Buffets are a great way to sample many different dishes without going over your budget. A drawback is the reputation of low-quality food. However, the Washington DC area has plenty of upscale spots offering fantastic buffets with an endless array of tantalizing treats. Some even come with unlimited drinks.
815 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
Hours: Sunday Buffet – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Brunch doesn’t get better than at Bombay Club, which has a fabulous, fancy Indian brunch buffet. Not only can you indulge in a gorgeous display of Indian delicacies, but the $27.95 fee includes all-you-can-drink champagne. If you’re going alcohol free, the cost is only $20.95. This Sunday buffet features seven main course items, which change every week but always include at least three vegetable dishes and creamy, spicy lentils. The buffet also has two appetizers, as well as rice and freshly baked Indian breads. End your meal with a choice of Indian desserts and fruit. Make sure you plan to be there for a while – you will need time to get back to the buffet for seconds…and maybe even thirds.
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1811 Columbia Road NW
Washington, DC 20009
Hours: Sunday Drag Brunch – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fun is the name of the game at Perry’s famous Sunday Drag Brunch. This buffet covers both breakfast and lunch tastes. While you sample the endless amount of food from the buffet, including scrambled eggs, waffles, hash browns, salads, breads, sushi and desserts, you will be treated to a hilarious, boisterous performance by a group of fun-loving drag queens. Be sure to get there early, because seating is first come, first served. Enjoy this experience for only $23.95.
950 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
Hours: Sunday – 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Although Albeit Georgia Brown’s is on the expensive side at $40.95, you will have the ultimate southern experience at this elegant jazz brunch. The cost includes made-to-order omelets as well as classic southern fare like jambalaya, grits and home fries. You also get a choice of an entrée, such as shrimp and grits or black-eyed pea cakes. No southern meal is complete without a series of mouth-watering desserts, so be sure to save room for apple pie, peach cobbler, bread pudding, cheesecake and red velvet cake.
Beacon Bar and Grill
1615 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
Hours: Sunday – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For $32, this brunch buffet is a steal, considering you get unlimited champagne, mimosas and bloody marys. Order as many drinks as you want to wash down the hearty, classic American brunch fare at this popular Dupont Circle eatery. Sample a huge variety of food, including salads as simple as Caesar and as fancy as couscous with edamame, tofu, hearts of palm, nuts and coconut, drizzled with a savory peanut sauce. Muffins, pastries, bagels and breads are in abundance, all of which are the perfect accompaniment to your made-to-order omelet. The buffet also features potatoes, pasta, cheese blintzes, waffles and hot biscuits. No one will go home hungry after this buffet, that is for sure.
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1341 University Blvd East
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Hours: Daily – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For an inexpensive buffet with delectable, exotic Indian food, Tiffin is your spot. The focus is on the food at this simple, casual restaurant, where a buffet is offered seven days a week at lunchtime. Tiffin features North Indian delicacies like Mattar Paneer, a dish made with sweet peas and cubes of cheese in a tomato and onion gravy. Furthermore, South Indian dishes are in attendance like Coconut Chutney and Sambar, a gravy perfect for dipping crispy dosa, a quintessential South Indian treat similar to a crepe. Spicy and flavorful, this buffet is a culinary adventure of vegetables, sauces, breads and gravies.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
Hours: Sunday Brunch – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For a buffet with some culture, head over to the National Museum of Women in the Arts on the first Sunday of the month. Only offered once a month at the museum’s Mezzanine Cafe, this brunch buffet costs $25 and includes your entrance to the museum and tours at 12:30, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Enjoy made-to-order-crepes, an egg station, an assortment of breads, fruits and a satisfying dose of artwork. The buffet even includes mimosas.
Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.