All that avocado toast leaving a gap in your wallet? Don’t let a shortage of funds stop you from hitting the District's brunch circuit. Plenty of spots offer filling food and bottomless booze for $12 or less. The majority are mimosas, but the low tab means they'll be anything but disappointing.
This Italian restaurant on Barracks Row serves elevated brunch fare: mascarpone pancakes, lobster risotto and Italian sausage gravy with biscuits and scrambled eggs. Such fine dishes can feel even fancier while sipping $12 bottomless mimosas made with champagne, orange juice and Triple Sec. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 539 Eighth St. SE. 202-546-5006.
With red drapes and rococo design detail, this classic French restaurant oozes romance. Weekend brunch promises standards like French toast, steak and eggs, and quiche, with $10 bottomless mimosas for two hours, which must be ordered by the entire table. Make like a Parisian and soak up the outdoor patio while savoring pâté, escargot and croissants. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 320 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-546-4737.
This no-frills Petworth bar from the same team behind Wonderland Ballroom has a small menu with brunch basics: breakfast tacos, pancakes, chicken and waffles and a bacon sandwich on rye. The $12 bottomless mimosas are available starting at 11 a.m. through the end of brunch. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 3634 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-722-7669.
For $24.95, you can feast on a bottomless buffet for up to two hours, with the option to extend your stay another hour for $12. Reservations are available online, so you won’t waste time waiting for a table. For an extra $12, tack on bottomless mimosas. (Although the bar also offers an a la carte brunch menu, the bottomless-mimosa deal isn't available with that option.) 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-296-6500.
At this sleek Asian-fusion restaurant in Penn Quarter, when you order brunch dishes (think wasabi guacamole, salmon poke bowl, quinoa French toast), you can upgrade your meal with bottomless drinks for $10. (There's a two-hour time limit.) Choose between mimosas and Yu Yu Marys, a light, refreshing take on a bloody mary, made with vodka, lemon juice, wasabi, lemon grass and soy. The full sushi roll menu is also available for brunch. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 444 Seventh St. NW. 202-783-7007.
A large outdoor patio, TVs in every direction and communal picnic tables make D.C. Reynolds the type of place for whiling away an afternoon over biscuits and gravy. A long and thorough whiskey list sweetens the deal. But, for those on a budget, the $12 bottomless mimosa and bloody mary option is even sweeter. Made with horseradish, Tabasco, tomato juice and a splash of pickle juice, their bloody mary has a kick. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 3628 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-506-7178.
Correction: In a previous version of this article, an incorrect photographer was credited for an image of SEI's brunch. The photo was taken by Annie Johnson.