21 Places to Do Brunch in Arlington

So. Many. Options. Go ahead—order that Bloody Mary.

Cinnamon-sweet sourdough with Nutella at Ambar. Photo by Ardent Vibe.


Tired of the same old brunch standards? How about a zucchini burger, cheese-and-spinach pie, and a selection of savory spreads to shake things up? At Ambar in Clarendon, you can explore Balkan food two ways: order à la carte, or go for the all-you-can-eat experience, which allows you to sample anything your stomach desires from the ample menu, from savory stuffed cabbage rolls to cinnamon-sweet sourdough with Nutella (if you choose the all-you-can-eat option your whole table must participate). The Balkan Brunch Experience is $34 per person, plus unlimited brunch drinks for a quarter each.  // 2901 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Clarendon)


Brunch at Buena Vida. Photo by Miroslav Pavlovic

Buena Vida 

Like its Balkan sibling across the street (Ambar), this Clarendon newcomer (which occupies the second floor of Ivan Iricanin’s three-part La Esquina) offers an all-you-can-eat brunch, except the flavor profile is Mexican. The Buena Vida Experience—which everyone at the table must order for $34 each—includes unlimited plates like lamb chorizo and eggs, chilaquiles, and grilled shrimp on leek-and-parmesan polenta, plus brunch drinks like spicy cheladas (the classic blends modelo especial beer, tomato juice, hot sauce, black pepper, sea salt and cucumber) for 25 cents each.  Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  // 2900 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Clarendon)


Shrimp and grits at Copperwood Tavern (courtesy photo)

Copperwood Tavern

This woodsy saloon in Shirlington serves brunch until 4 p.m. on the weekends. Stop in for scotched eggs, cheddar-jalapeno-cornbread doughnuts, duck hash and smoked-gouda shrimp and grits, plus a robust list of Benedict and omelet options. The bar is stacked with 20 local drafts and 30 small batch whiskeys. If you’re going alcohol-free, order the Root-n-Remedy mocktail for an herbal treat.  // 4021 Campbell Ave., Arlington (Shirlington)

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