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Market Lunch

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Capitol Hill
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306 7th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2504
+1 202-547-8444
08:00 - 15:00
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Tue - Fri 07:30 - 14:30
Sat 08:00 - 15:00
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Brooklyn, New York
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Don't question it. Just go. Keep in mind it's located inside Eastern Market, place is tight as seating is limited. But if you're lucky you can find seating in the back. Sorry, but don't be a contrarian, get the blueberry buckwheat pancakes, with the maple syrup and the butter (now is not the time to think about your waistline). It... More 

Thank Patty M
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We have been going here for many years and still consider it a treat and well worth the drive from Alexandria. The owner is very invested in, and proud of his food, and values his customers' opinions. Our very favorite is the fried oyster sandwich (served on a delicious house-made bun), which has spoiled us for eating oysters anywhere else.... More 

Thank AshleyUsa
Williamsburg, Virginia
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767 reviews
324 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 389 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

This place is like a lunch counter--inside the Eastern Market building. We had brunch at 10, opted for short stack of Blueberry pancakes (excellent) and corned beef hash. For the latter, I quote my wife: "I believe this is the best corned beef hash I have ever had in my life." It's shredded corned beef and even a little bit... More 

Thank RichardinOhio
Budapest, Hungary
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 January 2017

My older son and I decided to have early lunch here, but my younger son wanted to eat the rotisserie chicken from the other end of the aisle of the market. After waiting some time in the queue and for the manager/owner(?) to finish chatting with the customers before us, we placed our orders, and the manager/owner asked me what... More 

Thank ETonPlanetEarth
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3,250 reviews
1,363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,883 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

This is a "DC must" so I'm told. The pancakes they're known for are good, but they're really just pancakes. The process is that you go behind the long table to the right, order at the cash register (cash only), then wait to the left until they call your number (on your receipt).

Thank QuickWhitTravel
Washington, DC
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49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

We have been going to the Market Lunch for breakfast on Saturdays for 20 years. The food is amazing, inexpensive (except for certain awesome seafood, which varies with market), consistent, and made fresh. There are seasonal twists leveraging in-season ingredients - e.g., my son always gets the french toast (made with thick bread - yummm); in the summer it comes... More 

1 Thank LetsGoCapitals
Jackson, Miss.
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442 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 347 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

I visited Market Lunch for a short stack of blueberry buckwheat pancakes. Delicious! You stand in line to order, and then you're seated at a long indoor counter (or at one of the few outdoor tables) to eat. I sat at the long counter aside a group of tourists from Scotland. We talked all about DC and New York City... More 

Thank bradshawgirl
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 November 2016

We had heard about the Saturday blueberry pancakes and they were outstanding. This little place is in Eastern Market and you just show up and stand in line to order your breakfast. Get the maple syrup with the pancakes. My hubby had scrambled eggs, grits, and scrapple. We were both surprised to see scrapple on the menu. It was good.... More 

1 Thank Emily F
Potomac, Maryland
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382 reviews
314 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We get the full stack of blueberry buckwheat pancakes with real maple syrup whenever we come to market. Delicious but pricey. Hectic

Thank RonFG
Indialantic, Florida
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345 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Had breakfast here while visiting the Eastern Market. We ordered the full stack (3 pancakes) of the blueberry buckwheat pancakes with real maple syrup (short stack is 2 pancakes). I was unsure of the buckwheat batter, but it was incredibly light and fluffy- Great! Would definitely get those again and again! My husband ordered eggs, bacon, and spicy grits. The... More 

Thank RBD930

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 15
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
07:30 - 14:30
07:30 - 14:30
07:30 - 14:30
07:30 - 14:30
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 306 7th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2504
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Capitol Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 202-547-8444

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?