The Best Brunch Spots in Alexandria, VA

The not-so-secret ingredient to a perfect weekend in Alexandria? Without a doubt, the answer is weekend brunch. Whether you’re sharing Mother’s Day brunch specials with family or catching up with friends, you can linger over a latte, sip mimosas and indulge in rich eggs Benedict or syrupy French toast patio-side for a laid-back, satisfying meal at our independent restaurants. Sound tempting? Here are our favorite brunch spots in Alexandria to help you achieve that brunch-inspired bliss:

Evening Star Café

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Located in the heart of Del Ray, Evening Star Café has some of the best brunch offerings in the region, including a Bloody Mary garnished with a bite-sized grilled cheese sandwich and bacon. Other brunch specialties include a pimento cheese benedict, blueberry pancakes with whipped brown sugar cream and toasted pecans and huevos loca tostada with scrambled eggs, pico de gallo, cheese, cilantro and fresno chili sauce. Brunch goes from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Society Fair

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Society Fair is a fun and colorful brunch spot serving up classic French fare like country poutine with a poached egg, Louisiana-style beignets, quiches and more. Make sure to order one of the fresh-squeezed or pressed juices or an espresso as an extra treat. Society Fair does brunch Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is the perfect spot for mimosas with friends.

The Warehouse

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The Warehouse on King Street is a local favorite for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Warehouse has delicious seafood options including wasabi crusted fried oysters with chili mayo and pickled ginger, blackened scallops with avocado-corn salsa and tortilla chips, and Southern fried catfish. They also serve unique dishes like alligator stew and sandwiches named after Alexandrians throughout history like the John Carlyle with grilled chicken, bacon, and Monterey Jack cheese on a sesame bun.

Junction Bakery & Bistro

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Junction Bakery & Bistro is the place to go if you’re craving homemade pastries or small plates in a casual atmosphere. On Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Junction offers a brunch menu complete with all your favorite pastries, from cinnamon rolls to a maple blueberry scone, along with dishes like roasted pork shoulder with house-made kimchi, fried egg and lime rice mayo on a brioche roll. Their sandwiches, toasts and small plates like chicken liver on toast with onion jam offer unlimited options for every palette, including a kids menu with fun foods like French toast sticks.

Columbia Firehouse

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Columbia Firehouse is another local favorite for brunch, located near the center of Old Town. To eat like a local, try the raw oysters or steamed mussels, one of the burgers, and a side of jalapeño cheddar biscuits with bacon butter. Other brunch plates include a duck confit waffle, a lobster roll, apple camembert and more. While you’re there, be sure to try their classic brunch cocktails and craft beer. Columbia Firehouse serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Virtue Feed & Grain

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Local favorite Virtue Feed & Grain has one of the most extensive cocktail menus for brunch, including a Creamsicle Mimosa with licor 43, orange juice, cream and prosecco, and a Bloody Mary with Tito’s vodka, homemade alta cucina tomato mix and fresh horseradish. Food specialties include huevos rancheros, the garden frittata, fresh fish tacos, burgers and more. Brunch at Virtue Feed & Grain extends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Bastille

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If you’re looking for a classic French brunch, head to Bastille in North Old Town. Choose from cocktails like the Kir Royal or the Parisian Morning with orange juice, aperol and sparkling wine, paired perfectly with hors d’oeuvres, soups, salads and sandwiches. Brunch specialties include the steak and eggs, the Galette au Saumon Fumé and more. Bonus: their brunch desserts will win over any sweets-lover, with options like cookies and cream with house-baked cookies and ice cream, a rotating menu of bread puddings and more. Brunch at Bastille is offered Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brabo

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Located on Upper King Street, Brabo is better than ever in 2017, with new Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier at the helm, a new menu and a newly renovated interior, making it one of the best and most exciting brunch spots to try. Start off with a specialty cocktail like the Ramos Gin Fizz aka The Hangover Cure with gin, cream, egg white, citrus and sugar, then take your time sharing selections off the new menu. Shareables like the mussels are a must-try, and the challah French toast is melt-in-your-mouth good. They’ve also got savory waffles with ingredients like smoked salmon, lemon dust and cream cheese, and sweet waffles like The Elvis with peanut butter, banana and bacon. Did we mention there’s a mimosa bar?

