
At Brabo Brasserie, Chef Fredy Garcaguirre’s passion for fresh, locally-sourced ingredients shines in dishes like the hearty brunch cassoulet, French onion soup, short rib hash Bourguignon and more.

Del Ray Café
Francophile brunchers can settle into a 1920’s Del Ray home to savor Del Ray Café’s crôque monsieur, vegetarian and meat quiches and gluten-free options, all made in the peanut-free restaurant.

Fontaine
Old Town’s Fontaine transports diners to a continental café, with more than 20 crêpes options alone, filled with flavors from Tuscany to Paris to Morocco. The most popular crêpe is the Alexandrian, with smoked ham, sautéed mushrooms and Swiss cheese.

Seafood Specialties

Pictured: Ada’s on the River; Image Credit: Kristian Summerer for Visit Alexandria

 

Ada’s on the River
At waterside Ada’s on the River, the menu centers around meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes cooked to perfection in the wood-burning oven. Enjoy elevated brunch options including the Maine lobster omelet and lemon & ricotta pancakes served with smoked citrus syrup.

Laporta’s
Located between Old Town and Carlyle, Laporta’s offers luscious brunch options including crave-worthy starters like crisply fried calamari, plus entrees including savory seafood crepes and tutta mare linguine, tossed with jumpo shrimp, fresh clams white wine butter.

The Warehouse
The Warehouse on King Street is a local favorite for their delicious seafood options including the Southern softshell crab and Southern-fried catfish. Feeling adventurous? Try the fried gator bites served with Cajun remoulade.

Waterside View

Pictured: Vola’s Dockside Grill; Image Credit: Kristian Summerer for Visit Alexandria

 

Blackwall Hitch
Looking for brunch and a show? Visit Blackwall Hitch on the waterfront for the weekly Sunday jazz brunch buffet. Soak in the view, tunes, seafood and carving stations before you dance back out to the riverside.

Café 44
Café 44’s four-story-high balcony offers sweeping views of the Potomac River as a stunning backdrop for your meal. Wrapped in a sunny green and tangerine color scheme, enjoy bottle service of the rosé lemonade and choose from a three-course prix-fixe brunch or á la carte menu.

Hummingbird
Flit over to Hummingbird at Hotel Indigo, whose blue-and-white decor enhances the nautical vibe splashed across the space, and start with the trio of scones spread thick with whipped butter and preserves.

Virtue Feed & Grain
At Virtue Feed & Grain, once an 1800s feed house, grab a table on the patio by Waterfront Park and fill up on breakfast taquitos, Chesapeake eggs benedict and loaded avocado toast, served alongside brunch cocktails like the bloody Mary.

Vola’s Dockside Grill
Under Vola’s riverside canopy of red umbrellas, start with cheddar-jalapeño hushpuppies served with honey butter, then choose between the cheesy breakfast quesadilla and pork belly al pastor hash.

Southern Inspired

Hen Quarter
Brunchers who mean business need look no further than Hen Quarter’s bottomless family-style brunch. Don’t miss the chicken and waffles, with a crispy fried bird perched atop a corn and cheddar waffle base and sealed with bourbon maple syrup.

King & Rye
Head to King & Rye’s courtyard cocktail garden for brunch to sample cast iron cinnamon rolls with cream cheese, plus cocktails like the Spicy Watermelon Crush and pomegranate mimosa.

Neighborhood Favorites

Pictured: Chadwicks; Image Credit: Kristian Summerer for Visit Alexandria

Chadwicks
Close to the waterfront, laid-back Chadwicks’ loyal following loves the cinnamon butter-topped French toast and hearty breakfast tacos. String lights, exposed brick, cocktails and coffee welcome old and new fans alike.

City Kitchen
In the West End, brunch hub City Kitchen offers tempting menu items including a decadent breakfast pizza and jam-packed Orleans “morning bowl,” plus an extensive drinks list including the strawberry “leminosa.”

Northside 10
Arlandria’s Northside 10 is an ideal watering hole for friends and family convening for brunch. Find crave-worthy comfort food, like the steak and eggs over chorizo hash, served up in a laid-back setting, including the pup-friendly covered porch.

Diner Delights

Pictured: Executive Diner & Café; Image Credit: Misha Enriquez for Visit Alexandria

 

Executive Diner & Café
1950s-themed Executive Diner & Café, located on Duke Street, offers a new twist on diner favorites including chicken and waffles with sausage gravy, pancakes hot off the griddle and more.

Royal Restaurant
For more than 115 years, The Royal Restaurant in Old Town North has delighted generations of diners with homestyle American, Greek and Italian plates. Brunch go-to’s include a fluffy stack of buttermilk flapjacks, the chicken and biscuit sandwich and more.

Table Talk
This classic Carlyle diner serves up unfussy fare with a touch of Southern flair, such as sausage gravy on biscuits served with home fries on the side.

Van Dorn Diner
In the West End, this mother-daughter-owned operation serves all-day breakfast favorites in an adorable, 1950s-style interior.

Casual Cafes

Café du Soleil
Café du Soleil is a delightful French-infused oasis on S. Union St., serving up coffee, crêpes, croissants and more, plus a bevy of breakfast beverages and smoothies.

Cameron Café
Tucked inside Cameron Station, Cameron Café is a local coffee shop and café that brings together residents of the West End and visitors alike. The café’s ample outdoor seating is the perfect setting to sip, savor and socialize after an amble through nearby Ben Brenman Park.

Junction Bakery & Bistro
For a simple but scrumptious brunch, grab a selection of fresh-baked pastries from Del Ray’s Junction Bakery & Bistro along with your morning java. Or opt for a heartier plate like the brisket biscuit sandwich and chicken chorizo burrito.

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