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Open City

Open City

Breakfast Spot, Coffee Shop, and Diner$$$$
Woodley Park, Washington
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    Go here. Experience the coffee. It's worth it.
  • Tips
    Lucy R.
    "Open City now has a hash brown bowl too!"(5 Tips)
    Taylor H.
    "Bacon scrambler was delicious, and try the Cuban coffee too!"(7 Tips)
    Jonathan O.
    "Try the chai tea waffles or the egg, bacon and cheddar scramble."(5 Tips)
    Jeannette L.
    "The Chorizo Scramble is delicious."(3 Tips)
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  • coffee
  • brunch food
  • chai
  • casual
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  • Eater
    EaterMay 12, 2017
    This favorite brunch destination in Woodley Park is also a great place to surf the web at any hour during breakfast, lunch or dinner. Choices range from buttermilk waffles to bacon-wrapped meatloaf.
  • Christopher M.heart icon on user image
    Amazing atmosphere, fantastic service, and the food was incredibly delicious! Their espresso is also amazing! Get the cortado, best I've had in the city!
  • Eater
    EaterMay 12, 2017
    This favorite brunch destination in Woodley Park is also a great place to surf the web at any hour during breakfast, lunch or dinner. Read more
  • Janine B.
    Janine BMarch 25, 2013
    Come at an off-peak hour to relax and enjoy the atmosphere! The coffee is too good not to spend a while with it. Loved the chorizo and scallion scramble. A DC fave!
  • Juana M.heart icon on user image
    Juana MerloApril 6, 2014
    Lovely place! Had a super yummy dinner (ahi tuna sandwich), so gourmet! Another time, I ordered food to go and they got my order wrong, so they treated me with a great cappuccino. Service & food rock.
  • Behrad Eats
    Behrad EatsJune 11, 2013
    Monday nights you get any burger and draft for $10. I got the Open City burger with cheddar and applewood-smoked bacon on a potato roll. Medium rare.
  • Red D.heart icon on user image
    Red DuckFebruary 19, 2014
    Without question one of THE BEST all day breakfast (and every other food!) spots in DC. Spacious with a full bar and amazing food.
  • Jeff S.heart icon on user image
    Jeff SApril 13, 2013
    Nice place for breakfast with the family before running around. The coffee is great and the scrambles are delicious. Throw in some bacon and balance it out with fresh fruit. Comfortable too.
  • Mary G.heart icon on user image
    Mary GlazenerNovember 3, 2017
    Wonderful breakfast foods and other foods throughout the day. One of my favorite late night coffee or food spots when you just want to chat and eat.
  • Jennifer D.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer DayJune 3, 2013
    Ask to be in Richard's section AKA the Crazy Uncle. He was great with the kids, great with menu suggestions and provided wonderful service! Try the OC Royale for a good variety.
  • Leanne A.heart icon on user image
    Leanne AlyssaMarch 27, 2016
    Takoma Park sandwich is great! So is the pimento Mac and cheese and the chocolate silk pie. Best chai tea latte and masala chai I've ever had
  • Jenipher C.
    Jenipher Camino GonzalezSeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best brunch in woodley park! For lower wait times, ya gotta arrive before 11am or after 2pm. Otherwise expect to wait at least 40mins. Great coffee and tea!
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel ClarkApril 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Multigrain chocolate chip pancakes are a delight and so are the animal crackers they serve with your coffee.
  • Rich C.
    Rich CameronAugust 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Have breakfast here weekly when on business travel. Great coffee, good breakfast select. Been for lunch and dinner too, good then as well. Burger special with beer is favorite.
  • Lucy R.
    Lucy ReedyApril 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They have rolled out a new menu here, falling more in line with their sister kitchens, The Coupe, and The Diner. Open City now has a hash brown bowl too!
  • wonderwillow
    wonderwillowFebruary 26, 2012
    Service was GREAT (a rarity in DC). We got a Cortado and a Cuban Coffee and neither were made properly. Food was great, although my tofu scramble was not an actual tofu scramble, still great flavor.
  • Corey S.heart icon on user image
    Corey SimonOctober 24, 2014
    The breakfast fare is good. I had an Open City Omelette, which was excellent. The pancakes are good and large, and the sides are substantial.
  • Mark T.
    Mark TooleyAugust 12, 2013
    Excellent vibe ...especially for breakfast. Although if you're looking for fruit, yogurt & granola, you'll be frustrated guys - they only sell it as separate sides, not a combo.
  • Roll C.
    Roll CMay 6, 2015
    Great for families. Closeby Omni Shoreham. The patio and greenhouse are both great seating options. Oh, animal crackers with drip coffee!
  • Rich W.heart icon on user image
    Rich WatsonMarch 9, 2016
    Fantastic brunch spot. Nice patio to relax and people watch.
  • Taylor H.heart icon on user image
    Taylor HowardMarch 29, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Epic gluten free Mac n cheese. Amazing bacon and artichoke dip. And if you're feeling really hungry - the OC royale will help you out.
