Buffets are great for big lunches and brunches with family and friends. They can be an inexpensive way to dine out, and gives you the opportunity to sample a plethora of different dishes. Check out some of the spots below the next time you are in the mood for an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Bombay Club 
815 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 659-3727

This is Indian food at its best. Every Sunday, Bombay Club offers a decadent North Indian brunch buffet with a host of Indian dishes including creamy daal, eggplant curry, paneer — which is cheese served in a savory gravy — yogurt sauce, street snacks, buttery naan, rice cooked with spices and more. The venue is elegant and refined, and you can enjoy live piano music while you eat your heart out. Brunch is $22 a person, and you can enjoy bottomless sparkling wine for an additional $10.

Pacci’s Trattoria 
6 Post Office Road
Silver Spring, Md 20910
(301) 588-0867

This charming Italian restaurant is located in a old renovated post office, which makes for a lovely and cozy spot for a Sunday brunch buffet. Treat yourself to croissants, muffins, a waffle station with steaming Belgian waffles, bagels, lasagna, salads, and a whole array of desserts. Their Italian cheesecake is really fabulous! Brunch is $22 a person and mimosas are $5 each.

Madras Palace 
74 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(301) 977-1600

Although this list already has one Indian buffet, Madras Palace is unique because its buffet features South Indian food. South Indian food uses different ingredients in its dishes than North Indian food. For example, you can enjoy rice cakes called idlis, dosas (which are like crepes), coconut chutney, egg curry, chickpea curry served on toasted buns, sambar, a savory gravy with tomatoes and saffron rice cooked with vegetables. They even offer a few Indo-Chinese dishes, which are Indian and Chinese fusion dishes commonly eaten in India. Madras Palace offers a buffet seven days a week for lunch.

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Farmers Fishers Bakers 
3000 K St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
City, ST 00000
(202) 298-8783

This is brunch for serious foodies. This waterfront venue offers everything from grits, grilled bread, salads, dips and bruleed grapefruit to tacos and guacamole. They also have some of the best biscuits and cinnamon rolls in town. Brunch is $29.95, and brunch cocktails, including punch bowls for four people share, are in abundance.

Georgia Brown’s
950 15th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 393-0000

This wonderful brunch buffet is one you will want to visit as soon as possible. You will be treated to a gorgeous array of delicious Southern fare, all while enjoying the sound of live jazz music. The buffet is laden with grits, potatoes, waffles, salads, eggs, fresh fruit and a whole lot more. There are plenty of cocktails as well as a $25 bottomless mimosa and bloody mary option. The brunch buffet is $41.95 a person.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.