Del Ray Café

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Del Ray Café is like a home away from home, set in a house tucked away in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood. It’s a cozy setting with outdoor dining that serves French bistro fare including pastries, eggs and omelets, sandwiches like croque monsieur and signature dishes including sautéed baby spinach with bucheron goat cheese, smoked salmon and eggs. Del Ray Café is also a peanut-free restaurant, making it a safe and easy choice for families with food allergies. Brunch starts early at Del Ray Café, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Fontaine Caffe and Crêperie

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Eating brunch at Fontaine Caffe and Crêperie feels like you’re in a European café in Old Town, with savory crêpes from regions like Paris, Morocco, Tuscany, California, Italy, and Norway. Sweet crêpes with Nutella, wild berry, lemon drop, peach and more are mouthwatering good. Other menu items include quiches, bruschetta, vanilla brioche French toast and classic cocktail, coffee and espresso drinks. Fontaine serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Magnolia’s on King

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The brunch menu at Magnolia’s on King has something for everyone, including kids and picky eaters. Choose from a variety of omelettes, benedicts, salads and small plates like stuffed dates with blue cheese wrapped in bacon, or order a specialty dish like the pulled duck BBQ sandwich or the brunch burger with a fried egg, bacon or ham and hollandaise. Magnolia’s serves brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Mason Social

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Mason Social in Alexandria’s Parker-Gray neighborhood is a fantastic spot for brunch and drinks, with a wide selection of cocktails, appetizers, lunch, breakfast and brunch items like sleepy pigs with maple honey mustard sauce, bacon funnel sticks with powdered sugar, salads and tons of breakfast classics with Southern twists like the tasso bacon benedict with hot mustard. Brunch is offered Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Stomping Ground

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Stomping Ground’s fried chicken and biscuit breakfast sandwiches are consistently named among the best in the D.C. region, but it will take more than one trip to experience all the other delights on the menu like the veggie hash with seasonal vegetables or the breakfast grit bowl with smoked gouda, chorizo, salsa verde, cilantro, pickled jalapeño and a poached egg. The Del Ray locale’s comfort food is some of the best in the region and the cozy atmosphere will make you feel like you’re eating at home. Stomping Ground is open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vola’s Dockside Grill

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Located right on the waterfront with plenty of outdoor dining, Vola’s Dockside Grill is the ideal brunch spot for a group of friends and is a great way to start the day in Old Town. The cocktail menu include drinks like Vola goes to Mexico with bacon-habanero tequila, san Marzano tomato mix and serrano chili, and the Alexandria Sunrise with Cointreau, prosecco, orange juice and lemon juice. Menu items include shareable starters including oysters, crab dip, spicy fried pickles, conch fritters and deviled eggs, along with sandwiches and tacos, soups and salads and specialty entrées like crab cake benedict, thick cut brioche French toast and shrimp and grits. It’s as close to the beach as you can get in Old Town.

Hen Quarter

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King Street’s Hen Quarter offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu items include Southern comfort food including some of the best chicken and biscuits in Old Town, fried green tomatoes with smoked mozzarella and black-eyed pea salsa, sweet and savory Belgian waffles, a short rib hash and eggs, biscuits and gravy and more. It’s the go-to spot in Old Town if you’re craving comfort food for brunch.

Laporta’s

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If you’re in Alexandria’s Carlyle neighborhood, check out Laporta’s for an extensive brunch menu with small plates likefried calamari with a tangy seafood lemon vinegar barbecue sauce, a grilled gumbo shrimp salad, pastas and breakfast favorites like steak and eggs, eggs benedict and more. What really makes Laporta’s stand out is their live jazz from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday, making it a fun spot for a brunch date.

Blackwall Hitch

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Brunch on Alexandria’s waterfront? Yes, please! From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, Blackwall Hitch has a stellar buffet-style brunch with omelets, seafood and carving stations as well as local fresh-made fried chicken and Belgian waffles with other assortments and a specialty cocktail menu that’s perfect for dining on the patio with Potomac River views.

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