I first had brunch at the Tabard Inn several years ago and fell in love with the cozy feel of the restaurant, which sits just below the back patio and garden. This place has been on my list to revisit for some time now.
While I was not as in love with the food this time around, I would still recommend it to anyone looking for brunch around Dupont Circle. I got the butternut squash omelet, which had a very interesting taste but was a little bitter and too salty. The cheese grits needed more cheese and were cooked more on the creamy side than I like. My friend got the scrambled eggs with chives and cream cheese – a dish I wish I had ordered. The warm homemade donuts are something to not pass up, as well as the mimosas that are served with a slice of orange. The menu has a lot of very interesting options that keep it on my “revisit” list, because if there is one thing I have learned, it’s that one unsatisfying dish at a place like that usually just means that I ordered poorly for my own tastes.
Reservations are recommended here unless you don’t mind sitting at the bar or having a long wait in their dark lobby, and they will not seat your party until everyone is present. And remember, don’t forget to order the donuts!