  • Sarah Anneheart icon on user image
    Sarah AnneJanuary 1, 2015
    What a friendly, wonderful, delicious restaurant. My boyfriend took me here on our first date a year and a half ago, and it's been our favorite place ever since.
  • Darrin F.
    Darrin FriedmanNovember 14, 2011
    My favorite place ev-ah! Everything is good. The Burgers, the hand cut chips, breakfast -- everything. Just make sure you go back and try something different the next time.
  • Terch
    TerchSeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the specials! New and delicious ones every week! All the employees that work at Open City work hard for you! They are all wonderful! Open City serves Fat Tire! Slurp.
  • Andrea N.heart icon on user image
    Andrea NewlandOctober 13, 2010
    LOVE this place. Known for its baristas that are properly trained, coffee is excellent. Brunch is good...Madame Croc sandwhich is the best! Right in the heart of the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan area...u
  • Jessica P.heart icon on user image
    Jessica PlacenciaFebruary 15, 2015
    YAS! The food is sooooo good, drinks as well. Not your cheapest brunch but definitely one of the most delicious.
  • Richard R.heart icon on user image
    Richard RevillaJuly 27, 2021
    Excellent Chorizo Scramble
  • Dave
    DaveNovember 3, 2016
    Made my vegan tofu with egg. I complained and they remade it but I wouldn't trust this place with vegan orders. Shame because they have vegan items clearly marked on the menu. Decent coffee though.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostSeptember 14, 2014
    Breakfast is available all day, and coffee is served in a giant mug with several animal crackers. Read more
  • Karen L.
    Karen L.January 21, 2012
    Its coffee shop food, although good quality and good portions. Good neighborhood restaurant for breakfast or brunch. Not a place I would frequent for dinner or for a night out.
  • Jeannette L.heart icon on user image
    Jeannette L.June 26, 2015
    The Chorizo Scramble is delicious. Get the hashbrowns as your side. Best hashbrowns I've ever had!
  • Burger Days
    Burger DaysJuly 4, 2011
    The Open City burger is a winner. Topped with melted aged white cheddar and thick cut, smoky bacon, it's served on a squishy, sesame-seeded potato bun. It's so choice.
  • Andrea N.heart icon on user image
    Andrea NewlandFebruary 18, 2011
    and you must have the Croque madame! If you love coffee, this is also a great alternative to my Bucks but still this is a fun local place for Brunch!
  • Anna S.heart icon on user image
    Anna SebournAugust 6, 2013
    I bring EVERYONE who comes to visit me here. It's worth whatever the wait time, because it has something for every palette.
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HortonJanuary 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I always like my meal here…you can get breakfast late if you want. The service is usually timely…food comes out quick…lots a variety on the weekly specials
  • Richie S.heart icon on user image
    Richie StarkJanuary 2, 2014
    Brunch city! Delightful burger and all around quality brunch fare. Plus, good coffee (with animal crackers!)
  • Phil W.heart icon on user image
    Phil WatsonJanuary 6, 2016
    Good cocktails (try the Bloody Mary) and good burgers. I've heard brunch is great too.
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CMay 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is what the Pork Banh Mi Sandwich (on the special menu) looks like. The meat was 85% fat, by the way. Ew.
  • Earl M.
    Earl MooreJuly 29, 2015
    Excellent coffee, omelettes, and waffles. Breakfast cocktails are awesome if you need one
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CMay 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the green iced tea - it has JUST A HINT of pineapple. ;-)
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DApril 21, 2012
    Really good mushroom pasta, though could have used a bit more salt... easy solution for that though! Awesome cream cheese desserts too!
  • Jerusha H.heart icon on user image
    Jerusha HenderekAugust 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    My boyfriend loves the breakfast pizza! I love the bacon scramble and Chai waffle. :)
    O. WENDELL BROOKSMarch 31, 2022
    Had Salmon, Brown Rice, and Spinach. Very good will eat there again
  • Andrea N.heart icon on user image
    Andrea NewlandSeptember 5, 2011
    Had the meatloaf was ok the mashed potatoes and Mac n cheese were great,love the staff so friendly great place..Croque Madam or Monsieur for Brunch!
  • Alanna G.heart icon on user image
    Alanna GuzmanDecember 29, 2015
    Delicious buttermilk pancakes and unique hash browns. Cafe lattes are great too!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HiemenzJuly 7, 2014
    For some strange reason they have no seating for customers that order and pay at the front even though they are a cafe. So if you want to sit down and relax make sure you order from a server.
  • Camille W.heart icon on user image
    Camille WrightMarch 4, 2015
    The eggs benedict are delish! Hard to choose between that and their meatloaf! So good!
  • Koriheart icon on user image
    KoriFebruary 18, 2012
    Usually love everything. However, stay away from the black bean and chorizo omelet. An entire un-drained can of black beans wrapped in a egg.
  • Yaira R.
    Yaira RestoNovember 9, 2013
    Try the eggs kalorama poached eggs on english muffin with smoked salmon and avocado spread #breakfastwithalex -
  • Brian K.heart icon on user image
    Brian KaiserJanuary 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The biscuit basket is small, but delicious! Great to share with friends
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