Brunch doesn’t have to be basic—especially not in Bethesda. From quiche to pancake tacos to bison hash, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether it’s a special occasion or just another weekend with friends or family, take a look at our roundup of the best brunch spots in Bethesda and start planning what’s certain to be a satisfying outing.
For farm-fresh products, take a trip to Silver New American Brasserie. The lively Art Deco-inspired American diner has one of our favorite menus, with fare ranging from burrata avocado toast to juicy breakfast burgers. One thing we love about Silver is that it is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friendly, with plenty of options that are all clearly marked on the menu. The gluten-free maple French toast is to die for, as are the good old-fashioned blueberry buttermilk pancakes. A different but heavenly choice is the organic bison hash. (A roasted veggie hash version is also available.) Brunch isn’t reserved solely for the weekend here, either—it’s served all day every day of the week.
Location: 7150 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20815
If you’re looking to try something unique, look no further than PassionFish. The seafood eatery offers Asian-influenced brunch entrees, from smoked whitefish hash to corn lobster chowder. The shrimp and grits are also excellent and taste authentically southern! We think this brunch is the best deal, with patrons having the option to choose any two items from a long list of appetizers and entrees for $19. For only $11, you can opt for bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys. Plus, you can switch back and forth between the two, which is a rare opportunity at most brunch bistros! If you’re in the mood for a solo drink, try the breakfast martini. The sleek ambiance deserves a 10/10, considering its calming dining room filled with aquatic paintings. PassionFish is particularly great at accommodating big parties, so keep that in mind for birthdays or large gatherings.
Location: 7187 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Calling all health nuts: True Food Kitchen is the brunch spot for you. This restaurant was founded by alternative medicine guru Dr. Andrew Weil and was created with vegetarians, gluten-free, and dairy-free diners in mind. True Food Kitchen is filled to the brim with healthy yet tasty options, from the highly recommended crudités and vegan chorizo bowls to the chocolate cake. If you’re searching for something warm and caffeinated, the cinnamon latte is a must. The cocktails are crafted with fresh fruits and herbs, so consider those delicious libations as well.
Location: 7100 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
For all the meat lovers out there, checking in to Medium Rare for brunch is a no-brainer. The menu is small but mighty. For $27.99, you can have unlimited drinks (including screwdrivers, mimosas, and coffee) and a two-course meal that is perfect for brunch-adoring carnivores. Patrons begin the meal with oven-hot rustic bread and a small starter of their choice (yogurt parfait with dried fruit and granola, fresh fruit salad, or a mixed green salad). For the main course, try the award-winning steak frites, delicious steak and eggs, or famous steak benedict. Bon appetit!
Location: 4904 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Whether you’re looking for a traditional Mexican brunch or a quirky new dish, Gringos & Mariachis is a great option. And yes—this is the modern and authentic Mexican restaurant that coined “pancake tacos”! If you feel like going in a more classic direction, try the poblano benedict. If you’re just along for the culinary ride but aren’t a huge fan of brunch, Gringos & Mariachis also serves their lunch menu all day. Feeling adventurous? Try the honey-habanero shrimp tacos or duck nachos “spiked” with orange and jalapeños. The tequila and mezcal cocktails also come highly recommended (and are only $5 at brunch!).
Location: 4928 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Black’s Bar & Kitchen is sure to satisfy any and all of your brunch cravings. Come hungry, because Black’s portion sizes are as big as an empty stomach. The brunch buffet that’s rolled out every Sunday is quite generous, with a spread that consists of prime rib, homemade biscuits and gravy, house-made quiche, a raw bar over ice with Thai spiced shrimp and tuna tartare, a make-your-own omelet station, waffles, and so much more. They also offer a la carte options if you’re looking to indulge in one set meal. It’s $60 for all you can eat and drink (including champagne cocktails like bellinis and Aperol spritzes) and $45 for the buffet only. It’s a great family spot, too; for kids under 12, it’s only $15.
Location: 7750 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Nothing says “options” like six kinds of benedicts. Brickside Food & Drink has everything from fried chicken to crab to pork belly bennies. Vegetarians can enjoy the seared zucchini and tomato variation. The best part is that you can mix and match benedicts with their two for $12 option. The atmosphere is lowkey and casual, but the food is out of this world. They also put a spin on breakfast favorites, offering savory and hearty breakfast nachos and breakfast flatbreads. Come get shareable favorites as well, like creamy buffalo dip and Old Bay-sprinkled fries.
Location: 4866 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
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