Top 5 Brunch Reflections

Top 5 Brunch Reflections

September 22, 2023

It started out as a bit, how did it end up like this? Without delving too deeply into the Bottomless Bros origin story, it's safe to say none of us imagined we'd ever find ourselves going to brunch on a near-weekly basis, let alone operating a website (or an Instagram account, or a Twitter account, or very technically a Facebook page) devoted to the meal. But after many years of brunching — and more importantly, posting about it — we've become quite attached. We'll defend its honor against the haters (still looking at you, Vogue), and design elaborate quizzes telling you where you should go. So, we wanted to provide you with five reflections on our five years of doing this. Here's to many more:
RIP to some real ones


RIP to some real ones

We've always known restaurants are a notoriously low-margin industry, but it wasn't until we began keeping spreadsheets of DC brunches that we realized quite how high the level of turnover has become. Within the past five years, 12 places we've reviewed have since closed, and another 6 no longer offer a bottomless brunch deal. We've several times had the unnerving experience of eating at an entirely new restaurant in the same physical location — once, even down to the same exact table. So treasure your favorite brunches; they might not be around for long.
Legit restaurants offer bottomless brunch


Legit restaurants offer bottomless brunch

We can't deny that some restaurants embody the Anthony Bourdain refrain (a "horrible, cynical way of unloading leftovers and charging three times as much as you ordinarily charge for breakfast"), although sometimes it's still nice to splurge on a standard breakfast that someone else cooks for you. But this is a very incomplete picture of DC's brunch scene. Five restaurants with bottomless deals — Ottoman Taverna, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Bidwell, Lapis, and Sababa — made Michelin's most recent Bib Gourmand listing, and that's not even considering the entire array of #pizzabrunches.
Brunch is a perfectly timed meal


Brunch is a perfectly timed meal

Look, maybe corralling your friends into a collectively agreed-upon happy hour time is easy for you, but in our experience, there's something significantly easier about simply establishing that brunch is always at noon and going from there. And noon's no accident — 11 in the morning's a little early to attack a bottomless deal as we'd like, plus the restaurant might want to turn your table over; waiting until 1 leaves you liable to fill up on breakfast.
More than just orange juice and champagne are available


More than just orange juice and champagne are available

We understand a classic orange mimosa can get tiresome (and we don't even acknowledge the existence of Bloody Marys). But DC's brunch scene has diverse enough bottomless options that you could go years without ever drinking one. Thanks to the best spreadsheet in DC, we can report that of the roughly 130 (!) deals we've found, a full two-thirds offer a bottomless beverage beyond an OJ mimosa, and more than 40 percent go beyond mimosas altogether. Whether you want sangria, margaritas, a full cocktail menu, or even just beer, you can get your (bottomless) fix somewhere.
Everyone's really nice about it


Everyone's really nice about it

If you've examined our scores far too closely (which, please — don't do), you'll notice the average service rating is about half a point higher than any other category. Maybe we just need to be harsher, but our service scores are really high because, for the most part, our service has been really good. You've read us rave about places that serve us well after a time limit, but less gluttonously than that, we've lost count of the number of times a server has made an exception to a "whole table must order bottomless" rule, or found another juice when someone can't drink orange, or simply exercised a whole lot of patience while a large table tried to get its shit together. Brunch isn't always cheap, but don't skimp on the tip.

Brunch Reviews

July 15, 2023

Hank's Oyster Bar Review

Hank's Oyster Bar

Dupont Circle


Classic brunch items are on offer and quite generously portioned, but if you're into beach-adjacent animals, we'd endorse switching over to the main menu

July 08, 2023

NaRa-Ya Review


The Wharf


It's the Wharf, so you've got the obligatory view of the water from a nice perch, although for all the visual razzle-dazzle they seem to have neglected some more fundamental items, like comfortable chairs.

July 01, 2023

Le Mont Royal Review

Le Mont Royal

Adams Morgan


The $96 caviar and lox platter takes the cake as the most expensive brunch entree we’ve seen by a solid sixty bucks or so, but the rest of the menu is reasonably priced in the high teens

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